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Allan Bloom–The Closing of The American Mind–Videos

Posted on September 24, 2010. Filed under: Blogroll, College, Communications, Culture, Demographics, Economics, Education, government, history, Language, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, People, Philosophy, Politics, Raves, Religion, Video, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , |

Higher Education Has Failed Democracy: Allan Bloom

Bloom interviewed 1 – “I am not a snob” [1987]

Bloom interviewed 2 – “I said economic OR political!” [1987]

Bloom interviewed 3 – “I am speaking on behalf of a disadvantaged group…”[1987]

Conference on the 25th Anniversary of Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind, On Students

The state of the American mind: Anti-intellectualism in America more than 25 years after Allan Bloom

Background Articles and Videos

Allan Bloom on Plato’s Apology of Socrates 1

Allan Bloom on Plato’s Apology of Socrates 2

Allan Bloom on Plato’s Apology of Socrates 3

Allan Bloom on Plato’s Apology of Socrates 4

Allan Bloom on Plato’s Apology of Socrates 5

 

Allan Bloom discourses on Aristotle’s Ethics 1

Allan Bloom discourses on Aristotle’s Ethics 2

Allan Bloom discourses on Aristotle’s Ethics 3

Allan Bloom discourses on Aristotle’s Ethics 4

Allan Bloom discourses on Aristotle’s Ethics 5

Allan Bloom gives his ”Thoughts on Machiavelli” 1

Allan Bloom gives his ”Thoughts on Machiavelli” 2

Allan Bloom: The Full Machiavelli Lecture

PART 1
00:00 – Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau and Modern Natural Right. Political Philosophy is Ancient (Aristotle), Modern Natural Right (Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau), and Historicism (Heidegger). Machiavelli is the fundamental shifting point between ancient and modern political philosophy. Bloom does not consider the religious influence of Islam and Christianity, as he see’s them as politically essentially having absorbed Aristotle’s teaching concerning republics.

08:44 – Bloom puts his theory in a simple formulation, that the shift with Machiavelli can be summed up as: “All power is derived from the consent of the governed”

8:50 – Bloom recommends teaching Machiavelli as an introduction to engage students attention.

10:50 – What seems like common sense in modern political philosophy – i.e. ethics is sustained by fear of violent death (the genealogy of morals) – is just a different “interpretation…for which there are alternatives.” And in this context, it is easier to see that what is common in modern political philosophy – a sort of presummed “hard realism” – is actually more “idealistic” than Plato.

PART 2
14:38 – Bloom introduces “The Prince.”

The Prince does not make the distinction between princes and tyrants, in an ethical sense.

Machiavelli was purposefully shocking, however, when his ideas become common in politics, The Prince looses this trait.

20:10 – Three general incorrect opinions about Machiavelli. First: Machiavelli was evil, and was an assistant to tyrants. Second: He was the founder of nationalism (Consider Mazzini) Third: He was the founder of social sciences.

PART 3
22:15 – Bloom go’s over the context of the book. The book is a gift to a prince.

Playing on Plato’s idea of the philosophy king, Machiavelli makes a symbolic statement about the relationship between knowledge and power. Machiavelli must come across to the prince as not trying to gain control over the prince.

28:45 – Machiavelli expresses the difference between the “experience of modern things versus the reading of ancient things.” Bloom asks the question: why would you have to read ancient things? By doing this, Machiavelli points to the necessity of having a seperate context from ones own culture to make ethical, or tactical judgements. The problem with the modern experience is that it is too “narrow.” And the problem with the ancients is relying on reading books. Bloom says this is a major theme of the entire book.

36:10 – “Fortuna” or “Fortune,” and “Virtue” are the two most important words in the book.

PART 4 Chapter One
38:10 – Bloom explains the general character of the Prince. The Prince is both very “scholastic” and writing style for “popular appeal.”

42:15 – The fundamental difference between Aristotle and Machiavelli is that Machiavelli focuses on acquisition. Aristotle is understood to be a dreamer simply because his political philosophy focuses on inherited wealth, and how to be virtuous to maintain a regime, but not create a revolution. Machiavelli accepts that princes are concerned with acquisition, and not ethics.

