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by Nikolay
Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 12689

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Konchog1 wrote: Russian history is certainly some of the more interesting of national histories. All the leaders are amazingly charismatic or otherwise notable, from St. Olga to Putin.
It's a kind of history which is good to observe from a considerable distance :smile:
by Nikolay
Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:08 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 12689

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Well, whatever. I'm not passionate enough about this to continue this discussion, since we are starting to repeat the same arguments over and over. apathy is actually a form of tacit support for the status quo Heh. I live in Russia. People who are not apathetic on some level about changing things te...
by Nikolay
Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 12689

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Oh, and it probably doesn't help that my very own democratically-inflicted government recently passed their first Internet censorship law, and I am still pretty bitter about the whole thing.
by Nikolay
Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 12689

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

And why is it better for the aristocracy to maintain power instead of the bourgeoisie?` It is not better. Both should have their share of influence. And what stops a monarch from doing the same thing when their popularity wanes? It hasn't stopped them before. Ideally, opposition from other groups, ...
by Nikolay
Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 12689

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

The aristocracy normally supports any move the monarchy makes which gives them (more) power and money. If that includes a despotic stance by the monarch... And what is wrong with populism if the monarchy/aristocracy is corrupt? What is wrong with referendums (a populist and democratic tool) for exa...
by Nikolay
Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:03 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 12689

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

]In which case there is no advantage in having an aristocracy. Aristocracy is another check on the power of the monarch. Both they and elected representatives serve to prevent despotism, additionally they serve to prevent populism. More to the point, aristocracy exists anyway, whether we want it or...
by Nikolay
Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 12689

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Lowest common denominator? You mean those that do all the most essential work? Imagine a society without Lords and Ladies, now imagine a society without road cleaners and rural labourers. I am referring to personal qualities and desires, not people. Please do not make my words look more unsympathet...
by Nikolay
Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 12689

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Not sure having something like IRA in your country is a good thing. I would prefer to do without one. Basically, here is my problem with democracy: A monarch (in theory) is supposed to rule in accordance with traditions and religion. He must base his decisions on them in order to remain, as we say, ...
by Nikolay
Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 12689

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Um... okay? I am posting it anyway, so what is the difference? :shrug: The difference is that under a monarchy if you were to make a statement and/or tried to organise people around an idea that was contrary to the monarchs then "all the kings horses and all the kings men" would kick your ass and s...
by Nikolay
Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 12689

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

It is fortunate, then, that I do not rely on having a "right" to be able to say or post something. It is sufficient that I am 1)physically able to post and 2)see good reason to do so. You are not allowed to post that, and you do not have the right to post that. :rolling: . . . Um... okay? I am post...
by Nikolay
Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 12689

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Aren't "rights" simply another modern myth? I frankly do not understand what does the phrase "X gives this person a right to do Y" means, unless it is said in purely legal sense. Regarding the issue of authority, if a form of government or a rule of a certain person can be shown to be more benefici...
by Nikolay
Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 12689

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Your opinion on this topic is not necessary anyway, but at least in a democracy your opinion matters. Opinions don't matter in the least unless they serve the corporate overlords (the US has the best politicians money can buy). But hey... keep the faith. ...and who does the monarch serve? and more ...
by Nikolay
Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhism and the Perennial Philosophy
Replies: 57
Views: 5996

Re: Buddhism and the Perennial Philosophy

I'm not averse to comparative philosophy. In fact, I find it of great value. I just do it a bit differently. For instance, here is one M. Foucault (in the Birth of Biopolitics ) describing the dependent origination of the capitalist social order: “a singular figure in which economic processes and i...
by Nikolay
Fri Apr 19, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Monarchy vs Democracy
Replies: 155
Views: 12689

Re: Monarchy vs Democracy

Between monarchy and oligarchy (and most modern democracies are de-facto oligarchies) I would choose monarchy any time.

Then again, I don't think it would improve the situation in my country. Nothing ever does.
by Nikolay
Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?
Replies: 114
Views: 11168

Re: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?

So how can a hierarchy be non-dualistic? Well, isn't Trikaya system a hierarchy of sorts? No. I get the impression that every time there is a discussion about comparing Buddhism with other esoteric doctrines, it boils down to "Well, yes, it sounds exactly the same, except Buddhism says that none of...
by Nikolay
Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?
Replies: 114
Views: 11168

Re: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?

CrawfordHollow wrote:So how can a hierarchy be non-dualistic?
Well, isn't Trikaya system a hierarchy of sorts?
by Nikolay
Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?
Replies: 114
Views: 11168

Re: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?

This is not a very good argument, since it presupposes a materialist viewpoint. Unless you can somehow prove mind can exist without life. I personally dislike materialism, but I can't prove otherwise.. can you? I cannot definitively prove it either way, but at least we experience "mind" directly. "...
by Nikolay
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?
Replies: 114
Views: 11168

Re: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?

This empirical reality, the earth, the sun, the solar system, the trees, the buildings do not exist out there in the physical world. It is all inside your mind and it is only a state of mind. Vajrayana is not concerned with this world at all. So the earth, solar systems and stars just magically cam...
by Nikolay
Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?
Replies: 114
Views: 11168

Re: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?

My views are quite similar to the OP, and this thread makes me feel embarrassed.

I call troll.
by Nikolay
Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?
Replies: 114
Views: 11168

Re: Should secular Buddhism be tolerated?

I find the initial post and subsequent comments by the same poster to be needlessly aggressive, almost to the point where I would start to suspect a false flag operation from the "opposing side" (don't slam me for dualism!). Whatever views people hold, they should be all equally dear to us and we sh...

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