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mgr Donating Member (616 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-05 06:44 PM
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78. As usual you miss the larger picture...
Like a former jesuit with a predilection to quoting Tellurian and Boethius in latin, I think you confuse erudition with reason. The oblique allusion was to Wilfred Owen, and the current issue relating to the use of white phosphorus on combatants in Fellujah.

The thing is that the concept 'vox populi, vox dei' has more in common with medieval scholasticism than Greco-Roman rationalism. We owe as much to religious dissent for our world view as we may the classical Greeks and Romans. Just because it is Latin, does not mean it's from the period of great classical antiquity; and we need to stop mythmaking that denies this heritage.

This same perversion of history to make the world fit with one's dualistic reductionism is what allows one to ignore what underlies why the exit polls are an inaccurate and an imprecise measure of voter choice in 2004. All statistical scientific measures are apt without any consideration of the inherent variability of the phenomena to be measured (just try telling this to an evolutionary biologist, let alone a pollster)--just as all concepts of political equality and egalitarianism originated with the Greeks and Romans, such that all christianity gave us was fear and superstition.

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