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Progressive paradox and transparency


Progressives laudably seek to oppose injustice by deploying government power as a countervailing force against the imagined opressive and exploitative tendencies of market institutions. Yet it seems that time and again market institutions find ways to use the government’s regulatory and insurer-of-last-resort functions as countervailing forces against their competitors and, in the end, against the very public these functions were meant to protect.

Democracy in America, The Economist on the paradox of progressive ideology.
Well written, but the author seem to forget that progressives do have a solution to this paradox, namely transparency. This is precisely why it was so disgusting when progressives comes out against Wikileaks. Finger pointed at you and your crew, Obama.

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X’mas present for Norwegian Wood / ノルウェイの森へのクリスマスプレゼント


X’mas present for Norwegian Wood
ノルウェイの森へのクリスマスプレゼント

K-Yゼリー 100g ローション

At the very least have a merry x’mas.
これで少なくとも、クリスマスを楽しめるでしょう。

ps.
The movie was exquisitely shoot, composed acted. The scene where they walk back and forth in the tall grass of Kyoto therapy wearing pajamas was a tour de force. As for the story telling however, I felt it was difficult to relate to the feelings that characters were going through, mainly because there wasn’t sufficient explanation for the cause of the intense emotions they were feeling. It could have been a better movie had i read the novel, but thats a presumption a movie director and screenplay writer should not make. Even towards the very end I felt only very weak emotional attachment or any fascination with the characters, making a supposedly character driven movie a failure.

撮影も音も演技も(特に菊池さん)は凄くよかったと。だが、小説を読んでない私にはキャラター達に共感しにくかった。基本的にストリーよりキャラター重視な映画なので共感出来ないと映画として成り立ったんなくなってしまいます。

★★☆

自衛隊は九条を違反してるが、違憲ではありません。


まず一言いいときます、以下は素人の考えであります。

自衛隊は九条を違反してるが、違憲ではありません。

日本の自衛隊は名前に自衛が着いてますか、実質的に軍隊であって九条の「陸海空軍その他の戦力は、これを保持しない」の文句を確かに違反してる。
しかし、日本政府は九条より法規性の高い13条そして最高法規制である97条を守るためであれば軍隊を持つが合憲となります。

13条

「すべて国民は、個人として尊重される。生命、自由及び幸福追求に対する国民の権利については、公共の福祉に反しない限り、立法その他の国政の上で、最大の尊重を必要とする」

第10章最高法規にある97条

「この憲法が日本国民に保障する基本的人権は、人類の多年にわたる自由獲得の努力の成果であつて、これらの権利は、過去幾多の試練に堪へ、現在及び将来の国民に対し、侵すことのできない永久の権利として信託されたものである。」

つまり、日本国民が武力に脅され、日本国民の人権を守るため絶対に軍隊が必要であれば、日本政府は軍隊を持つべき。軍隊を持てなければ、憲法の義務を果たせない。
さらに、軍隊は日本国民の人権を守る以外の為に一切使えません。

逆に、日本国民が現実的に武力に脅される可能性がなく、日本国民の人権を軍隊で守る必要が無ければ、日本政府は一切軍隊を持つべきじゃありません。

追加です
日本は第10章すべてを守らないといけない、軍隊を絶対必要であれば、使うべき。

第10章の98条

「この憲法は、国の最高法規であって、その条規に反する法律、命令、詔勅及び国務に関するその他の行為の全部又は一部は、その効力を有しない。
日本国が締結した条約及び確立された国際法規は、これを誠実に遵守することを必要とする。」

第10章の99条

「天皇又は摂政及び国務大臣、国会議員、裁判官その他の公務員は、この憲法を尊重し擁護する義務を負ふ。」

つまり、日本国民の人権、日本憲法、「日本国が締結した条約及び確立された国際法規」を守る為に軍隊を絶対に必要であれば、軍隊を持つベキ。

p.s. Hat tip to Hayashida for the pointer on Article 13.

My favorite American President


Found a great quote about Jefferson, my favorite American president.

“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House — with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” John F. Kennedy’s April 29, 1962 dinner honoring 49 Nobel Laureates (Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations, 1988, from Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1962, p. 347) hat/tip: hnn.us.

Much of my knowledge of Jefferson comes from The Jefferson Hour, a podcast of a humanities scholar impersonating jefferson to talk about his time and occasionally our time. When i first discover the show i loved it so much i went back and listened to all the previous shows that i could find. It was great even thought i no longer listen to it.

On the merit of success and failure


Being having a lot of interesting conversations lately.
My chat with a friend last night reminded me of two posts i wrote on success, failure and free will.

The fundamental view that form the bases of both post (not a radical view at all, its a view share by philosophers in general) is that since success, failure or whatever attainment a person result in is cause by the accumulated interaction between the genes and the environment (good and bad). And that both the genes that conceived and the environment that raised us are the result of chance. Therefore neither success nor failure should form the podium to condescend from or the pit to be condescended to.

Why is Taiwan so in love with Japan?


This is going to be a short and “speculative” post, meaning i am not going to do the research to back up my claims. its all going to be base on my impressions and general understanding. Why? Because its 9am and i havent slept.

So, what is Taiwan so in love with Japan? was one of many topics discussed last night. I personally  have heard this question asked quite a few times, and its almost without exceptions from a Japanese.

my speculative answers to the question below:

1. Its because Japan were better colonial rulers than the subsequent Chinese KMT*.
This claim is of course base on my impression. It is also possible that such impressive was fueled by propaganda from the anti-KMT movement.

2. Its because Taiwanese nationalist like to empathize their Japanese and dutch colonial history to build a Taiwanese national identity that is distinguished from the mainland Chinese. Every wonder why the name “Formosa” is used as much as it is? Because its a name given to Taiwan from their dutch colonial masters. The cable news channel launched  by senior member of the pro-independent nationalist DPP is of course named Formosa TV.

3. As the first Asian country to industrialize, Japan is able to start their culture development first. That means Japan compare to other Asian countries have a more developed fashion industries, pop culture industries, and have a domestic market that is in general more culturally sophisticated. When post-industrial Taiwan can afford to pay attention to culture and other sophistication they look to the United States and Europe then Japan as the only non-western alternative culture center.

*I distinguish the post-colonial KMT as Chinese and foreign because it was not democratically elected by people of Taiwan. Obviously time have changed, KMT in its current state is unquestionably Taiwanese, not Chinese.