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Rich T Bikkies

Member Since 16 January 2012 - 12:49 PM
Offline Last Active Apr 16 2021 04:49 AM
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Looks like the database problem on this board has been fixed

25 March 2021 - 03:39 AM

I clicked on View New Content and got "Sorry, no new content found" just like the good old days.

I'm not saying that this is reason enough to say Stick to the Devil You Know.

Great soundbites that never caught on

05 November 2020 - 02:18 AM

Great soundbites that never caught on (although seen several times prominently enough in national[1] media over a year (say; or month).

#1 Tory Blur (referring to his election manifesto during the 1997 UK general election)

#2. Richard Jailhouse Nixon (three guesses).

I think this deserves a thread of its own. There are doubtless many American examples which I never saw; for example, there must be a dozen Sarah Palin ones.

[1] Local (FOR) not enough.

All Things "Great Man" Theory of History (Hitler, Trump, Elon Musk etc.)

25 September 2020 - 07:11 AM

View PostRich T Bikkies, on 24 September 2020 - 07:49 AM, said:

I don't know how much of this you guys know already; it came as a shock to me. There may be mitigating circumstances; however, all it did for me was confirm my tribal gut reaction: show me a billionaire and I'll show you a sociopath, a narcissist, a bully (I need more time to compile a more comprehensive list), and a blight on every country and society that has a billionaire. Also, somebody who can cheaply buy a reputation as a philanthropist, and therefore as a patriot, a saviour of his country, an out-and-out good guy, etc. etc. etc., merely by spending three per cent of his fortune (mostly much less than even that) and fooling g"Ob ullible journalists. Most journos seem to roll over on their backs with their paws in the air and their tongues hanging out when they bump into a philanthropist.

I think this calls for a new thread: the All Things "Great Man" Theory of History thread. We, the human race, need Great Men who are above morality and are visionaries or we we will die out — allegedly. The praise (faugh!) of Elon Musk started me thinking along this line.

It was Nietzsche that started it all with his Übermensch. And Thomas Carlyle with On Heroes and Hero-worship.

I admit that after all I'll have to allow free mention of Elon Musk in this thread — and even discussion of his "visionary" talent (NOT!). I'll deal with it somehow — with clenched teeth, a clothes-peg on my nose and a paper bag over my head. I merely suggest — nay, ask — nay, beseech — that any positive statement assertion be justified by clear statement of the principles of Great Man theory, citing by name which of these principles are being applied.

I am working with Liberty University and Bob Jones University on a scheme whereby research degrees of Master and Doctor may be awarded for the best contributions.

Go for it, George!