Wednesday, June 30, 2010

21st Century: Query 23

What is the most important lesson you have learned in life?

Part 1: Query 29

Whether, nevertheless, the damage would be very considerable, if by degrees our money were brought back to the English value there to rest for ever?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

21st Century: Query 22

Is marriage irrelevant? Why or why not?

Part 1: Query 28

Whether arbitrary changing the denomination of coin be not a public cheat?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Part 1: Query 27

Whether an equal raising of all sorts of gold, silver, and copper coin can have any effect in bringing money into the kingdom? And whether altering the proportions between the kingdom several sorts can have any other effect but multiplying one kind and lessening another, without any increase of the sum total?

21st Century: Query 21

If you encountered Osama bin Laden and the only way to capture him were to kill him, would you feel a moral obligation to do so, or would you feel morally obligated to allow him to go free?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

21st Century: Query 20

Should law enforcement be comfortable with prayer being used as a technique to garner confessions from suspects?
Mark Osler, The Huffington Post

Part 1: Query 26

Whether the denominations being retained, although the bullion were gone, things might not nevertheless be rated, bought, and sold, industry promoted, and a circulation of commerce maintained?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

21st Century: Query 19

What...do philosophers produce and what skills will they give us that will improve our chances of landing a good job, that is, a highly profitable job (which will get us fancy cars, big Tuscan-style mansions, and make us irresistibly sexy)?
Pedro Tabensky, DispatchOnline

Part 1: Query 25

Whether the terms crown, livre, pound sterling, etc., are not to be considered as exponents or denominations of such proportion? And whether gold, silver, and paper are not tickets or counters for reckoning, recording, and transferring thereof?

Friday, June 25, 2010

21st Century: Query 18

Do rocks have a soul?

Part 1: Query 24

Whether the value or price of things be not a compounded proportion, directly as the demand, and reciprocally as the plenty?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

21st Century: Query 17

Is the systematic destruction of the environment by humanity a progression of earth’s natural life cycle? Why or why not?

Part 1: Query 23

Whether money is to be considered as having an intrinsic value, or as being a commodity, a standard, a measure, or a pledge, as is variously suggested by writers? And whether the true idea of money, as such, be not altogether that of a ticket or counter?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

21st Century: Query 16

How might the Internet Age change society in a positive way? A negative way?

Part 1: Query 22

Whether, therefore, less money swiftly circulating, be not, in effect, equivalent to more money slowly circulating? Or, whether, if the circulation be reciprocally as the quantity of coin, the nation can be a loser?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Part 1: Query 21

Whether other things being given, as climate, soil, etc., the wealth be not proportioned to the industry, and this to the circulation of credit, be the credit circulated or transferred by what marks or tokens soever?

21st Century: Query 15

Who should decide “What is pornography”?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Part 1: Query 20

Whether the creating of wants be not the likeliest way to produce industry in a people? And whether, if our peasants were accustomed to eat beef and wear shoes, they would not be more industrious?

21st Century: Query 14

Who should decide the following question: “What is art?” The audience? The artist? The publisher? The gallery? Advertisers?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Part 1: Query 19

Whether the bulk of our Irish natives are not kept from thriving, by that cynical content in dirt and beggary which they possess to a degree beyond any other people in Christendom?

21st Century: Query 13

How might the celebrity culture diminish or enhance society?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Part 1: Query 18

Whether frugal fashions in the upper rank, and comfortable living in the lower, be not the means to multiply inhabitants?

2st Century: Query 12

Is freedom of expression really free?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Part 1: Query 17

Whether the imitating those neighbours in our fashions, to whom we bear no likeness in our circumstances, be not one cause of distress to this nation?

21st Century: Query 11

Should pornography (depicting two consenting adults who are not being exploited by a third party) be permitted in an advanced culture? Why or why not?

Topical Query: 6/18/10

From David Plouffe, Organizing for America, in a June 18 email to the webmaster:
When BP CEO Tony Hayward testified before Congress [on June 17], many expected to hear him apologize for the disaster his company has caused. Instead, GOP Congressman Joe Barton was the one saying he was sorry -- to BP.

In his opening statement, Barton, the top Republican on the committee overseeing the oil spill and its aftermath, delivered a personal apology to the oil giant. He said the $20 billion fund that President Obama directed BP to establish to provide relief to the victims of the oil disaster was a "tragedy in the first proportion."
Many Republicans, who are adamantly pro-business, agree with Congressman Barton's assessment.

