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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 summitsContinue reading “Cultural Federalism”

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 doesContinue reading “The Rawlsian Geist”

The Limits of Psychology: Balkanization and the Lack of Intersectionality in Psychological Science

L’Appel du Vide is a common symptom of anxiety disorders and one I experience and have experienced regularly throughout my life. In fact, as a child, it was one of the worst symptoms I had but at no point growing up could I discuss it with anyone safely. The fact is most of the psychologistsContinue reading “The Limits of Psychology: Balkanization and the Lack of Intersectionality in Psychological Science”

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 beContinue reading “Morality in Art”

Interrete Bennedictus: The Nobel for the Internet and Centralizing the Information Landscape

There needs to be an award for positive influencers on the internet. If social media is is the means by which the bulk of our culture has decided to be informed then we must have a system to put good information into it. The award I term the Interrete Bennedictus, Latin for “Good Internet” IContinue reading “Interrete Bennedictus: The Nobel for the Internet and Centralizing the Information Landscape”

The Rise of Melodrama: Worthy & Unworthy Victims in the Contemporary Discourse

The Ofxord dictonary’s 2018 word of the year was “toxic” and in an age where the term “red flag” is becoming almost as common as the word “the”, the question needs to be put to people the degree to which they’re version of whatever story it is is accurate and to what degree it isContinue reading “The Rise of Melodrama: Worthy & Unworthy Victims in the Contemporary Discourse”

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 ownContinue reading “Scottish Seccession & The End of History”

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 heContinue reading “Is Late-Stage Capitalism a Thing? (Part Two)”

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 manyContinue reading “Religion & Romance”

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 devoidContinue reading “Utopias of Cultural Pancide”

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 socialContinue reading “The Never-Ending War: Will Gender Dynamics Ever Harmonize?”

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 historyContinue reading “Fighting a Dead War: The Fights Over the Won 20th Century Battles”

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 hadContinue reading “Agape & Nihilism: More Life and Times in Charleston, South Carolina”

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 knewContinue reading “Cheap Gaslighting”

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’tContinue reading “Communicating Complexity and Nuance to the Less Educated”

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 hadContinue reading “Safety Versus Eudemonia in Third-Wave Feminism”

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 meContinue reading “Nickleback and the Neurochemistry of Irrational Hatred”

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 RawlsianContinue reading “The Mainstream, The Fringe, and Liberal Pluralism”

The Nausbaumian Intermission: The Brief Attempt at Liberal Eudemonia

While Nausbaum, in her opposition to Rawls, has mostly lost, her program did have a short success and its ultimate failure is the chronology of liberalism’s decline. Nausbaum’s program is for what one Captain Jean-Luc Picard would see as the apotheosis of liberalism. A world of florishing arts, high culture, and the development of humanContinue reading “The Nausbaumian Intermission: The Brief Attempt at Liberal Eudemonia”

Asexuality & Innocence

Perhaps, unsurprisingly, the chief characteristic of asexuals is innocence. I think to the vintage sex ed videos from the 1950s and 60s where a mature narrator starts talking about “changes” during puberty and it is there where the great divorce happens because the difference between an asexual and sexual worldview is one of philosophical, ideological,Continue reading “Asexuality & Innocence”

The Dylann Roof Burger & Utilitarian Ethics

In 2015, when Dylann Roof was arrested, he was controversially given a Burger King burger to eat when he complained about his hunger. I saw nothing wrong with this, it seemed asinine and even slightly cruel. Burger King is not Chick-fil-a or Starbucks, it royally sucks. Yet, the world erupted in indignation. The question, however,Continue reading “The Dylann Roof Burger & Utilitarian Ethics”

Euthanasia & The Left

Legally, I support euthansia. I don’t, generally, believe the coercive force of the state should be used to stop consenting adults doing things and, mostly, I despise, loathe, and hold in the most abysmal circles of contempt the coercive force of the state when used on private citizens. I don’t view what should be legalContinue reading “Euthanasia & The Left”

