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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

TWO DIFFERENT SORTS OF PREVALENT INTELLECTUAL AND CULTURAL STYLES, AND WHICH ONE FACILITATES OR HAMPERS DEMOCRACY AND WHY

Today's Buggy Topic . . .

. . . unfolds in four lengthy posts that prof bug left in a thread at Economist's View the last three days, much to the discomfort of left-wing critics (some of them professors).  Click here for the buggy stuff and the critics.

As you'll see, the two sorts of approaches to understanding human behavior and social life happen to be linked historically to noticeably different intellectual styles that prevailed in  Europe and the USA historically, with a prof bug analysis of where democracy emerged early and stabilized itself in effective and legitimate political institutions, and where the opposite occurred.  No need to say more.  Be sure to read the illuminating introductory commentary by Professor Daniel Little that kick-started the thread.