Today’s Shared Post_Link…25 Feb. 2017

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Published Date: 02.25.2017

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“The West — and, for clarification, I mean the US, Canada and Western Europe — has become so obsessed with its historical misdeeds and flaws, and unappreciative of its unique virtues and accomplishments in the grand scheme of human history, that it is reluctant to assert its moral authority to lead in the world.”…

“Trump has no interest in asserting moral leadership in the world and promoting and defending western values where they are absent or criticized, and that leaves an opening for other rising and ambitious civilizations like Russia and China, as well as the resurgent Iranians.”…

“… Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, called for a “post-West world order” in a speech. The only atmosphere in which he could express such a sentiment is one in which the West utterly lacks the will to defend itself and its values on the world stage. The fact that Lavrov was bold enough to express such a goal is a dire warning sign to the decadent West: our world order is crumbling.”…


Russia, China and the Islamic World don’t believe they’re perfect or that the histories of their civilizations are devoid of wrongdoing; they know they’re not without sin, but the crucial difference between them and us is that they don’t believe their past sins preclude them from asserting their values and moral authority around the world. They aspire to shape the world in their image, as they see fit, and they do not feel their causes are undermined by their past sins. We do, and it’s crippling.


“Mr. Lavrov understands something that ought to be increasingly clear to American and European audiences: The West — as a geopolitical bloc, a cultural expression, a moral ideal — is in deep trouble. However weak Russia may be economically, and however cynical its people might be about their regime, Russians continue to drink from a deep well of civilizational self-belief. The same can be said about the Chinese, and perhaps even of the Islamic world too, troubled as it is. The West? Not so much.”…

“So what do we want from the rest of the world? Basically for everyone to mind their own business. Stop the violence and squabbling. Give us a break, will you? Let us rest for a bit; let us have a few minutes without having to worry about what’s going on in the most far-flung corners of the globe. We want a break, a vacation, from being responsible for everything on this planet. We simply want the global status quo — which favors us — to maintain itself indefinitely, but we no longer desire to work to maintain it.”…

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“Universities in the West should teach our side of the story, not Howard Zinn-style, anti-West screed. If you want to learn history from another perspective, take that class as well. But all students should learn our history from our perspective.

But making Western Civ mandatory again will not save us…. The word for what we are is “jaded.” Here’s the definition: “tired, bored or lacking in enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something.” Western Civilization has grown jaded, burnt-out, and cynical.”…

“When Russia and China finally feel strong enough to take us on directly, they will eventually begin expanding their spheres of influence so aggressively that it will force us into either war or acquiescence.”…

“There is only room at the top of the world hierarchy for one empire, and the rest must fall in line behind it. For a long time — most of all our lifetimes — that empire has been the America-led West.

But those days are ending soon. When multiple nations can credibly claim the title of global hegemon, they will vie for the title until only one can lay claim to it, often violently.”…

“And, to compound the problem, we cannot pass the reigns of global supremacy off to another Western power, as Britain did with us in 1945.
If America is to maintain its influence and place atop the hierarchy of civilizations, it will, sooner or later, have to fight for it.”…

Read whole article in: 

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The Autumn of Western Civilization by Austin Frank at Today in politics  Blog Platform of Medium.com

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“President Trump’s decision to muzzle key areas of scientific research signals an important milestone. The latest battle in the War on Science has shifted into high gear.

Attacks on science might sound trivial compared to the larger political upheaval happening in America today, but make no mistake: the War on Science is going to affect you, whether you are a scientist or not.”…

“Do we want to be the America that embraces science to advance our health, safety, and prosperity, making us the leader of the world?

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Or do want America to mimic failed regimes of the past, where knowledge and science were suppressed to benefit a few, or to funnel more profits into dying industries?”…

“It always has been. After all, politics is how we are supposed to solve problems in a democratic society, and science is crucial to nearly everything we do — our economy, our health, our security, our future. You cannot isolate science from politics, or politics from science. To try is folly.”…

“Of course, scientists should always be professional, prudent, and stick to their areas of expertise. Also, scientists should avoid partisanship. But the discourse of any modern nation depends on science. If scientists don’t lend their expertise to our broader conversations, who will?”…


Don’t Fall into the “Culture War” Trap. Our advice to scientists: Don’t fall for it.


“To focus on these false divisions is to get bogged down in fights over things like creationism versus evolution, faith versus science, and our different views about our place in the universe.”…

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“Scientists have more in common with value-driven communities than most people realize. We all search for meaning, and share a deeply-held fascination with the natural world. In this way, science and religion are allies. Texas Tech professor Katharine Hayhoe is a good example of someone who is bridging these worlds, creating a constructive dialogue.”…

“Not all scientist are great storytellers, but most scientists have great stories to tell. It often helps for people to understand the story behind the science. This can go a long way toward building trust, helping hard facts get through.”…

“America has a choice to make. A choice between advancing civilization or bringing it down.
Now we must choose which side we are on.”…

Read whole article in: 

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How to Fight the War on Science and Win by Jonathan Foley and Christine Arena at The Macroscope Blog Platform of Medium.com

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