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  • Download The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice by Thomas Nagel, Liam Murphy PDF

    By Thomas Nagel, Liam Murphy

    ISBN-10: 0195150163

    ISBN-13: 9780195150162

    In a capitalist economic system, taxes are crucial tool through which the political method places into perform a notion of monetary and distributive justice. Taxes arouse robust passions, fueled not just by way of conflicts of monetary self-interest, yet by means of conflicting principles of equity. Taking as a tenet the normal nature of personal estate, Murphy and Nagel convey how taxes can purely be evaluated as a part of the final procedure of estate rights that they assist to create. Justice or injustice in taxation, they argue, can in basic terms suggest justice or injustice within the procedure of estate rights and entitlements that outcome from a selected regime. taking over moral concerns approximately person liberty, interpersonal legal responsibility, and either collective and private accountability, Murphy and Nagel strength us to think again how our tax coverage shapes our procedure of estate rights.


    "The concepts during this booklet deserve exam, specially the perspectives of Nagel and Murphy at the self-interest each one taxpayer kind of has within the social justice bought by means of well-deserved money....[They] supply principles that might increase the nationwide debate."--David Cay Johnston,New York instances booklet Review

    Their learn is extraordinary, their reasoning precise.... may be on each public economics examining list."--Journal of monetary matters

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  • Download Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical by Slavoj Žižek PDF

    By Slavoj Žižek

    ISBN-10: 1844678970

    ISBN-13: 9781844678976

    For the final centuries, Western philosophy has constructed within the shadow of Hegel, a power each one new philosopher struggles to flee. accordingly, Hegel’s absolute idealism has develop into the bogeyman of philosophy, obscuring the truth that he's the defining thinker of the ancient transition to modernity, a interval with which our personal occasions proportion startling similarities.

    Today, as worldwide capitalism comes aside on the seams, we're coming into a brand new interval of transition. In below not anything, the fabricated from a career-long specialise in the a part of its writer, Slavoj Žižek argues it really is important we no longer easily go back to Hegel yet that we repeat and exceed his triumphs, overcoming his boundaries via being much more Hegelian than the grasp himself. Such an technique not just allows Žižek to diagnose our current , but in addition to have interaction in a severe discussion with key strands of latest thought—Heidegger, Badiou, speculative realism, quantum physics, and cognitive sciences. Modernity will start and finish with Hegel.


    "Few thinkers illustrate the contradictions of latest capitalism higher than Slavoj Žižek … one of many world’s best-known public intellectuals.”—John grey, big apple evaluate of Books

    “A critical try and reanimate or re-actualize Hegel.”—Robert Pippin, writer of Hegel’s Idealism

    “A proficient speaker––tumultuous, emphatic, direct––and he writes
    as he speaks.” —Jonathan Ree, Guardian

    “The Hegel that Žižek loves is way like Žižek himself: a continuing iconoclast,
    a stressed wordsmith, an artistic philosopher with a hatred of acquired wisdom,
    an underminer of conventionally stated truths. Žižek’s Hegel is a kind
    of cosmic prankster.”—Bookforum

    "A lucid rendering of contemporary society’s debt to Hegel."—Publisher’s Weekly

    "The ebook of lower than not anything is a tremendous occasion in modern philosophy."—Hey, Small Press

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  • Download Erotism: Death and Sensuality by Georges Bataille PDF

    By Georges Bataille

    ISBN-10: 0872861902

    ISBN-13: 9780872861909

    Taboo and sacrifice, transgression and language, dying and sensuality—Georges Bataille pursues those issues with an unique, usually startling point of view. He demanding situations any unmarried discourse at the erotic. The scope of his inquiry levels from Emily Bronte to Sade, from St. Therese to Claude Levi-Strauss and Dr. Kinsey; and the themes he covers comprise prostitution, legendary ecstasy, cruelty, and arranged battle. Investigating wish ahead of and increasing past the area of sexuality, he argues that eroticism is "a mental quest no longer alien to dying.

