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Published on Jul 10, 2008
Welcome to Radical Debate
JC: Type the phrase Radical debate into Google.com and you'll get this website www.radicaldebate.com as number 1. With most of the other search engines we're near the top too. Frankly this has surprised us. After all, this website is not exactly pro-establishment, and seeks and encourages criticism of the status quo and its radical transformation in some areas. However, we remain progressives, and seek only positive change in areas that require it. Here at the beginning of a new Western millennium, it seems appropriate to look for new horizons for mankind - here on Earth and beyond. In our view, the current economic system - capitalism and its attendant culture and philosophies - while probably the best system humanity has ever had, comparing favourably in nearly every sphere with what has gone before - animism, primitive communism, theism, feudalism, monarchism, and even nationalism - capitalism is truly going global and despite local opposition, sweeping all opposition aside - doesn't seem to be able to deal effectively with continuing limits to individual freedom, security and prosperity. Aggression and inequality are taken as the norm - and superstition, fantasy and escapism the order of the day among Western populations, with many lives seeming still quite aimless and under-developed. This website seeks to find solutions for these problems of conservatism, superstition, war and intellectual impoverishment. We believe that with intelligence, courage, freedom and imagination, man can take big steps forward - as he has done before - and this wonderful recent achievment - the Internet can be used as one of the agents of change - it still seems free! Virtually free of charge, and free of censorship.
Anyway, if this is your first visit to RD, welcome and have a look at John and Sally (modern Socratic dialogue), Chatline (virtual pub where philosophy is spoke), and Gulson - a friend of RD - visionary writer or fool - who evokes various responses, including that feeling of 'yes'. If you're a progressive and reckon you can either identify a problem in the status quo or posit a new idea or solution, please contribute to one of the subjects (tables) in the RD chatline (pub). You can even talk to John and Sally - two very nice and totally rational individuals unencumbered by many of the standard beliefs and myths of the contemporary bourgeoisie.