The Apollonian & Dionysian: Abbie Hoffman versus James Dean

The two ultimate American rebels represent the Apollonian and Dionysian. Both men were into sex, drugs, and rock and roll yet that difference is superficial. Ultimately, Abbie Hoffman advocated a life of altruism and self-denial while James Dean represented hedonistic rednecks who held no such belliefs. The ideologies to which Abbie Hoffman subscribed were thoseContinue reading “The Apollonian & Dionysian: Abbie Hoffman versus James Dean”

The Right to Hatred (Part II)

The Right to Hatred (Part I): Liberalism died not only in terms of the classical liberalism of Locke, Rawls, civil liberties, individualism, and democracy but also in the diplomatic sense. In international politics the two primary paradigms through which diplomacy is conducted are liberalism and realism. The former believes cooperation and agreed upon rules workContinue reading “The Right to Hatred (Part II)”

The Right to Hatred

In a liberal society people have the right to hate one another but if this right is exercised too much then liberal society becomes impossible. I’m not speaking about just ethnic, religious, or sectarian hatred but interpersonal hatred, as well. I’m a Swiftie (albeit not a hardcore one), as said in earlier blogs, and theContinue reading “The Right to Hatred”

The Death of Style

If social progress over the past many decades has done anything to aesthetic culture, it has eroded it from something romantic into something utilitarian, and not in the Millsian sense. It used to be that hedonism meant Lord Byron or what Meatloaf lamented in the song “Bless my soul” in The Rocky Horror Picture ShowContinue reading “The Death of Style”

Rawls & Disability

John Rawls’ principal aim was to design a perfect liberalism. In doing so, he undermined liberalism in many ways, and in one particular area he failed to even protect interest groups directly with his philosophy. The prejudice experienced by people with disabilities is like high school prejudice well into adulthood. The average adult would neverContinue reading “Rawls & Disability”

Philosophical Stampede Trail: The Moral Relationship of the Apollonian and Dyonisian

Philosophical Stampede Trail is a great place to be because it is the easiest answer to every question. One need not ponder much business ethics or relationship boundaries because capitalism and dating are far beneath you. It is the reason Christianity is a harder religion than Buddhism. Eternal existence as a Heavenly society is aContinue reading “Philosophical Stampede Trail: The Moral Relationship of the Apollonian and Dyonisian”

There Are No Poets in This War

For all of the human suffering and depraved human folly involved in waging the Vietnam war, it is reputed to have had the best soudtrack of any tregady in history. Most of Classic Rock was a direct or indirect result of the anti-war movement. The current crisis, however, lacks much of a soundtrack or evenContinue reading “There Are No Poets in This War”

Mental Health & Liberalism

In Francis Fukuyama’s 1989 essay “The End of History”, he expounded that history ended in 1806 with the defeat of the Holy Roman Empire by Napoleon at the Battle of Jena. His reasoning was that this was the moment Enlightenment ideas in politics had crossed the point of no return and would remain the foundationContinue reading “Mental Health & Liberalism”

Autism & Empathy

One commonly cited symptom of autism is our apparent lack of empathy. It conveys the idea that we’re hard, STEM-oriented, robots without the capacity for human connection. The fact is, while there are large portions of the autistic population who don’t compensate for their low oxytocin and other sympathetic neurochemical levels with other means ofContinue reading “Autism & Empathy”

Anatomy of a Failed State: The Entropic Death of Society

Without question, I come from the political left but my primary concern in politics is not whether my side wins or whether other ideas and people gain more. That’s a concern. When I work for Democratic candidates, I try to do my best to ensure the best position for the party. Yet, the game ofContinue reading “Anatomy of a Failed State: The Entropic Death of Society”