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Fitzgerald in Alabama and Normative Ethics

As a poet laruate of the rober barons and sweatshop dynasties of the 1920s, it is interesting to see his escapades in the apartheid society with state sponsered terrorism with his paramour. Now, Fitzgerald is not considered a racist because people live in the System One of their social psychology. Yet, he was a disgusting…

Freud’s Pleasure Principle, Courage, and Cowardice

May 1st, 1917 was among the most important days of The Great War as it was the biggest day of the famous French mutinies. Ninety-three years and four months later, I was in my high school gay-straight alliance. What those events shared was the refusal to face danger. Much has been said about the emotional…

How to Run a Special Needs Ministry

My first piece of advice when running a group for people with special needs or any mental health condition is contrary to the typical rhetoric surrounding these things in contemporary culture. The first rule of safe spaces are to set boundaries and expect delicacy. That’s a problem for the obvious reasons that when handling mental…

Clubtown: The Ridiculous Non-Innocence of Charleston, South Carolina

Watching Trevor Noah, I would often notice him saying things like “You know when you’re out in the club” as if it was normal to party like a frat boy for everyone. He, nor his ilk, or much of the pop culture, purveys the gentler culture. Poetry slams, improv shows, period dress-up parties, and more…

Why Philosophy is in a Rut

Contemporary philosophy is stuck in the incidental culture war between right and left in contemporary Western society. Philosophers are little more than left-wing or center-left polemicists. They say nothing and are strongly against saying anything. They will entertain completely useless questions such as free will versus determinism which, of course, is unfalsifiable and therefore has…

Vendetta and Nothing Else

Before on this blog, I have discussed how when I have discussed my history being bullied the general response of people is that I should have resorted to physical violence, either directly or through a proxy, or contacted the police. It is quite curious that they never mention anything about fixing the cultural and psychological…

Loneliness & Hegel

Contemporary loneliness is a Hegelian antithesis. It is a reaction to the Hegelian thesis of the world before of creepiness and darkness that was pervasive as well as its hyperbolization in the media such as in the horror and the true crime genres. A Hegelian antithesis is a psychological phenomenon of reactance to a norm.…

The Theology of Pigasus the Immortal

My favorite song is Taylor Swift’s “Love Story”, as mentioned at the front page of this website. It is how I do politics. Now, in the context of religion and nonprofits I work with lots of Republicans. I should extoll what my political theology is. I became a liberal as a child and the context…

Honor, Liberalism, and Moral Stature

When nerdy good boys are delinquents and drunk cokehead playboys are model citizens. The end of virtue ethics and the rise of liberal consent. It was Martin Luther King’s dream that a pluralistic society would judge based on character and not superficial characterisitcs but liberalism decided that character meant a thick good and was incompatible…

Personal Epistimes

Most people live in a world very different world from myself in a way that is related to my autism but is not a first-degree symptom of it. That is recognizing my own cognitive biases and counteracting them. The way I ultimately managed to mask required that I be cognizant of my cognitive biases so…

Why Conservatives Are Better Organizers

I live on the left but do concede that the right has better tactics and organization. The TLDR reason is simple, the conservatives are capitalists and for all of capitalism’s problems, it is about ruthless pragmatism. The conservatives are trained to understand that everything serves their bottom line. In business, that means money and in…

The Teleology That Doesn’t Exist

Living on the left, I am curious as to what world my people are fighting for. From my perspective, they want a hypermodern, cosmopolitian world where everyone is a platcel hikikimori. A platcel is a portmanteau of platonic incel and simply means someone without friends. And without religion or community and living in a Scandanavian…

Are Autism Experts Experts in Autism?

No, I recently had an email exchange with a psychology professor at the College of Charleston who specialized in autism and it didn’t go well. I was working with her on creating sensory-safe parties and other special needs support on campus. I’m not going to recount it all here but that would be tangential. The…

How Autistic Am I?

