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Name: Teresa Coulton
Location: Oklahoma/Languedoc
Occupation: Retired
Hobbies: Philosophy, History, Politics, Economics
Date registered 07.16.2011
Last online: 10.30.2012
Sex: female

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Tue Oct 25, 2011 5:13 pm | jump to post

I have found a certain return to contemplation of the meaning of the Great War recently. It just keeps coming up. I just hope that there will be no revival of Dornford Yates. I re-read a couple of his books last year, only to be very disappointed by their superficiality. I used tolove them in the fifties when I was still trying to imagine taking life back to before the war. Recently, though, the emphasis has been very different. Now we are seeing the measures that the war demanded as being destr...

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Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:59 pm | jump to post

Mary, You raise interesting points. Just how much concern do our representatives in Washington have for the well-being of their constituents beyond just doing enough to get reelected? One has to ask oneself where they stand on the moral scale: do they have principles that they uphold under all circumstances? Or do their principles change with a view to getting elected? What do they plan to use their privileged position of power and influence for?The Constitution has de facto been suspended with ...

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Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:20 am | jump to post

Cracking and Ethanol are just political pretense that America will become an independent oil producer, pumping sufficient to satisfy local demand. It is the demand which is the problem, not the supply. No politician can tolerate the idea that electricity will not be available 24 hours a day for all citizens who pay their bill, nor that the price of gas will be limited in volume and sold at it's true economic and ecological price, i.e., around twelve to fifteen dollars a gallon. The addition char...

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Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:56 pm | jump to post

A recent article on the state of the economic system:Egalitarianism and InflationThe egalitarianism of the likes of Rawls are the common basis of thinking as we enter the twenty-first century. The development of the Progressive Movement at the end of the nineteenth century by Dewey and James provided the American version of the sickness of Kantian/Hegelism that poisoned Germany in the twentieth century to the despair of so many millions of people. This movement was adopted by the State as its fu...

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Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:56 pm | jump to post

Actually, I am English of origin. I emigrated to France in 1964, as I like to say, to escape the rule of Harold Wilson. I lived in Paris until 1990 when I drifted South to the Languedoc. It is warmer there and for thirteen years I had a reasonably lucrative job which did not overtax me. At this very moment I am in Colorado, where I spend most summers now that I am retired. I was sorry to leave Paris in many ways, but now I pop up for the day on the TGV to go to the Louvre or some other museum wi...
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Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:44 am | jump to post

I forget to check that Apple has not deformed the words that I have written. I am trying to remember what I mean by "tape foe". I would guess that I wrote favorite, but I may have found a better expression which is now lost. Apple's spelling correction function drives me nuts, particularly when I am writing in French.
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Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:40 am | jump to post

I read a lot of history, more or less any that I can get hold of, either in English, French or German. A.J.P.Taylr has always been a tape foe, just as I can read over and over all the Fernand Braudel. Kant and Hegel are too strenuous for casual reading, whereas Nietzsche is clear and entertaining. I read the Antichrist on the train from Montpellier to Paris. I found the digital version on Amazon with a forward by H.L. Mencken. I was certainly the best $1.29 I have spent in a long time. I have fo...
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Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:11 pm | jump to post

Thank you very much for your helpful answer. I can see now that I have so far merely been writing down my thoughts and ideas for myself. This works well as far as it goes. At least now I am writing; getting pen to paper and capturing ideas in written form. What I am lacking is the editing function to adapt my words to the audience. I have never had to do this. At my work there were always professionals to manage this aspect of communications. I have thought that I should make use of the 'notes' ...

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Tue Aug 09, 2011 2:52 am | jump to post

I have never given it much thought as to for whom I am writing. I suppose, if I come right down to it, I am writing for myself, or others with much the same existing knowledge and outlook. I assume a lot of economic history as givens. Many of the technical aspects of the economy and the financial markets are also assumed. The meaning of Anglo-Saxon dominance is merely the "top dog" in the economic world at any one time. This privilege has passed from city to city over the last thousand years, bu...

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Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:33 am | jump to post

Yes, you are right that I should have been more specific. However, I have a technical problem in that the period covered lasts for some three centuries. We start in the second half of the seventeenth century with the English, Scotish and Dutch colonizers. There were many who were merely violent but for the empire to have been successful, much cunning had to be employed. How do you subdue 400 million Indians with fifty thousand colonists? (I am not sure of those figures but they give the idea of ...


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