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Old May 15th 2016, 07:07 PM
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Default The Devil's Virtue: Democracy

In the iconic play "The Merchant of Venice" (William Shakespeare), a wise young woman named Portia must intercede to save the soul of a man trapped in a death payment to a cruel debt collector.

No party is truly innocent, and Portia's job is to simply deter any unnecessary cruelty (e.g., egregious punishment).

When we pollute the Earth with industrialization-related waste, we blame ourselves morally for the deterioration of ecosystems. However, what is our moral compass for determining repentance/punishment when blame is not unilaterally clear or when multiple parties are to blame in a grudge case?

The Christian Bible suggests that man betrayed his own soul by succumbing to natural temptation and allowed Sin to enter the world.

There are many folk tales about the Devil, the adversary of humanity depicted in the Bible, creating all kinds of debate intrigue regarding the irredeemability of man.

Mankind has definitely been in situations where blame is unclear. For example, during the American Civil War which was fought mostly over the issue of the abolition of slavery of Africans (African-Americans), both sides of the conflict (the North and the South) were not clearly anti-racist, making blame rather unclear and creating long-term grievances. President Abraham Lincoln had challenges during the post-war Restoration because of this reason.

There are a handful of everyday riddles that deal with this moral ambiguity:

1. If a prostitute falls in love with a client, is the client obligated to show extra respect?

2. If a master does not pay regular wages to a lazy servant, are both parties guilty?

3. If a female rape victim kills her rapist, can the crime be construed as an act of temporary insanity?

America is the land of laissez-faire morality (as compared to, say, Islamic Fundamentalist states such as Iran), and America's brand of multi-cultural traffic creates a colourful kind of mercantilism exchange. For example, the American film "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (Milos Forman) explores the real world story of pornography magazine (Hustler Magazine) publisher Larry Flynt confronting the legal obstacles in America impeding his 'right' to freely use capitalism as a podium to market taboo products liberally. In the dialogue-savvy film, the best virtue upheld is democracy itself.

As the adage goes, "the virtue of the Devil is in his loins," so what would the Devil say about democracy?

Here is a mock debate between the Devil and Shiva (Hindu god of destruction) over the morality-salvation potential of democracy:


SHIVA: Electing leaders ensures grievance dialogue.

DEVIL: Even elected leaders feel the temptation to abuse power.

SHIVA: Power is related to fear.

DEVIL: Power is related to profit.

SHIVA: Democracy can comfort our anxieties about 'guilt by association.'

DEVIL: 'Guilt by association' is the best condemnation of politics.


Such dialogue motivates us to think more progressively about Christian redemption proverbs.

The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare)
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Old Jul 23rd 2016, 08:18 PM
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Question Christian Science: The New Noise?

Christian Science has seen a surge in popularity in recent years where marketing has favoured cross-sectional online dialogue about 'ABCD access,' and other 'schools' such as Scientology have benefitted.

Consider the symbolic American comic book superhero Plastic Man (DC Comics) who seems to represent a consciousness curiosity about human body part growth and elongation (since his body can stretch incredibly due to plastic in his soul) and liken him to the Christian depictions of the serpentine Dragon (or Devil) who also embodies transformations in nature.

Capitalism (e.g., online book sales) has facilitated the distribution of eccentric ideas across business-friendly platforms.

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Old Aug 12th 2016, 01:05 AM
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Post Emma Goldman: Revisionist Anarchism Reach

Emma Goldman was a respected female Jewish intellectual and renowned anarchist known for her role in various political discussions involving mass unemployment and women's rights.

Let's take some 'academic liberties' here and suppose that Emma Goldman had some insightful opinions about the terrible bride-burning (dowry-related) customs in India borne from the myopic caste system.


GOLDMAN: Women burned for dowries deserve justice.
DEVIL: Indians are set in their ways.
GOLDMAN: Politics can cut through torture.
DEVIL: Indian brides are conscious of their circumstances.
GOLDMAN: Yes, but they have no political support.
DEVIL: The dowry gives poor people emotional comfort.
GOLDMAN: If it's making poor people violent, they need help.
DEVIL: Bride-burning is part of Hindu rhetoric.
GOLDMAN: Religion should be open to interpretation.
DEVIL: Only a democracy would work.


By supposing that Goldman is engaged in a gender-related political issue that is not otherwise part of her body of work, we create a 'historical revisionism' that allows us to create argumentative models of the 'applicability' of democracy as 'medicine.'

It doesn't really matter if Goldman cared about dowry-deaths or not, but what is important is that democracy caters to 'pluralism dialogue.'

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Old Jan 9th 2017, 12:08 PM
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Default Dialogue Driveway

The incendiary and unusual Roman Polanski Occultism film The Ninth Gate presents the story of an unscrupulous book dealer who is employed by a strange book collector to retrieve a symbolic book supposedly co-written by the Devil himself.

It is shocking to see what kinds of films pass the discerning eyes of censors, and Polanski is known for experimenting with dangerous themes.

How do we negotiate intellectual freedom with issues regarding censorship (or even parental controls) when discussing ideas about pedagoguery marketing in the arts?


SATAN: Your wife works in a library which carries books about paganism!
JOB: The salary is good, and we live a quiet and peaceful life.
SATAN: Don't you care about ethics in the workplace?
JOB: Library books are free and must be returned and are not 'commercial.'
SATAN: Well, it seems you're unperturbed by random pedagoguery.
JOB: As long as I don't have to be the proselytizer, all is endurable.
SATAN: In the Middle East, women are veiled.
JOB: To each his own.
SATAN: Do you sanction consumerism-based nudity then?
JOB: Pornography is a pay-preference presentation secured by democracy.


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