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Evaluating societies

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Submitted by David W. Lincoln (Canada), Nov 12, 2006 at 17:08

Tina, why not introduce a larger dimension to your analysis. Instead of comparing society "a" to society "b", why not evaluate both societies to what C.S. Lewis in "The abolition of man" called the first principles of practical reason. As for those on the left who are "without chests" (to use another Lewisian aphorism from "The abolition of man") frankly, they punish themselves more because of their error than any disapproval or action against them.

It may be too simple, but Mortimer Adler was correct in his view of being steadfast in communicating the truth, regardless of the opposition that arises to counter it. I say this because, the dangers that we face thanks to the allah akhbar crowd who conclude that bloodlust in the name of Allah is blessed, we just can't limit this to government action or education. We need all areas of life to counter this menace (in honour of Thomas Paine's pamphlet, "The Crisis").

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