Very. Yet, I am not of the most common subtype. I share plenty of traits with them with the most common subtypes. I make deep connections with people quickly and am much less censored in my topics of conversation. I memorize social rules much more than I read social cues. I tend to come across…

Why “All I Want for Christmas is You” Was the Last Christmas Classic

Many takes have been made on this, yet, they miss one major thing. It is the reason that equally priced homes with Scandanavian minimalism and Victorian Maximalism will be morally judged differently with the latter rhetoricallty burned at the stake. It is the same reason big poetry houses won’t publish traditional rhyming and metered poetry…

Conceptions of Hell

I don’t usually dive into theology on this blog but I will here and what could be more fun than the invisible world of magic people go to after they die? A perennial point of theological dispute is that of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. Of the traditional and more stereotypical conceptions, I prefer Purgatory before…

On the Hussey Lawsuit

In the headlines, right now, Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whitting, are filing a lawsuit over the nude scene in the 1968 adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. I have, on this blog, used frames from that adaptation and it is my favorite version. Also, in my derrivite fiction, when I employ the famous couple as characters,…

Giving Toxic Relationships Happy Endings

It used to be a cliché that bad boys were faustian bargains and ultimately girls would be hurt by them. In the last few decades, they did a Taylor Swift and rewrote the ending so that Edward Cullen and Christian Grey, bad boys with so many red flags they may as well have been Soviet,…

The Perennial and the Pundits of Christianity

What does Jesus think about abortion? The answer is like what most religion and secular ideology is, whatever you already believe, your tradition is on your side. To escape this, there must be a philosohical framework with which to answer. My answer is Jesus is not a pundit and Christianity is not a platform of…

Appropriation: Physical and Cultural

A lot has been written about cultural and physical appropriation. The family of Henrietta Lacks recently filed a lawsuit over the nonconsensual use of her cells. This is stupid, they should just give all rights to them for free medical research because to do anything else would be evil. Those are legal rights since, morally,…

Applied Behavioral Analysis: An Autistic Perspective

ABA is not the most effective means of reducing problemaic behaviors in autistic people. It is not useless and it is a tool that should be used but, let’s be clear, it is not a great means to treat most autism. The most effective means is trial and error in the context of social immersion…

Sociology of the Apocolypse

            Bullying is a hot topic but it is too often treated as the monolith that it isn’t. There are multiple forms of bullying with different psychological roots. The type of bullying most common where I grew up in and around Charleston was the pseudo-ethical type where the bullying takes the form of vigilantism. Furthermore,…

Fears of Strangers

I had to write a blog about this. I saw this headline and felt it belonged on The Onion. An actual major news website reported a story about someone at a Starbucks being creeped out by a stranger sitting next to him when the rest of the store was empty. Nothing sexual, violent, or even…

Epistomological Dumpster Fire

Every time and place is, in one way, at least, an epistomological dumpster fire. To be more philosophical, I’ll use latin and term it an epistomological fragor. In brief, the EF is when limitations in knowledge create or contribute significantly to a big problem or system of problems. It can be chronological or horizontal. A…

Capitalism & Suicide: The Modern Examples of Weber and Durkheim

For parents, especially contemporary culturally suburban ones since the 1990s, the aim has been to have successy children who excel. I never had this ambition and always saw it as wrong. A good woman is not a CEO because a good person is not a CEO but an underground activist resisting the CEO. I say…

Murder Victims and Cancer Patients

Recently, I was reading an article by The Marshal Project which spoke of the evolution of sentiments about the death penalty. They said something in a way that wasn’t worded well. They claimed that in the 1990s, capital punlishment became about restitution to the victims. That’s not true. Revenge on the part of the victims…

Age Differences in Platonic Relationships

I do most of my activism in and around college campuses and am arguably in the waning days of my youth. Not only colleges, putting on things like sensory-safe parties, I am working with sororities. Some of the girls are quite attractive and I think about whether I should try to make platonic friends with…

The Psychology of Reactionary Politics

Reactionary politics is considered by many to be a synonym with conservatism but it is not. I define it as the politcs of unthinking reaction. I recently wrote an article about the anti-catcalling laws. How, among other things, the same movement against mass incarceration and arresting people for minor crimes are also for doing exactly…

