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Distinguishing Between Political and Real Units of Human Collectivities

When we look at the units of societal organisation, we can see a difference between the nation state, which is the predominant form that maintains internal consistency today, and the multi-national empire, which exists, not because of internal consistency necessarily, but because of the use of some form of external force or power to hold disparate national units together in a larger unity.   310 more words

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Three Difficulties for the Unification of Mankind

When we reflect on the question of human unity, we can recognize that there is no simple or perfect solution yet visible to us.  We view the existing forms of collectivity, and see both the benefits and the limitations of each successively larger formation.   260 more words

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The Need for Humanity to Unify in its Inner Soul Not Just its Outward Life and Body

Throughout history, mankind has attempted to create larger socio-economic units with external means, whether through conquest, economic domination or through some type of political system or form of amalgamation derived through mutual consent of some sort.   440 more words

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The True Role of the State in Individual and Collective Development

There are two major camps when it comes to political philosophy for humanity.  One camp focuses on the rights and needs of the individual and tries to eliminate or minimize the role of a central government, or “state”, in ordering the affairs of the individuals.   455 more words

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The State Functions as a Machinery, Not an Organism

The qualities of a living being, an organism, include responsiveness to circumstances and a certain amount of flexibility.  Those organisms that prove themselves unable to adapt to change tend to die off when the inevitable change comes about over time.   449 more words

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Organised Action and Control by the State Is Not the Best Support for Human Progress

Our mentality tends to create “either/or” analyses which, by the nature of things, generally miss the correct balance in the approach.  Thus, we tend to oppose individual freedom and absolute control by the State, and take a position supporting one and opposing the other, depending on our own predilections.   284 more words

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Every Suicide Bomber's Broken Arrow is Broken

In my last post, “To View the Hunting Design of Mourning”, I examined dreams of the suicide bomber of the Brussels Metro that seemed to show a contact with the heaven of Islam that gave him a divine sanction to carry out his mission. 1,836 more words

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