I didn’t mention it on the show, but in googling for images of “cronyism,” I found the picture above of Obama and Corzine…so what ever happened to Jon Corzine? Law, like taxes, is for the little people, I guess…
I guess we’re not the only ones who can’t stomach the State of the Union Address!
STATE OF THE UNION TELEVISION RATINGS DROP TO 15-YEAR LOW
Here is the book, Dynamics of World History, by Christopher Dawson, I was talking about that suggests that not only common values but a common religion are necessary for a culture or civilization to survive. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Dawson’s conclusions, this book is a very thought-provoking read with the added novelty of being a totally honest pursuit of truth in the field of sociology:
Here is an excerpt from the back cover of the book:
Several major themes run through Dawson’ work, but perhaps his most significant contribution was his insistence on the importance of religion in shaping and sustaining civilizations.
Religion, Dawson believed, is the great creative force in any culture, and the loss of a society’s historic religion therefore portends a process of social dissolution. For this reason Dawson concluded that Western society must find a way to revitalize its spiritual life if it is to avoid irreversible decay. Progress, the real religion of modernity, is insufficient to sustain cultural health.
I got some serious negativity on facebook for even mentioning this. I did so, however, because I thought it was a mind-blowing thesis that’s worth thinking through even if ultimately you disagree with Dawson’s conclusion.
Finally, I almost never click on European or Russian analyses of “wealth inequality” but given my topic this week, when I saw the new Crosstalk this morning I had to check it out. I’m glad I did. Max Lawson’s viewpoint is what I would have expected – he still has hope for the benevolent socialist government. Richard Wellings‘ viewpoint, however, is totally consistent with mine, and Michael Hudson’s, while not consistent with mine by a long shot, is interesting and much deeper than Max’s. What do you think?
UPDATE: By a strange coincidence, a caller on the next week’s show (January 31, 2015), recited from memory this MacArthur quote (apparently without having heard my reference to Christopher Dawson):
In this day of gathering storms, as moral deterioration of political power spreads its growing infection, it is essential that every spiritual force be mobilized to defend and preserve the religious base upon which this nation is founded; for it has been that base which has been the motivating impulse to our moral and national growth. History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual reawakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.