Subepistimes and Cultural Stereotypes

What is sexuality like? The truth is that is a terrible question. Sexuality is not like anything. There is no such thing as sexuality. There are spectrums of sexualty and romantic attraction defined by quantity of intensity and quality of form. Alas, there is very little vocabulary in the public discourse that describes most of…

An Aesthetic Critique of Christian Nationalism

Firstly, style is dead in the West. We have lost the romantic prettiness of the vintage era, the hot chic of the mid-20th century, and more. Neither the tiara of a Victorian heiress nor the glamour of a golden age movie star does our era possess. It is not merely that the Kardashians are vain,…

Is Pluto a Planet?: Psychological and Political Definitions

I fully support the IAU definition of planet. What I disagreed with in their 2006 decision was to not make Pluto an honorary planet since, given public sentiments, I feel unjustifiable suffering was induced. The scientists would know the difference regardless so the only group it affected was the public whose happiness was reduced and…

The Path to a Social Japan and the Birth of a New Paradigm

As touched on in the article I wrote about the anti-catcalling laws, the over-punishing of minor anti-social behavior is not the result of progressive politics even if it manifests itself in it. It is the bourgeois, suburban, fears of the uncanny and the marginalized. I referenced an The Atlantic article by Conor Friedersdorf where he…

The War for a Bourgeois Utopia

I am against catcalling but with regards to the wave of new laws against it, I’m against those too. What frustrates me about the anti-catcalling laws is this. To reduce mass incarceration, we need a united left that doesn’t advocate for criminalizing minor anti-social behavior. If a hobo calls you “sugar-tits” then just roll your…

Why Loving the Baddies?

I am not the only one to be critical of our culture’s love of pirates. Even as a child, I was against playing them because even as a prepubescent the idea that I would have fun pretending to murder people and steal stuff was contrary to my morals. When I played pretend, I was more…

Cultural Relativism and the South

When I was a freshman in college, I took an intro to Antrhopology course and in the course of it we were taught the traditional postmodernist line that we should respect the customs and morés of cultures. This made me boil with rage and seethe with anger. At that time, I was in the middle…

The Culture Shock They Never Mention

On September 7, 2021, I was working as a legal asistant and legislative aide for state legislator and in this capacity I recieved texts and a call from someone who was supposedly his client. He claimed to be a schizophrenic bipolar person in the Al Canon jail on a contraband phone. It soon devolved into…

The Spectrum Between Romance and Platonic Realtionships

As a heteroromantic asexual, I view it as inappasite to classify the type of relationship I would want to be the same as a hetererosexual. Fundamentally, a heterosexual wants different things. Also, as someone with a disability, I have different needs. For example, for someone with a lower-functioning disability, combining maternalism and romance may be…

Calvinism and New Atheism

It has often been argued that New Atheism is as fundamentalist as religion may be but I would narrow that I term the likes of Richard Dawkins to be a Calvinist. It is not merely that they have the passion of fundamentalists but also the logic of them. First off, their dismissal of all metaphorical…

How Society Reacted to the Death of my Mother

Oxytocin is a curious chemical and a fickle one, too. Are empathetic people empathetic? Well, no. Not without a lot of cognitive empathy in addition to their emotional empathy. Absent cognitive empathy, the only endangered species, and I mean this metaphorically and literally, people care about are charismatic megafauna. Whether or not and to what…

Politeness and Urgency

When doing politics, which is my life, I often come across a lack of urgency and if pushed to a point, I’ll be rude to the point of cussing. Escpecially when I’m being ghosted or having a commitment violated during the course of a project. I got a text from the boyfriend of someone I…

Hedonist Orthodoxy and Work Ethic

In the previous few articles, I have written about hedonist orthodoxy which is the normative system which has there is a proper and improper way to engage in leisure time. That this is a subnorm based on a subepistime within the broader context of Rawlsian liberal ethics that are the main normative morals of our…

