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    of the better angels we hope constitute Obama's nature. I don't dispute that our role here on DailyKos and elsewhere, is to help the politicians make the best possible choices for the country.

    HOW to do that is where Aikido might be useful. WHETHER to do it is not a question.

    The best analysis of Spinoza I ever read articulated how he advanced all five (I think) of his major ideas simultaneously rather than one after the other, as every previous philosopher had done. Until he was finished, you couldn't criticize anything, because he wasn't finished laying out his argument in its favor. Once he was done, he was done with all of these five ideas at once, and since each one relied on, and provided support for, the others, it was much harder to argue with his conclusions. Effectively - he prevented anyone from attacking until the castle was fully built.

    It is my hope (and yes it is a hope) that Obama's initiatives in the Middle East, his response to the Financial crisis, his prescription for real Health Care in the US, his dismantling of Don't Ask Don't Tell, his withdrawal of troops from Iraq, his closure of Guantanamo, etc. all share the same kind of mutually reinforcing defensibility Spinoza took advantage of.

    Only time will tell.

    "In the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope." - Barack Obama

    by AikidoPilgrim on Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 11:48:36 PM PDT

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