Political Realities and Cultural Reformation . . It has been amazing to watch the implosion of the Donald Trump campaign. His political collapse, now under way in full self-destruct mode, is notable for the obliviousness of the candidate to his poor judgement, lack of policy knowledge, absence of understanding the need for political finesse, and generally being uninformed about most issues of substance. However, the rise of Trump could so easily have been prevented, at the least could have been nipped in the bud before his candidacy became a threat to the Republican Party itself. . As oblivious to his intellectual shortcomings as Donald Trump is, and to his lack of knowledge and absence of self-awareness, is how oblivious the GOP establishment has been to its own conceptual shortcomings. . Translation: The hot shots who run the Republican Party don't really know what they are doing. . By way of comparison, I was also amazed, before the election of 1996, when reading Bob Woodward's 1994 book, The Agenda, about how Hillary held seances in the White House in which she called upon the services of various New Age religious gurus -charlatans by my way of looking at things- as she, Hillary- sought the advice and counsel of the Goddess Athena. . Mind you, I have no problem with someone seeking solace from a Goddess. Nearly a billion Hindus, as part of Hindu orthodoxy, call upon one or another Goddess every day. Meanwhile just about all Mahayana Buddhists and Vajrayana Buddhists do likewise, as do all kinds of Pagan believers of various denominations -the word "Pagan" not at all used as a pejorative, simply as a descriptive term to denote non-monotheistic spiritual traditions outside the major religions. . Moreover, Raphael Patai's 1967 book, The Hebrew Goddess, provides a plethora of evidence that the Hebrews of ancient Israel also venerated a Goddess, known by the names Astarte or Asherah. Indeed, while monotheists were successful in redacting the Hebrew Bible to expunge most references to any form of female deity, one Old Testament book, Esther, is named after a Goddess. Esther is simply a variant of Ishtar. And if you understand the symbolism of the ancient religions of Mesopotamia you know that Esther, the Biblical book, is filled with Ishtar references . Moreover, the Wisdom of Solomon in the Apocrypha is all about the Shekhina, another word for the Holy Spirit, who is discussed as if she is a Goddess. . This is not a disparagement of Hillary's interest in female deities. What this is all about is the politics of religion. William Clinton's victory in 1996 would have been impossible without the votes of millions of Protestant Christian believers. But how could he have explained his wife's seances in the White House, her worship of Athena, and her cozy relationship with various New Age deep-enders? He could not have done so in any kind of plausible way because of his ignorance of religion, viz, of all religion except his own diluted version of Christianity (Christianity plus water). . What William Clinton had going for him was the pet media, of course, in the tank for the American political Left ever since the time of Jimmy Carter. And what else William Clinton had was the factor of religious ignorance on the part of the media, all those reporters and pundits who also don't know much of anything at all about religion except, when they have one, their own faith. Hence, no reporters had an interest in discussing Hillary's strange religious beliefs, if not bizarre religious beliefs, since the New Age can be more than strange, and no journalists knew enough about religion to know what to do with a "revelation" in a best selling book by Bob Woodward. . But how many journalists actually read books? Any books. While surely George Will does, and maybe one or two others, no-one else seems to have an interest in doing so. Books are "too long," if it can't be said in a sound bite, who cares? Which brings us back to 2016. . Allow me to excuse myself from reading books about Donald Trump as filled with incriminating facts that might well have been used to sink his ship. However, I have been reading other books about all kinds of scholarly subjects in the year or so since Trump rose to prominence in electoral politics, books that really interest me and for which I have direct use as sources for articles and essays that I may write. . Besides, having seen something of his TV show, The Apprentice, I was disgusted at how badly he treats other people in a business setting, contrary to just about all rules of good management, not to mention contrary to just about all considerations of basic human decency. Plus, to listen to him speak is to listen to someone who clearly has close to no intellectual interests whatsoever, who has zero concern for the humanities or the behavioral sciences, who constantly "shoots from the hip," who is, in a word, a blowhard. . And I was anything but impressed when seeing a TV show that featured his 100+ rooms Florida mansion as if that kind of Veblenesque conspicuous consumption for just two people, or maybe three or four counting kids, was anything else than a clear advertisement for the man's ostentatiousness, his need for gross ego display, and his insecurities writ large. Trump, as I see him, has no class at all, he is one more psychological basket case of the type who sometimes emerges from our flawed economic system, a system that allows such a travesty of a human being to rise to the top. . And isn't all of this obvious to nearly everyone? . I guess not. . But I have other priorities than to focus on an election