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  •  It's no accident that history is largly cleansed (0+ / 0-)

    ...of all movement politics.

    On the one hand, we have Santayana:  

    Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages [!], infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Apparently a regard for history can't fully compensate the tendency toward supremacy.

    OTOH, the same philosopher said:

    American life is a powerful solvent. It seems to neutralize every intellectual element, however tough and alien it may be, and to fuse it in the native good will, complacency, thoughtlessness, and optimism.

    Apologies are not necessary for youth. It's self awareness and introspection that are required.It's important to know history but to not be tied to it. In fact, when investments are made to create new and innovative ideas smart money finds those not so expert in the world as it is as for the conceptual phases since they often have too much invested in the as-is. As a soft general rule, older minds are better suited as implementers than imaginers.  

    We have lots of complimentary learning to do together at all ages. I find great optimism in the fact that youth today, if inspired, can have such a great new breadth of reach without the baggage, the shackles, of our rough and tumultuous modern history. Knowledge without attachment, maybe that's a way to think about it.

    Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

    by kck on Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 08:53:54 AM PDT

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