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    Thrashing sophists and misologists for sport.

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    "A mass culture is a culture which can be appropriated by the meanest capacities without any intellectual and moral effort whatsoever and at a very low monetary price. ... But democracy, even if it is only regarded as the hard shell which protects the soft mass culture, requires in the long run qualities of an entirely different kind: qualities of dedication, of concentration, of breadth and of depth. Thus we understand most easily what liberal education means here and now. Liberal education is the counter-poison to mass culture, to the corroding effects of mass culture, to its inherent tendency to produce nothing but "specialists without spirit or vision and voluptuaries without heart." Liberal education is the ladder by which we try to ascend from mass democracy to democracy as originally meant. Liberal education is the necessary endeavor to found an aristocracy within democratic mass society. Liberal education reminds those members of a mass democracy who have ears to hear, of human greatness. ... Liberal education, which consists in the constant intercourse with the greatest minds, is a training in the highest form of modesty, not to say of humility. It is at the same time a training in boldness: it demands from us the complete break with the noise, the rush, the thoughtlessness, the cheapness of the Vanity Fair of the intellectuals as well as of their enemies. It demands from us the boldness implied in the resolve to regard the accepted views as mere opinions, or to regard the average opinions as extreme opinions which are at least as likely to be wrong as the most strange or the least popular opinions."

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  1. Video of Infantry Graduation

    At the risk of seeming impolite: go fuck yourself. That tired old chestnut doesn't hitch you too much mileage anymore. An understanding of things political has precious little to do with "level of service" as your posts have indicated ad nauseum.
  2. Russia

    80% of the upper echelons of the Russian establishment have KGB roots. I don't think they are going to go quietly into that good night. Demographically, they are f**ked. Maybe they will be the first to go gung-ho on the cloning. Hey, Stalin wanted to bring Planet of the Ape soldiers to a war theater near you...
  3. Video of Infantry Graduation

    A Few Good Men was a nauseating attempt at "cinematography." Liberal self-righteousness über alles, followed by pass the fine whine and myopic cheese to talk about how evil the American military is, always has been, and always will be.
  4. Tired of logging into each board separately? Don't you wish there was a better way? Now there is! Yeah, I wish something like this were available too. I just made this up. It can't be THAT hard of a programming job though. Here's hoping ...
  5. The "Purpose" of Life

    "Selfless" is a very concise encapsulation of an extremely deep and seemingly close to ineradicable confusion in the minds of humans. It involves deep hopes tied to fundamental fears, convictions of deserving confused with grace given worth, and a natural desire for domination next to the angst of known impotence.
  6. New Blood testing now available through UN

    Looks promising. What are the further details - are you talking about having people send in their own samples, or have you worked something out with an establishment like HealthTestsDirect? Also, will there be liver and lipids tests? GGT, HDL, LDL are particularly valuable for "supplementing" bodybuilders.
  7. Stevia

    The phrase is 'harshing his mellow' ...
  8. I look forward to seeing how this goes.
  9. Big Corporations

    Those with the ultra efficient supply chain aren't any more evil, the others just aren't as efficient. These days people could spend waaaay less time provisioning themselves, and way more time engaging in something meaningful. They don't. I don't blame Wal-Mart for that. Hell, they barely even do marketing. They pretty much arrive, naked, and bring beer. People crowd in and leave happy. That they do not then go become Nobel laureates has, I suspect, precious little to do with bemonacled and mustachioed corporate evil.
  10. Libertarianism is Stupid

    Illegitimacy, kids growing outside of anything resembling a stable family, that is way more of an issue than the economics behind all of this. As long as that is remains as it is, all efforts will fail, or at least require manifold the funds that could otherwise accomplish some good things. Little grows to be healthy out of a polluted soil or "culture".
  11. Libertarianism is Stupid

    Add a similarly eloquent diatribe about the prevalence of non-functional families, fatherless children, &c., and you've got a pretty sweeping, yet accurate scope of the problem.
  12. The "Purpose" of Life

    Difficult to explain with the brevity of a forum post. Go and read Rousseau's "Considerations on the Government of Poland." Nietzsche would not be in disagreement with most of Rousseau's presentation as to the best kind of political arrangement. That said, Nietzsche would (as did Rousseau) recognize this as being almost utterly unachieveable, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances, and in any case, something which could simply not be maintained. For one thing, it would require limited size, isolation, and 'a fresh start'. Nietzsche, Rousseau, and Plato are in agreement at least about the limitations of politics. Enjoying the fruits of a stable and prosperous political system are things to be desired, but beyond that, highly active political involvement if it is ironically for the betterment of the inferior, it is to the detriment of the superior. Consider, likewise, the reasons Descartes gives, in Discourse on Method, for situating himself in Holland. People can learn to live freely, even under despotism, as from Tacitus, but it is obviously greatly to be preferred to live in the most pleasant and free circumstances - America today is not unlike Tocqueville's described "soft despotism." In short, there are those who require politics to do things for them, and they are in fact benefited by having these things done; there are others who enjoy "the wages of the best," which is to not be ruled by (or obligated to and in service of) their inferiors. For these, they can still contribute to the betterment of "their" society, but it is more to be understood in the sense of a gift to strangers.
  13. The "Purpose" of Life

    I must admit that I haven't seen the movie, but it doesn't sound like such a bad message... at least if children are simultaneously informed that the belittlement or derision of one's inferiors is simply the mirror of leveling and resentful egalitarianism - and that both are ignoble, vulgar, and unjust. To put it in simpler terms, Nietzsche was rather of the "pick on someone your own size" school of thought, finding aesthetically repulsive ignobility whether it were to come from the weak or the strong (here understood in the most rudimentary, or political, way). Kalos (beautiful/noble) behaviour, something evidencing power, is by no means exclusive to the troglodytically strong, indeed victory in that realm rarely fails to summon corruption and embasement.
  14. Awesome. Now I can get eyes on the back of my head! /
  15. The "Purpose" of Life

    Guess you missed this: Your understanding of power seems to come from listening to the bad guys in cartoons, or (what is the mirror of the same) Noam Chomsky.