I dedicate this to Janus, the two faced god of beginnings.
HOWARD DEAN: I think that's right. I think actually that's the problem. The problem here is not the president. It’s the media. The media doesn't know how to deal with a more sophisticated foreign policy.
Source Real clear politics The media doesn't know how to deal with a more sophisticated foreign policy
That is just a claim by Howard Dean however, a real sophisticate was also a cosmopolitanism or a citizen of the world. His allegiance was to humanity, a cosmopolitan claimed no nation, state or city of his own. The last people you want with you, if you find yourself with a sudden and pressing need to defend hearth and home.
Nevertheless, the speech left the sense that Obama was not speaking merely metaphorically when he described himself as a "citizen" of the world.
source real clear politics Obama a citizen of the world.
The American President does seem to share some ideological similarities with the classic sophisticate world view.
So I begin this narrative with the Sophist Protagoras of Abdera. Who's life gave birth to the word "protagonist". A member of the Greek Sophist movement. Who exhibited the very bad habit of rejecting reality outright when it conflicted with it's dogmas. This became more apparent as the Peloponnesian War progressed into it's second and third decades. Then with Sparta (
America) joining an alliance with Persia ( Iran), it was too much for many of them, and the insanity affected their philosophy greatly. Bringing great discredit to the school of the sophisticate Philosophers of old.
A key figure in the emergence of this new type of sophist was Protagoras of Abdera
Had Plato questioning the wisdom of placing a "sophisticate" in care and of the well being of the state.
I said: I wonder whether you know what you are doing?
And what am I doing?
You are going to commit your
soul(life and the future of your children) to the care of a man whom you call a Sophist. And yet I hardly think that you know what a Sophist is; and if not, then you do not even know to whom you are committing your (future and your children's as well) soul,and whether the thing to which you commit yourself be good or evil.
I certainly think that I do know, he replied.
Then tell me, what do you imagine that he is?
I take him to be one who knows wise things, he replied, as his name implies.
source about ancient history.com
In the modern world, the word "Protagonist" is taken from the living human Protagoras of Abdera
See word synonyms, antonyms, related words and near antonyms so you "get" the words religious connotations. It's only the more irrational memes of man (religion) that can produce such delusion in an otherwise intelligent human.
No intelligent man believes that anybody ever willingly errs or willingly does base and evil deeds; they are well aware that all who do base and evil things do them unwillingly.
source brainy quotes
By usage of strident rhetoric a nonsensical unsupportable dogma is advanced.
Paraphrasing Protagoras for the modern age.
No intelligent human (liberal/progressive) believes that any Muslim ever willingly errs or willingly does base and evil deeds according to beliefs; they are well aware that all who do base and evil things do them unwillingly.
This linked dogma is nonsense of course. Man is well capable of using human self-motivated reasoning to accomplish "evil" deeds and acts. All of human history (murders, rapes, slavery, genocide,) is confirmation of this simple fact. Only those who were, and are today, sophisticated (indoctrinated by political correctness in this modern case) will find reason to believe it.
"Sophisticated opinion"....Detailed and comprehensive instruction on said "evil" and 'base deeds' can not be found on page 246 of an imaginary book. That for all we know for sure, may, or may not even exist. We just don't know, we can neither prove nor disprove this so called "book" has an alleged earthly existence......... http://www.shafiifiqh.com/maktabah/relianceoftraveller.pdf
Many place Zeno in the Stoic philosophical school, his contemporaries did not limit him, so neither do I.
Should we then think of Zeno as a sophist? Certainly Isocrates, the rhetorician and contemporary of Plato, did not hesitate to lump Gorgias, Zeno, and Melissus together as among the other “sophists” flourishing in the era of Protagoras and all producing tedious treatises advocating the most outrageous claims (Isoc. Hel. [Orat. 10] 2–3). While there are difficulties in giving precise definition to the term “sophist,” one feature common to those normally classed as such that Zeno lacks is an interest in the interrogation of cultural norms and values. Zeno's influence, however, on the great sophists who were his contemporaries and, more generally, on the techniques of argumentation promulgated among the sophists seems undeniable.
The intrusion of reality in to the modern sophisticated leftist delusion, has yet to truly manifest itself in any meaningful way. But we are very near its full fruition I will fill the roll of the antagonist in this narrative of reality. The slow motion intrusion of reality in to the sophisticated leftist delusion is happening now.
Sophisticated, more nuanced they love to say is their view of the word today.
Thucydides on the other hand was a "realist" philosopher who said and believed that
"we can rest satisfied with having proceed upon the clearest data, and having arrived at conclusions as exact as can be expected" (Thucydides 1.21.1). Some of the data we receive may be flawed, Thucydides says, but by evaluating and analyzing the data, the truth can be found.
source Tufts University.