in which both candidates for the presidency are so hopelessly flawed that under no circumstances could I possibly vote for either. Both need to be "locked up," just in different kinds of institutions. Both, each in their own way, are unfit for the presidency. . However, there are people whom, you would think, have such a vested interest in the outcome of the balloting on November 8 that they would do everything necessary to ensure the defeat of the candidate they despise the most. We are past the time, which would have been before at the start of the primaries, when it made sense to seek to elect a candidate whom voters could champion in good faith. . The problem was acute for both parties. Hillary, in any normal political year, would not have a remote chance. She is the second most disliked candidate in all the years since questions about "like-ability" have been asked. However, she is running against the candidate who has the worst unfavorables on record. Hence, until the disclosures about Trump's misogynistic values, his boorish behavior with women, all of which obviously has resulted in pathological lying about women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, the race for the White House remained reasonably close, with Trump narrowly ahead on two occasions since the GOP convention in July. . Now, despite a torrent of incriminating e-mails that, among other things, show Hillary's inner circle denigrating Catholics, Evangelicals, and Christians generally, the Wikileaks story is shrugged off by the media and most voters as far less important than Trump's sexcapades. Indeed, the ratio of bimbo stories to Hillary's e-mails is now 30: 1. . It is possible, of course, that some of the accusations against him are bogus. Not every woman always tells the truth. It should surprise no-one if it turns out that of the (so far) 9 self-identified victims of Trump's ravages, two or three are opportunists seeking undeserved fame, or seeking a payoff of some kind, like a book contract. Still, there is such consistency in most accounts, each of which are congruent with Trump's unguarded remarks on Access Hollywood, that most of the women deserve benefit of the doubt. . The observation should be made, of course, that nothing demonstrates the entrenched political bias of the news media than how the press and television are reporting the story. William Clinton's various affairs with women that came to light in the 1990s were, if anything, more immoral and more criminal in character than Trump at his worst. Accusations against Clinton included forcible rape, plus variety of kinds of molestation that were far more serious than Trump's self confessed groping, kissing, and putting his hand up a woman's skirt. Yet in the 1990s the media went to lengths to trivialize all (all) of Clinton's crimes and misdemeanors, and now in 2016 Trump's objectively not-as-evil actions are treated as heinous offenses deserving extreme recriminations. . But let me deal with the issue of Trump inasmuch as, whatever else you may say about William Clinton, he had political skills and was more-or-less well informed about questions of policy. Donald trump is singularly unqualified to become president of the United States. I am hardly alone in expressing the deepest fear that if he is successful it could be a disaster for the country. . The $ 64,000 question is: Why wasn't Trump stopped by the Republican Party long before Cleveland? The answer isn't that there was no interest in doing so. Some party leaders were apoplectic about the possibility of a Trump candidacy. The answer is that no-one in the GOP establishment had any idea how to accomplish the objective. They showed themselves to be dinosaurs in a panic after the asteroid hit the earth, totally uncomprehending what was happening. . What the Republican establishment simply "doesn't get" is that their high-priced elite values are shared by just about no-one in the Republican base. They are out of step with the millions who have grown to distrust any and all claims to the effect that "Islam means peace," for example. Most people know better. Far better. Instead, the religiously illiterate elite of Republicans, none of whom have ever read the Koran, none of whom have the least knowledge of Mid East history, and none of whom are capable of thinking of any issue at all except in terms of money, urges policy toward Islam that is indistinguishable from the views of the DNC. But this is only to broach the subject of elite Republican malfeasance. They, too, don't know what the hell they are doing. . For the record, when you do study Islam with any objectivity at all, what almost literally jumps out at you is how similar in spirit Muhammad's religion is to Nazism. It is horribly Judeophobic (anti-Semitic, as that word is ordinarily used in America), misogynistic beyond belief, bigoted in the extreme against all other religions, motivated by hate, anti-intellectual, violent, opposed to free speech, etc, in a word, antithetical to everything we value as American citizens. . Is it any wonder that Trump's plan to curtail immigration from Muslim countries resonated with the Republican base? Trump's plan is far too tepid, of course, far too limited in outlook. We need to outlaw Islam from the United States entirely -with the only exception being a few Sufi groups who are blameless since they aren't really Muslims at all, as most Muslims understand the word. But Trump is so badly informed that he has none of the "smarts" necessary to pursue the idea he proposed and hence has few good replies to accusations of "racism" and