Say a crime has been committed. You are a detective and your task is to determine who committed the crime. Who should be charged with this crime? The thing you do is try to tell the story of the crime, given the evidence, in such a way that all the pieces fit together. You have some idea of how the crime was committed. Say it was a robbery. You have some account of the motive. The criminals, whomever they were, thought there was a lot of cash collected on site on that day. You have some idea of how it was done. There must have been an insider who gave the thieves information. That’s the only way, say, that they could have obtained access to the actual cash at a time when it was most vulnerable. And you have a list of suspects who were available, people without alibis, who might have done the deeds.
I was at work, chit chatting, and one of my co-workers brought up philosophy. For some reason he was taking a philosophy class at our local community college. He liked it, he said.
I told him that my degree was in philosophy. He wanted my thoughts on philosophy, classes, and so forth. I delayed our conversation until we were going home.
I told him that if we were interested in philosophy, the only goal we should have, or, our most important goal, would be to try to understand reality. In general, come up with an answer to the question, “What’s it all about?”
I said a lot of what you get in philosophy classes is going to be related to becoming some philosophy professor, or someone who knows something about the history of philosophy. You’ll be able to say which philosopher said what outrageous thing. And so forth.
But, if you just wanted to do the most important thing, then you have to develop for yourself some account of how reality is put together.
I’ve pointed out previously that a college education has become more pricey. Some have thought that the only justification for such an expense is if it gets you a good job. A much better job. And so too, states have only supported programs in colleges which go to training people for these jobs.
This video argues that there are other values which justify college. The time spent in college can go to helping people become better people. The time can be wasted. But, many are able to see themselves, become better, and so forth.
The following is a discussion of Prof. Giroux’s response to what “right wingers” have said in response to “left wing” politics and social positions, particularly the welfare state.
On the one hand, you can’t have a democracy when so many people are dependent on government for their basic necessities. They need to be providing for themselves. On the other, you can’t have a democracy when so many helpless people are neglected by the society and government at large.
If we try to examine what’s going on in the world outside of our jobs and family’s lives, we hear about the crisis here and the crisis there. One of the big crises involves how Obama, the Democrats and Republicans are driving the nation over the proverbial cliff. The following videos discuss the current problems government has been having paying the bills with the tax money we’ve been giving it. Apparently, there’s more money being spent than what the government takes in. Hence, there’s been a lot of discussion about what that all means.
I’m not going to repeat the story that everything is just fine and that we, the people, should just go back to our shopping and let the politicians and corporate leaders handle things. There’s enough of that story being repeated elsewhere. So, here we have a few of the dissidents talking about what they think is going on and what it all might mean.
The Banker Bailouts - Michel Chossudovsky on Economics 101
It seems apparent that this failure has been cooking for awhile, and in that process, monies have been stolen. So much money has been stolen that it’s getting harder to find money that’s still out there to steal. Pension funds have seemed to be one of the last sources of ill-gotten gains. They just sit there waiting to be stolen by those people we have trusted to take care of them.
Just this week we have another story involving a mass shooting. This time in Washington D.C. The question arises for news commentators, and others, whether these events could be stopped if we more tightly regulate gun ownership in this country. There are some who argue that if you had more guns, or less restrictive gun laws, like those laws promoting “Gun Free Zones,” you would have fewer mass shootings.
The following videos show John Lott, an academic, making this argument.
Piers Morgan Tears Into Pro-Gun Panel in Epic Shouting Match
Lott relies on a few arguments having to do with the sense of regulating guns, or behaviors, in order to reduce crime.