Rebirth of Reason

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 10:23amSanction this postReply
Wait the pony is still moving ...

Perhaps, Chris, you are arguing at cross-purposes. As you correctly point out, the ultimate political principles and policies cannot be simply implemented. We need to make changes that can be called structural, cultural, foundational, etc.; this is not something that can take place tomorrow. Schwartz and some of your critics above are focused on defining the correct policy to deal with todayís problems. Yes, it is somewhat of a moot point given that the massive change required, as a prerequisite, wonít happen on the time scale of the current problems. However, I maintain that it still makes sense to appreciate the short-comings of the status-quo by comparison to the ideal.

Thus, I believe that understanding the limits of change help to gain perspective, focus oneís resources, and take a more stoic long-term orientation. It just that itís also important to keep up the fighting spirit! Fortunately, we have plenty of that here on SOLO.

-Jason P from NYC

PS Oh, yes, I havenít commented on your 5 part series because Iíve said it all and youíve set it all in the past. Be assured I read it all and enjoyed it Ö again.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 11:39amSanction this postReply
Superb points, again, Jason.  I've long argued for change through what I call a "tri-level model" (diagram here), something I explain much more extensively in my books, Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical and Total Freedom: Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism.

I've also reminded my students that there is a Greek word for "limitation" that is sometimes translated as "possibility."  And that makes sense, because they are two sides of the same coin. 

A primacy of existence philosophy means that everything has identity. Identity requires the delimiting of this from that.  It requires an understanding of the actual, and it is only once we understand and define actuality that we can begin to understand potentiality.  That same principle is at work anytime we consider the possibilities and promise of social change.

So, alas, the pony keeps galloping.  :)

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