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You who oppress the poor and crush the destitute

I will grant them no reprieve,
Because they sell the innocent for silver
and the destitute for a pair of shoes.
They grind the heads of the poor into the earth
And thrust the humble out of their way…Look at the tumult seething among her people
and at the oppression in her midst;
what do they care for honesty
who hoard in their palaces the gains of crimes and violence?…

You who oppress the poor and crush the destitute,
who say to your lords, ‘Bring us drink.’

…your time is coming.

You that turn justice upside down
and bring righteousness to the ground,
you that hate a man who brings the wrongdoer to court
and loathe him who speaks the whole truth
for all this, because you levy taxes on the poor

enthrone justice in the courts…

Let justice roll on like a river
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream…

I loathe the arrogance of Jacob…

Yet you have turned into venom the process of law
and justice itself into poison,
you who are jubilant over a nothing and boast,
‘Have we not won power by our own strength?’

Listen to this, you who grind the destitute and plunder the humble, you who say, ‘. . . tiling the scales fraudulently, and selling the dust of the wheat; that we may buy the poor for silver and the destitute for a pair of shoes?

–a sheep farmer

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enthrone justice in the courts…

Let justice roll on like a river
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream…

I loathe the arrogance of Jacob…

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January 17, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Matthew Chancey’s Special Edition Report: Kinism

Read this newest report:

“The Unmasking of Mrs. Binoculars, Part II”

Just what is Kinism anyways? Read the article and find out.

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“In this first installment of a two-part exposé, Matt Chancey introduces us to the cast of characters involved in the Ministry Watchman / Little Geneva plot against Reformed ministries and demonstrates the vile nature of Kinism.”

January 17, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Philosophy Blog

Professors don’t need to have blogs; if they contribute to the published literature of their field, act the part of a good colleague, and fulfill teaching responsibilities, there is not much more the world will be nagging at them about. I think it is pretty cool, then, when a professor starts his or her own blog anyway. Eric Schwitzgebel offers “reflections in philosophy of psychology, broadly construed” at his new blog “The Splintered Mind.”

He has co-authored a book with an experimental psychologist, Russell T. Hurlburt, playing the role as a skeptic of scientific approaches to consciousness, i.e. systematic approaches to introspection and descriptive reports. This is a very accessible read for the non-philosopher—for the typical reader of my blog! I’m not yet sure Schwitzgebel’s skepticism about a science of consciousness fully matches my words to the experimental psychologist: of course I can’t tell you precisely what it is like to be me! As William James and C.S. Lewis both observed, as soon as you try to grasp your own experience it vanishes, like “turning up the gas” quickly enough to get a good look at the darkness. Yet, I do actually find the method of Hurlburt to be promising; Hurlburt does not demand introspection and description as much as he allows for non-intrusive, random, and private cues to the individual to recall in any way possible what it was just like to be that individual. I believe this is called retrospection; on my view, the trained and gifted retrospectionist just learns the poetic task at communicating—whether via hints, similes, or metaphors—the recollection of what it was like to be. Schwitzgebel likened this to the craft of the wine connoisseur who must develop greater attunement and a richer vocabulary. Such recollection is a creative and constructive task (theory and story laden), but it is just about all we’ve got.

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Chancey’s Lessons for Politicians

Matthew Chancey’s blog is dedicated to superfluous commentary on post-modern America; I would recommend checking out his political satire series: The Politician’s Pocket Guide to Raising Taxes.

 

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