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Putin's Brain

Alexander Dugin’s Eurasianist ideology has influenced a whole generation of Russian conservatives and radicals and provided the intellectual basis for invading Ukraine. The philosophy has worked to Putin's advantage so far, but whether he can control it as he has so many others is a question that may determine his longevity in office.
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O que é a tal "democracia" que o PT tanto defende?

O que é a tal "democracia" que o PT tanto defende? | Think about it | Scoop.it
"Objetivamente, podemos ler na República de Platão três formas de governo. São dividas entre as legítimas, quando se governa para o bem geral, e as degeneradas, quando se governa apenas para si próprio. Quando apenas um tem poder, temos uma monarquia. Degenerada, torna-se uma tirania. Quando poucos têm poder, temos uma aristocracia, degenerada, torna-se uma oligarquia. Até aqui, o mundo moderno entende bem. O problema começa mais embaixo. Quando muitos têm poder, temos uma… politéia, que, degenerada, torna-se uma… democracia."
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Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature

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Why most suicide bombers are Muslim, beautiful people have more daughters, humans are naturally polygamous, sexual harassment isn't sexist, and blonds are more attractive.
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"Why most suicide bombers are Muslim, beautiful people have more daughters, humans are naturally polygamous, sexual harassment isn't sexist, and blonds are more attractive."
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Tyranny of the Urgent

Included in the Basics for Christian Living with permission. Original by Charles E. Hummel
Have you ever wished for a thirty-hour day? Surely this extra time would relieve the tremendous pressure under which we live. Our lives leave a trail of unfinished tasks. Unanswered letters, unvisited friends, unwritten articles, and unread books haunt quiet moments when we stop to evaluate. We desperately need relief.

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Have you ever wished for a thirty-hour day? Surely this extra time would relieve the tremendous pressure under which we live. Our lives leave a trail of unfinished tasks. But would a thirty-hour day really solve the problem? Wouldn't we soon be just as frustrated as we are now with our twenty-four allotment? When we stop to evaluate, we realize that our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it is basically the problem of priorities.

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A Escola de Virgínia e as falhas do governo

A Escola da Escolha Pública mostra como nem sempre (ou quase nunca) a intervenção estatal resolve a falha de mercado

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Peter Kreeft - How to Win the Culture War

Dr. Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College, speaks at Franciscan University of Steubenville. His talk was titled, "How to Win the Culture War: A Christian Battle Plan for a Society in Crisis."

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The Protohomosexual - Crisis Magazine

The Protohomosexual - Crisis Magazine | Think about it | Scoop.it
Why are so many straight people pro gay? Because the normalization of homosexuality is the premier achievement of heterosexual ideology. “Gay” and “straight” are not taxonomies but ideologies. They are not orientations but disorientations: whether bi-, homo-, or hetero-, hyphenated sexuality makes us lose our sense of direction toward the truly sexual, and the victims …
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The very principles and practices that aid and abet homosexual ideology only validate heterosexual ideology: cohabitation, no-fault divorce, sterile sex, the exultation of romantic love, the trite story of the couple who rebels against the world so they can ride off into the sunset together, the assumption that children are a lifestyle option, even a purchasable commodity through adoption and in vitro fertilization. Heterosexuality, I would argue, is in fact protohomosexuality.

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Contemporary Christian Philosophy: A Primer

My two posts arguing that Christian belief is reasonable brought out precisely the sorts of incredulity I expected. In return, I thought I’d introduce you to some of the work in contemporary Christian philosophy that I have found convincing. I’m inviting you to reconsider the rational status of Christian belief. So let this post be…
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Suppose someone reads many of these books and decides that Christianity is true. Is she stupid or ill-informed? Did she fail to discharge her epistemic duties? Is she simply guilty of motivated cognition and wish fulfillment? Or has she acquitted herself with a highly respectable degree of reasoning? But given this background, are you still as sure as you were that a rational person under modern conditions can’t be a Christian? All I’m asking is for you to entertain the idea that rational Christian belief is possible.

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Islamic Jihad and the Doctrine of Abrogation

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Why the Koran and the Sword are inextricably linked.
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Tough Questions About Charity In a Free Society

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What’s the libertarian lesson of the “ice bucket challenge?” Trust people to direct their charitable donations, even though they might make poor decisions.
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René Girard: A revolução

