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Civility

What's Changing? - Civility

Civility

 

Please see below selected recent civility-related change.

 

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June 2021

  • Exponential View warned of an increasing “degroundedness” in modern notions of citizenship. The pressure of globalised capitalism and the erosion of critical pillars of citizenship like voting or even knowledge of a country’s political history led the economist Branko Milanovic to ask the rather provocative question: Is citizenship just a rent? The last vestiges of citizenship, in Milanovic’s view, are confined to a stream of income (in the form of benefits) and advantages that “one receives if lucky to have been born or become a citizen of a rich nation”.

 

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Quote 2203

Our civilised world is nothing but a great masquerade. You encounter knights, parsons, soldiers, doctors, lawyers, priests, philosophers and a thousand more: but they are not what they appear - they are merely masks... . Usually, as I say, there is nothing but industrialists, businessmen and speculators concealed behind all these masks - Schopenhauer

Quote 2202

Open societies - people act on basis of biased views but learn from experience and there is a critical process at work that tends to correct the bias so that while perfect knowledge remains unattainable, there is at least a tendency for thinking and reality to come closer together (101-02) Solid: Closed societies (Iran, Soviet Union) suffer from "static disequilibrium" - changes in the real world cannot change the unbending dogma. Gaseous: at the other end, things change so quickly that there are unintended consequences and events spin out of the participants' control (French, Industrial and comms/Internet revolutions all examples - DK) - leading to regime change - George Soros, The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered

Quote 2201

I don't want to be overly dramatic about it, but I think people more and more wonder, is this living, or are we just going through the motions? What's happening? Is everything being leached out of life? Is the whole texture and values and everything kind of draining away? - John Zerzan, Running on Emptiness: The Pathology of Civilisation

Quote 2200

I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. Be kind - Richard Greenberg