[ExI] [Extropolis] Re: Study of social media behavior must be 'crisis discipline'

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 28 01:18:57 UTC 2021

Dan, you hang around with some strange people.  Have those guys read
Leviticus?  bill w

On Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 7:11 PM Dan TheBookMan <danust2012 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Jun 27, 2021, at 2:37 PM, William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> Thanks for the new word: theonomy, then, really what each religion
> proposes, while theocracy is a state-sponsored religion, like the Anglican
> in England, I suppose.  I keep trying to figure out what I am, and what I
> am, I think, is one of a kind, who overlaps with many, but totally with
> nobody, which I think describes many who have complex, nuanced, values.
>  How are people like us going to have an influence at all, since we can
> fully agree with no one?  Run for office, I reckon.  bill w
> Theocracy doesn’t exactly mean state-sponsored religion and the Anglican
> Church is not really an example of theocracy. (Even if one considers this a
> fuzzy thing, the UK today isn’t anything like what theocratically inclined
> folks want.) Theocracy means rule by clergy. (One can argue about Henry
> VIII changing that, but it’s more the monarchy took over the church than
> the other way ‘round.)
> Theonomists are even more particular… And I mean the ones I know — not
> some generic theonomist based on the definition. These folks want Old
> Testament inspired laws put in place and they’re quite ready to say their
> interpretation of that — e.g., gays, adulterers, and blasphemers jailed or
> executed, other religions outlawed, non-Christians basically given second
> class or even non-citizen status.
> I don’t mind labels. They’re helpful. I expect people who call themselves
> X to have some wiggle room. That said, I’m surprised when folks say they’re
> X and then go on to endorse many anti-X things. For instance, if someone
> says they’re a civil libertarian and then spends all day talking about how
> this and that should be censored and no knock warrants are the best tool
> law enforcement ever invented — next to beating confessions out of
> suspects, then I begin to think either they don’t know what being a civil
> libertarian entails (in other words, they’re ignorant or stupid) or they do
> know what it entails (in which case, they’re playing some game).
> A big problem here, too, is a word is coined and then ‘escapes’ out into
> public. It had a more or less clear meaning when it was coined, though
> probably not precise like in some logical language. But once others else
> starts throwing it around, the meaning changes. Socialism is a word like
> this. Note how it’s used to mean everything from state control of
> industries to welfare programs to communism to wearing a mask and getting
> vaccinated. (Socialism is a good term to look at because it want exactly
> used to mean central planning or welfare programs by its earliest users. In
> fact, for a time individualist anarchists described themselves as
> socialists. And, no, they did NOT mean that state central planning would
> eventually lead to some anarchist society.)
> Regards,
> Dan
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