In loving tribute to my uncle, Bibhu Ganguly, September 2017. Momo Chitte, who is my heart forevermore.

Ketaki Gulab, Ketaki Flowers

Kobi Rabindranath Tagore.

William Jennings Bryan remarked, “Imperialism finds its inspiration in dollars, not in duty.” Why the war on Terror can no longer be fought on political grounds alone. End ideologies for all times.

 

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There has to be a concomitant moral response to why people are driven to destroy one another. To do this here are some salient instructions to follow. Moral rights are a necessity and the way to begin this dialogue is with those whose dignities were violated beyond human recognition. It is a belief that moral human beings have to accept the values of those who survived the horrors of war as the standards of moral righteousness and therefore rights.  Blasphemy against God are crimes and no one human being is blameless in this regard. The task lies now in identifying and removing that blasphemy as a means of resurrecting moral law.  It is probably hubris to claim that victims of world war II, especially those who perished in labor camps both in Europe and in South Asia, the Jews and those under the rule of a deceitful dictatorship. Non-violent movements during that time is as good place as any to begin such a conversation. But these two events come up over and over again as crimes that are not acceptable.  They are not forgivable and never will be because the incidents also were connected to the affairs of God in our lives. The Shoah is not something God accepted, and brutality as a means of living is also not what a loving God accepted.  Therefore, the number one lesson that we must draw as moral is that one does not make victimhood a right to their personhood but rather a place of moral contestations.  EVERYONE should be a part of this important appeal as it pertains to self-government demonstrated by MK Gandhi and by ambitious democracies in the world such as Israel. Proponents of terror such as ISIS and AlQeida are ruled by the same laws that govern Blasphemy in religion.  Their blasphemous activities injure and remove the one on one relationship that human beings are ENTITLED to have with God. No one has the right to take this humanity away. Laws from important religious authorities such as the ones in Jerusalem will take being to take into account events and judge them accordingly. Thus, if one is a terrorist or is training to become one, they should know that the hand of justice is going to reach out to them and mete out concomitant punishment.  The only relationship to law a human being has in our world is with free individuals. God is widely acknowledged as the chief advocate of  liberty and thus of a different dimension of human freedom, moral liberty.  We need God’s help to repair lives and the only way to accomplish is to obey his works. Licentious, predatory, incriminating and other murderous acts that plague our world today have to be accounted for.  Both free and enslaved human beings if they espouse the validity of truth dejure establishes all laws, criminal, civil, moral, commercial and so and so forth. Such is the power of truth in action.  It is then easy to remove corrupt and disgraced people, whether they are governments, politicians, terrorists, gangsters, law enforcement and every other kind of human being. Without God life is unlivable and this is a moral reality we all accept whether we are religious adherents or adherents of a greater power than ourselves. This is the ONLY way to curb human egotism, the culprit of all actions in this world and beyond.

 

 

 

Politicization of aesthetics, Walter Benjamin and Emilio Gentile. Wicked Waltz NOT.

170px-sanzio_01_plato_aristotleAlternately, the term “the politicization of aesthetics” has been used as a term for an struggleideologically opposing synthesis, sometimes associated with the wherein art is ultimately subordinate to political life and thus a result of it, separate from it, but which is attempted to be incorporated for political use as theory relating to the consequential political nature of art.  In Benjamin’s original formulation the politicization of aesthetics was treated conceptually as the polar opposite of the aestheticization of politics, the former treated as a kind of revolutionary praxis and the latter as fascism.

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Vanity thy name is woman, Hillary? Hamlet, really.

Closure after loss? barbarian

Why Worship Here? Because God does.

Rabbinic Jerusalem

Rabbinic Jerusalem

Rabbinic adorations

Rabbinic adorations

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Rabbis in Prayer at the Western Wall, Jerusalem, Israel.

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Rabbinic clothing 18th                century not.

 

 

Satyagraha. The pyre of a Satyagrahi’s assassination, MK Gandhi’s funeral in1948.

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A Law of Value. Juridical speech. Speech as elected opinion.

A moderated law of value must rest upon two defining principles, 1. Value as elected opinion 2. Law as freed labor. We are called to share value by obeying democratic lawful governance. When nations are unprepared to fulfill these responsibilities they are nothing but common thieves and criminals.  By agitation and resistance, it is incumbent upon EVERY individual to demand that these constraints be removed from the private and public sphere. Failure to do so will bring danger and destitution to our world. In order to live freely one must be prepared to die for freedom. Whether freedom is metaphysical or existential is one’s own business.  However, nations will be required to embrace freedom’s cost as a way out from under fiefdoms.  Fascists prosper when individualists ignore their duties as law-abiding people. They wait for criminal authorities to uphold law.  Sadly, laws can work when people are willing to stand up for them. Unwillingness to do so is very very expensive.  When speech is juridical a vigorous and ongoing defense of opinion should provide justice. This fight is moral and must begin and conclude with making life worthwhile of laws of value.  Through practice of opinionated speech it might be possible to discard evil thinking. Only then rule of law is value fit to become enshrined within human beings.

When can you deny established majesty? While seeking evil in the many forms of hatred.

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Satyagraha, laws as value. Disobey humans. Dissidence and Civil Disobedience in America.

Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly. MK Gandhi, Satyagraha in South Africa and India.  Response of values as a means for dissidence.

 

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Civil Disobedience: An Encyclopedic History of Dissidence in the United States of America from the past to the current centuries. Mary Ellen Snodgrass – 2015 – 800 pages. The Baptist Story.  Confiscation of Goods.  Abraham Bloyce, Spinning Wheel. Phineas Coller, cow, kettle, tankard, pewter plates. Henry Fisk deacon, cow, five pewter plates. Jonathan Perry, saddle, steer. John Pike, Cow.

Throughout American history, people with strong beliefs that ran counter to society’s rules and laws have used civil disobedience to advance their causes. From the Boston Tea Party in 1773, to the Pullman Strike in 1894, to the draft card burnings and sit-ins of more recent times, civil disobedience has been a powerful force for effecting change in American society.This comprehensive A-Z encyclopedia provides a wealth of information on people, places, actions, and events that defied the law to focus attention on an issue or cause. It covers the causes and actions of activists across the political spectrum from colonial times to the present, and includes political, social economic, environmental, and a myriad of other issues.”Civil Disobedience” ties into all aspects of the American history curriculum, and is a rich source of material for essays and debates on critical issues and events that continue to influence our nation’s laws and values. It explores the philosophies, themes, concepts, and practices of activist groups and individuals, as well as the legislation they influenced. It includes a detailed chronology of civil disobedience, listings of acts of conscience and civil disobedience by act and by location, a bibliography of primary and secondary sources, and a comprehensive index complete the set. https://www.amazon.com/Civil-Disobedience-Encyclopedic-History-Dissidence/dp/0765681277.

 

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Does God allow crimes of passion. For example, blasphemy. From the book, Blasphemy. David Lawton, Author. Published in 1993.

Blasphemy has been a force in producing many forms of Western cultural identity. Blasphemy continues to influence our relations with other cultures, yet it is not so much an idea as a shifting rhetorical figure. It stands for whatever we deplore: we define the truths we uphold in terms of the blasphemies we attack. “Blasphemy is an orthodoxy’s way of demonizing difference,” writes Lawton. Blasphemy has been a force in producing many forms of Western cultural identity. Blasphemy continues to influence our relations with other cultures, yet it is not so much an idea as a shifting rhetorical figure. It stands for whatever we deplore: we define the truths we uphold in terms of the blasphemies we attack.
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