Interlude information.

51:40 – Bloom outlines the chapters and urges to pay attention to diversions

Chapter 2 – Old Principalities
Chapter 3 – Partially new Principalities
Chapter 6 is all new with virtue
Chapter 7 is with fortune

52:16 – PART 5 Chapter Two.

56:09 – PART 6 Chapter Three, the story of Louis the 12th

1:04:00 – Machiavelli illustrates the Romans – based on text – as always being correct and King Louis as always being wrong – based on experience.

1:05:05 – Romans were successful because they assisted smaller countries and then in-turn absorbed those countries by a “forced gratitude.” (U.S. foriegn policy.)

The Romans were always ready to make war.

1:15:25 – The real difference is that the moderns are Christian, and the Romans were pagan. The real problem for Machiavelli, is with the church.

Noam Chomsky – The Political system in the USA

Allan Bloom on Nietzsche 1983 (1 of 5)

Allan Bloom on Nietzsche 1983 (2 of 5)

Allan Bloom on Nietzsche 1983 (3 of 5)

Allan Bloom on Nietzsche 1983 (4 of 5)

Allan Bloom on Nietzsche 1983 (5 of 5)

Terrifying the population

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Harvey Mansfield — The Left on Campus–Videos

Posted on September 24, 2010. Filed under: Blogroll, Books, College, Communications, Culture, Demographics, Economics, Education, Employment, Federal Government, government, government spending, history, Language, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, People, Philosophy, Politics, Raves, Security, Talk Radio, Video, Wisdom | Tags: , , , |

Harvey Mansfield — The Left on Campus

 

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Glenn Beck On Church, State and Progressive Radical Socialists –Videos

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Eddie Fisher Dies At 82–Videos

Posted on September 24, 2010. Filed under: Blogroll, Communications, Culture, Language, liberty, Life, Links, media, Music, People, Philosophy, Raves, Video, Wisdom | Tags: , , , |

By the time I was thirty-three years old I`d been married to America`s sweetheart and America`s femme fatale and both marriages had ended in scandal; I`d been one of the most popular singers in America and had given up my career for love; I had fathered two children and adopted two children and rarely saw any of them; I was addicted to methamphetamines and I couldn`t sleep at night without a huge dose of Librium. And from all this I had learned one very important lesson: There were no rules for me. I could get away with anything so long as that sound came out of my throat.

 Pop Singer Eddie Fisher Dies at Age 82

 

50s pop singer Eddie Fisher dies at age 82

“…Pop singer Eddie Fisher, whose clear voice brought him a devoted following of teenage girls in the early 1950s before marriage scandals overshadowed his fame, has died at age 82.
He passed away Wednesday night at his home in Berkeley of complications from hip surgery, his daughter, Tricia Leigh Fisher of Los Angeles, told The Associated Press.

“Late last evening the world lost a true America icon,” Fisher’s family said in a statement released by publicist British Reece. “One of the greatest voices of the century passed away. He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch.”

The death was first reported by Hollywood website deadline.com.

In the early 50s, Fisher sold millions of records with 32 hit songs including “Thinking of You,” “Any Time,” “Oh, My Pa-pa,” “I’m Yours,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Lady of Spain” and “Count Your Blessings.”

His fame was enhanced by his 1955 marriage to movie darling Debbie Reynolds — they were touted as “America’s favorite couple” — and the birth of two children.

Their daughter Carrie Fisher became a film star herself in the first three “Star Wars” films as Princess Leia, and later as a best-selling author of “Postcards From the Edge” and other books.

Carrie Fisher spent most of 2008 on the road with her autobiographical show “Wishful Drinking.” In an interview with The Associated Press, she told of singing with her father on stage in San Jose. Eddie Fisher was by then in a wheelchair and living in San Francisco.

When Eddie Fisher’s best friend, producer Mike Todd, was killed in a 1958 plane crash, Fisher comforted the widow, Elizabeth Taylor. Amid sensationalist headlines, Fisher divorced Reynolds and married Taylor in 1959.

The Fisher-Taylor marriage lasted only five years. She fell in love with co-star Richard Burton during the Rome filming of “Cleopatra,” divorced Fisher and married Burton in one of the great entertainment world scandals of the 20th century.

