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April 13, 2011

Everyone Has An Ideology.

I am not a "pragmatist," but sometimes I feel that my ideology is not coherent. RT @NYTimeskrugman: Everyone Has An Ideology http://nyti.ms/eYPAHy

"[E]veryone has (a) values and (b) some view about how the world works. And there’s nothing wrong with that."

The above is what the title of his essay means. I suppose that everybody accepts the plausibility of that perspective. Krugman does not hide his "ideology" in his writing, and I like reading his analysis based on data. He is a great teacher who can make us notice the importance of economics and logical or hypothetical thinking.

"A Fair Witness is an individual trained to observe events and report exactly what he or she sees and hears, making no extrapolations or assumptions." http://bit.ly/hRjjJJ

This is a very interesting profession in "Stranger in a Strange Land."


April 10, 2011

"not because of but despite . . ."

"The names of Bolshevik figures must be erased from our country's map. Portraying Stalin as the winner of the war is a flagrant lie. Our people won the war, not because of but despite Stalin's repressions."(Leonid Gozman)

I don't know if what Leonid Gozman says is right, but the analytical logic behind the expression "not because of but despite" might apply in some cases.


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