What do you think? Should foreign corporations who do business in the U.S. be given a "pass" when their equipment fails and threatens the livelihood of U.S. citizens, or should they be financially responsible for their mistakes?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

21st Century: Query 10

What is the “omnipresence”?

Topical Query: 6/17/10

Tony Hayward, Chief Executive of BP, in a prepared transcript released today prior to giving his testimony before Congress, nearly two months after the disastrous oil rig explosion that took 11 lives:
When I learned that 11 men had lost their lives in the explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon, I was personally devastated.

I want to speak directly to the people who live and work in the Gulf region: I know that this incident has profoundly impacted lives and caused turmoil, and I deeply regret that. Indeed, this is personal for us at BP. For decades, the people of the Gulf Coast states have extended their hospitality to us and to the companies like Arco and Amoco that are now part of BP. We have always strived to be a good neighbor.
Sources: CNN and The Guardian (Full transcript)
How can BP atone for the loss of life and the ensuing ecological disaster that is occurring and will continue to occur for decades?

Part 1: Query 16

Whether customs and fashions do not supply the place of reason in the vulgar of all ranks? Whether, therefore, it doth not very much import that they should be wisely framed?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

21st Century: Query 9

Park Hyo-chong, JoongAng Daily, observes that Plato understood that “... a country must be run by episteme, or a truly intellectual body of ideas, and should not be driven by doxa, or false popular opinions.”

True or false? Why?

Part 1: Query 15

Whether a general good taste in a people would not greatly conduce to their thriving? And whether an uneducated gentry be not the greatest of national evils?

Topical Query: 6/16/10

Today, Apple has begun the pre-ordering process for the iphone 4. Overall, how has the mobile phone enhanced and/or vulgarized our culture?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

21st Century: Query 8

Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) once said,
There is a certain respect, and a general duty of humanity, that attaches us not only to animals, who have life and feeling, but even to trees and plants. We owe justice to men, and mercy and kindness to other creatures that may be capable of receiving it. There is some relationship between them and us, and some mutual obligation.
How might this statement be true or false?

Part 1: Query 14

Whether reasonable fashions are a greater restraint on freedom than those which are unreasonable?

Topical Query: 6/15/10

According to CNN News, Arizona is considering passing a law that would deny birth certificates to children born to illegal aliens. How might that kind of policy affect the law of the land and the Constitution of the United States?

Monday, June 14, 2010

21st Century: Query 7

How can animals teach us how to be more human?

Part 1: Query 13

Whether it may not concern the wisdom of the legislature to interpose in the making of fashions; and not leave an affair of so great influence to the management of women and fops, tailors and vintners?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

21st Century: Query 6

What does it mean to be Christian (and seeking social justice)?

(question from Eternity.biz)

Part 1: Query 12

Whether it be not owing to custom that the fashions are agreeable?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

21st Century: Query 5

Should convicted child molesters who have served their prison sentences be allowed to live among the general population? If so, how should we protect children from them?

Part 1: Query 11

Whether the current of industry and commerce be not determined by this prevailing will?

Friday, June 11, 2010

21st Century: Query 4

How should the presidency of George W. Bush be judged?

Part 1: Query 10

Whether fashion doth not create appetites; and whether the prevailing will of a nation is not the fashion?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

21st Century: Query 3

Should financial institutions be government regulated and allowed to fail?

Part 1: Query 9

Whether power be not referred to action; and whether action doth not follow appetite or will?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

21st Century: Query 2

Should people of means--the middle and the wealthy classes--give aid to the poor who refuse to work?

Part 1: Query 8

Whether the public aim in every well-govern'd State be not that each member, according to his just pretensions and industry, should have power?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

21st Century: Query 1

Who is responsible for ecological disasters caused by private industry? Government? The people? The perpetrators? Who is responsible for fixing the disasters?

Part 1: Query 7

Whether the real end and aim of men be not power? And whether he who could have everything else at his wish or will would value money?

Part 1: Query 6

Whether any other means, equally conducing to excite and circulate the industry of mankind, may not be as useful as money.

Part 1: Query 5

Whether money be not only so far useful, as it stirreth up industry, enabling men mutually to participate the fruits of each other's labour?

Part 1: Query 4

Whether the four elements, and man's labour therein, be not the true source of wealth?

Part 1: Query 3

Whether the drift and aim of every wise State should not be, to encourage industry in its members? And whether those who employ neither heads nor hands for the common benefit deserve not to be expelled like drones out of a well-governed State?

Part 1: Query 2

Whether a people can be called poor, where the common sort are well fed, clothed, and lodged?

Part 1: Query 1

Whether there ever was, is, or will be, an industrious nation poor, or an idle rich?