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Précision du vocabulaire «  Le penseur a besoin de l’imagination, de l’élan de l’abstraction, de l’élévation au-dessus des sens, de l’invention, du pressentiment, de l’induction, de la dialectique, de la déduction, de la critique, de la réunion des matériaux, de la pensée impersonnelle, de la contemplation et de la vision synthétique, et, dernier point et non le moindre, de justice…

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Deutschland erwache!

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Deutschland erwache!I. Z. Nessuno-Raskolnikov (2018) Prolog Deutschland erwache!K. Tucholsky (1930)Daß sie ein Grab dir graben,dass sie mit Fürstengelddas Land verwildert haben,dass Stadt um Stadt verfällt ...Sie wollen den Bürgerkrieg entfachen –(das sollten die Kommunisten mal machen!)dass der Nazi dir einen Totenkranz flicht –:Deutschland, siehst du das nicht –? Daß sie im Dunkel nagen,dass sie im Hellen schrein;dass sie an allen TagenFaschismus…

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what democracy looks like?

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  hey IOPS! some random ass content for ya... this is a clip of some video i took in June 2017 at an anti-Sharia rally out front Seattle City Hall. counter protests were also planned and executed in much greater numbers, waving signs and creating intentional noise to drown out the anti-Sharia speakers. some related violent exchanges took place in a nearby area a couple hours after dispersal, which is not a part of this clip. none of the people in this video were official speakers. at least…

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Why we should go on with IOPS

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As anyone can see, IOPS is not doing well. Although new members keep coming in, the activity level here is close to absolute zero. So a natural question is, Why bother? Why not simply admit that IOPS is a failure and give up?  The essence of my argument for not giving up is that “something like IOPS” is needed, and that there is currently no alternative. I do not feel a particular loyalty to IOPS as an organization, and if I see a better alternative I’ll be happy to jump ship,…

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Dialogue on Trump

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[Another blog for the great roaring void that is IOPS and its four or five readers. This is a response to an email I got the other day about Trump from a friend of mine who is, or was, a progressive, now retired academic specializing in public health. My friend’s quoted arguments have been extracted and numbered by me. I thought the exchange perhaps of more general interest.] 1. “So much of the anti-Trump tirades distracts attention from the systemic problems, making him out to be some…

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It’s “Deep State” Time Again

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By Fred Nagel, April 21, 2017 Whenever there are obvious conflicts within the ruling class, the concept of a Deep State is brought out to explain why our government seems to be coming apart at the seams. When the tired rhetoric of our two party system can’t bring us to a satisfying catharsis, there is always the deus ex machina of grand conspiracies and hidden rulers. The actual nature of our oppression, however, has been in plain sight for decades, although assiduously avoided by much…

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