Shrek: A Retrospective

Is Shrek a good character? Well, I would not consider him to be that, principally, since he is literally a NIMBY. While fairy tales are not about fuedalism, as I have written, including in-universe politics does behoove a story and add to its moral. I have serious problems with Cinderella but not ones feminists tendContinue reading “Shrek: A Retrospective”

Corporal Punishment & Liberalism

Recently, Cassville, Missouri reinstated the paddling of students. Now, I am against this for myriad reasons, obviously. First, the overwhelming consensus of developmental and child psychologists are against it at the same level virologists are supportive of vaccines and climate scientists believe in global warming. It isn’t a question. It has been settled since theContinue reading “Corporal Punishment & Liberalism”

How Woke is Hollywood?

Hollywood is, of course, liberal but is it good at being liberal? No. The entertainment industry has a selection bias, an obvious one. Their education is, mostly, in theater and the arts. Their literary godfather from the interwar years would be Picasso while mine would be Steinbeck. For them, the paragons of the left areContinue reading “How Woke is Hollywood?”

True Crime and Teleology

A while back, in 2018, I was in a philosophical debate with someone basically about Rawls versus Aristotle regarding the hypothetical of a gamer, high functioning heroin addict, with no daylight or culture and whether society should, in the normative, encourage the person to have a fuller life. I said yes and the other personContinue reading “True Crime and Teleology”

Truth & Reconciliation

We live in a very vindictive culture and the peace process of clearing the air in interpersonal relationships is mostly never attempted. In my experience, late millennials and Gen Z, especially, but people generally, are incapable of forgiveness, clearing the air, or any type of kinship or fraternity with people with whom they have hadContinue reading “Truth & Reconciliation”

Robert Moses’ Promised Land: Morals, Ethics, and Empathy in the Geography of Nowhere

I was born in Charleston but was raised, mostly, in its affluent suburb of Mount Pleasant. It was a libertarian dystopia of rich Republicans living an overt life of family-oriented suburbanites and covertly a hypocritical Las Vegas of “what Baptists do when Jesus is too drunk to notice” It was not a place where oneContinue reading “Robert Moses’ Promised Land: Morals, Ethics, and Empathy in the Geography of Nowhere”

Kindness & Politics

Does kindness require politics? I have known many people, especially religious people, who are personally kind but politically the opposite. They will do charity work and help the less fortunate but ulitmately support policies that screw them over. Earlier, I wrote about how people would offer me friendship in my more desperate times but wouldn’tContinue reading “Kindness & Politics”

Purveying Morality in the Public Sphere

How does the public sphere purvey a moral system? The government funds art and it could grant subsidies to artists with positive messages. The obvious, and stupid, Rawlsian retort would be “who chooses what is moral?” Traditional virtues of love, kindness, honesty, humility, grace, mercy, love, education, etc… are not controversial between the major religionsContinue reading “Purveying Morality in the Public Sphere”

Charity versus Justice in Disability Advocacy

First, let’s define both terms. Justice is the rectifying of and atonement for wrongs which does not equate to punitive measures. In the context of disability advocacy, charity is being someone’s friend while justice is standing up to bullies, mediating an apology, and enacting policies or creating social mores which on a broad level changeContinue reading “Charity versus Justice in Disability Advocacy”

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”

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)”

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?”

Is the Democratic Party as Strategically Bad as Stereotyped?

The Democratic Party is lacerated on the left as being feckless and ineffectual. This is, doubtless, true. The basic two reasons are this, their approach to politics is frozen in the 1990s and their infighting. The main divide in American politics is urban/rural while they still imagine it as regional but an urban Southerner isContinue reading “Is the Democratic Party as Strategically Bad as Stereotyped?”