intolerance and the like and, instead, can think of nothing better than to lash out at the family of a nominally Muslim US serviceman killed in action, but clearly not someone who had much knowledge of the core teachings of Islam. All of which is very basic, but Trump doesn't know the basics of Islam, himself. . Trump, like every Republican candidate for president in the 21st century, is one more religious illiterate. And we cannot afford to elect religious illiterates to the nation's highest office any more. . After all, we have see the mess that the current religious-illiterate-in-chief has caused by way of utterly ill-advised Mid East policy, a mess that seems to get worse and worse and worse, all the while as millions of his devotees, almost none of whom know anything at all about Islam, also tell the public that Muhammad's religion means "peace." . How, though, could the disaster which is Donald Trump as the official nominee of the Republican Party have been averted? There are several ways, starting with the need for a purge of the highest ranks of the GOP establishment. The rich Republicans who run the national party should have been shown the exits long before now. They are the kind of people who see nothing wrong with the likes of Charles Ichan, someone who is as anti-American as it is possible to get, who lacks even a shred of social conscience, who could care less if whole communities are destroyed as long as other rich men like himself make even more profits so that they can buy the biggest yacht that harbors at Martha's Vineyard or at Catalina Island, so that they can splurge on every luxury known to man, who have never heard of Thorstein Veblen, and who are clueless that their greed and ostentation marks them as enemies of the people. . This would mean, of course, adopting a new philosophy and replacing both their libertarian "me-me-me" ethics and their free trade policies that enrich the wealthy at the expense of everyone else. While it may be true that some of the excessive riches of the monied class does trickle down to the huddled masses, we all know how the system really works, to give the upper 1% still more money so that they can indulge in status spending contests with others who are filthy rich. It is a "potlatch economy." Except when things go wrong, in which case we get "socialism for the rich," with the government (whichever party is in power it does not matter) bailing them out, no jail time despite how they may wreck the economy, while average citizens lose their homes, see their careers ruined, and suffer all the negative consequences. . Who did this class of rich Republicans pin all their hopes on for 2016? Why, Jeb Bush, of course, still one more scion of a family of incompetents, given a war chest that dwarfed that of all other candidates, and who ended with about 3% of the vote. This may be unfair to Jeb, the one Bush who seems to actually be intelligent, but his dullard brother had poisoned the well and politicos who did not know it had to have been deaf and blind. Which is to speak foremost of someone else who is intelligent but who is so wedded to the power elite of his party that he is incapable of understanding anything but the world view of that elite, namely, Karl Rove. . None of this means that wealth is evil, that is not true at all. But wealth that is made use of for purposes of self-indulgence, which underwrites country clubs before it underwrites colleges or publications or honest charities is immoral wealth. It does not matter if this is to discuss your mother or brother or anyone else in your family; as I know from painful experience, sometimes family members are essentially unethical. Wealth should be invested where it will do the most good, not only for one's personal needs and desires. which surely are legitimate, but which must be genuinely helpful to the community and the country. Which is a viewpoint that is alien to libertarians and their free trade cousins and which should be uncompromisingly opposed. . The ethical rich will always be needed in politics. However, it is time that the party invests in independent-minded thinkers who will not allow themselves to be intimidated by elites. This is to speak of honest men and women who know damned well that unrestricted immigration is a disaster, that unrestricted free trade is also a disaster that has cost America millions of jobs, and that dishonesty about the real nature of Islam has led to wars which are worse in their results than just about everything else combined. . Which is not some sort of justification for the policies of the Democratic Party. If anything the Democratic Party is a worse disaster than the Republican Party -except insofar as the GOP has Trump, about whom no words are adequate to characterize the man's unbelievable failings. Which is also said despite his one glaring virtue: On policy issues, as uninformed as he is, he is honest to a fault. The Republican establishment is incapable of honesty. . Besides the need for moral and intellectual reform in the ranks of Republican Party leadership there is one other thing that the GOP could have done to have made the rise of someone like Donald Trump impossible. Indeed, it is impossible to miss the solution inasmuch as Rupert Murdoch has shown the way. And that is: Invest in education. . This means education in the broadest sense of the word, not simply in colleges and universities, or perchance religious K-12 schools. "Education" actually means any kind of institution or process that facilitates useful learning, including the usefulness of morality and moral