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  • Download Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of Modern by Ananya Vajpeyi PDF

    By Ananya Vajpeyi

    ISBN-10: 0674048954

    ISBN-13: 9780674048959

    What India's founders derived from Western political traditions as they struggled to unfastened their state from colonial rule is largely understood. much less famous is how India's personal wealthy wisdom traditions of 2 and a part thousand years prompted those males as they set approximately developing a kingdom within the wake of the Raj. In Righteous Republic, Ananya Vajpeyi furnishes this lacking account, a ground-breaking overview of contemporary Indian political thought.

    Taking 5 of crucial founding figures-Mohandas Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru, and B. R. Ambedkar-Vajpeyi appears to be like at how each one of them became to classical texts with a view to style an unique feel of Indian selfhood. the varied assets within which those leaders and thinkers immersed themselves incorporated Buddhist literature, the Bhagavad Gita, Sanskrit poetry, the edicts of Emperor Ashoka, and the creative and architectural achievements of the Mughal Empire. India's founders went to those resources to not recover previous philosophical frameworks yet to invent new ones. In Righteous Republic, a portrait emerges of a bunch of leading edge, artificial, and cosmopolitan thinkers who succeeded in braiding jointly Indian wisdom traditions, the only political and anxious with social questions, the opposite non secular and orientated towards transcendence.

    Within their great highbrow, aesthetic, and ethical inheritance, the founders sought for diversified facets of the self that may permit India to return into its personal as a latest countryside. the hot republic they envisaged might include either India's fight for sovereignty and its quest for the self.


    A completely unique, top of the range, and pathbreaking contribution to Indian highbrow heritage. (Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Centre for coverage Research)

    'Swaraj,' the main time period in Indian nationalism, refers back to the self. yet what's this self that's the topic of Indian self-rule? Ananya Vajpeyi retraces the sector of recent Indian political idea to investigate the solutions provided by means of 5 canonical figures. Her paintings is unique, acute, delicate, usually unconventional, and consistently delightfully readable. (Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University)

    In a chain of refined and unique readings, Ananya Vajpeyi paints an arresting photo of the ethical imaginary contained in the culture of recent Indian political proposal. opposed to the grain of a lot fresh interpretation, Vajpeyi argues that sleek Indian political notion can be learn no longer via Western different types like freedom, equality, and independence, yet via refined, underlying Indian categories—swaraj, viraha, samvega, dharma, artha, and duhkha. Righteous Republic deals an unique and refined re-reading of a well-recognized box, and persuades us to view it in a distinct gentle. (Sudipta Kaviraj, Columbia University)

    Ananya Vajpeyi's Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of recent India appreciably advances our figuring out of political traditions in an important non-western kingdom. (Pankaj Mishra The mother or father 2012-11-23)

    [Vajpeyi] reads the hunt for the self via 5 founders of recent India: Gandhi, Nehru, Ambedkar, and the Tagores, Rabindranath and his nephew Abanindranath...This is a ebook that has to be learn, not only for its arguments, that are cutting edge, and never only for its language, that's evocative, yet for its singular success in making the accepted unusual, and for difficult the asking of latest questions. (Manu Bhagavan IBN stay 2012-10-29)

    What emerges from Righteous Republic is a feeling of the highbrow ferment in India from the flip of the twentieth century as much as Independence; the feel of guys, not only the 5 within the publication, considering up and imagining a rustic, instead of simply being passed one by means of the British. The e-book is as a lot literary and paintings feedback because it is background, requiring of Vajpeyi a few agile interpreting. She makes connections her 5 principals themselves would possibly not have made, rather in her very good bankruptcy of Abanindranath Tagore, making us reflect on afresh males and ideas to which we appear to have develop into inured. (Shougat Dasgupta Tehelka 2012-12-15)

