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Re: Violence - Let's be intellectually honest, for a change... shall we?

Re: Violence - Let's be intellectually honest, for a change... shall we?

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Published by A.J. MacDonald, Jr.
"The Marquis de Sade produced graphic celebrations of sexual violence, incest, torture, and murder during a period that encompassed the end of the ancient regime, the French Revolution, and the reign of Napoleon. His most notorious works are a series of novels in which wealthy, powerful "libertines" systematically rape, torture, and kill an assortment of victims—primarily women and adolescents of both sexes—while articulating elaborate philosophical justifications for this behavior. Rejecting the existence of a Supreme Being, Sade posits a lawless and destructive Nature as the only rational guide to behavior; sexual cruelty and the will to power, being natural human impulses, should be fostered rather than discouraged. His reputation inspired the nineteenth-century psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing to attach the author's name to the concept of sadism, sexual gratification through the infliction of pain on others."
"The Marquis de Sade produced graphic celebrations of sexual violence, incest, torture, and murder during a period that encompassed the end of the ancient regime, the French Revolution, and the reign of Napoleon. His most notorious works are a series of novels in which wealthy, powerful "libertines" systematically rape, torture, and kill an assortment of victims—primarily women and adolescents of both sexes—while articulating elaborate philosophical justifications for this behavior. Rejecting the existence of a Supreme Being, Sade posits a lawless and destructive Nature as the only rational guide to behavior; sexual cruelty and the will to power, being natural human impulses, should be fostered rather than discouraged. His reputation inspired the nineteenth-century psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing to attach the author's name to the concept of sadism, sexual gratification through the infliction of pain on others."

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Until we realize the abuse which occurred (and is still occurring) at Abu Ghraib (andmany other dungeons as well) was not the result of “a fews bad apples” but was in facta celebration of sexual violence, torture, and murder - at the ontological level - we willnever be free.The Abu Ghraib Prison Photos:http://www.antiwar.com/news/?articleid=2444 VIDEO - Joshua Casteel: "To Love One's Enemies":http://youtu.be/rM98TuV-RB0 The Marquis de Sade produced graphic celebrations of sexual violence, incest, torture,and murder during a period that encompassed the end of the ancient regime, theFrench Revolution, and the reign of Napoleon. His most notorious works are a series ofnovels in which wealthy, powerful "libertines" systematically rape, torture, and kill anassortment of victims—primarily women and adolescents of both sexes—whilearticulating elaborate philosophical justifications for this behavior. Rejecting theexistence of a Supreme Being, Sade posits a lawless and destructive Nature as the onlyrational guide to behavior; sexual cruelty and the will to power, being natural humanimpulses, should be fostered rather than discouraged. His reputation inspired thenineteenth-century psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing to attach the author's name tothe concept of sadism, sexual gratification through the infliction of pain on others.See: Marquis de Sade:http://www.enotes.com/marquis-de-sade-essays/sade-marquis-deWe have a choice: Wecan continue to “live” as we are now, which is to act according toour postmodern intellectual and moral guiding lights: Sade, Nietzsche, and Foucault...or we can act according to our traditional intellectual and moral guiding lights: God,Natural Law, and Dr. M.L. King.The choice is ours: We can continue living in a hell on earth, allowing Satan and hisminions to control, manipulate, and abuse us... or good people can unite and kick Satanto the curb, throw him under the bus, and make Dr. King
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s dream a reality for allpeoples."True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice." ~ MartinLuther King, Jr."Without justice what are kingdoms but great bands of robbers?" ~ St Augustine (circa400 AD)"Let us not seek the Republicananswer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for thefuture." ~ US President John F. Kennedy"Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system." ~ Dorothy Day,founder of the Catholic Worker
 