judgment. . Conservatives -most of whom are Republicans- continually complain about the condition of American education. About which, so it seems to me, they are largely right. The public schools are under the control of the NEA, an organization that puts the welfare of school administrators above the needs of children and teachers, that is hopelessly political in the guise of being professional, and that abhors any kind of accountability for results, or lack of results, since, after all, it is politically incorrect to tell the truth, predominantly black schools almost always underperform, many of their graduates are functionally illiterate, and too many black teachers don't know how to teach since they often are products of the same anti-intellectual culture of the students in their classrooms. Which is not my opinion alone as a white male, but is derived in part from the views of Thomas Sowell, a black scholar of standing. . That is, since education means more than schooling, in this case there is a dysfunctional subculture that needs to be uprooted, kicked out, so to speak, so that meaningful learning can happen in the lives of black young people. . In other words, and who can blame them, what middle class white parents would choose to send their kids to a predominantly black public school? None in their right mind. Their offspring would receive an inferior education because of saturation in a dysfunctional culture, and because of teachers who accept many of the values of that dysfunctional culture. This problem must be dealt with head on, totally honestly, with no toleration for that dysfunctional subculture because, well, it is dysfunctional. It produces social failures. It cannot be justified in any way. . The situation in higher education is just as bad even if the problems are different. What has happened in many or even most of the nation's colleges and universities, has been their conversion into academies of Cultural Marxism, in which Leftist values of every kind are ceaselessly inculcated into the minds of students, and any kind of independent thought is ridiculed and condemned. . There is no reason to belabor this point. Although you can argue specifics with him, and I have a number of reservations and criticisms to make, you can hardly do better than to study the writings of David Horowitz on the subject of the mess which is American higher education. . The point to make is that people on the Right endlessly complain about the 'marxification' of higher education yet, despite their wealth, they do little or nothing to reform the system. . There also is the news media which, as I see it, is America's classroom: A classroom in which almost all the teachers are Left-wing ideologues. There isn't any substantive argument to any other effect than to say the media is a Cultural Marxist institution -a few exceptions duly noted. This is true whether or not few journalists have ever cracked a book on the topic of the Frankfurt School, Antonio Gramsci, Lenin's philosophy of the oppressed, or anything else of similar nature. Cultural Marxism has become part of the air that many or most reporters and analysts breathe. It exists in the form of the assumptions they make, the values they hold dear, and their view of society and what it should be and should not be. . Unlike classical Marxism actually based on Marx, or Marx plus Engels, Cultural Marxism starts from nihilistic assumptions, which are related to the values of Anarchists. In this worldview, none of the lessons of history embodied in the religious traditions of mankind are given the least credence, except for Islam, the most retrograde of all 'faiths,' yet discussed as if it is a legitimate expression of the angst of "the oppressed." Otherwise, today's Leftism features an all out war against religion, against Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Confucians, Taoists, and everyone else who believes in spiritual realities. . Today's Cultural Marxist Leftism also consists of ceaseless attacks against evolution, although, to be sure, lip service is given to Darwin. What this is about is acquiescence in the gender feminist view that sociobiology is anathema, that there are no truths to learn from the realm of nature, that human nature is infinitely elastic, and that morality is completely
subjective; anything goes, in other words, except, of course, Christian morality or Jewish morality or Buddhist morality, and so forth. . Hence, by the feminist view of the world, we are not related to other primates, our behaviors are unrelated to the reflexes and proclivities of apes in the wild, and there are no natural gender differences that have evolved over the course of millions of years because these differences contribute to species survival. This is not to discuss the naive anti-science primitivism of a large segment of the Religious Right and creationist views, rather it is about disdain for molecular biology, contempt toward human genome research, hatred of the science of primatology, and everything related, because, you see, if the lessons of sociobiology were allowed in the debate, those truths would puncture each and every pretension of rabid political feminism and render it untenable. . Cultural Marxism also teaches, certainly that branch of this philosophy associated with Herbert Marcuse does, that a sexual free-for-all is the highest ideal for society, that parents should be indifferent toward the sexuality of their children, and that any and all scientific research that disproves Marcuse-like conclusions must be disallowed and belittled as backward and