1.1.1 General Features of Realism in International Relations
International relations realists emphasize the constraints imposed on politics by the nature of human beings, whom they consider egoistic, and by the absence of international government. Together these factors contribute to a conflict-based paradigm of international relations, in which the key actors are states, in which power and security become the main issues, and in which there is little place for morality. The set of premises concerning state actors, egoism, anarchy, power, security, and morality that define the realist tradition are all present in Thucydides.
source Stanford university
Thucydides Conclusions about Human Nature
The conclusions Thucydides reaches about human nature from his analysis of the revolt at Corcyra are not very positive. He begins by saying "Death thus raged in every shape; (kpr37 link) and, as usually happens at such times, there was no length to which violence did not go" (Thucydides 3.81.5) and then goes on to describe in particular how people's actions and opinions changed. He says that "Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them" (Thucydides 3. 82.4)
After more than a decade, war still rages on, with no end in site."Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them"
source Tufts University.
Words and their meanings now under assault, after more than a decade of conflict. Words that can not mean what they do, otherwise a deeply held, very sophisticated progressive delusion literally falls apart
Jihad: a war fought by Muslims to defend or spread their beliefs
Full Definition of JIHAD
1 : a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; also: a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline
source Merriam Webster's dictionary
Fundamentalism : a movement or attitude stressing strict and literal adherence to a set of basic principles
source Merriam Webster's dictionary
Radical: very new and different from what is traditional or ordinary
source Merriam Webster's dictionary
For whoever habitually suppresses the truth in the interests of tact will produce a deformity from the womb of his thought.
- Sir Basil H. Liddel-Hart
The sophist wishes to forget or chooses not to remember just how long this conflict is proving to be.
Our second President, John Adams, was conflicted as to the course of action best undertaken by the fledgling republic.
America’s first confrontation with the Islamic world helped forge a new nation’s character.
There were many Americans—John Adams among them—who made the case that it was better policy to pay the tribute.
The "tribute" is the Dhimmi tax or the Jizya. More commonly called extortion.
It was cheaper than the loss of trade, for one thing, and a battle against the pirates would be “too rugged for our people to bear.”
Putting the matter starkly, Adams said: “We ought not to fight them at all unless we determine to fight them forever.”
The 44th occupant seems to have a similar view as our second. Can it's cause be Sophophobia?
The most well known, in my opinion, sophist journalist is Thomas Friedman at the New York Times. He provides a demonstration of the fear of knowledge in his article Who is setting fires in the middle east.
There are firefighters in all these places — people like Tzipi Livni and Shimon Peres in Israel, former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Mohammad Javad Zarif in Iran and Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Iraq —
Direct from the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's web site.All one needs to do is look.
84. The following ten things are essentially najis: Urine Faeces Semen Dead body Blood Dog Pig Kafir Alcoholic liquors The sweat of an animal who persistently eats najasat.
Najis things » Kafir 107. An infidel i.e. a person who does not believe in Allah and His Oneness, is najis. Similarly, Ghulat who believe in any of the holy twelve Imams as God, or that they are incarnations of God, and Khawarij and Nawasib who express enmity towards th e holy Imams, are also najis. And similar is the case of those who deny Prophethood, or any of the necessary laws of Islam, like, namaz and fasting, which are believed by the Muslims as a part of Islam, and which they also know as such. As regards the people of the Book (i.e. the Jews and the Christians) who do not accept the Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad bin Abdullah (Peace be upon him and his progeny), they are commonly considered najis, but it is not improbable that they are Pak. Ho wever, it is better to avoid them.
108. The entire body of a Kafir, including his hair and nails, and all liquid substances of his body, are najis.
109. If the parents, paternal grandmother and paternal grandfather of a minor child are all kafir, that child is najis, except when he is intelligent enough, and professes Islam. When, even one person from his parents or grandparents is a Muslim, the child is Pak (The details will be explained in rule 217).
110. A person about whom it is not known whether he is a Muslim or not, and if no signs exist to establish him as a Muslim, he will be considered Pak. But he will not have the privileges of a Muslim, like, he cannot marry a Muslim woman, nor can he be buried in a Muslim cemetery.
The word -"Kafir"- it comes from Surrah 109 Al-kafiroon ( the non-believer)
Full context and time and place of revelation are explained.
The unbeliever or Kafir is only one step above (or below,depending on point of view) a pig, but is less unclean than urine. This is the reason given non-believers can not enter the "holy" city, Mekka, of Saudi Arabia.
While killing a dog, pig or Kafir may in some circumstance be haram, it's not murder. The word Murder is used for the killing of a human. Kafir are not theoretically human under the orthodox system of sharia.
So, the word kafir, is used by the "ummah"(theocratic Islamic community), as a Klan member would use the N word. I wonder if Mr. Friedman would suggest that the klu klux klan and aryan brotherhood team up with the NAACP to advance racial and ethnic equality on a global scale.
: the use of reasoning or arguments that sound correct but are actually false
: a reason or argument that sounds correct but is actually false
Full Definition of SOPHISTRY
1: subtly deceptive reasoning or argumentation