Thoughtful Pauses: A Political Philosophy

Thoughtful Pauses: A Political Philosophy

by Michael G. Merhige


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Thoughtful Pauses is a way of communicating some of the author's political and philosophical thoughts discerned throughout the years about society, government and the law. It may be that democracy is the most saleable of all the forms of government; yet, it is the one that comes with much need for care by the people as its appeal for acceptance can lull the populous to sleep. To borrow a paraphrase from Abraham Lincoln, ''Government for the people' can only be insured through the active vigilance and participation of 'government of and by the people.' Here then we have the law as one of our guarantees for justice, peace and tranquility in society. The often-repeated phrase, 'Government of law and not of men' can mislead as the words appear clear, but in truth, government of law is merely government organized and determined by men or the people. To quote from lines in the last section of Thoughtful Pauses, 'No law, no matter equitably written, will secure justice when implemented by dishonest men.' No law, no matter how poorly written, will deter justice when guarded by men of good will.' What, therefore, speaks also to the make-up of a nation is its culture. It defines its strengths and weaknesses. Changes that occur through outside sources and from other cultures pose more risks and instability than from changes within. Much coverage also is given to the press or media in the last section of this book. The author has seen the power of the new technology in the broad coverage of communication, which has been a windfall for big media monetarily; but more importantly, a powerful weapon to influence a nation's thinking and, therefore, its actions. This is not to be underestimated, especially among a misinformedor ill-informed public. There is enough, hopefully, in this book to ponder; and the author writes it to wet the interest of its readers to better view their nation, its culture, and governing systems more closely. Any of us can find an excuse to preach or criticize. That said, much of this book deals with our fallacies as human beings and, yes, all of us come with them. The author very much is and has been a willing participant in the likes of an unjust war as well as more than his fair share of life's regrets. And, no, the devil did not make him do it.

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ISBN-13: 9781633385825
Publisher: Fulton Books
Publication date: 07/12/2017
Pages: 68
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Thoughtful Pauses: A Political Philosophy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
1deder More than 1 year ago
Michael Merhige's book Thoughtful Pauses (aptly named) is certainly written with conviction and substance reflecting his background and experience. I agree with most of his points of view. The book hits largely on yesterday, today and tomorrow. Upon reading, one will take inventory and think of where we are and where we are heading. It's a good read and I recommend it for all audiences.
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good book !
guest1TN More than 1 year ago
Nice book.
RDennyB More than 1 year ago
APTLY COINED Thoughtful Pauses is well named for it changes one's thought processes. Mr Merhige's lifelong international experience with the CIA has enabled him to shed a brand new light on the prizes and pitfalls of government and law. He demonstrates how politicians and the media manipulate our culture, our society and our minds. These passages are revealing, unapologetic, and often scary. This book is an eye-opener that improves our thinking processes.