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”

Reporting Fees: An Idea for Police Reform

As a member of Black Lives Matter, one of the greatest problems faced are nonviolent, nonsexual, incidents being handled by the police. While I ultimately support replacing the institution of the police with a form of social work, that is far off. Let it be granted that nonviolent and nonsexual incidents should often be reportedContinue reading “Reporting Fees: An Idea for Police Reform”

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 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 New Left, The Mainstream Left, and The Far Left

I am a member of the left and I write about the left on this blog very much but the left is hardly a monolith. The part of the left to which I belong is The New Left; the tradition of the SDS, the Yippies, and the political hippies. The New Left was not allContinue reading “The New Left, The Mainstream Left, and The Far Left”

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”