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 (Part II)

The Right to Hatred (Part I): Liberalism died not only in terms of the classical liberalism of Locke, Rawls, civil liberties, individualism, and democracy but also in the diplomatic sense. In international politics the two primary paradigms through which diplomacy is conducted are liberalism and realism. The former believes cooperation and agreed upon rules workContinue reading “The Right to Hatred (Part II)”

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”

Mental Health & Liberalism

In Francis Fukuyama’s 1989 essay “The End of History”, he expounded that history ended in 1806 with the defeat of the Holy Roman Empire by Napoleon at the Battle of Jena. His reasoning was that this was the moment Enlightenment ideas in politics had crossed the point of no return and would remain the foundationContinue reading “Mental Health & Liberalism”

The College and Mental Health

By, Jackson Hamilton ​To my name, I claim 135 college credits at the College of Charleston. To graduate, I would need 122. The reason for the difference is largely owing to a myriad of factors but all summing up to say that the college’s mental health infrastructure is sorely lacking. I am autistic and, additionally, ADHD,Continue reading “The College and Mental Health”

A Story of Obviousness

My surname is Hamilton and I live on the political left so I feel compelled to address the widespread criticism over Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights” movie. It was criticized for being colorist and not casting darker-skinned hispanics in the lead roles. It was so bad that Lin-Manuel Miranda issued an apology. It’s quite ironicContinue reading “A Story of Obviousness”

The Politics of Moral Purity: How Political Moral Purity Leads to Postmodernist Approachs to Truth

A lot has been said about how authorities coddle Gen Z and Millennials and how this generation has not learned how to tolerate the mildest forms of being offended and being made uncomfortable. I would agree, in part, but the issue is not so much that the adults taught them that they were special andContinue reading “The Politics of Moral Purity: How Political Moral Purity Leads to Postmodernist Approachs to Truth”

Autism Advocacy: Was This My First Choice in Politics?

The answer to that question is no. My first major foray into politics was the Obama campaign in 2008 and my first major protest was Occupy Wall Street in 2011. Neither of those concerned themselves, in any significant capacity, with disability rights. My views on the anti-bullying movement back then were cynical because while IContinue reading “Autism Advocacy: Was This My First Choice in Politics?”

Advocacy and Self-Pity: How to Avoid the Latter While Doing the Former

                As an extrovert with an expertise in communications and politics, it is a civic duty that I represent my people and my best utilities to do that include my own personal experiences and using them means telling sob stories from my personal history. In doing so, I feel less emotional about them than I’mContinue reading “Advocacy and Self-Pity: How to Avoid the Latter While Doing the Former”