Entering Lonergan's Novum Organon
A transcript of Sean Illing's interview of Martin Gurri, a former CIA analyst who published a book called The Revolt of the Public in 2014 that points to the tremendous impact the digital revolution has had on the dominant institutions of society and the elites who run them. This represents a fundamental institutional change sweeping the world, one in which the elites are exposed as incompetent and resistance to their rule is on the rise--without any idea of what might take their place. Thus there exists a crisis in authority stemming from a breakdown of traditional governmental models suitable for an industrial age but not the digital.
It is at this point that we turn to the question of what fundamental institutional changes are taking place both at the global and US regional levels, since President Trump's foundational stance will engage with such issues. For this we turn to six articles:
The first lays down the key question in the context of multiple ongoing protests erupting around the world; the second suggests key ongoing shifts in the institutional framework involving the three branches of the American federal government; the third considers the founder's belief that only a moral society grounded in Christianity could maintain the Republic they had created; the fourth describes the nature of the plot against President Trump; the fifth considers the current coup playing out in the House, and finally Hanan's response to Max Boot's criticisms of his "ten reasons." Taken together they provide an initial snapshot of current fundamental institutional changes that in effect create the existential context that circumscribes President Trump.
A Case for Trump
At the Edge of Distorder
This is group bias in action,
and hence has its own corrective mode over the short to middle term. But we are concerned with a far deeper cause of decline to which there is no inbuilt corrective mechanism: common sense bias leading to long term decline and eventual collapse into a Tower of Babel. The latter not the former is very much our concern.
Educational Projects: Foundations: Donald Trump II
While elites gnaw on stale agendas, the future is full of things yet undreamed of. Will we be free to listen?
— Richard Fernandez
The Incomplete Chain: "Just the facts, ma'am" is not as simple as it seems. Facts (experiencing, understanding, judging), incomplete research (leading to incomplete interpretations, conflicting histories, and unresolved conflicts in dialectics); and the proportionate limits to human understanding--plus misc. comments.
October 23, 2019
Historical Background Material III
Four videos raising questions that are important when it comes to understanding the foundational stances of Prager, Peterson, and Trump.
Why "Islam IS RIGHT About Women" is Causing "Confusion & Anger"
October 9, 2019
Historical Background I
A first step in understanding some of the historical context within which President Trump operates
A dialogue between Jordan Peterson and Camille Paglia on modern times.
October 16, 2019
Historical Background Material II.
These videos are used to expand participants understanding of some of the key issues of our day.
Here we discuss the procedural difficulties in working out a person's foundational stance, Lonergan's functional specialization as an historical innovation, and the possibility of a second organum grounded in intentionality analysis characteristic of this realm of interiority.
Death of al-Baghdadi
How Mainlanders Suffer Abroad
What is it like to be beyond good and evil?
October 30, 2019
Historical Context IV
This week we continue to expand our knowledge of the key global players as well as hints as to their foundational stance as occupying a position on the dialectical continuum between life-affirming and death-embracing generative principles.
The single most important question society and individuals have to answer: how to make good people?
Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe
Left Over Women and the Gigolos that Love Them
Antifa and the end game: China's cultural revolution, the rise of Generation Zen, and the concept of Baizou.
November 6, 2019
Historical Background V
In this session we dealt with the more immediate context within which President Trump' position can be understood: the prior Obama/Clinton presidency and a classical scholar's who makes a case for trump. The two videos plus commentary are given below.
Preparing for population decline?
The Horrible Truth About Barack Obama's Presidency
End of the Crypto-German Empire
and Old World Order
January 22 Meeting Notes deal with the subject of evil sparked by a comment that Solway makes that evil seems to have a life of its own. Comments break down into three parts:
1. "Evil" as understood in such realms of meaning as common sense, transcendental, and theoretical: a consistent higher blade of operations.
2. "Evil" as a function of failing to exert proper control of meaning due to various biases.
3. Three stages of consciousness: aware of objects, awareness of one's awareness of objects, and awareness sans objects.