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satanism article update November 4, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in philosophy, religion.
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I have updated my previously posted article “Nietzsche within LaVey’s Satanism” with a short clip from the mouth of LaVey himself. You can find the YouTube clip at the bottom of the article, it is worth checking out.

Note that I do not promote LaVey’s Satanism. If you are a Satanist (or a “Nietzchean” for that matter) feel free to comment on the article or the video. I welcome discussion from any religious adherents.

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violent pacifism September 23, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in philosophy, politics, religion.
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A Buddhist monk kneels peacefully, not unlike he would in the confines of the monastery, beside a typical Vietnamese street.

A child looks on in wonder at the spiritual leader’s odd location for meditation.

Within seconds, the public square erupts in amazement, disbelief, and panic. (more…)

this week on audacity September 8, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in media, personal, philosophy, politics, religion.
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For the next week or so I will be dedicating this blog to the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the chaos that has ensued. Some of the articles are ones that I have written, and some I have not.

doth shalt not steal August 30, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in philosophy, politics.
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What do we teach our children about stealing? Exodus 20:15 famously quips, “Doth shalt not steal”. Pretty vague if you ask me. Maybe not so vague three thousand years ago but in our “democratic capitalist” system, “stealing” is a relative term. Relative to the colour of persons skin and to the time of the crime. The eighth commandment, as quoted above, definitely has some give, just as some of the other commandments in the Bible (for the ancient Hebrews as well as the current fundamentalist Christians that hold them to be the most holy of laws). We all know that the sixth commandment is “do not murder” and the ninth is “do not give false testimony”, yet murder (via war) was acceptable to the nation of Israel (not to mention God) and false testimony was relative to the situation (Joshua 2:4). So back to stealing. (more…)

chomsky answers our questions August 27, 2006

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How did you feel about the lack of a swift UN intervention in the recent Lebanon crisis? ROBIN, INVERNESS

The first requirement was an immediate cease-fire. That was blocked by Washington, presumably to allow maximal destruction by the invasion – the US-Israeli invasion, according to the (accurate) perception of 90 per cent of Lebanese. That call should have been accompanied by a demand for withdrawal of the invading army and reparations, unthinkable given the distribution of power. The resolution that was passed is deeply flawed, a separate matter. (more…)

nietzsche within lavey’s satanism August 22, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in academia, philosophy, religion.
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Upon reading the works of Anton Szander LaVey it is readily apparent that the moral code presented is against the norm of society. However, less than hundred years before LaVey’s, “The Satanic Bible”, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote an abundant amount of texts that presented an extremely similar moral outlook on life. Some would say that the similarities are too close. LaVeyen Satanism has even been accused of “ripping off” Nietzsche’s philosophy. However, there is a fine line between being influenced by the work of a past philosopher and hijacking him. This article will attempt to find that line. (more…)

are men programmed to cheat? August 19, 2006

Posted by Brad Richert in philosophy, reflections, science.
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I was going to post something today about the problems in our education system. I figured, however, that it would come off as somewhat passive-aggressive since I am really just bitter with some of my grades and sick of hearing about “females doing better than males” in schools when our grading system is completely useless and the education system itself is irrelevant. (more…)