O princípio encontrado por Girard pode-se resumir em um parágrafo. Todas as instituições humanas têm origem ritual, e o ritual resume-se no sacrifício. O sacrifício consiste em descarregar sobre um bode expiatório, vítima inocente e indefesa, os ódios e tensões acumulados que ameaçavam romper a unidade social. Estes ódios e tensões, por sua vez, surgem da impossibilidade de conciliar os desejos humanos. A razão desta impossibilidade reside no caráter mimético do desejo: cada homem não deseja isto ou aquilo simplesmente porque sim, porque é bonito, porque é gostoso, porque satisfaz alguma necessidade, mas sim porque é desejado também por outro ser humano, cujo prestígio cobre de encantos, aos olhos do primeiro, um objeto que em si pode ser inócuo, ruim, feio ou prejudicial. O mimetismo é o tema dominante da literatura, assim como o sacrifício do bode expiatório é o tema dominante, se não único, da mitologia universal e do complexo sistema de ritos sobre o qual se ergue, aos poucos, o edifício político e judiciário. (...) O mimetismo causa a insatisfação, a insatisfação causa os ódios, os ódios ameaçam a ordem social, a ordem social se restaura mediante o sacrifício do inocente, que então vira mais um deus no panteão do engano universal. O ciclo sacrificial só é rompido uma única vez na História, com o advento do cristianismo. Cristo proclama a inocência das vítimas, a inocuidade dos sacrifícios, a falsidade dos deuses vingativos: "Todos os que vieram antes de Mim são ladrões." Ele substitui a vingança social pelo arrependimento individual, restabelecendo o nexo racional entre os atos e as conseqüências, antes nublado pela mitologia sacrificial. Da desmistificação do sistema antigo nasce não somente a consciência moral autônoma, mas a possibilidade do conhecimento objetivo da natureza: Cristo inaugura a primeira civilização - a nossa - que sabe haver mais justiça no perdão do que na vingança, mais verdade no nexo impessoal de causas e efeitos do que na atribuição de um poder maligno àqueles que desejamos matar.
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Judaism's Sexual Revolution: Why Judaism (and then Christianity) Rejected Homosexuality - Dennis Prager

Ancient categories of sexual experience differed considerably from our own... The central distinction in sexual morality was the distinction between active and passive roles. The gender of the object.
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"When Judaism demanded that all sexual activity be channeled into marriage, it changed the world. The Torah's prohibition of non-marital sex quite simply made the creation of Western civilization possible. Societies that did not place boundaries around sexuality were stymied in their development. The subsequent dominance of the Western world can largely be attributed to the sexual revolution initiated by Judaism and later carried forward by Christianity."
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Richard Dawkins e a crise existencial do Ocidente - Senso Incomum

Richard Dawkins e a crise existencial do Ocidente - Senso Incomum | Think about it | Scoop.it
Declarações do chefe dos neo-ateus revelam não apenas a dúvida de um intelectual, mas a mais profunda questão do Ocidente no século XXI
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Nas últimas semanas, declarações públicas de Richard Dawkins a respeito do cristianismo voltaram à baila graças ao recente fenômeno da islamização da Europa através das ondas migratórias: “Eu tenho sentimentos confusos sobre o declínio do Cristianismo, na medida em que o Cristianismo pode ser um baluarte contra algo pior”. Não se trata de uma mera dúvida de Richard Dawkins: trata-se, afinal, da própria crise fundamental do Ocidente, tão fundamentado em pilares como a religião cristã, o Direito romano e a filosofia grega. O Cristianismo não se trata apenas de uma “teoria” a respeito do post mortem, mas de um código moral, de um método de organização social, de normas para a multiplicidade das possibilidades de ordenamento civil. Como organizar todas estas questões, dissociando-se do seu legado?

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O islamismo é a religião da paz? - Senso Incomum

O islamismo é a religião da paz? - Senso Incomum | Think about it | Scoop.it

Muito se discute o islamismo em comparação a outras religiões. Mas quase nunca analisando sua filosofia e visão de mundo.

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Jonathan Haidt lecture on morality

Recorded at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research.

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Morality foundations: care/harm, fairness/cheating, loyalty/betrayal, authority/subversion, sanctity/degradation and liberty/oppression

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Robert George - Natural Law, God, and Human Dignity

http://www.faithandwork.org/gospelculture Natural law theorists believe that since all humans are made in the image of God, every person possesses irreducibl...
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Natural law theorists believe that since all humans are made in the image of God, every person possesses irreducible capacities for rationality, freedom, and moral discernment. Natural law theorists argue that these shared natural capacities can function as a common language between Christians and non-Christians as all of us try to make sense of life's most difficult questions.

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Edward Feser: Marriage and The Matrix

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The "same-sex marriage" advocate’s position is ultimately incoherent.  Pushed through consistently, it takes down everything, including itself.

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Global Warming: Questions That Need Distinguishing

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My posting of the graphic to the left indicates that I am a skeptic about global warming (GW). To be precise, I am skeptical about some, not all, of the claims made by the GW activists. See below for some...
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The Real History of the Crusades - Crisis Magazine

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With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few …
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Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion: ‘The Righteous Mind,’ by Jonathan Haidt

Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion: ‘The Righteous Mind,’ by Jonathan Haidt | Think about it | Scoop.it
A psychologist argues that people base decisions on moral intuition, not reason.
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The Strange Legacy of Theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg

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He vehemently defended the Resurrection but denied the Virgin Birth. He was hugely influential but leaves few disciples. What you need to know about the German giant who died this month.
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