It seems we are surrounded by death these days. In addition to the various deadly attacks by men who seemed to think killing is some kind of answer to some questions to which most of us find more peaceful solutions, in addition to the genocidal enforcement of government policies and perspectives not shared by the populace in some international communities, in addition to the apparently cavalier, race-related violence perpetrated in the U.S. by law enforcement and others and in addition to the topic presented here for several weeks, namely, the death of democracy itself—in addition to all of that, so it seems, the Internet as we know it is about to die. (more…)
“Democracy has dominated as a globally promoted and accepted form or governance not because it is perfect or because it, without fail, elects the best leaders or even very good leaders all of the time but because it is supposed to be self-correcting and potentially self-enforcing.” ~Susan Hyde
For some time now, citizens of the United States have increasingly begun to question just how “self-correcting” or “self-enforcing” American democracy might be. Some of our most prominent thinkers have begun to ask poignant questions about the state of democracy, both in American and throughout the world. (more…)
Apologies to those expecting a follow-up to the post on Tim Snyder’ book On Tyranny. That post is in the works, but has proven to be more complicated than expected. (As a teaser, Mr. Snyder has predicted a coup in the U.S. within the next year).
While researching the possibility of a coup d’etat in the U.S., we came across a site called Quora. Quora is a question and answer site where questions are “asked, answered, edited and organized by its community of users”. We have not researched this site enough to rate it, however, a brief perusal suggests the questions to be interesting and the answers to be well thought out and thorough–sometimes.
You will have to register through a real account like Google or Facebook. During the registration process, you can focus the article categories as a filter for your personalized topic “menu”. Available topics like politics, health, technology, music, etc.—just as you might expect—are included. These topics become immediately available to you when you complete the sign up process.
The site cannot be characterized as either heavy or light. Backing into the site, so to speak, by following a link to a particularly good article (answer to a question) initially gave the impression of depth and seriousness. However, further exploration for only a short time began to feel pointless. The questions posted vary dramatically. For instance, there are questions which roughly might be characterized as trivia (“Could a current medical doctor have saved Presidents Lincoln and McKinley with our current medical knowledge?”). Some are personal (“When is the loneliest moment of your life?”). Some are political (“Why aren’t jobs coming back to the USA?”, “Have there ever been any countries that have tried to overthrow the US Government?” and “Is a coup d’etat underway in the USA?”). The profundity of the answers are largely determined by the questions. (Incidentally, the articles on the possibility of U.S. coup d’etat are quite interesting.)
Quora will probably never be one of your go-to sites for research. But you might find it an interesting ancillary source of information.
The seekingGood.blog has endeavored to provide useful information such that readers might expand their understanding of themselves and their overall knowledge as well as to subsequently act in accordance with the “Good” they individually manage to determine. This blog has offered repeated admonishments to “find out for yourself”, to do your own investigations. Furthermore, while this is a decidedly left-leaning blog, we have also endeavored to encourage open-mindedness, exploration of competing ideas and transcendence of the comforting limits of habitual ways of thinking. In this light, consider the following.
Governments do not think. People think. Think tanks represent people thinking collectively. Governments implement and enforce policies. Regardless how much thinking individuals do, most will have little direct impact on public policy issues. Think tanks—collections of thinking people–often help to develop or influence public policies. (more…)
What socio-political issues are most relevant to you? Jen Hofmann (who’s Action List and blog have been frequently mentioned here at seekingGood) is requesting input regarding your interests. Essentially, Jen wants to insure the relevance of her Action List relative to our common good.
In her own words:
In August, my Action Checklist will have 7 actions per week–one for each day–to lighten the load during the vacation/back-to-school month. Knowing which issues are most important to you helps me plan.
Here is a link to her survey (confidential, of course).
Not signed up for Jen’s weekly action list? You can do so here.
Make no mistake about it – enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true. ~ Adyashanti
Naomi Klein: “The worst is yet to come!”
What happens when disaster strikes? What do we do when all normalcy ceases? To whom do we turn when events like the recent Manchester bombing, the Paris attack or events like those on the morning of September 11th, 2001 in New York occur? In her new book, No is Not Enough, activist and author Naomi Klein encourages us to be prepared for such disasters—which she calls “shock” events—not so much for the event itself but for likely actions by the U.S. government in the wake of these occurrences.
In the video below, Amy Goodman of DemocracyNow!interviews Naomi Klein about her book and the general proposal that in the wake of a cataclysmic event, the U.S. government is likely to invoke a series of actions designed to tighten control of the general public. Under the guise of national security relative to a shock event, the government is likely to suspend civil liberties, human rights and the right to privacy. (Part 2 of the interview begins at approximately the 2:20 minute mark and lasts about 15 minutes). In addition to the usual question and answer format, the interview presents a video within the video. In the internal video, produced by the Intercept, Naomi describes a five step preparedness toolkit. She urges us to anticipate inevitable crises, at which times we need to be prepared to mobilize rather than comply with the government’s attempts to contain us—to keep us in our homes, for instance, “for our own safety”. We need to be mindful of the history of the previous U.S. government’s uncharacteristically freedom-destroying responses such as internment of Japanese-Americans during WWI, deportation of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the early 1930’s and abandonment of freed slaves in the wake of the Civil War. (more…)