    Swaraj: a notice pervasive within the Indian philological lexicon, originating from the Sanskrit swa, which means 'of the self,' and rajya--rule. the problem of figuring out its actual which means from the mix of its root verbs could be easy and but, as Ananya Vajpeyi unearths in her first ebook on smooth India's political foundations, all of it is dependent upon various perceptions of nationwide responsibility. Vajpeyi's specific spin at the subject has her reading the classical resources of suggestion at the back of the lessons of 5 of India's most important founding figures: Mohandas Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, his nephew Abanindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru, and BR Ambedkar. The 'righteous republic' according to self-rule, below Vajpeyi's shut examine, divulges its interwoven internet blending Sanskrit poetry, Buddhist teachings, the legacies of the Emperor Ashoka and Mughal dynasties of the earlier, or even the Bhagavad Gita, every one having performed a key position in shaping the political visions of those icons. regardless of confessing to the self-perceived inadequacy of her accomplished paintings in her end, there's scarcely a fault in regards to the author's zest for the topic, a plus aspect that proves potent in rousing this reader's personal curiosity. (Noori Passela The nationwide 2012-11-24)

    Vajpeyi's quest for the resources of India's freedom fight elements methods with conventional historiography at the topic in ways in which renders her paintings targeted and groundbreaking...For Vajpeyi, India's quest for freedom used to be as a lot an ethical fight for selfhood as for political freedom...Righteous Republic is a riveting tale of 5 men's trips of India's wealthy previous via their 'readings' of texts and artifacts to find these different types that may flesh out for them the encumbered ambiguities of 'swaraj.' Vajpeyi pulls the reader into uncharted territory, as those 5 males seek after which locate what they have been searching for no longer within the dominant western discursive different types they'd been uncovered to, yet in a pre-modern lexicon...Outstanding scholarship, imbued with modest ardour and easy originality. (Ashoak Upadhyay company Line 2012-11-20)

    [Vajpeyi] weaves the strands of self and sovereignty jointly to argue that Indian nationalism used to be an ethical venture to create a righteous republic exceptional by means of its 'solid plinth of ethical selfhood and moral sovereignty,' with out which India will be simply one other kingdom. (Kranti Saran company ordinary 2012-12-14)

    This is a publication that's unique, insightful and quirky. (Swapan Dasgupta Outlook 2013-01-21)

    [An] terribly formidable and memorable book...Vajpeyi's engagement with those seminal figures for contemporary Indian political concept is scaffolded on a collection of unequivocally said foundational claims that problem a few of the loved ideas governing the examine of South Asia within the Indian and Anglo-American academies... Vajpeyi reads every one founding father's deeply felt engagement with culture, instantaneously cerebral and visceral, in the course of the lens of key thoughts which are, importantly, not only political yet aesthetic, moral, ethical, and spiritual...Each studying, to which a bankruptcy is dedicated, is a masterpiece, combining cautious philological and historic paintings, deft shut analyzing, and incisive political research and brimming with magnificent, usually counter-intuitive insights...Provocative, wonderful, and erudite, an impressive analyzing of readings, Righteous Republic itself stands as a foundational paintings of scholarship. (Rohit Chopra Sunday mother or father 2012-12-29)

    This is a crucial publication since it takes the discourse on Indian historical past past the area of politics and sociology and dips into rules, specifically, the humanities. (Salil Tripathi Mint 2013-01-26)

    Ananya Vajpeyi's Righteous Republic: The Political Foundations of contemporary India is a ebook that everybody drawn to the evolution of the information that formed the trendy Indian state may still learn. (Manjula Narayan Hindustan occasions 2013-01-26)

    This is a needs to learn for these attracted to India's glossy highbrow historical past. (Gitanjali Surendran Indian convey 2013-02-02)

    The Righteous Republic creates a floor from which the ethical in sleek Indian conceptions of selfhood and the founding second of the sovereign Republic can potentially be concept anew. (Tridip Suhrud Seminar 2013-02-01)

    Most historians credits liberal rules from Britain, absorbed via the Western-oriented Indian elite, with giving start to fashionable India. (The Congress celebration of Gandhi and Nehru was once based on the recommendation of A.O. Hume, a British civil servant, in 1885.) Few are conscious of the level to which nationalist leaders grew to become to Indic texts to restore Indians' experience of collective selfhood, and the way broadly those formed their very own political perform and the country's post-independence social compact. (Sudha Koul Wall road magazine 2013-02-25)

