Monthly Archives: February 2013

Benedetto Croce: The Philosophy of History and the Duty of Freedom

Professor Ernesto Paolozzi is the new addition for the Ovi Team and the first chapter of his book “Benedetto Croce: The Philosophy of History and the Duty of Freedom” is his first contribution. 

ovicover_25_02_13“A good method to understand a philosopher, as Croce suggests, is to ask with whom he engaged in polemics and what problems he attempted to solve. In other words, he must be historicized, understood in the concrete existence of a man steeped in life, in the history of his times. There are those who will say that in so doing one invites relativism and, consequently, skepticism. To be sure, this is a risk that one must take. But to do the opposite would entail deducing from the living work of an author a series of dead and abstract formulas, to be fitted into a mosaic with other abstruse and incomprehensible theories that would make up a history of philosophy that to many students (but also to many scholars who do not dare admit it) seems a series of oddities from Plato’s Hyper Uranium to Popper’s third world, from Leibniz’s monads to Kant’s transcendentalism, and so on.

The interpreter’s difficulties consist in comprehending what is universal in the particular, that is, what is still living, interesting for us in the work of the philosopher we want to understand. To historicize Croce, in our case, means reconstructing his problems and his reasons by trying to catch those aspects of his thought that can lead us in the right direction by confronting our problems, and in strengthening our reasons. This means making Croce our contemporary, freeing him from the antiquarian history of Nietzschean memory in which we have tried, in the last few years (after a long period of harsh and prejudiced polemic) to imprison him.”

You can find the rest in the pages of Ovi magazine.

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Amazon used neo-Nazi guards

Another embarrassing moment of neo Nazis have infiltrated our lives or one more incident of the new reality where neo-Nazis in the name of democracy don’t ovineed to hide anymore? We need to do something in Europe quickly because these groups of criminals have started becoming more and more visual and we must stop them here and now.

“Amazon is at the centre of a deepening scandal in Germany as the online shopping giant faced claims that it employed security guards with neo-Nazi connections to intimidate its foreign workers. Germany’s ARD television channel made the allegations in a documentary about Amazon’s treatment of more than 5,000 temporary staff from across Europe to work at its German packing and distribution centres.

The film showed omnipresent guards from a company named HESS Security wearing black uniforms, boots and with military haircuts. They were employed to keep order at hostels and budget hotels where foreign workers stayed. “Many of the workers are afraid,” the programme-makers said. The documentary provided photographic evidence showing that guards regularly searched the bedrooms and kitchens of foreign staff. “They tell us they are the police here,” a Spanish woman complained. Workers were allegedly frisked to check they had not walked away with breakfast rolls.”

From the Independent

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A horse saying moo

French firm mislabelled horsemeat. What? It was saying moo accidentally? A horse learning foreign languages? Impossible especially if it was a French horse!

However and according the news, “French meat processing company Spanghero knowingly sold horsemeat labelled as beef, the French ovigovernment has said. Spanghero’s licence is being suspended while an inquiry continues, Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said. The firm has denied the allegations, saying it only ever dealt in meat it believed to be beef.  A widening scandal over mislabelled horsemeat has affected at least 12 European countries.  In the UK, three people have been arrested on suspicion of fraud in connection with the sale of horsemeat.  Two suspects were detained at a meat processing plant near Aberystwyth in Wales, and a third was arrested at an abattoir in West Yorkshire.”

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The Works of Arman Nobari

ovicover_11_02_13Check Ovi magazine and a new arrival for the Ovi team! Arman Nobari and his work is HERE!

“I come from a very culturally mixed background and upbringing, with stories of my relatives escaping Iran in the 70’s, or experiencing racism in the United States during this same time. Many of my pieces attempt to interact with the dialogue between cultures – comparing and contrasting with the 1st and 3rd world, showing how vastly different we are, yet also how incredibly similar. I bridge the culture-gap through emotions, as everyone regardless of their upbringing or culture can understand fear, love, happiness, and remorse.

I taught myself how to paint when I was 19, and started painting fulltime when I was 20. By using minimalistic features in my artwork, I leave a lot to the viewer to “fill in” – I believe this creates the same sensation as a nostalgic memory, further increasing how deeply someone is able to connect to my work.”

More to come from Arman soon including paintings and articles.

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How petty can you be, MTK

oviAccording to the Finnish news “The Finnish farmers’ union (MTK) welcomed the European Union’s new budget deal, but expressed a hope that Finnish politicians will now lobby for the retention of special subsidies paid to farmers in southern Finland.”

So the MTK thinks that if the EU reduces  special subsidies paid to the south it won’t soon reduce subsidies to the north? Does MTK think that the farmers in the south take those special subsidies because there is some kind of conspiracy and not need? And if we start reducing special subsidies why not to start from the Finnish fishermen? Or they belong in a different category, they have good reason for taken them or who gives a damn about the fishermen, they are not farmers? Not to mention who gives a damn for fellow farmers who go through the same pains!

Announcements like this show how petty some can be, how full of prejudice and stereotypes and how they can shame any kind of union!

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Happy New Year

ovicover_10_02_13Happy New Chinese Year  and the year of the snake

Dr. Harada in his first article for the New Year focuses in the yin and yang of palmistry, and the coming year ahead.

“The year of the snake is a year for thinking and reflection, not doing. Because the year of the horse is going to be a wild one. No one can control a wild horse, so expect life to execrate, where there is no time to think.”

Read more from Dr. Harada HERE!

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Nationalism – The new thematic issue of the Ovi magazine

Check and download the latest Thematic Issue of the Ovi magazine and is all about “Nationalism.”

I must admit that in the beginning except the challenging of the issue I felt a certain enthusiasm seeing in it a good chance to exhibit all the above. Then questions started. So what is nationalism and how you identify nationalism. As oppose to patriotism or as a partner to fascism? Hitler was a nationalist; he actually flagged the word as the essence of his philosophy. But Stalin and Mao were also nationalists in their own very unique and twisted way.

What about Argentina’s Peron. And why the most nationalistic elements of the British populist spectrum admire Margaret Thatcher? Was Yasser Arafat a nationalist or a liberator patriot and then what does that makes the Iranian mullahs and the Afghani Taliban? And the same time the Lapi people, the indigenous that live in a non existent situation between Russia, Finland and Sweden they also talk about the nation and need for national unity. Again the words “nation,” “nationalism” jump here and there always with different meanings and approaches.

Semantics you might say. I absolutely agree. It is about semantics but how far semantics can excuse a holocaust in the name of nationalism? Now we are all more confused since we are talking theoretically about something that has cost millions of lives.

In this thematic issue of the Ovi magazine we are not giving answers about “nationalism.” We simply express opinions. We also start a dialogue with only aim to understand better. That’s why we invite everybody to participate and you can do that in our magazine. You can do it commenting or sending your own opinion/essay/article and we promise to publish it.

Ovi magazine with the 24th thematic issue, welcomes you to a new era and effect. A big thank you to all the contributors of the Ovi magazine for their daily participation to the big or small battles we give, a big thank you to the Ovi friends and a huge thank you to all the Ovi readers from all of us.

We sincerely hope that you will enjoy this issues of the Ovi thematic magazine, what remains is to …download it from HERE!

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