Maximum Positivity & Ethical Intuitionism

When determining what positions I hold, one question I ask myself is whether I look like the bad guy in history and whether my position aligns with the direction of human progress. Barack Obama supports capital punishment and I do not for many reasons but it is curious for a man as rounded as himselfContinue reading “Maximum Positivity & Ethical Intuitionism”

How Should Social Media be Reformed

While there are minor reforms that I could discuss such as forcing feeds to be integrated like happened with email in the 1990s, before which Compuserve, Prodigy, Interland, the like had seperate services and one could not recieve an email from another email service. My birth was blogged by my father on Prodigy but itContinue reading “How Should Social Media be Reformed”

Pseudocreepiness Versus Creepiness

The term “creep” has major issues. Foremost among them, a word that subjective can’t be as lethal as it is. The same adjective applied to an awkward teenager should not be used for a child molester. Many women do not consider the character of Christian Grey to be creepy but a guy talking to themContinue reading “Pseudocreepiness Versus Creepiness”

Shrek: A Retrospective

Is Shrek a good character? Well, I would not consider him to be that, principally, since he is literally a NIMBY. While fairy tales are not about fuedalism, as I have written, including in-universe politics does behoove a story and add to its moral. I have serious problems with Cinderella but not ones feminists tendContinue reading “Shrek: A Retrospective”

Identity Politics & Human Dignity

Identity politics tends to be shallow and myopic. They are far from concerned with a post-Rawlsian or pre-Rawlsian idea of human dignity and eudemonia. They tend to be overwhelmingly single-issue and also don’t give much thought to collateral effects. When I was in the Gay-Straight Alliance of my high school, for example, I was theContinue reading “Identity Politics & Human Dignity”

Corporal Punishment & Liberalism

Recently, Cassville, Missouri reinstated the paddling of students. Now, I am against this for myriad reasons, obviously. First, the overwhelming consensus of developmental and child psychologists are against it at the same level virologists are supportive of vaccines and climate scientists believe in global warming. It isn’t a question. It has been settled since theContinue reading “Corporal Punishment & Liberalism”

Bureaucratic Catastrophe

My alma mater, the College of Charleston, was the site of an utter disaster. It had a homelessness crisis, a substance abuse crisis, a mental health crisis, a food insecurity crisis, and the administrators were feckless. I did, publicly, call for the Dean of Students to be fired once and I stand by that. SheContinue reading “Bureaucratic Catastrophe”

The Price of Universal Deceit

It would be impossible to live by Kant’s strict code of honesty. Lying, according to him, sets a precedent that everyone would potentially follow and if everybody lied then no one could trust each other. To say nothing about the lack of psychological science backing that up, it would lead to mass metaphorical crucifixions. Likely,Continue reading “The Price of Universal Deceit”

How Woke is Hollywood?

Hollywood is, of course, liberal but is it good at being liberal? No. The entertainment industry has a selection bias, an obvious one. Their education is, mostly, in theater and the arts. Their literary godfather from the interwar years would be Picasso while mine would be Steinbeck. For them, the paragons of the left areContinue reading “How Woke is Hollywood?”

True Crime and Teleology

A while back, in 2018, I was in a philosophical debate with someone basically about Rawls versus Aristotle regarding the hypothetical of a gamer, high functioning heroin addict, with no daylight or culture and whether society should, in the normative, encourage the person to have a fuller life. I said yes and the other personContinue reading “True Crime and Teleology”