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental andanemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at itsbest is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
Martin Luther King Jr.IT'S TIME TO MAKE DR. KING'S DREAM A REALITY!VIDEO - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - Radical Revolution of Values:http://youtu.be/ hQFE1wgx714See:https://www.facebook.com/makethedreamarealityConcerning the dramatic contrast between the ethical theories of Dr. King and FrederickNietzsche, the late Boston University professor Roger Shattuck has said,“A succinct and unflinching answer to Nietzsche arose out of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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sresolve to protect the civil rights struggle from the forces of radical black violence. In
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his 1967 Presidentialaddressto the Southern Christian Leadership Conference—King picks out as one of the great errors in historythe interpretation of power and love as polar opposites and the association of powerwith violence. King cut to the core of the matter with a no-nonsense simplification:
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It was this misinterpretation that caused Nietzsche, who was a philosopher of the will topower, to reject the Christian concept of love. It was this same misinterpretation whichinduced Christian theologians to reject the Nietzschean philosophy of the will to powerin the name of the Christian idea of love. Now, we
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ve got to get this thing right. What isneeded is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love withoutpower is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demandsof justice.
(A Testament of Hope, p. 247) King was not just playing games with the words love and power. He was reaching backto a series of his own earlier readings (above all, inPaul Tillich) and writings and to hisexperience as intellectual and tactical leader of the civil rights movement.
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To get thisthing right
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meant to King an appeal to a long-mediated and carefully definedphilosophic position: the philosophy of non-violence . . . These two prophets, Nietzscheand King, confront us with a continuing struggle between power and justice that nothinking person can responsibly turn away from” (Roger Shattuck,ForbiddenKnowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography; p. 303).Marquis de Sade - Our Postmodern Intellectual and Moral Guiding LightMarquis de SadeTo read the Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) is disorienting, intimidating, exciting,frightening and ultimately exhilirating. "The opposite of his readers," wrote Octavio Paz,"Sade has an iron will..." Meaning, Sade is not only something you read, it's something
 
you withstand and endure, a battle of wills with the reader squaring off against thedivine Marquis. If you can't read Sade to the end, you lose — and somehow even if youdo, you still lose. It's like playing chicken with a bulldozer: if you run away, you're acoward, but if you don't, you're a fool — a dead fool at that.Marquis de Sade Electronic Library:http://supervert.com/elibrary/marquis_de_sade/  Forbidden KnowledgeAn interview with Roger ShattuckBy Richard AbowitzYou argue against banning books like Marquis de Sade's or Camus' The Stranger, andyou call instead for better critics to interpret and present those books. You suggest theproblem is not the art, but the critics who are interpreting it.Exactly. I do not favor the Marquis de Sade, but I'm not for banning him. What I'magainst is the rehabilitation of the Marquis de Sade as a cultural hero, a greatphilosopher or a major writer who should be taught even to undergraduates. This to meis just an incapacity to judge what literature is or to understand what the capacities ofeducation are. Yes, a good number of people can read this and it will not have mucheffect on them. But it is a traumatic experience for some people, which I compare in thebook to watching an operation for the first time, or going into combat. To read a book sohideously cruel as the Marquis de Sade is going to have a deleterious effect on someindividuals. And we should worry about that.Do you think this is because of the limits of de Sade's talent, or is there something in theextreme transgressive writing de Sade does that weakens its aesthetic value? Can amajor writer or philosopher hold the positions that de Sade holds?Well, that's a pretty subtle question. I would hope that the kind of monstrosity, violenceand cruel sexuality that de Sade preaches would by itself disqualify a person as a writer.But I don't think these are automatically mutually exclusive. So far, I don't think anygreat writer, not just with style but with a moral vision—that's a part I think of thegreatness of a writer—has undertaken to occupy the same ground as the Marquis deSade.Forbidden Knowledge - An interview with Roger Shattuck:http://www.gadflyonline.com/ archive/May98/archive-shattuck.html Marquis de SadeINTRODUCTIONThe Marquis de Sade produced graphic celebrations of sexual violence, incest, torture,and murder during a period that encompassed the end of the ancient regime, the

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