Tagged: Joseph de Maistre

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KT Answers, pt.2: Peoples, Nations, Wars and Turning of Other Cheek

In the second part of our Q&A session we answer to questions about what is ethnicity (or people) and can it be defined, whereas Christian dictum of turning the other cheek is at odds with historical reality, why the political community should have origin that its member cannot re-create, how Internet based Right could just be a homosexual grooming operation and much, much more. Also we provide some thoughts on Schopenhauer and the way we discern between what is useful and what is superfluous for the kind of philosophy we practice on KT.

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Hard to be a God

We all heard so much about infantile masses, of an ability to hide in the anonymous mass - in a word: the first association we tend to get when we think in terms of mass man is irresponsibility. However, rarely do we hear anything about equally deprived mass responsibility; rarely, of course, except on Kali Tribune. 

In this podcast we'll address the subject of the flip side of popular power - popular responsibility as exemplified by idea, prevalent among the masses, that every problem and indeed everything occurring in this world is due to man or, more precisely, average man.

To demonstrate the absurdity of this notion and some of its possible roots, we'll employ the help Joseph de Maistre, with the special focus on ideas from his essay On the Generative Principle of Political Constitutions, most eminently his insight into impossibility of creating the a priori legislature and the inferiority of written, i.e. systematized, laws and the impossibility of sovereignty coming from below.

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Righteous Beyond Redemption

The specter is haunting the world, the specter of self righteousness. In this podcast we address three forms of self-deceit by which masses succeed at inducing and maintaining the psychotic illusion of "righteous indignation" in themselves. We treat the primacy of negative freedom, violent dissolution of historical origins and secularized idea of divine justice as congenial underlying principles that play out in partly virtual, partly real theater of the riots shaking American and British cities and try to answer the only really important question:

how masses of humanity can progressively melt into a pile of moral excrement and simultaneously attempt to turn the world into their own mirror without causing single individual among their number to vomit.