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 kill children 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.
Half a million Americans have been shot to death since 9/11, and only a few thousand with justification. But while writing on this topic, I received >3,000 comments dispassionately claiming I am intentionally falsifying data; that the numbers are wrong; and that rights supercede concerns for innocent death, without any concern for the dead at all. Later sections address these concerns, but first one finds oneself wondering why otherwise perfectly good people are so desensitized to the deaths their attitudes are causing. 2nd-Amendment advocates have moreover become increasingly defensive and hostile on their right to kill. Is this anger hiding rising guilt?
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.
Utilitarianism, transcendental rights, atheistic social contracts, legal positivism, and human rights are new ideas that extend the original social contract of the United States. This topic examines what they are, and how they are likely to evolve.
Natural law works as a homeostatic power system. This topic explores the theory behind this amazing engine of power, which has driven the United States to extraordinary political success for several centuries.
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:
Marxism is not a political ideal in itself, but a theory of social evolution which has produced new ideas of Communism as a product of poverty of the masses, and secular corruption. This article explores the derivation and implication of the theory.
Can Trump avoid reciprocal alienation? This topic starts with an overview of a six-part series on natural rights and the social contract in natural law, then demonstrates how to apply the theory to predict the future with a topical example.
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.
Jefferson's greatest failure may have been his inability to make education a natural right under God. Most do not realize how that failure could lead to the end of United States in this century. So here is an explanation.
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