WHAT IS TO BE DONE? PART ONE - This post will be a lengthy reflection on what I have learned from Piketty in the context of what I long ago learned from Marx, all in the service of atte...
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There are several arguments in the literature that it is not possible that there be two omnipotent beings. The relevance of these arguments to the author’s project is obvious. But the soundness of these arguments is no where contested in the paper. If these arguments are sound, then God, as omnipotent, can be quite confident that there are no other unknown deities about.God presumably is omnipotent but, as I’d argued, it hardly follows that he could be fully justified in being completely sure that he is. And clearly, if God is only fairly confident (and fully justified in being so) then there is, for him, the epistemic possibility that grounds my theodicy. None of those arguments of mine were criticised by her, as though she was unaware of them (despite their obvious relevance). But a trivial consequence of them is that the arguments she mentioned are none of them relevant (not even the one published alongside Mawson).
For Turkey to become an EU member would change the Union, a point that we should not seek to hide from our citizens. The European demos has to be party to the deal, and it should not be impossible to convince the public of the Turkish case if we try. A Turkey with a population of rising 90 million with a vibrant economy and young workforce would help to vitalize Europe’s economy as the west-European population ages and declines. A democratic Turkey, secular and Muslim, would assist in preventing the cultural divisions and clashes that we sometimes appear intent on provoking around the world. A militarily professional Turkey would give the EU more credibility as a civilian power able to act occasionally with an effective military smack. Reject Turkey and the EU will have chosen to write a much smaller part for itself in the history of the twenty-first century, and having been so successful in promoting stability around our borders we may find ourselves doing the reverse.That’s from Lord Patten’s ‘What Next? Surviving the Twenty-first Century’ (2008: Allen Lane, p. 419), which everyone should read, if only to get clear on what’s been happening recently.