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”

In His Mother’s Basement: Failure and Moral Judgment

In my studies of moral judgment, what and who people think are moral seldom comports with what is actually moral. The title of this piece refers to the common trope that losers get what they deserve as if there is some great moral justice that is awarded to people on Earth. If someone is downContinue reading “In His Mother’s Basement: Failure and Moral Judgment”

Social Media & Moral Judgment

Before on this blog, I have detailed ideas about moral thinking and I’ve written about social media but how does one affect the other. In many ways, of course. The worst thing about social media is that it amplifies everything wrong with the regular media. The stories for which “If it bleeds, it leads” appliesContinue reading “Social Media & Moral Judgment”

Postmodernism and Power: The Politics of Reality and its Manipulation

When I talk about the bullying I experienced for being autistic, people tend to take the wrong things away from what the worst parts of it were. The worst parts of it were not being urinated on or even being groped. Those were actually some of the least worst parts of my being bullied because,Continue reading “Postmodernism and Power: The Politics of Reality and its Manipulation”

#Free Britney: A Rational Perspective

I don’t care about celebrity culture and I have no parasocial relationships. I did not watch The New York Times documentary “Framing Britney Spears”. Which is not to say I don’t care about Britany Spears. I care about her. She’s my sister in the human family and I love her deeply for that. Am IContinue reading “#Free Britney: A Rational Perspective”

Autism Advocacy: Was This My First Choice in Politics?

The answer to that question is no. My first major foray into politics was the Obama campaign in 2008 and my first major protest was Occupy Wall Street in 2011. Neither of those concerned themselves, in any significant capacity, with disability rights. My views on the anti-bullying movement back then were cynical because while IContinue reading “Autism Advocacy: Was This My First Choice in Politics?”

Screwing Our Next Environment: Environmental Issues of Space Colonization

Whenever humans set foot in a parcel of nature, they set forth to destroy it as much as possible. That has been the way of our species for most of its history and as we begin to settle space some of the most enthusiastic minds have dreamt up ways that we could do just that.Continue reading “Screwing Our Next Environment: Environmental Issues of Space Colonization”

Populism & Civil Liberties

While civil liberties are associated with democracy, the public doesn’t like their existence. Civil liberties are based on a universal love that people are quite averse to. The natural rights posited by enlightenment individualism may not include among them the right to be loved or some minimal agape everyone is duty-bound to have for everyoneContinue reading “Populism & Civil Liberties”

Advocacy and Self-Pity: How to Avoid the Latter While Doing the Former

                As an extrovert with an expertise in communications and politics, it is a civic duty that I represent my people and my best utilities to do that include my own personal experiences and using them means telling sob stories from my personal history. In doing so, I feel less emotional about them than I’mContinue reading “Advocacy and Self-Pity: How to Avoid the Latter While Doing the Former”

The Rules: Liability, Paranoia, and the Death of Informality

The greatest impediment to my personal success has been the rules. I’m not a delinquent, not even close. I’ve never touched alcohol, recreational drugs, tobacco, been in a fight, shoplifted, had my first kiss, I don’t even have a tattoo, and so on. I have never been the type of person whom the rules shouldContinue reading “The Rules: Liability, Paranoia, and the Death of Informality”