Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Self-Determination And Its Value

This is an intriguing discussion. One of the difficulties in America today is that we imagine that we are a nation with a robust exchange of ideas. We are not. These are ideas seldom spoken here. We would be better if they were.

(A Talk given at Rhodes World Public Forum of Dialogue of Civilisations, 12 October 2008.

"We gather in fateful, wonderful times. The great financial crisis is leading to a collapse of hegemony; the nets they made to catch us are being undone.

We are like prisoners who notice that their jailers are in terrible commotion and confusion. Our first response is fear: maybe they will not deliver soup for our lunch, maybe our small privileges we slowly accumulated will be gone. But have no regrets, no doubts, no fears -- we are on the way to freedom: The walls will fall, the jailers will run away, and we shall be set free!"

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