Suburbia, Neurodivergence, and the Uncanny Valley

The liberalization of the concept of creepiness is most associated with third-wave feminism yet it is not that movement where it is most problematic. While a modicum of blame may be afforded that movement, they are mostly fine. Creepiness and the terms “creep” and “creepy” are vague and ill-defined and may describe an awkward teenager…

Subnorms and Subepistimes

In sociology and anthropology, there are many contradicting normatives. In one of my presentations for SPED majors at the College of Charleston I highlighted one of these. Our culture screams to “be yourself” and to “disregard what others think”, especially on matters of minor social rules. Of course, the desperation in the field of special…

Apple Juice and Liquor

Often, and I have written about this before, I have been admonished for my sober, chaste, lifestyle devoid of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and pornography. I should according to them “live some”. I am a published author on Amazon with 5 star reviews for fiction, I write poetry, and much more. I am hardly a square…

On the J.K. Rowling Transphobia Controversy

While I support the trans community, I don’t support all of the hatred that J.K. Rowling has recieved because, for all her faults, she is a solid Labour supporter in the UK and supports progressive causes on almost every issue. With Marine le Pen across the channel in Calais and Boris Johnson commanding a Trump-like…

The Death of Type A on the Left

Working in politics and in the nonprofit sector, one thing that is apparent is the lack of Type A personality and the desperate need for it. Any degree of assertiveness is seen as aggressive and impolite even when the world is literally burning. The general response one gets when one acts with the appropriate urgency…

Hedonism and Populism

One of the most curious social phenomenon is that so many decades after the sexual revolution, sex is still regarded as edgy. Same with alcohol. People talk about drinking heavily like it is some bold and radical act of subversion. The Volstead Act hasn’t been a thing for a while. Having never had an alcoholic…

Moral Courage in the Media

In the philosophical and social analyses of pop culture, the eggheads of my fellows on the left in academia who I vote the same way and attend the same protests as but afford almost zero intellectual respect to because they, typically, deserve zero intellectual respect, they will focus on things like feminism. That’s most of…

The Life of Brian Versus The World

The Life of Brian was famously hated by members of my religion for its superificial mocking of it. The offense taken by Christians to the movie seemed stupid and shallow. They were offended by The Life of Brian overwhelmingly, not because of its message or its effect on the audience but because of its ostensible…

The Horror Genre and Psychlogy

Recently, I came across a psychology article from the APA talking about how horror movies can provide a safe environment to engage with our deep emotions and break rumination cycles. This is where we get to when a science is internally stove-piped because while horror may be something like exposure therapy in the acute and…

Benevolent Chivalric Hubrism: The Eupathology of Chivalry

Recently, and linked to this article, I wrote about a DSM for positive conditions. The first positive condition, I suggest, is BCH. Benevolent Chivalric Hubrism. It is a personality eupathology analagous to its dark cousin NPD. In one sense, it is being poisoned by own’s own pride but with a intense sense of nobility. It…

Pyschological Angelology (Part II): Cognitive Morality

In the last article about this, I dōve into emotional morality. Here, I dive into cognitive morals. That and the absence of negative emotions as opposed to the presence of positive ones. I should highlight that in the intervening time, I did a cursory Google search for positive mental health and the results were all…

Dunning-Krugger, WYSIATI, Foucaultian Epistime, and Hegelian Geist

The world as it is understood by people. The cultural worldview of a time with the morés and knowledge of a people. In one sense, it is the full intellectual human person who in Hegelian progression evolves into another type of person. It is the most fundamental and whole idealist philosophical position. The idea of…

The Moral Panic Over Nikolas Cruz’s Life Sentence

Where do I begin with how irrational and stupid this moral panic is. Firstly, I oppose capital punishment and have the moral courage to defend that position in extreme cases. Principles aren’t principles if one doesn’t stand by them under the hardest circumstances. That said, even if I supported capital punishment, I would not consider…

On Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Bill Maher Remarks

Typically, I would not remark on a single series of comments but this one regarded nuclear weapons by a renowned scientist and was so profoundly wrong that my inner-Asperger’s nerd had to scream. Neil Degreasse Tyson said on Bill Maher’s show that modern nuclear weapons don’t produce radiation. He was correct in saying that fusion…

