narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (drained)
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narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (teeth)
Yesterday glancing over my RSS feeds I came across this particular article involving a response to the upcoming European elections. Now I have received little ‘vote for us’ pamphlets from the Conservative and Labour parties but little else. I have my polling card and the knowledge that Mr Farage’s party will be all for withdrawing from the EU still but that’s really about it. I know there was some furore with the Tories withdrawing from the European People’s Party but that was only ever anecdotal information and I’ve no idea where they stand now. So I will readily admit that there is a horrible lack of information in this country but that’s not what annoyed me in this case. My irritation stemmed from what was essentially a pointless gesture in protest: spoiling the ballot paper.

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narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (reading)
- If you cannot explain your point even in vast swathes of words you are simply inarticulate. If you can only make your point in vast swathes of words then you’re not all that articulate either.
- If your argument results in creating a different impression to the one you had been seeking the onus is on you to rearticulate your argument or settle for being misunderstood.
- If you have to tell your audience that you possess a certain character trait in the course of your argument that they have not noticed in you themselves, you probably don’t actually possess it.
- Regardless of the impression you create you cannot dictate your audience’s reaction. And in fact attempting to do so is more likely to do your cause harm than good.
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (pathway)
Sarkozy’s Club Med - Mark Mardell’s Euroblog

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There’s a reason that pill was RED - Chaos Marxism
All of which says in a nutshell that once you opt out of the game then you lose any chance of changing the rules in any way.

Also: Files found in abandoned hospital - BBC News
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (phantasmagoric)
- if the nation-state is the largest functional unit of social grouping (Gramsci)
- then it’s only within the nation-state structure that individuals can reach self-actualisation (Kant)
- so the state must be preserved at all costs (Machiavelli)
- though if the state system itself fails in its purpose then citizens are obliged to overthrow it (Rousseau)
- if the state system is to be successful all citizens must submit to the rule of law (Hobbes)
- and individuals must respect the division of labour in so far as specialists must be allowed to exercise their technocratic expertise (Filmer)
- though if it is the case that all citizens may be actively qualified to rule then they must accept their obligation to rule and be ruled in turn as appropriate (Aristotle)

I may be going somewhere with this, I just don’t quite know where yet. Tea may be the solution at any rate.
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Following on from this.

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