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Category Archives: education
When the NSA cannot decrypt, the seeds of the electronic state of nature are planted
When the NSA can no longer decrypt encrypted documents, we will not usher in a new era of liberty or freedom. What we will learn is that our freedom has a dangerous limit. We will wake up to the truth … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, education, Government, philosophy, privacy Tagged current-events, Edward Snowden, Government Communications Headquarters, National Security Agency, NSA, political philosophers, Rule of law, United States Comments Off on When the NSA cannot decrypt, the seeds of the electronic state of nature are planted
A change of name but the journey continues
I decided it was time to change the name of the blog. Although, I still believe the word statesmanship is under appreciated and should be used more to understand politics today, I accept that a lot of readers may assume … Continue reading
Posted in education, philosophy, statesmanship, war Tagged Aristotle, Francis Fukuyama, Philosophy, Plato, Political Philosophy, Politics, Statesman Comments Off on A change of name but the journey continues
Steve Jobs, Martin Heidegger, Apple and the new culture of technology
As human beings, we seek a personal relationship in all that we do. We want to see others and we want others to see us. When we meet and talk to each on a personal and physical level, we … Continue reading
Posted in education, philosophy, privacy Tagged Apple, Heidegger, Human, Martin Heidegger, Philosophy, technology, virtual friends 1 Comment
Penn State and the crisis of the American University.
The Penn State crisis reveals a deeper crisis than the Sandusky crimes where a sexual predator preyed on young boys. The crisis is more than the cover up of the crimes described in the grand jury document and the Freeh … Continue reading
Politics, Batman and the use of abstract language.
In politics, we often use abstract language as an intentional strategy to exclude our opponents and include our supporters. In this manner, language hides as much as it reveals. The more abstract the language, the more we can read into … Continue reading
Posted in education, good writing, occupy wall street Tagged abstract language, Abstraction, Anti-capitalism, Bane, Batman, Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller, Gotham, occupy wall street, Politics, United States Comments Off on Politics, Batman and the use of abstract language.
Why did I start blogging? Reflections after my 50th blog posts.
I finally made it to 50. When I started blogging, I decided that once I reached 50 posts I would decide whether to continue or stop. Either I would not make it, through boredom, fear, too much hard work or … Continue reading
Posted in education, FOIA, good writing, Government, local government, scholarship Tagged Academia, blog, blogging, Community of practice, Diplo, Jiscmail, United States, Vietnam War Comments Off on Why did I start blogging? Reflections after my 50th blog posts.
Hyperlinks, Leo Strauss and the return of esoteric writing
I have been thinking recently about the phrase “Hyperlinks subvert hierarchies.” I argued in an earlier blog that this was not the case. I suggested that hyperlinks reflect hierarchies and those hierarchies are networks. In that approach, I only considered … Continue reading
What happens when we can longer find the moral arguments to defend democracy?
The following was developed in response to an exchange I had with Paul Bernal on his excellent blog about the UK government’s proposed surveillance powers. In the discussion in previous class on the issue, a student from the former soviet … Continue reading
Posted in education, Government, scholarship, statesmanship Tagged Democracy, good citizens, James Madison, Michael Sandel, Politics, surveillance powers Comments Off on What happens when we can longer find the moral arguments to defend democracy?
Educating ourselves to particpate in politics: what is the best way to live?
The following is based on comment, I posted on http://adragonsbestfriend.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/knowledge-is-porridge/ The challenge for educating our young to take part in politics, is that teaching is no longer about educating. Moreover educating is no longer about teaching someone to think or … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, education, Government Tagged Atheism, Education, God, human-rights, Philosophy, Politics, pragmatic alternatives, Pragmatism, Twitter 4 Comments