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IS, The Middle-East & Some Political Philosophy-A Few Links

From The New Republic:

‘Other Muslims have romanticized the time of the early caliphs—but by occupying a large area and ruling it for more than a year, the Islamic State can claim to be their heirs more plausibly than any recent jihadist movement.

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Is History Really Over?

“In 1989, as the Cold War entered the bottom of the ninth inning, political scientist Francis Fukuyama wrote a memorable essay entitled “The End of History?” And despite the question mark in the article’s title, the argument resolved itself in a straightforward answer: “Yes.” It was a nifty bit of Hegelian reasoning, filtered through the thinking of a Russian-born Frenchman named Alexandre Kojève, and it fit the temper of the times perfectly: Communism was collapsing; the great debates of the past two centuries were being resolved in the victory of market-based economies and democracy over state-based economies and authoritarianism; “history,” understood in grand philosophical terms, was over; and while things were likely to be more peaceful, they were also likely to be more boring. 138 more words

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End of summer

Summer is just about over, which means going back to school to teach.  It’s an ok job… Yes, the pay is low, but some of the kids make the experience very rewarding.  65 more words

The Human Rights Cake

Repression, denial, tactical concessions, prescriptive status, and rule-consistent behaviors. Five easy ingredients that will according to Risse and Sikkink lead to the development of positive human rights within a state. 1,481 more words


Night shots pt. 2

Not much to say in this post.  I’ve been checking out minimalism photos and I’ve been getting interested in taking simple photos involving 2 intersecting planes (ie. 78 more words

Night shots

So immediately after the last post where I claimed to be taking shots less often, I was struck with motivation to practice taking photos at night.   223 more words

Review of Francis Fukuyama; The Origins of Political Order

During a lecture Stephan Hawking once gave, a fellow distinguished scientist challenged Hawking to prove that the universe was not carried on the back of a giant turtle, as posed by ancient Native American  798 more words