    Ananya Vajpeyi's Righteous Republic is sort of easily an important interpretation of the evolution of India's modern nationhood considering that Sunil Khilnani's the belief of India, and an invaluable antidote to the revisionist Imperialism of emerging British star-historians like Andrew Roberts and Niall Ferguson...Fluently written, cogent in argument, studded with penetrating insights, telling aphorisms, with entire mastery of her fabric, continually tremendous expression and exposition, this younger philosopher-historian takes her definitive position as a commentator and synthesizer of the customarily diversified and contradictory ways to the belief of India. (Mani Shankar Aiyar monetary show 2013-02-24)

    Ananya Vajpeyi's Righteous Republic is a special addition to the discourse round the topics of India's negotiation with its colonial earlier and its current political framework...Vajpeyi excels at what she does within the current quantity, notwithstanding, and the booklet is knowledgeable with excessive criteria of highbrow rigour, analytical acuity and--last yet under no circumstances the least--an eminently readable, approximately jargon-free prose. (Suparna Banerjee The Hindu 2013-04-09)

    In this inspiring and impressive paintings, Ananya Vajpeyi charts out an cutting edge and

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    its ingenuity and simplicity...The venture is principally precise simply because there was no culture of brooding about the proposal of the self, specially in a political experience, in India...Vajpeyi has given us a compelling argument to reconsider the political foundations of contemporary India. certainly, Vajpeyi's paintings convincingly illustrates that India's precolonial prior concerns up to its colonial history.

    (Arvind Elangovan magazine of Asian experiences 2013-05-01)

    Righteous Republic is compelling interpreting approximately India and its ideological moorings within the making of, in the course of and during the independence movement... Righteous Republic is a e-book of its personal variety, written via a historian; it circumambulates a number of disciplinary terrains: artwork historical past, cultural feedback, literary concept, spiritual stories, and political and cultural heritage. It additionally makes use of poetry, work, work of art, non secular texts and archaeological reveals for narrative and research. And but, in overlaying a number of canvasses in drawing up a posh photograph, Vajpeyi doesn't lose the point of interest of her study layout. a fancy topic, handled in a multidisciplinary point of view, defined with unique and evocative arguments, but written in lucid and imaginitive language, the publication is vital interpreting not just for pro social scientists, but in addition for an individual attracted to comprehending India's ideological moorings in a clean perspective.
    (Ajay ok. Mehra India overseas Centre Quarterly 2013-07-01)

    Righteous Republic makes a big contribution to the prevailing literature and will be learn by way of those that really are looking to comprehend extra in regards to the prior and found in Indian political concept. This rigorously crafted and lucidly written publication strikes past exploring the modern essence of Indian inspiration by means of taking a look right into a mammoth array of rules on democracy, tradition, faith, ethnic traditions, nationalist aspirations and identities. it's in all an outstanding piece of literary scholarship that offers readers a chance to have interaction in sustained and in-depth exploration of a topic that has obtained scant therapy through scholars.
    (Vidhu Verma The publication overview 2013-02-01)

    Vajpeyi is a detailed and interpretative reader of texts and of work. She strives continuously to be unique and writes evocatively. Readers searching for definitive solutions might be disillusioned. Vajpeyi calls for that her readers subscribe to her within the trip in the direction of the darkish cave of meaning.
    (Rudrangshu Mukherjee The Telegraph 2013-09-13)

    What Vajpeyi's research does so admirably is to deepen our grab of the way the class of the Indian self, which serves because the foundation for what's Indian approximately 'the people,' got here to be imagined by means of the makers of contemporary India. simply as American connotations of phrases like 'freedom' and 'equality' are deeply embedded within the American heritage of slavery, empire, and capitalism, Vajpeyi's research offers us with an method for greedy the conceptual vocabulary formed by means of India's heritage of colonialism and nationalism.
    (Vivek Bhandari Democratic global 2013-03-01)

