Monthly Archives: October 2011

Rational Irrationalities

I was thinking about whether or not irrationality could lead to rationality in a society, and I began to come up with several examples where this may be the case. The best one is Gandhi’s mass civil disobedience movement that … Continue reading

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Friends, Enemies, and Pie

Erik Loomis at the blog Lawyers, Guns, and Money has a nice example of the fun stuff you can find when you read old newspapers. Schmitt argues that politics emerges in the distinction between friends and enemies. Once that distinction … Continue reading

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Myth, Attitudes, and Terrorism

Myth seems to be our new favorite word in class, thanks to Carl Schmitt. What is a myth? According to the New Oxford American Dictionary (that one built into your MacBook), a myth is: 1 a traditional story, esp. one … Continue reading

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More on Myths

I was thinking a lot about one of the questions on the reading quiz about myths, and if they exist in modern democracy.  The actual question is #3, which is “What are some of the mythologies that Schmitt diagnoses in … Continue reading

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It’s all in your heads

This is my foreign reaction to when Glenn asked last class if we thought the American government would collapse if another terrorist attack happened on a larger scale than 9/11, and many of you said that you did believe that … Continue reading

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Expectations on Self-Assessment Essay

Let me first direct your attention back to the syllabus. I state there, on page 3 (and again on page 4), that this class is designed to reward steadiness/effort, skill, improvement, creative risk-taking, and initiative. So my broad expectation in … Continue reading

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More on Mill and Media

Last class we talked about how Mill’s view is that everyone has the potential to become the member of a society if they are “prepared” to do so. I thought it was interesting how closely Chomsky’s view of modern mass … Continue reading

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