Fisher’s career never recovered from the notoriety. He married actress Connie Stevens, and they had two daughters. Another divorce followed. He married twice more.

Edwin Jack Fisher was born Aug. 10, 1928, in Philadelphia, one of seven children of a Jewish grocer. At 15 he was singing on Philadelphia radio. …”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkHtqhe7byA

 

Eddie Fisher – I’ll Hold You In My Heart – 1951

EDDIE FISHER – “Wish You Were Here” (1952) – 45 RPM

“I’m Walking Behind You” Eddie Fisher

 

Eddie Fisher – Everything i have is yours

 

 

Eddie Fisher – Lady Of Spain

 

EDDIE FISHER – UNCHAINED MELODY

 

1950s Pop Music: Eddie Fisher singing “Tell Me Why” on his TV show (Aired live, 1953)

 

Eddie Fisher – Count Your Blessings – 1954

 

Eddie Fisher – Cindy Oh Cindy ( 1956 )

 

 

Eddie Fisher Turn Back The Hands Of Time

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Eddie Fisher – Oh My Papa [1954]

 

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“…Edwin Jack “Eddie” Fisher (August 10, 1928 – September 22, 2010) was an American singer and entertainer, who was one of the world’s most famous and successful singers in the 1950s, selling millions of records and having his own TV show. He was married to Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, and Connie Stevens. His divorce from his first wife, Debbie Reynolds, to marry his best friend’s widow, Elizabeth Taylor, garnered scandalously unwelcome publicity at the time. …”

 

Eddie Fisher, famed 50’s pop singer, father of Carrie Fisher, dies at 82

“…Eddie Fisher, who had a pretty good talent for making hit records and an amazing talent for marrying beautiful women, died Wednesday at the age of 82.

While he began his career as a singer, he eventually became better known as the star in two of Hollywood’s great love triangles – newspaper and magazine coverage of which helped set the stage for today’s media celebrity saturation..

According to an announcement from his family yesterday, Fisher died at his Berkeley, Calif.,  home from complications of hip surgery.

Fisher originally made his musical mark as one of the last post-World War II “matinee idols,” handsome young singers like Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin whose manner suggested a bit of attitude.

Like many of his peers, his hit-record career didn’t survive music’s transition to rock ‘n’ roll in the mid-‘50s, though he continued as a popular stage act and television host for another three decades.

…”
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Eddie Fisher Biography

“…Eddie Fisher (born August 10, 1928) is an American singer and entertainer. He was born Edwin John Fisher in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the fourth of seven children born to Joseph Fisher and Kate Winokur, who were Russian-Jewish immigrants. His father’s surname was originally Fisch, but was anglicised to Fisher upon entry to the United States.

To his family, Fisher was always called “Sonny Boy” or “Sonny,” which may have been an allusion to a song made famous by Al Jolson. It was known at an early age that he had talent as a vocalist and he started singing in numerous amateur contests, which he usually won. He sang on the radio in high school and was later on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, a popular contest that was broadcast over the radio before moving to television. By 1946, Fisher was crooning with the bands of Buddy Morrow and Charlie Ventura. He was heard in 1949 by Eddie Cantor at Grossinger’s Resort in the Borscht Belt. After performing on Cantor’s radio show he was an instant hit and gained nationwide exposure. He was then signed to a contract with RCA Victor.

Fisher was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951 and sent to Texas for basic training. He served a year in Korea. The photos of him in uniform during his time in the Service did not hurt his civilian career; after his discharge he became even more popular singing in top nightclubs. He also had a variety television series, Coke Time with Eddie Fisher (NBC) (1953)-(1957), appeared on Perry Como’s show, The Chesterfield Supper Club, the George Gobel Show, and had another series, The Eddie Fisher Show (NBC) (1957)-(1959).

A pre-Rock and Roll vocalist, Fisher’s strong and melodious tenor made him a teen idol and one of the most popular singers of the 1950s. He had seventeen songs in the Top 10 on the music charts between 1950 and 1956 and thirty-five in the Top 40. …”

http://www.basicfamouspeople.com/index.php?aid=3275

 

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