- Melbourne, VIC, Australia
- November 21
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- Born in Russia, family moved to America when I was 12. Got a degree from University of Virginia at 18. Worked for Oracle, translated four books of classical Russian poety, was part of San Francisco and Washington, DC poetry and music scene. Good friends with San Francisco's own Persephone's Bees and acquainted with Patch Adams. Currently married with children, residing in Australia and working on a clean energy technology implementation.
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Ilya Shambat's Links
A major focus of disagreement in political thought concerns Machiavelli's statement that the ends justify the means. I seek to solve this issue.
People are responsible for what they do; and that means both the ends and the means. Wrongful ends or wrongful means become judgeable. Doing wrong things,… Read full post »
As a result of corruption on Wall Street and elsewhere, there has been a resurgence of interest in the Marxist ideology. Being mostly-left in my political views, I would be expected to welcome this trend. I do not.
I spent my first 12 years in the former Soviet Union, with… Read full post »
If you want to learn humility, learn it from the Buddhists.
For a long time I was against humility. I now realize that the problem was not with humility itself, but with the nasty and hypocritical manner in which it is being taught. Most people who claim to instil humility… Read full post »
This post is for people who believe in God. If you do not believe in God, feel free to skip it.
The question I ask is, What does God want from us? And to this there have been any number of responses.
Probably the least plausible response is that… Read full post »
William Alford (https://www.facebook.com/wralford/posts/10152235002561933) claims to refute Marxist ideology in 1000 words. Not being a Marxist, I am not affected by this one way or another; but there is another ideology that is more dangerous than Marxism and that requires refutation in less than 10… Read full post »
Sigmund Freud has had a vast influence on society; and not all of this influence has been rightful. The reason is that he mistook the memories of childhood sexual abuse for erotic fantasy; and based on this he made several false conclusions – that children are sexual; that women are an… Read full post »
A claim I've heard from American conservatives is that America was meant to be for people who are “European, Judeo-Christian and for free markets.” Reality has proven these people wrong.
The Chinese built America's railroads. The blacks have staffed its plantations. The Hindus have been… Read full post »
Having known - and been close to - many women who have experienced domestic violence, I agree with feminists that violence against women is a hideous problem, and that as much must be done as is possible to correct it. I put forth these ideas for people who are involved in… Read full post »
What the anti-American people involved in Islam do not realize is that Obama is the least anti-Islamic president that America is going to get. Most Americans hate Islam and would gladly see the Middle East go up in flames. Obama serves as a moderating force for this tendency in American politics.… Read full post »
In their attempt to prevent the atrocities of World War II from re-occurring, one wrongful direction has been to explain them as a result of Hitler having narcissistic or psychopathic personality disorder. There are two things wrong with that claim.
One is that Hitler does not own atrocity, and… Read full post »
The main line given by anti-semites within Christianity is that the Jews crucified Jesus. Whether or not the Jews crucified Jesus in 33 AD, none of the Jews now living were alive at the time. Which means that they should not be getting blamed for it.
Another line is… Read full post »
The empiricist definition of reality is “what can be proven.” The problem with this definition is that by itself it leads to nihilism. If reality is what can be proven, then if something cannot be proven to just one person, it is not real. Not much can be proven to a… Read full post »
There are many people who claim to believe in freedom, but are against diversity. These people do not know what they are talking about. Real freedom will always result in diversity. The reason is that people are different from one another, and when given liberty will do different things.… Read full post »
One claim frequently made among Christian conservatives is that America is another Roman Empire, and that liberties afforded to Americans cannot last.
This claim is simply wrong.
The real problem with Roman Empire was the horrible institution of slavery, in which lived three quarters of the popula… Read full post »
Most situations of abuse are also situations of false advertising. The woman, for the most part, won't go into a relationship knowing that she is going to get beaten, or to have her partner running down her character and make her feel like the lowest thing on earth. In most of… Read full post »
The worst relationship behavior I've seen is that of persecution. The partner – in most cases the male, though I've seen women doing it too – decides, for one or another reason, that the other partner is a bad person. He then starts running down the other partner's character and makes… Read full post »
As any student of Christianity knows, far more important than obeying the letter of the Bible i… Read full post »
First bloody riots; then a terrorist act; now mutual sanctions. In a period of a few months Ukraine went from a stable democracy to a conflict zone. While Russians and Americans are hitting each other with sanctions, neighbors continue to kill each other and innocent people. As America is accusing Ru… Read full post »
A frequent claim made by people involved in backlash against feminism is that patriarchy is necessary for the civilization, and that women's rights lead to end of civilizations. This claim is contradicted by both historical and present fact.
The most advanced countries in the world, such as Sweden,… Read full post »
There are people who see wealth as a mark of personal effectiveness, and there are others who see wealth as a mark of chicanery and dishonesty. Both sides have exactly half a point.
With wealth, the question to ask is, How is it earned? The person who becomes wealthy… Read full post »
Things both change and remain the same.
On the one hand, the law of identity holds, and I am the same person I was when I was two. On the other hand, lots of changes have taken place in me since I was two, and in many respects I… Read full post »
I once had an interaction with a young white South African. When I asked him who was in power, he said, “Monkeys.” This is racism – real, crude, ugly racism that deserves a punch in the face.
Here is what is not racism: Holding black people accountable for making… Read full post »
There have been any number of people who've seen romantic-minded people as lacking in spirituality. This claim is wrong. These people very much do have a spirituality. Specifically, they have spiritual feelings for their loved ones. And ultimately that's a more useful form of spirituality than we see… Read full post »