Fanon, Foucault, Subspace, and Disability

Frantz Fanon wrote about the colonized mind which is very germane to the position of people with disabilities. What Special Ed and most psychologists mostly intend for their disabled patients and people is obedience to society. And they use the coercive force of the state to get that obedience from administrators, to the police, to…

Psychological Angelology: The DSM of the Opposite of Disorders

In the realm of psychology, the overwhelming obsession is what is wrong with people. There is no DSM for virtues, only for vices. The assumption is that normalcy is perfection and deviancy is immoral. While they may be reluctant to admit to it, the role of a psychologist is mostly to make people normal. The…

Life Without Oxytocin

If there is any aspect of autistic life that elicits the most philosophical questions it is that surrounding oxytocin. Is having oxytocin a part of the human experience I should have? What does liberal society have to say about that? I don’t have oxytocin and, from what I can gather, society’s position is that the…

The Cognitive Biases of Psychiatrists

More than anything else, the greatest issue in my mental health history has been agnotology. That is people not knowing what is happening. Having studied a great deal of psychology, it is frustrating to find out conditions I had years later and to discover that these conditions were known about at the time but not…

Behavior Issues and School Liability

In my life, I have had two types of prosocial classes. One was at a summer camp for neurdivergent kids and the other was in Special Ed. One huge difference between them, and this is very important, was the summer camp taught the kids to stand up to bullies whereas the prosocial classes in Special…

Domestic Abuse & Police Abolition

To begin, we must cover the problems with intervening in instances of domestic abuse because the reason so much of it goes unanswered for is messy and stupid. The public is not the best gage of who is dangerous and who is not. Their verdict falls along the lines of their cognitive biases and rationalizations.…

Suburban White Torture

White torture is the general term for torture that involves things like isolation and sensory deprivation. To a degree, this is a problem for people on the spectrum and other neurodivergents. The effects of loneliness, especially, at-length and sometimes combined with social rejection and social rejection for superficial characteristics can be very injurious. The reason…

Cultural Federalism

In an earlier article, I argued for a world spirituality to be consolidated into large religious blocs: I have a similiar idea about subcultures, we should have a concert of the major subcultures. Leon Trotsky imagined the Soviet legislature to have representatives apportioned by industry. With a federal concert of subcultures, there should be summits…

The Rawlsian Geist

A geist is a reality of the world, a paradigm of the collective psyche, in a particular era and place. I have written and shitted a lot about John Rawls. What is the geist of John Rawls? I focus on a lot psychology on this blog and the Rawlsian geist is one where psychology does…

Morality in Art

Recently, I watched a video on The Take Youtube channel opining that the counterreaction to the Damsel in Distress trope went too far. It said that the original trope was, indeed, sexist and evil, but that the current overreaction has become evil. As a normative moral and ethical position, I consider neither trope to be…

Tactical Empathy: The First Rule in Diplomacy

John Oliver recently did a piece on the Law & Order franchise and how wrong it got everything. The biggest thing it got wrong was how you deal with humans when you need them to cooperate with an investigation. He showed many scenes of, especially on SVU, how the prosecutors and the police would righteously…

On Contemporary Religious Art

I write lots of religious art, mostly in the form of poetry. As anti-modernist as my sentiments have been expressed on this blog as, it would not surprise one to surmise that I hold contemporary religious art in very low regard. Recently, there was something called the “Martyrs” exhibition at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London.…

Jerusalem Lost: The Movements and Revolutions of 2008-11

In history and in the news, there is an over-emphasis on the evil and the villians and even when there are heroes, the critics are resolved to point out every flaw and mistake they ever made to the point you would believe everyone is irredeemably evil. The number of people who have called Gandhi a…

Getting Kids off of their Phones

In France, they have criminalized the owning of smartphones by those under 15 in school but while I like the idea of them not having smartphones I tend to be against using the coercive force of the state for non-dangerous behavior. Plus, it is a solution devoid of finesse or sophistication and just uses brute…

