Bernie Sanders is not a Hippie

I worked on the Bernie Sanders campaign but I have major issues with the Bernie movement. They are the same issues I have with much of the left. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is not a hero of mine but she would be one if she dressed up like Victorian heriess, speaking with a fake posh southern EnglishContinue reading “Bernie Sanders is not a Hippie”

What is a Realistic Post-Rawlsian Society?

Rawls’ thin-good may be my go-to philosophical punching bag, I am not nearly the first person to critque him. He was lacerted by the communitarians of the 1970s and philosophers like Nausaum, today, have their way with him for similiar reasons. The idea that we should abolish all virtue ethics and most utilitarian ethics andContinue reading “What is a Realistic Post-Rawlsian Society?”

Foucault and Asexuality

I thoroughly dislike Foucault but there are elements of his philosophy that I do subscribe to. This article is going to focus on his ideas on the social construction of sexual orientation. Now, sexual orientation is not socially constructed. The categories of hetero, homo, an a sexual are social constructs but not the orientations, themselves.Continue reading “Foucault and Asexuality”

The Christianity After Liberalism

Many believed that Christianity (and religion) would die in the West but that is not happening. That said, the Christianity that is emerging is not the same Christianity that came into liberalism or even the most recent stages of liberalism. Neither version of Christianity had much to do with the message or tradition founded inContinue reading “The Christianity After Liberalism”

A Look Back at Twilight, Philosophically

During the criticism of the Twilight Saga over a decade ago, one criticism was remarkably absent. The critics focussed on literary quallity but that’s purely subjective and I am against trashing the honest effort of a writer who invested energy and pride into their work. Stephanie Meyer did not earn my cynicism for her low-qualityContinue reading “A Look Back at Twilight, Philosophically”

Rawls, Blending Goldfish, and the Avant Garde’s Thin-Good

As a member of the left, I can attest that it has had a conflicted morality for a long time. They will love Reniassiance Art, Opera, and the other trappings of European high culture and then talk about how much they hate Western culture. Maybe syllogism would forbid claiming operas and hunter-gatherers are both betterContinue reading “Rawls, Blending Goldfish, and the Avant Garde’s Thin-Good”

The Double Standard of Law & Social Regress (Part II)

One of the insane arguments made against the protesters mentioned in part one of this piece was that civil disobedience threatens liberal democracy. Based on the idea that it undermines the precedent of the rule of law. Dictatorships and fuedal monarchies have the rule of law, too. What is special about the rule of lawContinue reading “The Double Standard of Law & Social Regress (Part II)”

The Double Standard of Law & Social Regress

In watching the center-left’s opposition to Extinction Rebellion in the UK, I am dumbfounded and livid because their reasoning seems to be a general argument against civil disobedience that goes like: “If they break the law then they set a precedent for anyone breaking any law. Now, of course, we mean street law, not whiteContinue reading “The Double Standard of Law & Social Regress”

Are Viruses Alive?

It is a question that has plagued scientists for almost a century but it is mostly a matter of semantics since we know exactly what a virus is and how we define it has no bearing on how we relate to them. Linnean taxonomy is arbitrary, drawing lines for human convienience that don’t exist inContinue reading “Are Viruses Alive?”

Rawls & The Teleology of the Individual

What does liberal society wish for its members? For the most part, it only wishes for the individual to respect the negative liberties of others and have their negative liberties respected and nothing more. In Rawls’ system, there is no desire for happiness or a lack of suffering like in Bentham and Mill’s utilitarianism. AnContinue reading “Rawls & The Teleology of the Individual”