George Soros – The Man Behind the Mayhem

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In a 1998 Sixty Minutes interview, Soros told of his time as a 15-year-old in his native Hungary disguised as a non-Jew under Nazi rule, watching the conquerors at work, in this account by financial writer David Haggith.

Even in this unmanipulated version of the interview, Soros makes the peculiar statement that it was “not at all” difficult for him to travel with his Nazi protector and watch the man confiscate the property of his fellow Jews.

It didn’t trouble him in the least because he wasn’t the one doing it.

While Soros was not the one actually seizing the property of his fellow people, as the fake news versions make it sound, I have to think most people with a conscience would experience duress just watching what was happening to their own people.

That Soros says it wasn’t the least bit difficult indicates some pathology had already set…

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Ancient Philosophy’s Return Amidst the Triumph of the Therapeutic

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The Me Century.

What we have today is a fragile culture centered on the self’s needs and wants, which sociologist Philip Rieff aptly called therapeutic.

In his 1966 classic The Triumph of the Therapeutic: Uses of Faith after Freud, he observed modern changes in the deep structures of custom and belief as resulting in a whole new outlook. [Emphasis added]

Something aggressive this way must come in the living of one’s life.

(Not to allocate praise for oneself, but I do recall decades ago in Oak Park, watching the elementary school board at work and calling it — the approach, style, etc. — therapeutic, which I surely wrote down somewhere.)

Another word-bite from the article, out of Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal:

Rieff’s work was one of the first sustained efforts to make sense of the transition from a culture based on faith to a…

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