false. . About all of which much more could be said, indeed, could be discussed at great length. . The point now is that all of this needs a major corrective. . We are not getting any such thing from Fox news even though it employs some first rate commentators and on-air news people. This is to speak of, for instance, Brit Hume, Bret Baier, Charles Krauthammer, Shannon Bream, and a few others. It includes Chris Wallace, Juan Williams, and now and then, when he isn't being a know-it-all, Bill O'Reilly. However, this is pretty much the roster. Nearly everyone else consists of political hacks. or wet-behind-the-ears kids or second tier intellects who sometimes are not very well informed. That is, in some ways Fox is every bit as bad as its competitor networks even if, added up, it is superior to every other news service. . What can be seen at Fox, however, is the vast potential that the news media could have. As well, several major newspapers show us similar possibilities for print media. For all of its Leftist biases and political correctness hires, you would still be hard pressed to rate any other paper higher than the New York Times, for instance. Again and again, it publishes real substance, educational copy in the best sense of the word "education." To which we can add, for radio, again despite its blatant Left-wing prejudices, NPR. . In other words, there is no reason why a genuinely conservative media could not be created that counters the Left-wing news media that currently dominates the airwaves, cable television, and the press at large. This leaves out of discussion the Internet essentially because (1) there is ample conservative presence there already, and (2) despite all of the hype peddled by the computer industry, most people still get their news and news analysis, from TV, radio, and newspapers. . What this says is that rich conservatives, of whom there are more than a few, who compulsively put profit above everything else, are foolish beyond belief. In the current climate of opinion you can say that they cannot help themselves, their libertarian and laissez faire assumptions won't let them think in some other way. But there is another way, and it is far better than their present views. . To win a war of ideas there needs to be an actual war, a war with more combatants than one side which always wins by default, in this case the political Left -minus market share carved out by Fox. . About wars, they always are costly. They seldom earn profits. In fact, if a pure calculus of profitability was decisive, there would be no wars. The odds are overwhelming that even if you win the result would be that you have less money than when you started. . Yet wars are popular and will always be popular -precisely because they are almost always about achieving otherwise completely intransigent political objectives that are personally extremely important, or important to an entire nation. Yes, a war is guaranteed to be expensive. But a war can win for you something that money cannot otherwise buy, the triumph of ideas or of values for which you would sacrifice your life if it came to it. . The Left, for all of the complaints anyone may make of its premises and values, understands this with perfect clarity. The Right, at best, only understands this marginally, "through a glass dimly," vaguely, and usually not at all. . Suppose you had achieved financial security, you were pretty much guaranteed an income in the hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for the rest of your life, or what if the number was in the millions? What then? . The answer given by example by most of the wealthy is to venture forth on still another quest to make still more money. But what if you said, "to hell with that, I most of all want to invest in the success of my values and ideas, toward the goal of seeing to it that I have done everything open to me to reform American culture, to undo the vast damages done by the political Left in the past 30 years or so, to return America to its senses and renew our nation's heritage" ? . At least a few people have done exactly this. An example that comes to mind is Pamela Geller, who cashed in on her experience at the New York Observer and subsequently used the money she then had access to, for the purpose of sponsoring a blog called Atlas Shrugs which covers news of Islam on a daily basis, year after year, providing information about crimes in the name of Islam committed around the world, crimes that expose the true character of Muhammad's religion, crimes that, with rare exceptions, the mainstream media studiously ignores in favor of fluff and "human interest" stories that have no news significance whatsoever. . That is, if your sole source of news are the traditional TV networks or a daily major metropolitan newspaper, you would be ignorant of all but maybe 1% of atrocities committed by Muslims somewhere in the world every day, including heinous crimes in places like Minnesota, California, Maine, or Virginia. And this proportion, 1% reported vs. 99 % unreported, is not exaggerated in the least. Indeed, the 1 % may actually be more like 1/2 of a percent. . You are free to have reservations about some of what Geller reports, I certainly do, and she sometimes is shrill about things, but the value of what she publishes at her site is inestimable, which she puts her heart and soul into every day, despite threats to her life by Muslim fanatics. All the while as the mainstream media denigrates her, calls her a bigot, vilifies her, and excuses outrage after outrage perpetrated by followers of Muhammad. . We need