Vigilante Hazing: The Worst Form of Bullying

If there was a form of bullying that did more to break my amygdala and cause me severe PTSD, it was vigilante hazing. It was what in “A Few Good Men” was called a Code Red. It is punishment for minor social mistakes. Two of the three times I was urinated on, it was from…

Cosmopolitian, 4Chan, and the Doctrine of the Mean

4Chan is a metonym for the dredges of the internet, its natives are the descendants of the dark geeks of yesteryear who voted for Ross Perot, played D&D in basements, and descended into the grimy abodes of the alt-right. A poetic analogy to Erik from Phantom of the Opera. Losers who descend into bitterness and…

Disability & Metaphorical Asexuality

I refer not to literal asexuality in the sense of being an asexual and I don’t refer to not having sex in the literal sense. I have written about incels before on this blog and their etiology is not the lack of sex but their being adults in an adult culture with an adolscent-style league…

Scottish Seccession & The End of History

The Scottish seccession movement is attempt at progress of a people who don’t know what the next paradigm of history should be. Their arguments for seccession are not terribly well founded since they could apply to any region with political and cultural differences of any country. They do vote largely center-left and have their own…

Prison Abolition & White Collar Crime

As a member of Black Lives Matter, I have been near the conversation about prison abolition. The biggest problem, ulimtately, in abolishing prisons and the police is that not all crimes are the result of good people with bad problems or the injustices of the system. The mistakes borne of PTSD, bipolar, drug addiction, economic…

Rawls, Ghosting, and Honor

It used to be that breaking up by text message was considered a new low in social norms. Today, breaking up by text message is bordering on chivalrous in light of the popularity of ghosting. The ultimate defense of ghosting is Rawlsian. Its only defense is that it does not violate the negative liberties of…

Is Late-Stage Capitalism a Thing? (Part Two)

https://jacksonhamiltonivs.org/2022/09/18/is-late-stage-capitalism-a-thing-part-one/ The great shift between Regionalist-Institutional Liberalism and Rawlsian-Consumerist Liberalism was largely a revolution without revolutionaries. It was organic, more than anything else. To be fair, social movements played a major role but those movements were not trying to establish the system that ended up happening. Rawls did not invent Rawlsianism as much as he…

Is Late-Stage Capitalism a Thing? (Part One)

In recent years, the term late-stage capitalism has been used to refer to our current era and, perhaps, delinaite it from qualitatively different sub-eras within the history of capitalism. I disagree with the term for a few reasons. First, it says nothing about what makes this capitalism different from other variants of capitalism. Second, it…

Personality Disorders & Politics

The worst problem in politics is not external corruption but internal corruption. Working in local politics, the person I have worked the most for is a man I have zero respect for, see as evil to his core, and see as breathtakingly stupid. He doesn’t belong in a state legislature, he belongs in a mental…

The Philosophy to End All Philosophy

That does not refer to a philosophy so comprehensive that it is the final evolution in human progress but a philosophy that would make philosophical evolution impossible. I, as I have many times before, am bashing Rawls. This time with his approach to education and being educated. The world of smart people is a strange…

Religion & Romance

In the imaginations of many, religion is the enemy of romance since the climax of romance is literal climaxing for most of them. For those who have religion, religion is not a constituent in the emotions of their affections. Yet, romance, to me, is impossible in the positivist, materialist, and secular universe. Religion is many…

Sonnets, Dick Pics, and the State of Contemporary Poetry

The art form I do more than any other is poetry. When I write poetry, my first rule is to make my poems poemy. My poems invariably rhyme and I try to make them outwardly pretentious and vintage. As elitist as they initially sound, I consider it the opposite of elitist. When people want a…

Utopias of Cultural Pancide

In an earlier article, I wrote about Star Trek being a vision of cultural pancide. It is a world where late 20th century secular humanism, Western culture, and liberalism have vanquished all other cultures. It is Bertrand Russell dismissing religion so arrogantly. That from mandalas to Madonnas, that most fruitful of cultural pillars is devoid…

The Never-Ending War: Will Gender Dynamics Ever Harmonize?