Nobody Deserves Anything: The Menu of Punishment or Atonement

The very concept of punishment is primitive and stupid. When I was in my high school gay-straight alliance, there was a general push for anti-bullying policies and, despite my being the victim of worse bullying than most of them, I would never have wanted to press charges in the school conduct system, much less, legally.Continue reading “Nobody Deserves Anything: The Menu of Punishment or Atonement”

Philosophical Pragmatism

I have many labels for my philosophies, deontogological, utilitarian, virtue ethicist, ethical intuitionist, and so forth. Those are all true and more than those are true. Yet, the etiology of my philosophies is, in large part, pragmatic. Pragmatism was once the great American philosophy. Now, I’m very much against moral relativism but everything that servesContinue reading “Philosophical Pragmatism”

They Want to be Lied To: The Impluasibility of Political Honesty

I work in local politics and there are many reasons politicians are dishonest, some of which I have covered on this blog. However, one is unavoidable. The public wants to be lied to. I work in political communications and can honestly say that consituents do not want an honest politician representing them, for the mostContinue reading “They Want to be Lied To: The Impluasibility of Political Honesty”

The Apollonian & Dionysian: Abbie Hoffman versus James Dean

The two ultimate American rebels represent the Apollonian and Dionysian. Both men were into sex, drugs, and rock and roll yet that difference is superficial. Ultimately, Abbie Hoffman advocated a life of altruism and self-denial while James Dean represented hedonistic rednecks who held no such belliefs. The ideologies to which Abbie Hoffman subscribed were thoseContinue reading “The Apollonian & Dionysian: Abbie Hoffman versus James Dean”

The Right to Hatred

In a liberal society people have the right to hate one another but if this right is exercised too much then liberal society becomes impossible. I’m not speaking about just ethnic, religious, or sectarian hatred but interpersonal hatred, as well. I’m a Swiftie (albeit not a hardcore one), as said in earlier blogs, and theContinue reading “The Right to Hatred”

Is Barbie Woke?

Greenwashing Toxic Fantasies in the Media At one of the war fronts of third-wave feminism is Barbie Roberts, a woman who did not have a surname until well into this century and if that surname is an indication of her ethnic heritage, she’s a Scot like myself. Canonically, she has been many things but MattelContinue reading “Is Barbie Woke?”

The Banal Stupidity of Small-Time Political Corruption

When corruption is imagined, it is imagined as something romantic and sophisticated. Having worked in local politics, the most common form of corruption is anything but. It isn’t Richard Nixon or Frank Underwood or ties to the mafia. In short, corruption in local politics is much dumber and, more or less, in the open. TheyContinue reading “The Banal Stupidity of Small-Time Political Corruption”

The Death of Style

If social progress over the past many decades has done anything to aesthetic culture, it has eroded it from something romantic into something utilitarian, and not in the Millsian sense. It used to be that hedonism meant Lord Byron or what Meatloaf lamented in the song “Bless my soul” in The Rocky Horror Picture ShowContinue reading “The Death of Style”

Rawls & Disability

John Rawls’ principal aim was to design a perfect liberalism. In doing so, he undermined liberalism in many ways, and in one particular area he failed to even protect interest groups directly with his philosophy. The prejudice experienced by people with disabilities is like high school prejudice well into adulthood. The average adult would neverContinue reading “Rawls & Disability”

Intllectual Hedonism

The story of the end of liberal democracy is one of the decline of shame and honor. Liberal democracy requires the graceful and chivalrous accepting of defeat. We live in an age where people increasingly end relationships through ghosting and over ever smaller causes. The filibuster and abandonment have existed for a long time butContinue reading “Intllectual Hedonism”

Philosophical Stampede Trail: The Moral Relationship of the Apollonian and Dyonisian

Philosophical Stampede Trail is a great place to be because it is the easiest answer to every question. One need not ponder much business ethics or relationship boundaries because capitalism and dating are far beneath you. It is the reason Christianity is a harder religion than Buddhism. Eternal existence as a Heavenly society is aContinue reading “Philosophical Stampede Trail: The Moral Relationship of the Apollonian and Dyonisian”

Dogwhistles and Karens: A Kinder, Gentler, Sadism

When talking about prejudice, for the most part, one must have explicit and gory stories or evidence of maltreatment for people to take it seriously. Luckily, I have that. Yet, it doesn’t cover the overwhelming majority of the inhumanity I have endured. Most of the overt bullying was “circus monkey” bullying for which my bulliesContinue reading “Dogwhistles and Karens: A Kinder, Gentler, Sadism”

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