Month: May 2018

“Humanitarian Missions” as Imperial Adventures

“Humanitarian Missions” as Imperial Adventures

The 1991 US intervention into Somalia was a failure. The reasons for this are not hard to find and are inherent in any escapade of this type. The UN-based military did not operate with a full, functional knowledge of local conditions since, outside of Africa, few people know anything about the country. Worse, strategic demands were just as important as humanitarian goals, believe it or not, especially given the immense strategic significance of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden coastlines. This, and the inability to disarm “warlords” led to the withdrawal of the US and the eventual Ethiopian invasion.

The West as Shakespeare`s  Prospero in “The Tempest”

The West as Shakespeare`s Prospero in “The Tempest”

The Tempest is a pastoral drama, it belongs to that literary kind which includes certain earlier English plays and is concerned with the opposition of nature and art. These both are presented through the characters of the two non-human beings, the natives of the aisle, Caliban and Ariel. Caliban represents nature without the benefit of nature, nature to an Art which is man`s power over the created world and over himself.; Nature divorced from grace or the senses without the mind. Ariel, on the other hand, is the chief instrument of Prospero’s Art. Prospero exercises his power through Ariel, that is to say, his moral wisdom has been attained through the imagination, or with interaction with the imagination.

The City Called to Him

The City Called to Him

Lance Kennedy’s The City Called to Him is about a man, known only as the Wanderer, having returned to the city of youth only to find it profoundly changed. The City, once a vibrant place filled activity and life, is now a dreary, desolate corpse-stricken charnel-house ruled over by a sorceress known only as the Mother. The Mother ascended to the throne of the City after first gaining the trust of and then betraying its Lord, having used dark magic to open a rift, summoning forth all manner of daemons and eldritch abominations who then proceeded to empty the City of all life.

What did Hegel Mean by “Dialectics?”

What did Hegel Mean by “Dialectics?”

Dialectics is a profound understanding of reality that does way with the simplistic positivism of Occam, Locke and his successors. The purpose of the dialectical method is to discover the ground for science, but more specifically, propositions about objects and relations science deals with. Our pragmatic mind begins with the object, but our speculative – or scientific mind – does not. It begins with Being. A “fact” never exists by itself and is nonsensical in isolation.

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