Will the questions around third-wave feminism regarding creepiness ever be resolved? If these traits are inherrent to a large portion of men then is there an end to the #metoo movement? Are there social changes that would satisfy it so that it would disband? Well, no. This is not to say there are no social…

Physical Attractiveness & Liberal Democracy

As anti-aging science becomes more real and less pseudo while the older generations are ever more adolscent in their thinking, pretty people are a serious philosophical issue. Celebrities have more political power than they ever have had before. So, who is hot and who is not is an increasingly major variable in decisions which affect…

Religion & The School of Resentment

It is often said that people should not be reduced to the worst thing they have ever done. With regards to religion, this is often done. From Rembrant to Avicenna, the secular left tends to ignore the cultural achievements of religion and emphasize and hyperbolize everything bad religion has ever done. It is a Rorsach…

Fighting a Dead War: The Fights Over the Won 20th Century Battles

Something very significant happened at the end of history. Now, Fukuyama’s end of history was not the actual end of history but the end of the Cold War and the universilazation of liberal principles in the late 20th century were about as big of a historical shift as one could get. Fukuyama’s end of history…

Agape & Nihilism: More Life and Times in Charleston, South Carolina

Radical, universal, unconditional love so intense that pedophiles and serial killers would be excitedly embraced. I remember a few years ago, in church, how we (the congregation) read from the paper folder which churches usually give their congregants and we collectively repented for the “sins of our youth”. This was curious as my youth had…

Cheap Gaslighting

There is gaslighting and then there is cheap gaslighting which is, in some ways less bad and in some ways more bad. One of my employers in politics, a politician I worked as an aide for, was utterly shameless in his cheap gaslighting. He lied in ways that were obviously lies. You see, he knew…

On the Professor Uju Tweet

The response to the Prof Usu tweet wishing for a painful death upon the late Queen Elizabeth II has resulted in backlash but not nearly the right kind. The heat of her rancor is concerning but what is most concerning is the utter lack of syllogism. The tweet was bat-shit stupid. Jeff Bezos responded to…

Reporting Fees: An Idea for Police Reform

As a member of Black Lives Matter, one of the greatest problems faced are nonviolent, nonsexual, incidents being handled by the police. While I ultimately support replacing the institution of the police with a form of social work, that is far off. Let it be granted that nonviolent and nonsexual incidents should often be reported…

Communicating Complexity and Nuance to the Less Educated

I work in political communications and the most difficult part of the job is the title of this piece. What makes it worse is when one’s boss, the politician, is, themselves, very stupid. I will freely admit the politician I ghostwrite for is a brainless male bimbo who didn’t know global warming caused hurricanes, didn’t…

The Morals and Ethics of The Rerecordings

What is, according to ethical and moral philosophy, the right position in Taylor Swift’s rerecording of her albums? Firstly, I don’t believe in capitalism nearly enough to believe property rights are that fundamental. I could google the superstar’s net worth but I can comfortably say that it is way more than I believe a human…

Safety Versus Eudemonia in Third-Wave Feminism

Third-wave feminism is plagued by the Marxist belief in the false consciousness. That is that the proletariat would agree with the socialist intellectuals if only the elites had not brainwashed them. Therefore, it is the charge of the “vangaurd”, the socialist elites to unveil that brainwashing. The idea of the false consciousness has sometimes had…

Nickleback and the Neurochemistry of Irrational Hatred

It has often been said that people hate Nickleback because the internet hates Nickleback. By religious commandment, I must love everyone and hate nobody therefore I have been unable to indulge in this felicity. I, therefore, love Nickleback. With agape, of course. Certainly, not with eros and the band members are complete strangers to me…

The Mainstream, The Fringe, and Liberal Pluralism

One of the most glaringly obvious failings of Rawls was to have a liberalism so pluralistic that to stop conspiracy theorists, nationalists, pseudoscientists, and the rest, we have to wait until they have gained more than enough of a following to do real damage. Eventually, the followers may do something violent after which our Rawlsian…

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