    Brilliant and intensely engaging...Through a powerful mixture of shut literary examining and ideal sociopolitical and methodological research, Vajpeyi places ahead a coherent narrative, that is the tale of the formula of the Indian highbrow self...[A] lucid and unique argument.
    (Angshukanta Chakraborty Millennium publish 2013-09-08)

    Magisterial. (Mani Shankar Aiyar Outlook India 2014-01-13)

    An enticing highbrow background that is helping us higher comprehend 21st-century India. Vajpeyi examines 5 giants curious about the founding of the republic in 1950--Mohandas Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Abanindranath Tagore, Jawaharlal Nehru and Bhimrao Ambedkar--who all drew concept from indigenous traditions as they strove to craft a postcolonial Indian id. (Jeff Kingston Japan occasions 2014-01-11)

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  • Download The Difference Principle Beyond Rawls by Chris Wyatt PDF

    By Chris Wyatt

    ISBN-10: 1441127070

    ISBN-13: 9781441127075

    Because the book of John Rawls' A thought of Justice (1971) - up by way of Political Liberalism (1993) and Justice as equity: A Restatement (2001) - discussions on social justice and redistributive liberalism have taken heart level in modern political thought. This e-book provides to a massive physique of literature. It doesn't query Rawlsian ideas, however it does reject the liberal associations he advocates. A debate is built during which his liberalism is contrasted with a libertarian socialism knowledgeable through the English theorist of guild socialism G.D.H. Cole (1889-1959). those authors visualize substitute macro socio-economic schemes. even though they're set inside of glossy liberal and libertarian socialist frameworks respectively, they proportion a dedication to lowering massive inequalities in wealth. principal to the Rawlsian scheme is the variation precept - that inequalities are just approved in the event that they profit the least wealthy. Rawls proposes that voters considering with no wisdom of subjective abilities - a collective lack of knowledge captured through the Rawlsian time period the veil of lack of expertise - may be forced to prioritize a society dependent to house this precept to different platforms during which inequalities are allowed to pay attention with lesser levels of rules. This statement are not challenged. although, it's proven how the variation precept should be extra simply discovered within the left libertarian scheme, during which the writer defends. The argument is that Rawlsian premises aspect to a extra radical end than Rawls recognizes.

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  • Download Beyond Hegemony: Towards a New Philosophy of Political by Darrow Schecter PDF

    By Darrow Schecter

    ISBN-10: 0719060893

    ISBN-13: 9780719060892

    Because the Enlightenment, liberal democrat governments in Europe and North the United States were forced to safe the legitimacy in their authority through developing rational states whose rationality is predicated on sleek sorts of legislations. the 1st severe problem to liberal democratic practices of felony legitimacy is available in Marx’s early writings on Rousseau and Hegel. Marx discovers the bounds of formal criminal equality that doesn't tackle noticeable family of inequality within the place of work and in lots of different spheres of social lifestyles.

    Beyond Hegemony investigates the authoritarianism and breakdown of these nation socialist governments in Russia and somewhere else which declare to place Marx’s rules on democracy and equality into perform. The e-book explains that even supposing many points of Marx’s critique are nonetheless legitimate this present day, his rules must be supplemented via the contributions to social thought made by way of Nietzsche, Foucault, the severe concept of the Frankfurt institution in addition to the libertarian socialism of G.D.H. Cole. What emerges is a brand new thought of political legitimacy which shows the way it is feasible to maneuver past liberal democracy when keeping off the authoritarian flip of kingdom socialism.

    Schecter issues out the weaknesses of the various extra-legal debts of non-formal legitimacy now on supply, corresponding to these in keeping with friendship and identification. He then argues that step one past hegemony is dependent upon the invention of different types of valid legality and demonstrates why the stipulations of valid legislation may be pointed out.

