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Can't Use Kant to Describe Israel's Dilemma with the World Governments

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Aug 19, 2010 at 18:56

In an earlier observation made of this reader's familiarity of the readings of Kant, it was correctly presumed that there was a limited idea of the understanding of Kant and his currently applicability in modern philosophical approaches to government; and for good cause. My exposure to Kant was determined early in life by a prejudicial mindset that all government by human dictates is exposed to flaws, that if left to the unabated human prejudices of the governing body(ies), failure to govern for the benefit of the governed results. This is true of virtually every human form of government, whether in the modern nation-state methodology, or in utopian/global borderless applications. This is seen in rampant form today and bodes ill for the future.

The United Nations, and the still born League of Nations of the last century, were considered a means to foster a more benign approach to supra-governmental issues that caused one nation to seek recourse from another to solve internal-international issues. Exampling the instance of Germany after the Second World War, ethnic differences were translated into imbalances of power, that by theory if consolidated, better solutions for the benefit of the majority could be realized. Realizing this is a simplistic approach to make one (by no means the only) example, it is seen from this perspective that a means by the vested leadership for dealing with the underprivileged masses found in essentially all societies was a necessity to maintain the integrity of the state, and thus retain power.

In reality, for this reader, making a point about 'paradigm' shifts and trying to include Kant as a source to make that point really did not work; that the previous attempt to make a differentiation was superfluous, for as observed here, the relevance is questionable if not completely inconsequential. In that vein, a further assumption, or more apropos, a counter to the assumption of the thesis being considered is that it cannot be correctly applied to Israel. Israel does not exist for the purposes of humanity to find a way to oppress the Jewish people on the way to global domination; but as a nation-state Israel is in transition to a final form of government as described in the only documentation that has Israel's destiny correct-the Tanach. And that was the point to be made in the earlier dissertation.

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