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Category:
Guns
Created:
08/17/16
Modified:
09/19/16
Words:
3588

In efforts to increase sales in the last year, NRA has started using the hate-rhetoric techniques developed by Hitler which, in accordance with research on cognitive dissonance, has caused rapid increases in pro-violent peer pressure appearing on social media, inclining and inciting to terrorism. A study of 400 Tea Party members found half of them already ready to shoot children merely for stealing apples off an apple tree in the back yard. Intense social pressure to support killing and violence creates a ripe picking ground for those seeking to recruit or persuade malcontents to terrorism.

How Much is the NRA Really Responsible for these Deaths?

More: Initial Thoughts on NRA's Propaganda
Category:
Natural Law, Rights, and the Social Contract
Created:
08/11/16
Modified:
08/11/16
Words:
15540

Tracing the three threads of development in ideas of natural law worldwide. In the West, it starts with the Stoic secularism of Cicero. Augustine's theocracy replaces it, spreading to the Middle East and back, via Averroes to Aquinas. Neoplatonism disappears, perhaps merging into the Christian church as divine awe for paternally guided afterlife. But no ideas of afterlife merge into the East or Far East. Instead Buddhist ideas spread Eastwards and transform, with their ultimate realization by Tsongkhapa; but in the Far East, later Han Lo eschews Buddhism, and Taoist ideas merge into Neoconfucianism.

Divergence of Divine and Natural Law

More: Divergence of Divine and Natural Law
Category:
Natural Law, Rights, and the Social Contract
Created:
08/07/16
Modified:
08/15/16
Words:
10239

Considering the significance of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" to all Americans, the social contract from which they are derived is the most important yet least understood topic in the United States. This article explains why Jefferson chose the particular words that he did for the Declaration of Independence:

Natural Rights and Constitutional Law in the USA's Social Contract
More: The Social Contract in the United States
Category:
Essays
Created:
06/07/16
Modified:
06/07/16
Words:
802

One frustration in teaching Socrates' allegory of the cave in the last decade has been that its parallels with the movie 'The Matrix,' once indicated, tend to overwhelm the young mind with inopportune imageries, such that the original point is rather lost. Yet on the other hand, the students taught also me some new insights I did not expect, and one of those was the role of fear.

Things may not be What they seemed?
More: Glaucon in the Matrix