About


Stanislaw Sielicki is a history, political philosophy and comparative mythology enthusiast. He was writing short forms on the Internet long before the terms “blogger”, “social networking” and “Web forums” were invented. If you are familiar with such names and abbreviations as Usenet, Fido or BBS, you have got the idea.

His motto is “If you are 100 percent, positively sure that a particular historical event developed in a certain way, it is the time to carefully and rigorously check your sources!”

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13 Responses to About

  1. kesair88 says:

    I agree; and spent six years of writing and research that will confirm it! Thanks for the validation!
    Author of: The History of Virtue and Corruption: Western Civilization, from Athens to America: Kindle, 3/23/12.

    European and early American; social, political, and economic history. Focusing on the impact on Constitutional interpretation, and the precedents that were established, during the early 1790s.
    [U.S.]. It is as well, a critique of that decade’s scholarship, focusing on the much neglected, critical, and political developments which have altered the perception of America’s federal role and its relationship with State governments’ sovereignty.

    • Sielicki says:

      You are very welcome 🙂
      There exists a ‘kid’s disease’ in American political thinking, especially the Leo Strauss’s school is prone to it, which denies continuity between the Classical political philosophy, as well, in many ways, the European one (except the Lockean/Hobbesian influence) and Founders’ ideas and practices. I hope this thinking will mature enough in time to overgrow exceptionalist myths.

  2. A. Scholar says:

    Well put! After living in Europe and transiting India; I learned (now to much dismay), how little influences America’s perception of history. Never mind America’s perception of the role government “ought” to play in fulfilling its duty and obligation to its people.

    I use the word “ought” in its relationship to its meaning as found in Ethics. From teaching Ethics and Philosophy; the word is the result of the Roman translation of the Greek Moral Philosophy. Now in the nineteenth-century; ethics has been diluted to Normative, Applied, and Meta-Ethics. While a movement form the mid-west; is in the twentieth-century; pushing an agenda of “Relative Ethics.” Which of course further dilutes morality and gives citizens and government an excuse for lacking morality; as represented in George Washington’s “Farewell Address,” vis-à-vis: “Observe good faith and justice towards all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.-Religion and Morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it?”
    Marvin Meyers, eds., et al., Sources of the American Republic: A Documentary History of Politics, Society, and Thought; rev.ed., (Glenview, Ill: Scott Foresman and Co., 1967), Vol. 1, Doc. 64, 202.

    • Sielicki says:

      Indeed, this phenomenon of the “Ethics atrophy” in American politics is very alarming. However, what encourages one to think that not all hope lost, that it’s not an inevitable invariant. It comes back and goes away (somewhat) in particular phases of history.

      For example periods of Jeffersonian and Jacksonian revolutions, Progressivist and New Deal times display some comeback of the ethical considerations. Nowadays, however, we live again in the Ethical Ice Age, which have been advancing since 1980’s.

  3. A. Scholar says:

    “Ethics atrophy” is right on the mark. I agree as well about the “Ethical Ice Age.”

    I am preparing an article on Greed, (with one of the following two titles); Greed, Violence, and Moral Corruption, OR Greed: An Amoral or Immoral Issue? Could you put me in the direction of “Ethics Atrophy” and or Ethical Ice Age?” I empathize with the sentiment and wonder if there is a particular reference or just good writing on your part. If there is no particular reference, may I use the terms which masterfully capture this contemporary social issue?

    • Sielicki says:

      These terms were improvisations on my part, however, reflecting where they could come from, I would guess a subconscious allusion to one Soviet cult movie http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mournful_Unconcern, which title comes from the ‘anesthesia dolorosa’ disorder. One more variation on the same theme – Anesthesia of Empathy 🙂

      Of course you are welcome to use any of these terms of your liking.

  4. A. Scholar says:

    Thank you. I can certainly see the cycle of history in this.

    Wikipedia states: The film, set during World War I, is inspired by Bernard Shaw’s play Heartbreak House. Heartbreak House is a play written by George Bernard Shaw, first published in 1919 and first played at the Garrick [Theater], (New York) in 1920. According to A. C. Ward, the work argues that “cultured, leisured Europe” was drifting toward destruction, and that “Those in a position to guide Europe to safety failed to learn their proper business of political navigation”. (p. 164). Remind you of anyone? Says Craig Ferguson with an impish grin!

  5. Stephen says:

    Thanks for following my blog…

    Stephen

  6. Alex Jones says:

    Can anyone be 100% sure of anything?

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