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Human Rights Commisioner:"What we are destroying is quite simply the structures that ensure our safe Options
Hope123
Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:49:28 PM

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I came across these two transcripts in "Foreign Policy". They take a few minutes to read but provoke thought for anyone who values democracy and sees what is happening in the world today. Are we destroying the structures (like democracy) that ensure our safety as he says?

Any comments after reading the transcripts? They address two subjects that are related.

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From the transcript of the speech by 2018 Career Diplomat of the Year Zeid Raad al-Hussein: "What we are destroying is quite simply the structures that ensure our safety." He says we are going backwards from where we were when the men and women who survived two world wars understood that there would be no peace without better standards of life for all, and larger freedom. They are mostly gone now and we are forgetting what they knew.

Zeid Raad al-Hussein serves as the U.N. high commissioner for human rights.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/06/14/2018-career-diplomat-of-the-year-zeid-raad-al-hussein-read-the-transcript/

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2018 Diplomat of the Year Chrystia Freeland: From the Transcript where she promotes democracy.

Chrystia Freeland is Canada’s foreign minister and the member of Parliament for University-Rosedale.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/06/14/2018-diplomat-of-the-year-chrystia-freeland-read-the-transcript/

"Remember those great words at Gettysburg. Government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth. Preserving Lincoln’s vision means striking back. It means resisting foreign efforts to hijack our democracies through cyber meddling and propaganda. It means outshining the other models and encouraging those who are on the fence. It means governing with integrity.

Facts matter.

Truth matters. Competence and honesty among elected leaders and in our public service matter."


The trouble with the world - the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell
progpen
Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 12:58:06 PM

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I could not agree more with the idea in the first article that our collective memory has failed us. All of the hard won progress. All of the massive and nowadays incomprehensible sacrifice made to get us where we are today. All of the mistakes learned from and valuable experiential knowledge. These are collective resources beyond value and yet they are being swept aside for short term gains to a tiny fraction of a percent of the population.

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progpen
Posted: Friday, June 15, 2018 1:01:34 PM

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This one quote sums it up the best I think:
This is the way wars are made. With the smarm of belligerence and the smirk of dehumanization. With the incremental erosion of old and seemingly wearisome checks.

But the quote that I think is the most valuable is this one:
It is shaped by leadership that is both thuggish and infantile, petulant, cultivating grievances to reap votes and sowing humiliation, oppression, and hatred, and disregard for the greater common good.

Nolite te bastardes carborundorum
Priscilla86
Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 8:22:04 AM

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progpen wrote:

leadership that is both thuggish and infantile, petulant, cultivating grievances to reap votes and sowing humiliation, oppression, and hatred, and disregard for the greater common good.


It's almost uncanny how accurate this describes the current US administration. If I hadn't read the article I wouldn't have guessed he was talking about something in general.

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Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 4:46:38 AM

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Those are both excellent speeches. I fear that the U.S. is going to fall, and fall hard. The most significant indicator of this is that we have forgotten history, and our place in it. The American people are being conned and refuse to even consider the possibility. The outrageous antics of the current administration are effectively misdirecting attention from the erosion of the basic principles upon which this republic was founded. The swamp is not being drained at all, rather it is being turned into a cesspool. Representatives of the 1% have been moved into positions of power like never before in history, and they care nothing for we the people, theirs is an exclusive club. What they are doing behind the curtain is an insidious deconstruction of much of the progress that was made in this nation in the last 50 years.



ETA for those not familiar with the modified image above, it is from the original movie, "The Wizard of Oz", here is a video clip of the scene alluded to, The Man Behind the Curtain

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progpen
Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 1:53:18 PM

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Epiphileon wrote:
The most significant indicator of this is that we have forgotten history, and our place in it.


I was just talking to a few people today about this. Different backgrounds and different political views, but everyone agreed that rewriting and disremembering history has become mainstream in the US.

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Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 4:29:15 PM

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This weird movement is happening in Canada too, Proggy. It is fine to apologize for what was done to people in the past, but trying to change history is ridiculous. People today should not be paying for what happened in the different times of our ancestors. Remember the past and try to do better, but live in the present.

Edited - A recent example - we were gobsmacked when we read recently that the US Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has removed Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from one of its awards over racist views and language. It is what it was.

The trouble with the world - the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell
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