Educational Projects: Foundations: Donald Trump I

June 26, 2019

Second viewing of CPAC

The attached notes deal with business, not the Donald's speech. Business includes:

  1. A reminder that we are not a discussion group but a research team dedicated to actualizing Lonergan's notion of a cosmopolis.
  2. That in the case of both CPAC and SOTU we might have to investigate President's Trump's actions, in the belief that actions speak louder than words.
  3. The context for Prager's speech lay with the loss of the American founders belief in natural law; that of Peterson, the Utopian "non-present presence"; but what about President Trump's context? To liven the discussion, a framing by Richard Fernandez of PJ Media is offered as an example of one such context.

Or Both?

July 3, 2019

General discussion + two short videos

  1. Lonergan's methodology as the third organum, with the first being the shift from plainchant to Western harmonic classical music and the second the development of a specialized heuristic structure for the study of the empirical world. The first brought us the great symphonies while the second the creation of wealth. What will the third bring? (Hint: the JesusLand Existential Crisis of 3013-15?)
  2. Two short videos, one by Victor Davis Hanson on the deleterious effects of three post-modern ideologies he names Multiculturalism, Utopian Pacifism, and Moral Equivalence, and the other by Andrew Klavan and Bill Whittle on whether or not Christianity is the essential basis for freedom and prosperity.
  3. An article by Bruce Thornton titled "The Pandemic of False Knowledge." This is especially important for any cosmopolis work that attempts to reveal our own and society's blind spots.

June 12, 2019

First viewing of President Trump's address to CPAC

The attached notes covers:

  1. the initial reactions of the views, plus a few points by the team leader to keep in mind
  2. the place his speech has within the conference (prior and post conference activities)
  3. hints as to the underlying context, especially the enlargement of the Peterson's Non-Present Presence NPP

The interesting twist in this our third attempt to objectify a person's foundational stance is that we will be comparing two different presentations in order to see if there is any significant change from one context to another.

State of the Union Address

February 5, 2019

Conservative Political Action Conference

(CPAC) 2019

It's becoming clear that any assessment of President Trumps foundational stance using the evidence provided by these two public speeches will be incomplete without an answer to the question of what he is actually doing as opposed to what he says he will do. At some future point, we may have to delve into the question of his public record for the first two years of his presidency, but for now I'd like to draw your attention to a little known document titled "National Security Strategy of the United States of America" dated December 2017, commissioned by President Trump. This document not only provides direct evidence of what he is doing but gives the rational for many of his actions in office.

This is the third testing of a research methodology for working out the foundational stance based on a detailed video chosen for the way in which the person presents who he really is, i.e., his core value. Note how evaluating the previous attempt has lead to an improvement of our technique.

NOTE: We will resume this thread in September. In the meantime I'm working on The Project, an attempt to pull together over 14 years of work. RCB

Two Alternatives

June 19, 2019

First viewing of President Trump's 2019 SOTU Address

Attached notes cover:

  1. The general context of SOTU Addresses
  2. The specific political context surrounding the 2019 Address
  3. Initial comments from the Cosmopolis Research Director

An Emergent Cosmopolis