many more conscientious people like Pamela Geller. We not only don't need more people like Charles Ichan, we need to get rid of the Ichans we already have, they are traitors to the United States of America. . Pamela Geller, to the best of my knowledge, does not earn a dime for her efforts. What she does is inspired by her awareness of what could happen, or even would happen, if the forces of Islam are successful. Every Jew in Israel would be killed in a new holocaust, for starters. But what Jew, anywhere, would be safe? . Not only that, Geller has many Christian friends. She also knows what would happen to them: A Christian holocaust in at least some places, the way that Armenians were slaughtered in the early 20th century, or no better than servitude, anti-Christian bigotry, and even de jure enslavement as sanctioned by the Koran. Islam is what it is, not what the uninformed want it to be, as if it was simply a somewhat exotic faith where people speak Arabic but are otherwise peaceful and serene. Any such view is pure fiction which is only possible to believe when people are woefully ignorant of the facts. . We all owe Pamela Geller a debt of gratitude. Instead, nor only does the media treat her like a pariah, most of her fellow conservatives ignore her, don't read her posts, and wish she would go away inasmuch as the painful truths she publishes are contrary to the fairlyland fantasies promoted by the Bushies, by Grover Norquist, and by oilmen who look the other way because they do not wish to jeopardize lucrative business dealings with the Saudis. . It all comes down to a simple question: What counts more to you, money or America? Money or the truths of your religious faith? Money or the future of civilization? . When I think of "typical Republicans" the imagery I find myself involuntarily thinking about comes from a classic Hollywood movie that starred Michael Douglas, Wall Street. Surely you have seen the film that has, as co-stars, Greed, Avarice, Selfishness, and others of the Seven Deadly Sins. . Is it any wonder that a creature from Hell like Donald Trump became the nominee for president of the Republican party in 2016? There has been a catastrophic collapse of conservative values on the Right in the past decades, a collapse that an establishment Republican like George W. Bush did just about nothing to correct during his eight years in office. Few presidents have been as incompetent. . I am not someone who thinks that conservatism is the answer to our problems. Nonetheless, it seems self evident that without the best possible conservative ideas to compliment the best available liberal ideas, there cannot be truly good solutions to those problems. . As social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has said, the value of conservative ideas should never be underestimated. But there cannot be good conservative ideas as long as the Right is under the spell of libertarianism with its simplistic fix for everything, freedom, as if liberty by itself could replace community, the values of faith, the values of the arts, the values of a healthy philosophy of life, and still other things that seldom produce bottom line profits. . But what if there were a number of high quality newspapers across the country that provided forums for the best conservative minds? What if conservatives with conscience said to themselves, "things have gone too damned far, we cannot tolerate a Satyricon America, Satyricon politics, nor the 'satytriconization' of education and entertainment."? What if conservatives rebelled against nihilistic values, and against nihilistic libertarianism? . What if there was at least one alternative to Fox News, a network that built on everything Fox does right but that disregards everything that Fox does wrong, especially policies it has in place that has allowed someone like Shepard Smith to have his own TV show in which he attacks every value that means anything to America's Christians and observant Jews? . What if conservatives -those who know what they are talking about, who actually are educated to culture- made serious efforts wherever possible to reform colleges and universities to remove Cultural Marxists from their faculties, to root out nihilistic values, and to replace such aberrations with qualified teachers who know how to think for themselves, who have no use at all for nihilistic nonsense? . What if there was concerted effort by conservatives to educate America to good ideas, to healthy values, to the best in human culture? How would someone like Donald Trump even be possible? . Conservative newspapers or TV stations or any other forms of media including motion pictures, might not make any money even if, for sure, it would be smart to try and earn a profit even if it takes several years to do so. But that is not the point. The point is winning the war of ideas and values. The point is, to quote myself from 2014, long before Donald Trump usurped the idea, to make America great again. . None of this can possibly be cheap; au contraire, it would cost a lot of money. But the results, as soon as there are successes, would be a bargain like nothing else. . . . Billy Rojas Eugene, Oregon October 15, 2016 -- -- Centroids: The Center of the Radical Centrist Community <RadicalCentrism@googlegroups.com> Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/RadicalCentrism Radical Centrism website and blog: http://RadicalCentrism.org --- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Centroids: The Center of the Radical Centrist Community" group. 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