It is socialism and communism that have enslaved, killed, and imprisoned countless people, not capitalism. And islamofascism is a problem the world over. Also there's no evidence the American government has the highest body count.I'm a 4w5 INFP and have always been interested in politics, but much more in the larger moral issues rather than the technical details like the latest proceedings in a particular investigation or the progress of a court case, etc. I don't think I am primarily a political person and hence do not see myself joining politics, but I am concerned, certainly. A handful of times I have found myself in a political meeting or protest. At the same time, I do tune out and look for a space more tranquil and dignified when the huge amount of facts becomes chaotic or when politics is reduced to petty, selfish games.
I don't read newspapers mostly, and do not watch news on TV. I believe that this boycott is the first step to understanding things properly.
To begin with, I think the single most important fact is that no kind of systemic change will resolve problems in a fundamental way. It is individuals who have to change, rather than systems. The outer problems of the world, both man made and natural disasters, are a reflection of our fragmented inner states. The only revolution that can do some good is a revolution in the hearts of people. Not a change of political party, or ideological system. Most political changes are superficial because they do not resolve our tendency to make someone into an enemy.
From this position of heart-change, I generally tend to be left-leaning, liberal, anti-war and anti-armament. I think the government of the United States is by far the worst terrorist in the world and has probably caused far more loss of life than anyone else since the end of the second world war. Capitalism dehumanises human beings in countless ways. I also think there is immense, unjustified Islamophobia in the world.
For me one of the most inspirational people is Gandhi, and I am totally with his views on nonviolent resistance, de-growth and de-industrialisation, and change through organic, grassroots movements rooted in spirituality, rather than communist type bloody revolutions or mere legislative changes which do not change people's hearts.
Colonialism is far from over, and it has deep roots in capitalist-industrial cultures and eventually if we are to be truly free we need to dismantle both. To do that we have to begin with de-colonising the mind. The oppressor is as de-humanised as the oppressed, he just doesn't know it usually.
Other than Gandhi, political thinkers who I find significant for my political self are Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy.
Well, I am not sure how appropriate this forum is for such debates. I will respond anyhow. I am no fan of communism. I agree they have killed countless people. When I say I am left-leaning I only mean that the priority of the state should be the poor.It is socialism and communism that have enslaved, killed, and imprisoned countless people, not capitalism. And islamofascism is a problem the world over. Also there's no evidence the American government has the highest body count.
The atomic bomb had to be dropped or more people would've died by something else. And most of the Afghans and Iraqis killed were terrorists. Also George Bush screwed up because he gave left wingers what they wanted, especially during his 2nd term. One more thing, obama has done a lot more harm to America and other countries than George Bush ever could.Well, I am not sure how appropriate this forum is for such debates. I will respond anyhow. I am no fan of communism. I agree they have killed countless people. When I say I am left-leaning I only mean that the priority of the state should be the poor.
Yes, Islamic terrorism (I don't know what Islamofascism is) is a problem the world over. Islamophobia means you dislike the religion itself and all its followers, rather than making a distinction between a) the religion and its various interpretations and b) the majority of Muslims and the terrorists who are a miniscule minority. It is a bit like thinking all Americans are like George Bush. If that were the case I'd be mighty scared to be on this forum!
Body count - I don't have all the statistics but the roughly 1 million dead in Afghanistan and Iraq, a large proportion of them innocent women and children; and going back in history - the atomic bomb, the selfish interventions in the Arab and Latin American countries - these products of United States foreign policy are painful to anyone who cares for human beings.
You see past events with a very limited perspective. Leadership is always the problem, rulers (elected or not) have always been too keen to abuse their powers. If there was more oversight citizen could have in the process of decision making that would solve a big part of our problems.It is socialism and communism that have enslaved, killed, and imprisoned countless people, not capitalism. And islamofascism is a problem the world over. Also there's no evidence the American government has the highest body count.
Please try to make more sense when replying to me.Well, there is information, and there is information. Of course you believe what Bush and co. want you to believe. I believe what the leftists and other dissenters want me to believe.
Even if those killed in Afpak and Iraq were mostly terrorists, which I do not think they were, what gives the US a right to go into their countries and kill them - 1 million of them?
I know that with people who hold the views you wrote in earlier posts, you cannot debate for long. Soon they are going to de-intellectualise the discussion and try to hit below the belt by ridiculing you, or abusing you, and if you don't give up, they will ignore you as a last resort. You just took the first step. I expect the next two steps - hate speech and then silence - to come very soon.Please try to make more sense when replying to me.