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Random thought for topic: why do we work?
0 · August 3, 2013
0 · August 20, 2013
"It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working. And here, precisely, lies the mystery. In capitalism, this is precisely what is not supposed to happen." - David Graeber
2 · August 20, 2013
"The ruling class has figured out that a happy and productive population with free time on their hands is a mortal danger" - is there really a conspiracy on the amount of entertainment that take up our time on a daily basis? Has TV/Internet become the latest opium of the masses?
1 · August 20, 2013
I thought latest opium is "legalise gay activity" in an attempt to weaken the manhood in asia countries by the west. Manhood being the main driving force for noble laureattes, tip top engineers, scientists, any risky and explorative expedition that require wit, courage, determination, foresight.
0 · August 21, 2013
Oh come on both of you get over yourselves. Seriously!
1 · August 21, 2013
Raymond? HUH? what has this got to do with the topic? Like your comment Murali. :)
2 · August 22, 2013
Raymond, I'm not sure if you were serious or just trolling when you made the remark about legalising gay activitity.Either way,your argument is flawed.I agree with Jennifer,it has nothing to do with the topic.
It's as if you are saying that gay men lack qualities like courage, determination and foresight unlike their heterosexual counterparts.
Did you conveniently forget about Alan Turing?He was a brilliant scientist,the father of computer science and a homosexual.
Without his ideas and contributions,you will not be able to type such a homophobic remark about the gay community on your phone or computer.
1 · August 22, 2013
http://www.economist.... This is Economist's response to the earlier article. It cites automation as inevitable but advocates income redistribution as one way to fix the issue
0 · August 22, 2013
http://www.partiallye... Another philosophy blog that is heavily discussing the philosophical aspects of "work"
When you are facing legal trouble, you won't think that a lawyer is a bullshit job. When you want someone to manage your money, you will won't think that financial managers are bullshit jobs. In fact if you depend on a corporation for anything you want somebody with his eye on the tiller. CEO is also not a bullshit job. Whether or not they are paid in proportion to the value they contribute is a separate matter. But in a functioning market if someone is being paid to do something, someone must value his work enough to pay him/her to do it. Do you know where you are likely to find bullshit jobs? Government workers. If you stop being useful to someone in the market, usually they stop employing you. That is not necessarily the case once politics and elections come into the picture.
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Or another one: "When does a convenience becomes a need?"
0 · August 10, 2013
LOL, i really like that topic "why do we work?"
1 · August 5, 2013
I enjoyed it. Though at times I find it a little hard to follow.
... To see that ppl could shake on it at the end :)
Thanks. I'm the new guy in blue. It was fun hearing all those viewpoints, some more aggressively put forth than others. But it's nice to see that ...
Sorry something cropped up last min.
Sorry, have thesis to complete
0 · August 2, 2013
Sorry, something even more important than free speech - finding my truth - has come up. You guys fire away.Cheers, Vinay
0 · July 31, 2013
I would like to add a further primer. What I refer to is those speech of the most extreme kind, meant to stir the passions and influence others. Also, I would like to add on an additional complication: these speeches take place in places of religious diversity where religion and cultures like side by side, say in Singapore, or in parts of India where Islam and Hinduism are both present in the North-western cities.
0 · July 29, 2013
doesn't all speech influence others?
0 · July 30, 2013
Looking forward to attending this one. Hopefully, will be more active in participation. The last one "What is Truth" was a marathon lasting 3 and a half hrs, but I enjoyed it.
this is an interesting topic to discuss in depth.especially countries in south asia.govt in individual countries claim they have the jurisdiction to interpret freedom of speech, slander, inciting social instability, yet at the same time, ALL these countries want to claim to be a democratic (perhaps pseudo democratic) societyto bring about true essence of democratic change in these countries, perhaps, we must institutionalise an international organisation with a team of multinational armies (to enforce in extreme case), and with influence over IMF, the World Bank, and the United Nation, such that this organization will define the minimal standards for a democratic society, including what is acceptable level of freedom of speech for all countries.
Add further food for thought: Whether racist speech really requires heavy handed state action? The freedom to say only the correct kinds of things is not much of a freedom
I would like to add on some dilemmas that come with this question, that is, the inciting of racist, discriminatory speech and those of hatred in the public sphere as the core problem in this issue.
Probably can't join you guys, but this is something to get you started.
US 1st amendment is widely misunderstood. It prohibits the federal government from regulating speech, but not the states. Also gives examples where the states have a legitimate reason to limit speech.
May be we can adopt a more philosophical angle since this is a philosophy group
0 · July 28, 2013
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