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Wed, Sep. 20th, 2006 07:34 am
Mukokuseki diasporans

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(Anonymous)
Wed, Sep. 20th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)

For those of us hoping to create Utopia here on Earth in the next 15-20 years, each right wing politician elected seems like another death blow.

But we can relax, because when we go back and read history, we realize that the Greeks and Romans faced all the same issues that we do now.

A country shifts a little left, a country shifts a little right. A culture looks outward for a little while, then looks inward, then repeats. The pendulum swings back and forth, and has an equlibrium effect.

National boundaries are not going to disappear in our lifetimes. Utopia cannot be achieved by adopting socialism or any other revolutionary doctrine fashionable among half-educated college-aged kids with lots of time on their hands. One president or PM doesn't have the power to destroy a country or turn it into a paradise. Whether you know it or not, by clamoring to set up one-size-fits-all unifying bodies like the EU, you are helping to further advance the monoculture of McDonalds, Toyota and khaki pants. National "self-satisfaction" helps preserve cultural difference. Balance is the key. Paradoxically, a group of people who are frightened into respecting "diversity" over everything else end up becoming bland and homogenized, unified only by the consumer culture they share.

-henryperri


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Sep. 20th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)

http://www.yanous.com/news/editorial/img/Royal.jpg


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norsteinbeckler
Norstein Beckler
Wed, Sep. 20th, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)

You betray your roots!

"For those of us hoping to create Utopia here on Earth in the next 15-20 years, each right wing politician elected seems like another death blow."

You make a good point in general. It's amazing how terrified people are of George W. Bush, mostly out of their own bigotry & incredible cowardice, instead of pertaining to actual reality. Things have never been better for Beckler, & the Beckling is good! Ultimately, my feeling is that one must continue to persevere with one's plan regardless of the political climate.


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