Category: political philosophy

Voting Fable

Posted by luno in political philosophy, General (Sunday October 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm)
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Vote or Pray: How to bring back sincerityand God, too, into the voting process
The idea is to bring meaning back into the electoral process, to make it ok for people to do and express how they feel in national elections in a way that respects their deepest convictions. The first step in respecting one’s convictions […]

Stephenson: crime is a masculine statement (III)

Posted by luno in Criminality, political philosophy, moral education, female criminality, sex differences, male criminality (Friday November 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm)
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Bianco Luno’s notes on June Stephenson’s Men are Not Cost-Effective

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Not all men are criminals, but nearly all criminals are men. By a ratio of 94 to 6, men outnumber women in prison, a fact that raises the questions of whether and why crime is a masculine statement. [I wonder why this […]

“fathers are depressing”

Posted by luno in Stein, political philosophy, anti-Semitism, Weininger (Friday August 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm)
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Notes on Gertrude Stein and Adolf Hitler
In 1938 Gertrude Stein led a campaign to urge a Nobel Prize for Adolf Hitler. The story is disclosed by Gustave Hendrikksen, a former member of the Nobel committee. The committee, according to Hendrikksen, rejected the proposal: “politely but firmly, citing among their reasons the attitude of the Nazi […]

“Marxists do it with class”

Posted by luno in Marx, political philosophy, Criminality, sex differences, male criminality (Thursday February 28, 2008 at 1:26 pm)
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Notes on Jeffrie G. Murphy, “Marxism and Retribution”
Editor’s note: The contract theory of punishment gets a well-deserved lashing from Murphy with a borrowed Marxist whip. But Luno lashes out indiscriminately with the utmost discrimination: Let’s go after the theorists…
The only moral way to punish is the Kantian way but the Kantian way forbids the use […]

On being criminal, Jewish, a woman, Woolf, Weininger, Wittgenstein, Rhees and Russia

Posted by luno in Woolf, misogyny, Marx, political philosophy, anti-Semitism, feminism, suicide, Wittgenstein, Weininger (Friday January 11, 2008 at 7:51 pm)
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Notes on Rush Rhees, “Postscript” (on Wittgenstein)
Editor’s note: Luno comments on Rush Rhees’ published recollections, a chief source for biographical understanding of certain perceived peculiarities of Wittgenstein’s makeup, specifically, his relationship to his Jewishness, to Otto Weininger, women, and politics. In the course of these notes, Luno offers one of his more remarkable summations of […]

“if the preference be natural, there can be no necessity for enforcing it by law”

Posted by luno in political philosophy, Mill, H. T., Freud, philosophy and sex, Mill, J. S., sex differences, feminism (Friday September 7, 2007 at 1:39 pm)
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Notes on Harriet Taylor Mill, The Enfranchisement of Women
[The essay first appeared in the Westminster Review (1851), then in 1868 in a pamphlet under her name, and in John Stuart Mill’s Dissertations and Discussions in 1875. After some confusion as to its authorship, J. S. Mill attributed the essay to Harriet Taylor (1807–1858). Mill elaborated […]

“The profoundest knowledge of the laws of the formation of character”

Posted by luno in political philosophy, philosophy and sex, sex differences, Mill, J. S., feminism (Friday August 31, 2007 at 12:27 pm)
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Notes on J. S. Mill, The Subjection of Women, chapter 1
[The “feeling” Mill addresses is that the legal subordination of women is somehow justified.]
…So long as opinion is strongly rooted in the feelings, it gains rather than loses instability by having a preponderating weight of argument against it. For if it were accepted as a […]

Helpmate or dead weight?

Posted by luno in political philosophy, philosophy and sex, sex differences, Mill, J. S., feminism (Friday August 31, 2007 at 11:18 am)
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Notes on J. S. Mill, The Subjection of Women, chapter 4
[All emphasis in the quoted passages is added by me.]
The self-worship of the monarch, or of the feudal superior, is matched by the self-worship of the male. Human beings do not grow up from childhood in the possession of unearned distinctions, without pluming themselves upon […]

If I may take the liberty of infringing yours…

Posted by luno in political philosophy, Heterocosmos, male criminality, Mill, J. S., Kant (Monday August 20, 2007 at 1:48 pm)
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Notes on Mill, On Liberty, chapter 5
Self-sale into slavery
Not only persons are not held to engagements which violate the rights of third parties, but it is sometimes considered a sufficient reason for releasing them from an engagement, that it is injurious to themselves. In this and most other civilized countries, for example, an engagement by […]

Nudas Veritas

Posted by luno in political philosophy, philosophy and sex, pornography, male criminality, feminism (Thursday August 16, 2007 at 12:47 pm)
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Notes on Catherine MacKinnon, “Pornography: On Morality and Politics”
In contemporary industrial society, pornography is an industry that mass produces sexual intrusion on, sexual access to, possession and use of women by and for men for profit. It exploits women’s sexual and economic inequality for gain.
This understanding of the reality of pornography must contend not only […]

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