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Ataturk and Change – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk and Change – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Ideology, Policy, Politics

“I am leaving no sermon, no dogma, nor am I leaving as my legacy any commandment that is frozen in time or cast in stone,” (Ataturk) said shortly before his death. “Concepts of well-being for countries, for peoples and for individuals are changing. In such a world, to argue for rules that never change would […]

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Ataturk and Modernisation – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk and Modernisation – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Culture, History

During postings in Istanbul, Tripoli, Cairo, Damascus and Sofia, and in trips to Germany and Austria, Kemal (Ataturk) became aware of the wider world and the currents that were surging through it. He learned French and devoured the works of Voltaire and Rousseau, together with translations of Thomas Hobbes and John Stuart Mill. They helped […]

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Ataturk and the Enlightenment – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Ataturk and the Enlightenment – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer · Atheism, Religion, Science

“For everything in the world—for civilization, for life, for success—the truest guide is knowledge and science,” Atatürk declared in one famous speech.

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Martin Luther – an Enemy of Reason – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on Martin Luther – an Enemy of Reason – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins · Christianity, Religion

Martin Luther was well aware that reason was religion’s arch-enemy, and he frequently warned of its dangers: ‘Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but more frequently than not struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.’ Again: ‘Whoever wants […]

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The Holes in an Argument – “The Right Stuff” – Tom Wolfe

July 25th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Holes in an Argument – “The Right Stuff” – Tom Wolfe · Policy, Political Communication, Politics, Quotes

All holes in the argument were immediately vulcanized by the heat of the emotion.

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Oneself an Oracle – “Fahrenheit 451” – Ray Bradbury

April 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on Oneself an Oracle – “Fahrenheit 451” – Ray Bradbury · Quotes

‘The folly of mistaking a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself as an oracle, is inborn in us,

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A Shared Distrust of Reason – “Why I Am Not a Conservative” – Freidrick Hayek

January 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on A Shared Distrust of Reason – “Why I Am Not a Conservative” – Freidrick Hayek · Conservative Politics, Philosophy, Politics

What I have described as the liberal position shares with conservatism a distrust of reason to the extent that the liberal is very much aware that we do not know all the answers and that he is not sure that the answers he has are certainly the rights ones or even that we can find […]

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