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 ostensibleContinue reading “The Life of Brian Versus The World”

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”

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 righteouslyContinue reading “Tactical Empathy: The First Rule in Diplomacy”

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”

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, itContinue reading “Is Late-Stage Capitalism a Thing? (Part One)”

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 affectContinue reading “Physical Attractiveness & Liberal Democracy”

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”

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”

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 humanContinue reading “The Morals and Ethics of The Rerecordings”