With no objective in particular, this post and a number that follow provides my summary of the slice of 2017 to which I paid attention through epigrams and aphorisms. It follows an end of year tradition I started in 2016 (for those see here).
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Ruminations 77: 2017 in Epigrams and Aphorisms
1. It is not information that is power but rather the power to decide what is disclosed and to whom it is disclosed; this is old knowledge which technology and the state continue to make potent; what is revolutionary is the sentiment that such power either does not exist or should not be used. ["Under Virginia’s H.B. 1612, educators and other child welfare personnel would be compelled by law to tell parents that their child could be lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual or questioning." Virginia GOPer proposes law that would force teachers to ‘out’ closeted students to their parents].
2. Values become stronger when viewed through the error of those values to which they are opposed, but such error becomes worthwhile only when that error also makes monsters of their holders; the most dangerous errors are those that are incarnated into the bodies of their adherents. ["They are part of a growing movement in rural America that immerses many young people in a culture. . . that emphasizes contemporary conservative values. It views liberals as loathsome, misinformed and weak, even dangerous. . . Political analysts have talked about how ignorance, racism, sexism, nationalism, Islamophobia, economic disenfranchisement and the decline of the middle class contributed to the popularity of Mr. Trump in rural America. " Opinion | Why Rural America Voted for Trump].
10. Globalization may well acquire Chinese characteristics, if only because, like the Americans before them, they will be willing (while they are able) to pay for it. [Xi Jinping delivers robust defence of globalisation at Davos].