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”

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 andContinue reading “Cosmopolitian, 4Chan, and the Doctrine of the Mean”

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”

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”

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 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”

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?”

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”

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”

Local Political Corruption, Part II

The public is a poor judge of character and it isn’t difficult for a sociopath to pass as a saint. Working in local politics, I can attest that it is fairly easy to make people think you’re a good person. First, being handsome helps a lot. The public is pretty stupid, like that. They trustContinue reading “Local Political Corruption, Part II”