God & The Hegelian Dialectic

Unlike most of the major enlightenment philosophers, Hegel was a deeply Christian man. His theory on the progression of society through ideas which is the dominant and I, believe, true description of social progress. The presence of God in history is a topic I would deign not cover as it ventures out of the realmContinue reading “God & The Hegelian Dialectic”

Charity versus Justice in Disability Advocacy

First, let’s define both terms. Justice is the rectifying of and atonement for wrongs which does not equate to punitive measures. In the context of disability advocacy, charity is being someone’s friend while justice is standing up to bullies, mediating an apology, and enacting policies or creating social mores which on a broad level changeContinue reading “Charity versus Justice in Disability Advocacy”

Are Fashion Rules a System of Normative Ethics?

Being on the spectrum, there is one form of hatred that trumps all others for my people: shaming. Minor social mistakes lead to major moral panics. Every time a publication like Cosmo or something like it invents rules that establish normative good for the culture or one or more subcultures it places truly good peopleContinue reading “Are Fashion Rules a System of Normative Ethics?”

Bernie Sanders is not a Hippie

I worked on the Bernie Sanders campaign but I have major issues with the Bernie movement. They are the same issues I have with much of the left. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez is not a hero of mine but she would be one if she dressed up like Victorian heriess, speaking with a fake posh southern EnglishContinue reading “Bernie Sanders is not a Hippie”

Foucault and Asexuality

I thoroughly dislike Foucault but there are elements of his philosophy that I do subscribe to. This article is going to focus on his ideas on the social construction of sexual orientation. Now, sexual orientation is not socially constructed. The categories of hetero, homo, an a sexual are social constructs but not the orientations, themselves.Continue reading “Foucault and Asexuality”

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”

A Look Back at Twilight, Philosophically

During the criticism of the Twilight Saga over a decade ago, one criticism was remarkably absent. The critics focussed on literary quallity but that’s purely subjective and I am against trashing the honest effort of a writer who invested energy and pride into their work. Stephanie Meyer did not earn my cynicism for her low-qualityContinue reading “A Look Back at Twilight, Philosophically”

The Right to Hatred (Part III)

A while back, I wrote a piece on this blog entitled “The Demon-Haunted World” with the banner photo being of Nancy Grace. The principal psychological issue with True Crime is that it is rage porn. It stereotypes a class of people, criminals, as serial killers and pedophiles and leads to increased support for capital punishmentContinue reading “The Right to Hatred (Part III)”

Boundaries in a Wasteland

People with disabilities often don’t live in the metaphhorical troposphere. That is the world of dating, drama, gossip, parties, substance use, and, generally, the sweaty, dark, and blackllit world adults are stereotyped as living in. For many, it is a world of long periods of silence broken by the occasional oasis of a platonic coffeeContinue reading “Boundaries in a Wasteland”

Nobody Deserves Anything: The Menu of Punishment or Atonement

The very concept of punishment is primitive and stupid. When I was in my high school gay-straight alliance, there was a general push for anti-bullying policies and, despite my being the victim of worse bullying than most of them, I would never have wanted to press charges in the school conduct system, much less, legally.Continue reading “Nobody Deserves Anything: The Menu of Punishment or Atonement”