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  1. Star Wars is BEGGING us not to be control freaks in life, love or politics

    Stephen Kent, author of How The Force Can Fix The World, live at FreedomFest in Las Vegas @ The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Speaking on the main stage to the political conference about the powerful politics and anti-authoritarian message of Star Wars.

    Star Wars NEVER made a great case in defense of democracy, in fact George Lucas dismissed it in favor of "benevolent dictatorship." And he was right. That system is more effective. Until it isn’t.

    In this short speech by Stephen Kent you’ll get the message of what Star Wars is really about. It’s not a weapon to be used by Democrats or Republicans, or liberals or conservatives. It’s a series of movies about the perils of CONTROL. Star Wars is a warning to you. Not just your opponents. About our latent totalitarian instincts. The instincts Anakin Skywalker couldn’t overcome and Padme Amidala ignored in him. We can do better.

    SHARE this video with your friends and family who love Star Wars and care about the state of American democracy.

    Get the book: https://www.amazon.com/How-Force-Can-Fix-World/dp/1546000461

    Subscribe to the newsletter, This Is The Way https://thisistheway.substack.com/

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  2. Peter Andreas ─ Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs

    Join author Peter Andreas and panelists C.J. Chivers, New York Times, Stephen Kinzer, Watson senior fellow, and Angelica Duran-Martinez, associate professor of political science, Umass-Lowell, for a discussion of Andreas’ new book Killer High: A History of War in Six Drugs. Moderated by Edward Steinfeld, director of the Watson Institute.

    About the book:

    There is growing alarm over how drugs empower terrorists, insurgents, militias, and gangs. But by looking back not just years and decades but centuries, Peter Andreas reveals that the drugs-conflict nexus is actually an old story, and that powerful states have been its biggest beneficiaries.

    In his path-breaking Killer High, Andreas shows how six psychoactive drugs-ranging from old to relatively new, mild to potent, licit to illicit, natural to synthetic-have proven to be particularly important war ingredients. This sweeping history tells the story of war from antiquity to the modern age through the lens of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, opium, amphetamines, and cocaine. Beer and wine drenched ancient and medieval battlefields, and the distilling revolution lubricated the conquest and ethnic cleansing of the New World. Tobacco became globalized through soldiering, with soldiers hooked on smoking and governments hooked on taxing it. Caffeine and opium …

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  3. Killer High: A History Of War In Six Drugs

    Abstract: There is growing alarm over how drugs empower terrorists, insurgents, militias, and gangs. But by looking back not just years and decades but centuries, Peter Andreas reveals that the drugs-conflict nexus is actually an old story, and that powerful states have been its biggest beneficiaries. In his new book, Killer High, Andreas shows how six psychoactive drugs-ranging from old to relatively new, mild to potent, licit to illicit, natural to synthetic-have proven to be particularly important war ingredients. This sweeping history tells the story of war from antiquity to the modern age through the lens of alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, opium, amphetamines, and cocaine. Beer and wine drenched ancient and medieval battlefields, and the distilling revolution lubricated the conquest and ethnic cleansing of the New World. Tobacco became globalized through soldiering, with soldiers hooked on smoking and governments hooked on taxing it. Caffeine and opium fueled imperial expansion and warfare. The commercialization of amphetamines in the twentieth century energized soldiers to fight harder, longer, and faster, while cocaine stimulated an increasingly militarized drug war that produced casualty numbers surpassing most civil wars. As Andreas demonstrates, armed conflict has become progressively more drug…

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  4. Alasdair MacIntyre on the Sources of Unpredictability in Human Affairs (1972)

    This lecture explicates an early form of the argument, developed in MacIntyre’s 1972 paper “Predictability and Explanation in the Social Sciences,” that becomes the central claim of chapter 8 of After Virtue. Namely, that generalizations in social science lack predictive power or value. MacIntyre notes that while he is making what some listeners might consider a “rather arcane point” it is one that “has extremely important social implications.” Of his attempts to clarify a technical argument that he usually must “illustrate on a blackboard” MacIntyre delightfully says to the audience “You must forgive me, I am like a conjurer who has arrived on the stage without not only a hat, but without a rabbit either!”

    This talk was given by Alasdair MacIntyre in 1972 at the American University Department of Philosophy in Washington D.C. Kay Chapel as part of the 15th Annual Bishop John F. Hurst Philosophy Lecture.

    00:00 Aim of the Talk 03:13 Natural Particulars 07:23 Social Particulars 14:34 Unpredictability of Conceptual Innovation 20:00 Unpredictability of Open Decisions 29:23 Unpredictability of Game-Theoretic Conflicts 32:31 Application to Social Particulars 36:41 Extrapolation from Trends 44:06 Regularities in Social Life 49:09 Judgment & Small Causes with Large Effects 53:38 Practical Consequences

    Sou…

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  5. “What the Natural Sciences Do Not Explain”

    Professor Alasdair MacIntyre’s keynote presentation from the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture’s fourteenth annual Fall Conference, “Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: The Body and Human Identity.”

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  6. Keynote: Common Goods, Frequent Evils by Alasdair MacIntyre

    Alasdair MacIntyre, Rev. John A. O’Brien Senior Research Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, gives a keynote address during the conference "The Common Good as Common Project" on March 26-28, 2017.

    For more information, visit http://nanovic.nd.edu/cg2017

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  7. WEBINAR - Holding Fast: Resilience and Civic Engagement Among Latino Immigrants

    Political scientists James A. McCann (Purdue University) and Michael Jones-Correa (University of Pennsylvania), discuss their RSF book, Holding Fast: Resilience and Civic Engagement Among Latino Immigrants.

    The conversation was moderated by independent journalist and NPR contributor Alexandra Starr and featured remarks from immigration scholar Janelle Wong (University of Maryland, College Park).

    Date: Thursday, October 15th

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