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For group hosts, a thought for the day

Dogma is the enemy of human freedom. Dogma must be watched for and apprehended at every turn and twist of the revolutionary movement. The human spirit glows from that small inner light of doubt whether we are right, while those who believe with complete certainty that they possess the right are dark inside and darken the world outside with cruelty, pain, and injustice. Those who enshrine the poor or Have-Nots are as guilty as other dogmatists, and just as dangerous. To diminish the danger that ideology will deteriorate into dogma, and to protect the free, open, questing, and creative mind of human-kind, as well as to allow for change, no ideology should be more specific than that of America’s founding fathers: “For the general welfare.”

— Saul D. Alinsky, Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals

Or put another way in a magazine interview:

Philosophically, I could never accept any rigid dogma or ideology, whether it's Christianity or Marxism. One of the most important things in life is what Judge Learned Hand described as 'that ever-gnawing inner doubt as to whether you're right.' If you don't have that, if you think you've got an inside track to absolute truth, you become doctrinaire, humorless and intellectually constipated. The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by such religious and political and racial fanatics, from the persecutions of the Inquisition on down to Communist purges and Nazi genocide. . . . Nobody owns the truth, and dogma, whatever form it takes, is the ultimate enemy of human freedom.
Posted by mistertrickster | Tue Feb 14, 2012, 07:26 PM (6 replies)

Here's something for the hosts of "groups"

"Philosophically, I could never accept any rigid dogma or ideology, whether it's Christianity or Marxism. One of the most important things in life is what Judge Learned Hand described as 'that ever-gnawing inner doubt as to whether you're right.' If you don't have that, if you think you've got an inside track to absolute truth, you become doctrinaire, humorless and intellectually constipated. The greatest crimes in history have been perpetrated by such religious and political and racial fanatics, from the persecutions of the Inquisition on down to Communist purges and Nazi genocide. . . . Nobody owns the truth, and dogma, whatever form it takes, is the ultimate enemy of human freedom."

Saul Alinsky
Posted by mistertrickster | Tue Feb 14, 2012, 07:14 PM (1 replies)

DU Poll on Attitudes toward Rape

The polling feature has not been programmed on DU3 yet.

For simplicity sake, please vote YES if you agree with any of the following (starred) statements:

Vote NO if you disagree with all the statements:


A woman is responsible for forced, unwanted sex against her will if she

* dresses in skimpy or tight clothes that show off her body.

* drinks at a bar and flirts with one or more men.

* goes to a man's apartment after a date or after drinking with a man at a bar.

* gets so drunk that she passes out.

* crawls into bed with a man.



******

I'm trying to get a feeling for attitudes toward rape among the DU community and contrast them with a study that was conducted in London.

Thank you.
Posted by mistertrickster | Tue Feb 7, 2012, 05:15 PM (90 replies)
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