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KUZMINSKI: Are Today’s Disputations Only Reformation Battles Revisited?

Column by Adrian Kuzminski, May 31, 2018

Are Today’s Disputations Only
Reformation Battles Revisited?

Adrian Kuzminski

A recent op-ed in the New York Times by a University of Virginia professor, Gerard Alexander, was provocatively titled: “Liberals, You’re not as Smart as you Think.” It may have been a shocking idea for the Times, but it’s old news for anyone who’s been listening to Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity or watching Fox News.
Hillary’s comment about the “deplorables” in the 2016 campaign was seized by conservatives as proof of liberal arrogance and snobbery. It helped lose her the election.
Conservatives feel that liberals have been in charge, and that it’s gone to their heads. Liberals won the culture wars – women’s rights, gay rights, multi-culturalism, globalization – and they often seem to have the background, education, and professional training needed to succeed economically in a changing world while others are struggling.
The conservative attempt to defend traditional values has largely been in resistance to disconcerting change. No wonder that many conservatives embraced Trump’s campaign rhetoric: America first, the Wall, anti-globalization, anti-elitism.

A little history might help explain how we got here. Martin Luther could be considered the first liberal. He insisted that individuals had the capacity to decide for themselves the truth of religion.
It turned out, however, that there seemed to be no way to prove that one person’s subjective belief is right, and someone else’s wrong. With no way to compromise over a common, public religion, the only option was to fight it out in a series of disastrous religious wars.
As a result, knowledge based on traditional faith was increasingly privatized, and modern Thinkers – European Enlightenment philosophers, the American Founding Fathers – began to look for alternatives to organize society.
They ended up abandoning religious faith as a social principle in favor of reason and science.

Secular ideas focused on Nature replaced religious ideas focused on God as guides to public life.
The biggest turning point was probably Darwin’s theory of evolution, which upset the Biblical account of creation. Another turning point, in the United States, was the separation of church and state. That allowed for freedom of conscience, but it also ensured that the growing public realm would remain secular.
Reason and science, however, didn’t necessarily make us better people; they haven’t solve our moral problems. Nor have they led to a more egalitarian society. Serious conflicts about values and what’s right and wrong continue.
Reason and science, and the technologies they spawn, seem stubbornly neutral, as easily adapted for good as for evil. The secular world did not, it turns out, provide a solution to the crisis of faith.
For many, the private beliefs of religion have continued to inform their values in a secular world.
But many others, abandoning religion, have been attracted by the rise of new secular faiths, or Ideologies – fascism, communism, nationalism, libertarianism, socialism, human rights, identity politics – all of which purport to tell us how to live.

Did Luther’s faith in reason lead to today’s disputations? Let’s hope a 30 Years’ War doesn’t follow.

These beliefs are secular insofar as they invoke Nature rather than God. They go beyond reason and science insofar as they appeal to arbitrary, non-evident absolutes like race, gender, the dictatorship of the proletariat, or the hidden hand of the marketplace.
Ideologies, like religious convictions, are matters of personal faith, not public knowledge.

Liberalism and conservatism today divide mainly over which secular faith to embrace, not which religion to adopt. Liberalism is historically identified with socialism, communism, and identity politics, while conservatism is historically identified with fascism, nationalism, and libertarianism.
Liberals tend to embrace change, and conservatives to resist it. That may be the main difference between them.

We seem to have come full circle. The new secular faiths are just as subjective as the old religious ones. They are no more evidence-based than were the old God-centered religions.
There remains, it seems, no objective way to decide that any faith – old or new, religious or secular – is right and its competitors wrong.
Just as Protestants and Catholics could not convince one another that their faith was the right one, so today’s liberals and conservatives cannot seem to convince one another that some secular values are right and others wrong. We remain divided.
It took a couple of centuries of futile warfare for the religious struggles in Europe to burn themselves out. Our divisions aren’t yet that profound, and let’s hope they never get that bad.
We are in conflict about our secular beliefs because they are matters of faith, not evidence. Perhaps taking them a little less dogmatically would be a step towards defusing conflicts over them.

Adrian Kuzminski, a retired Hartwick College philosophy professor, author and Sustainable Otsego moderator, lives in Fly Creek.

Shirley Skinner, 100, Profiled in Cosmopolitan
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Shirley Skinner, 100,

Profiled in Cosmopolitan

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Shirley Skinner (Photo Credit: Kathleen Kampahusen)

SCHENEVUS – At 100 years old, Shirley Skinner told Cosmopolitan magazine that she clearly remembered a time when she couldn’t vote.

“[As a child, I remember when] it was coming out that the women were going to get the right to vote. I was in the barn with the hired man, and [he] and Dad were talking, “Oh, it’s going to be the end of the world … They don’t know what they’re doing’,” she told writers Kathleen Kamphausen And Prachi Gupta .

Skinner was interviewed for the magazine as part of a series titled “Old Ladies Who Really, Really Want to See Hillary Clinton Become Our First Female President.”

COUNTY DEMS BACK HILLARY

COUNTY DEMS

BACK HILLARY

Tally 2,010-1,320 Over Bernie

Hillary Clinton's official campaign portrait.
Hillary Clinton’s official campaign portrait.

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.COM

COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Democratic Committee has endorsed Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, urging the local party faithful to support her in the Tuesday, April 19, New York State presidential primary.

The vote was 2,010 to 1,320, based on weighted voting from the 49 election districts, according to Mike Henrici, the county Democratic elections commissioner.

“It was nice to be able to call the Hillary camp and tell them they had our endorsement,” county Chair Richard Abbate of Cooperstown said this afternoon, recalling that she announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate at the Pindar’s Corners farm of her predecessor, Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s, outside Oneonta.

Online Poll Results 01.28.16

Online Poll Results

These are the results for the poll ‘If you were a DEMOCRAT participating in the Iowa caucuses who would you support: Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, or Martin O’Malley?’

Online Poll Results  These are the results for the poll ‘If you were a DEMOCRAT participating in the Iowa caucuses who would you support: Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, or Martin O'Malley?'

 

Online Poll 01.27.16

Online Poll

01.27.16

Poll Results 01.07.16

Poll Results

Here are the poll results for the question: “If the presidential election were TODAY, for whom would you vote?: Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.”
Hillary Clinton wins with 26 votes and 51%!
Hillary Clinton wins with 26 votes and 51%!
Online Poll 01.05.16

Online Poll

01.05.16

Alex & Ika Will Be Closed, Replaced With Cantina de Salsa, Owner Says

Alex & Ika Will Be Closed, Replaced

With Cantina de Salsa, Owner Says

Alex & Ika at 149 Main St., Cooperstown, will be replaced by Cantina de Salsa, a Mexican restaurant.
Alex & Ika at 149 Main St., Cooperstown, will be replaced by Cantina de Salsa, a Mexican restaurant.

COOPERSTOWN – After 18 years, the celebrated Alex & Ika restaurant, relocated from Cherry Valley to 149 Main St. in recent years, will be closed, proprietor Alex Webster announced this morning in an e-mail to customers.

In its place, Webster said, he plans to open a second Cantina de Salsa Mexican restaurant in downtown Cooperstown site.

The Cantina de Salsa in Cherry Valley WILL REMAIN IN OPERATION.

“Almost two decades later,” he wrote, “the landscape has changed. More ethnic restaurants are opening all around us. It is no longer impossible to find a good Thai curry or Japanese noodle dish outside of the City. Offering an array of foods from around the world has been an enjoyable and interesting challenge, but now I would like to focus on one type of cuisine.”

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