The potimism of FDR

What Does Progressivism mean in the 21st Century?

Filed under: History, Human Nature

All of a sudden the term “liberal” is off the table, and everyone is using the term “progressive.” Your only assignment in this first post is to listen carefully—more than just once— to Franklin Deleno Roosevelt’s fourth inaugural address in 1945. Keep in mind that Roosevelt was dying of congestive heart failure with his blood …

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What’s Missing in Matt Ridley’s “The Evolution of Everything?”

Filed under: Dominance and Submission, Enlightenment Narrative, Evolutionary psychology, Group Selection, History, Mental illness | 2 Comments

You can quibble around the edges about his analysis (and painfully trite take on religion), but I think he is generally right just as I have been claiming in this blog: over the long haul, human history has been in the direction of greater justice accompanied by prosperity—resulting from the progressive coordination of our increasingly divided labor.

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A Philosophical Journey – Discovering the Mystery of Creation in the Mind – a memoir;#11: Progress, 2 Visions, and Abe Lincoln

Filed under: God, Group Selection, History, Language, Summary of Philosophy

I came to an understanding that the secular progress in the history of our fallen species has been due the long evolved capacity for individuals to construct and subjugate themselves to rules of fairness in the form of secular law in ever expanding groups. Under the authority of law, political and economic competition has progressively …

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God FAQ: How Do We Know God is Still Alive #4: American Civil War & World War II – “Salvation shall be not denied us if our heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.”

Filed under: FAQ's about God, God, History | 1 Comment

Months after my birth in 1941, Roosevelt secretly met with Churchill at Argentia, Newfoundland with the storm clouds of world war ominously looming.   With British and American battle ships lashed together, the sailors all sang “Onward Christian Soldiers.” Although that battle song would be stricken from the hymnals following the war, this was a luminous …

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God FAQ: How Do We Know God Is Still Alive #2 – The Greeks; God orders Socrates to speak the truth plus G*A*M*E*S

Filed under: God, History

So, the ancient Israelis were the first to recognize that the power of God was tied to the rule of justice, and the Kings that invoke God without these rules bring nothing but devastation.  However, what sets the Israelis apart from the other three axial cultures (Greece, Buddhist India, and Confucian China) is their maintenance …

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