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  • Download The Presidency in a Separated System by Charles O. Jones PDF

    By Charles O. Jones

    ISBN-10: 0815747179

    ISBN-13: 9780815747178

    Media insurance and well known interpretations of yankee govt ordinarily pay attention to the presidency. Observers usually characteristic the fortunes of a complete govt to at least one individual or his small circle of advisers. In an up-to-date and revised version of his vintage publication, Charles O. Jones explains how too unique a spotlight at the presidency distorts the image of the way nationwide govt fairly works. He explores how presidents locate their position within the everlasting executive and the way they're "fitted in" through others, so much significantly these on Capitol Hill. robust notwithstanding it can be, the Oval workplace isn't the resource of all authority in govt. Jones examines the organizational, political, and procedural demanding situations dealing with presidents, in addition to the position of public approval. the writer compares the post-World warfare II presidents and identifies their strengths and weaknesses in operating inside a separated method of presidency. the hot variation extends in the course of the Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies. It explains how split-party regulate, differing partisan suggestions, and our fresh "narrow-margin politics" have replaced the Washington panorama, reshaping kinfolk one of the branches of presidency. once more, during this variation, the writer attracts numerous classes for presidents operating in a separated process. so much have heeded those classes, whereas analysts frequently forget about them in prefer of perpetuating unrealistic expectancies of what presidents can do. "Jones has accomplished an important milestone in examine at the position of the president within the legislative process." -Journal of Politics "Jones has successfully and authoritatively changed a favored view of the yankee presidency with a extra actual one. His argument and his facts will magnify and increase our brooding about the office." -Richard F. Fenno, Jr., collage of Rochester

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  • Download Recovering Hegel from the Critique of Leo Strauss: The by Sara MacDonald, Barry Craig PDF

    By Sara MacDonald, Barry Craig

    ISBN-10: 0739183982

    ISBN-13: 9780739183984

    Recovering Hegel from the Critique of Leo Srauss deals a safety of modernity opposed to the critique of the influential mid-twentieth century political thinker, Leo Strauss. Strauss, whose effect on modern conservative political conception is easily documented, came across the floor of a lot of what he chanced on in need of in modern political and social existence to lie within the philosophy of the nineteenth century German thinker, G. W. F. Hegel. particularly, Strauss accused Hegel of being the best exponent of historicism and hence the relativism that afflicts smooth concept. finally, in response to Strauss, this has ended in the nihilism and basic mediocrity that characterizes glossy western tradition.

    In this publication, Sara MacDonald and Barry Craig research Strauss's studying of Hegel and argue that during truth it's a mis-reading. opposite to Strauss's interpretation, this publication holds that Hegel used to be no relativist and actually sought to teach the compatibility of goal, everlasting fact with smooth human subjectivity. whilst, it illustrates the way Hegel's concept cleared the path for enlightened sleek liberal democracies and in addition continues to be suitable to present social and political conversations.

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  • Download Criticism of Earth: On Marx, Engels and Theology, IV by Roland Boer PDF

    By Roland Boer

    ISBN-10: 9004225587

    ISBN-13: 9789004225589

    Feedback of Earth completely reassesses Marx and Engels’s engagement with theology, drawing on mostly neglected texts. therefore, along ‘opium of the people’, Hegel’s philosophy of legislations, and the Feuerbach theses, different works also are critical. those contain Marx’s early items on theology, continuous differences of fetishism, and long remedies of Bruno Bauer and Max Stirner. Engels too is given severe awareness, considering that he moved past Marx in appreciating theology’s progressive percentages. Engels’s Calvinism is mentioned, his remedies of biblical feedback and theology, and his later writings on early Christianity’s progressive nature. The e-book keeps the undertaking for a renewed and enlivened interplay among Marxism and faith, being the fourth of 5 volumes within the feedback of Heaven and Earth sequence.

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  • Download The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom by James Burnham PDF

    By James Burnham

    ISBN-10: 0895267853

    ISBN-13: 9780895267856

    This vintage paintings of political conception and perform deals an account of the fashionable Machiavellians, a impressive team who've been influential in Europe and essentially unknown within the usa. The booklet devotes an extended part to Machiavelli himself in addition to to such sleek Machiavellians as Gaetano Mosca, Georges Sorel, Robert Michels and Vilfredo Pareto. Burnham contends that the writings of those males carry the foremost either to the reality approximately politics and to the protection of political liberty.

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