Karl Reisman Obama’s theory of American unity-Gellner Muslim Society 91 “contrary to the logic of Ibn Khaldun‘s premises, industrial society – a mass of mobile, atomlsed, highly specialised individuals – has exemplified its own kind of social cohesion and identification, working on a new principle which has not infrequently been c…apable of arousing the fervour of broad masses and of leading individuals to make extreme, self-deny
Of all the great world religions, Islam appears to have the most powerful political appeal in the twentieth century. It sustains some severely traditional and conservative regimes, but it is also capable of generating intense revolutionary ardour and of blending with extreme social radicalism. As an
“The operating manuals of the most diverse kinds of machlnes or techniques are written not only in the same language but in accordance with
similar conventions.” Hmmm! the common unintelligible language
Ernest Gellner has experienced the stark contrast between Open and Closed societies three times, once historically and twice in his own experience (Nazism, Islam, Communism). lt is no surprise that his specification of the uniqueness and lack of inevitability of modern western civilisation is so compelling.
This set of essays is concerned with the explanation of large scale social change. Concentration is on the social stagnation characteristic of agrarian circumstances, the conditions for exit from that world, and the varied social orders that inhabit, sometimes precariously, the modern world communit
Karl Reisman The humans redeemed again
Karl Reisman I want to make it clear that by suggesting that you listen to Mr Saleh’s remarks I am not advocating that we invade Pakistan. Merely that if we are not prepared to do what he suggests in regard to the central government of Afghanistan or the frontier regions of Pakistan then we probably have no business being there at all. The rest is delusion.
Karl Reisman Let’s get serious talking about Aghanistan – watch Amrullah Saleh at the National Press club –
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One year on from the earthquake that devastated Haiti, it may still take a decade just to clear the rubble if work continues at its present pace. Meanwhile the poor suffer, the rich profit, and the show is run by NGOs and other outsiders Toussaint Louverture International Airport has returned to goo
Karl Reisman ”Pyongyang’s decision to shell a small South Korean island at the end of November ramped up tension in an attempt to restart talks with the US. North Korea is feeling the effects of isolation and sanctions, socio-economic change that the regime cannot fully control, and growing dependence on China” Philippe Pons Le Monde Diplomatique
Karl Reisman ”With any other parents Tasha’s demands would smell of blackmail. But Ephraim and Rosa are more than equal to the test. ‘I’hey have freedom in their blood and a recklessness for consequences which can only spring from a firm belief in the triumph of love.” Description of the Doner family in Big Sur and the Oranges of H…ier…onymous Bosch by Henry Miller
Karl Reisman Big Sur has a motto, coined some years ago when local artist Ephraim Doner stood at a public meeting and proclaimed, “Big Sur is where you go to launder your karma.”
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