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”

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)”

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”

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”

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 toContinue reading “On the Professor Uju Tweet”

Judging Historical Figures

As an author of historical fiction and historian, the question of how to juxtapose historical figures against my ethics is common. Now, the first way I judge historical figures is by their own standards. That is whether and to what degree they were hypocrites. The next way I judge figures is whether or not theirContinue reading “Judging Historical Figures”

The Philosophy of History

I majored in history and one question that comes up in intro history classes is “What is history?” My answer to what history is derived from Hegel and Parfit. It is the process by which paradigms evolve. It is normal becoming strange and a new normal replacing it. It is the unthinkable becoming unthinkable toContinue reading “The Philosophy of History”

The Consequences of Perpetual Revolution

There are many reasons for the mistrust of institutions in recent years, one in particular that I’ll focus on for this piece is that of authority being the villains in every social struggle in the past few centuries. Social analysis tends to be more restricted in the timescales it considers yet I think we haveContinue reading “The Consequences of Perpetual Revolution”