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    Troubadour, isabelle hayes, kalmoth

    This subject calls for a deep inquiry into our brand of barbarism. The intractability of slavery was demonstrated in Scalia's anxiety to decree the modern-day Reconstruction VRA over with. Perhaps you could review Dante's Inferno to get a sense of the task. And Charles Sumner- you could start with the Grandeur of Nations- to get a handle on what it would take. The problem is not technical or legislative, it is one of  ongoing revolution, spiritual or Socratic in nature. This is what it's like to live in a monarchy, those old philosophers, like Montesquieu, are suddenly relevant again.

    •  Enlightenment thinkers will always be relevant. (3+ / 0-)
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      isabelle hayes, Musial, kalmoth

      Things like monarchy, feudalism, fascism, bureaucracy, aristocracy, theocracy, plutocracy, and yes, even democracy and liberty...they will always be with us in one form or another, sometimes more prevalent, sometimes less.

      You make an important point calling it barbarism, because that is precisely what it is when "justice" becomes merely an authoritarian machine grinding away along its own gears regardless of the consequences rather than a conscious, intelligent action by responsible citizens acting out of both law and conscience.

      Going faster miles an hour, with the radio on.

      by Troubadour on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 11:00:52 PM PDT

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