Philosophy, August 12th

“With one or two hours training a week, you really cannot make a soldier. With the present-day enormously increased demands that warfare makes on the individual, a two-year period service is perhaps just adequate to transform an untrained young man into an expert soldier. We have all of us in the field seen the terribleContinue reading “Philosophy, August 12th”

Philosophy, August 11th

“Then the good and wise judge whom we are seeking is not this man, but the other; for vice cannot know virtue too, but a virtuous nature, educated by time, will acquire a knowledge both of virtue and vice: the virtuous, and not the vicious man has wisdom – in my opinion.” – Plato, TheContinue reading “Philosophy, August 11th”

Philosophy, August 10th

“A thing can be a use-value without being a value. This is the case whenever its utility to man is not mediated through labor. Air, virgin soil, natural meadows, unplanted forests, etc. fall into this category. A thing can be useful, and a product of human labor, without being a commodity. He who satisfies hisContinue reading “Philosophy, August 10th”

Philosophy, August 9th

“A man’s tongue is a glib and twisty thing . . . plenty of words there are, all kinds at its command – with all the room in the world for talk to range and stray. And the sort you use is just the sort you will hear.” – Homer, The Iliad “Of course, heContinue reading “Philosophy, August 9th”

Philosophy, August 8th

“Just as a man’s denominational orientation is the result of upbringing, and only the religious need as such slumbers in his soul, the political opinion of the masses represents nothing but the final result of an incredibly tenacious and thorough manipulation of their mind and soul.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf “In proportion as theContinue reading “Philosophy, August 8th”

Philosophy, July 30th

“We have now said enough to show that moral virtue is a mean, and in what sense it is so: that it is a mean between two vices, one of excess and the other of deficiency, and that it is such because it aims at hitting the mean point in feelings and actions. For thisContinue reading “Philosophy, July 30th”

Philosophy, July 29th

“Three elements or, if you like, three fundamental principles constitute the essential conditions of all human development, collective or individual, in history: (1) human animality; (2) thought; and (3) rebellion. To the first properly corresponds social and private economy; to the second, science; to the third, liberty.” – Michael Bakunin, God and the State “TheContinue reading “Philosophy, July 29th”

Philosophy, July 28th

“With suppressed irony, and using very cautious expressions, the factory inspectors hint that the present Ten Hours’ Act also frees the capitalist from some of the brutality natural to a man who is merely an embodiment of capital, and that it has given him time for a little ‘culture’. ‘Formerly the master had no timeContinue reading “Philosophy, July 28th”

Philosophy, July 27th

“And things which are at their best are also least liable to be altered or discomposed; for example, when healthiest and strongest, the human frame is least liable to be affected by meats and drinks, and the plant which is in the fullest vigor also suffers least from winds or the heat of the sunContinue reading “Philosophy, July 27th”

Philosophy, July 26th

“God help me, must I be a weakling, a failure all my life? Unless I am just too young to trust my hands to fight off any man who rises up against me. Come, my betters, so much stronger than I am – try the bow and finish off the contest.” – Homer, The OdysseyContinue reading “Philosophy, July 26th”