In 'Lincoln,' the value of contemplation

  • Article by: BONNIE BLODGET
  • Updated: November 24, 2012 - 7:15 PM

The story, like a similar one of an earlier crisis in England, is one we can draw upon.

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maddyinmplsNov. 25, 12 9:32 AM

How anyone could invoke income inequality after seeing this movie is mind boggling. Blodgett's liberal blatherings are ridiculous. She might want to take a look at income inequality stats circa 1865. Lincoln was about inherent human rights, not guaranteed government engineered outcomes.

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SnippetNov. 25, 12 9:39 AM

>>> Perhaps we Americans should take a break from our bickering to think about those bedrock principles handed down from the ancients. <<< Such as? >>> What does justice actually mean? At what point does income inequality undermine national stability? Why are we threatened by scientific discovery? What are the underlying causes of conflict between governments and global capitalism? Are there no limits to growth in a finite world? <<< Mind explaining what these bedrock principles of which you speak tell us about any of these loaded rhetorical questions? What makes you so sure Euclid would lead us to the conclusions you have already decided (without, I'm guessing ever reading him) we are supposed to arrive at? >>> I wonder what would happen if, as Lincoln did in passing the 13th Amendment, our business and political leaders thought long and hard about self-evident truths, and, having done so, looked the future squarely <<< I'll tell you what would happen: Intelligent, well educated men and women would have the very same disagreements that now vex our system; they would just express them in a more sophisticated way. Think Thomas Hobbes vs. Rousseau, or Charles Dickens vs. Karl Marx.

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SnippetNov. 25, 1211:31 AM

I think Euclid, if asked his opinion on the Civil War, would have said, "This isn't a math question, and anyone who says it is is probably a political hack trying to score points (and who probably doesn't know a theorem from an axiom). A war between the states would likely last several years and would be staggeringly destructive. This union is voluntary, and anyone who choses to leave should be allowed to do so."

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