The Literati: They Fought Happy Endings, Won, and Got Retardation

If there is any group on the left I disdain, it would be the elites of the avant—garde. The pseudo-intellectuals whose membership on the political left is a source of snobbish pride over the less educated and less culturally literate. A snobbish pride is merited on deeper ethical issues, members of the left should laudContinue reading “The Literati: They Fought Happy Endings, Won, and Got Retardation”

If it Bleeds It Leads: The Anatomy of Click-Bait

Of the trends of the past decade, one of the more noticeable is the public having access to everything they have ever wanted in terms of media consumption. The typical person is not more mature at media selection than the typical eight-year-old is at snack selection. I haven’t touched Cheetos since I hit puberty but,Continue reading “If it Bleeds It Leads: The Anatomy of Click-Bait”

The Core of Political Morality

Having spent most of my adolescent and nascent adult life in politics,  I have seen and commented on, including on this website, the tribalism and rancor both in the field of politics and outside of the field which, given the ubiquity of the politics, it doubtless influences. Yet, politics is a moral vocation for manyContinue reading “The Core of Political Morality”

Morality 101: What do Modern People Believe?

Of the spheres to examine in contemporary culture, one of the more fascinating is from where ethics are derived and what those ethics are. In the bio section of my website, I succinctly spell out that I am first a virtue ethicist, second, a deontologist, and third, a utilitarian. Aristotle, then Kant, then Mill. IfContinue reading “Morality 101: What do Modern People Believe?”

The Internet is Suburbia, Except Worse

As a social scientist, one of my focusses of study has been social and physical infrastructure and how those affect human psychology and sociology. Specifically, one of my greater fixations is on the many facets of urban planning and how the design of the systems and topography within a human environment affects the people withinContinue reading “The Internet is Suburbia, Except Worse”

Being Seen as Retarded: The Problems of the Conflation of Both Ends of the Spectrum

There is an entire political movement on the high end of the spectrum and the primary aim of that movement, more than anything, is to delineate us from the low end of the spectrum. If Autism Speaks, renamed itself, Low Autism Speaks, then they wouldn’t offend the large number of autistic people who currently loatheContinue reading “Being Seen as Retarded: The Problems of the Conflation of Both Ends of the Spectrum”

What Did We Learn From Biden?

                Biden is faring better in the polls than Hillary did at the same time in 2016. Bernie fared better. What does this say about Trump’s weaknesses. What is says is that Hillary’s greatest weakness was a lack of ability perceived authenticity. Biden, for all his faults, and Bernie for all his, share the traitContinue reading “What Did We Learn From Biden?”

The Almighty NIMBY: The Micro-Populists That Destroy Life

                As a political activist, I have to recognize that people’s lives are most affected by their immediate surroundings and that means local politics. Yet, local politics is a very difficult arena to make a change in primarily due to a single factor, NIMBYs. The term NIMBY means not-in-my-backyard. Effectively, they oppose any change toContinue reading “The Almighty NIMBY: The Micro-Populists That Destroy Life”

The Los Angeles of Politics: Become an Intern and You Might Get Discovered by a Politician

Unlike Los Angeles, Washington DC is a city of angels. As cynical as the public is of people who enter politics, a lot of the people who go into the profession are in it for the right reasons and a lot of them remain for the right reasons. Undoubtedly, they’ll compromise because they have to,Continue reading “The Los Angeles of Politics: Become an Intern and You Might Get Discovered by a Politician”

Sadistic Pedophilia in the Deep South

There are, undoubtedly, few phrases better used as click-bait than that one. I extend my gratitude to the gullible consumers whose eyes watered at the sight of that headline. When debates about corporal punishment occur, they occur without science and without a full grasp of what the situation is. To my logical Asperger’s mind, theContinue reading “Sadistic Pedophilia in the Deep South”