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Kierkegaardian objection

Søren Kierkegaard

Marx, in his vision of a communist life as the accumulation of accomplishments, took liberalism to its utmost extent, positing that the authentic self is to be found in conditions which facilitate a complete freedom of choice. These conditions are communism, perhaps better understood in its original Marxian intent if described as anarchism. Only in conditions of complete freedom for the individual, to this way of thinking, can the alienated subject be recovered and the historical process of individuation be completed, allowing the individual to emerge finally from the herd as a fully-rounded and fulfilled human being.

The paradox of liberal society, where individuality has led to a tendency of sameness the world over, suggests that the opposite will happen and the individual will sink back into the herd.

The pursuit of fulfilment supposedly made possible under communism, cannot overcome the Kierkegaardian objection that the piling up of accomplishments would be merely a distraction from despair and an indication that the self has been lost. It could never offer a life that is honest in the face of death or God. The pursuit of a fulfilled life would become a new fetish, a false god to be worshipped by the apparently free individual. It would be a thing apart from the individual, offering a goal to be attained, yet trapping the individual in an ideology of success no less invidious than that which already exists under market capitalism. A dualistic distraction would emerge, a chasm separating the subjective self from the prospect of a fulfilled self.

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The Oxford to Cambridge Arc 2 The Oxford to Cambridge Arc 2
Further additions to the project, starting with the Gosford Bridge to Buckingham leg of Ogilby's 1675 Oxford to Cambridge route.
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Just a thought: Such is the depth of the Kali Yuga into which the modern world has sunk. We arrived at this flight from authenticity, the masking of truth, by a route other than that delineated by liberalism’s official histories. There has been a process of regression rather than progress, decline rather than advancement. A recovery of the authentic history is therefore vital to the positing of a new and meaningful political dichotomy, in which traditionalism can confront a liberalism that is exposed as being flawed from the start. (Traditionalism: the only radicalism) John Dunn

How happy ye mortals How happy ye mortals
The Orphic and Hellenic tradition on Eros is certainly important to understanding the true meaning of love in the Johannine corpus of the New Testament.
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Toll House on Dr John Dunn. Supplement to Cary's Newport Pagnell to Bedford route

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Pictured left: Toll House as it stands today, Newport Pagnell North Bridge

This bridge is a single span stone bridge, which allowed horse-drawn vehicles to pass in and out of town. Originally there was a ford at this point, and then later a timber bridge stood alongside the ford. This wooden bridge was rebuilt in stone around 1380 and was made up of three arches. It survived until 1810, when the present North Bridge wasbuilt. A single arch of the 14th century bridge can still be seen in Ousebank Gardens.

In the process of putting together the planning for the building of the present bridge authority was given to build a toll house with gates nearthe bridge to take tolls from anyone wishing to cross with vehicles or animals. The money raised was to pay costs incurred by the bridge. There was initially a temporary building. The present bridge was completed in 1809 and carries this date on the keystone of the arch on its west face. The present toll house was built. The bridge has undergone repairs since. In 1837 gas was used for lighting on the bridgeinstead of oil thanks to a gas works in the town. The front bay window of the toll house was used as a lookout so that no potential toll collection was missed. ( )

Toll House North Bridge late 19th early 20th C.

Cary left Newport Pagnell, travelling briefly on the Northampton to Newport Pagnell Turnpike. The first toll to pay was at the North Bridge over the River Great Ouse. The toll house still stands.

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Cary then turned right to join the Kettering and Newport Pagnell Turnpike. The first toll to pay on this turnpike was at Sheringham Bridge. The old toll house had been incorporated into a still extant residential property called Bridge House.

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Still on the Kettering and Newport Pagnell Turnpike, the next turnpike gate was encountered at Emberton.

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After passing through Olney, Clifton Reynes and Newton Blossomville, Cary joined the Bromham and Olney Turnpike and had to pay a toll almost immediately at Turvey.

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Another toll had to be paid on the same turnpike on the way to Bromham.