Domestic Abuse & Police Abolition

To begin, we must cover the problems with intervening in instances of domestic abuse because the reason so much of it goes unanswered for is messy and stupid. The public is not the best gage of who is dangerous and who is not. Their verdict falls along the lines of their cognitive biases and rationalizations.Continue reading “Domestic Abuse & Police Abolition”

Is Late-Stage Capitalism a Thing? (Part Two)

https://jacksonhamiltonivs.org/2022/09/18/is-late-stage-capitalism-a-thing-part-one/ The great shift between Regionalist-Institutional Liberalism and Rawlsian-Consumerist Liberalism was largely a revolution without revolutionaries. It was organic, more than anything else. To be fair, social movements played a major role but those movements were not trying to establish the system that ended up happening. Rawls did not invent Rawlsianism as much as heContinue reading “Is Late-Stage Capitalism a Thing? (Part Two)”

The Philosophy to End All Philosophy

That does not refer to a philosophy so comprehensive that it is the final evolution in human progress but a philosophy that would make philosophical evolution impossible. I, as I have many times before, am bashing Rawls. This time with his approach to education and being educated. The world of smart people is a strangeContinue reading “The Philosophy to End All Philosophy”

Fighting a Dead War: The Fights Over the Won 20th Century Battles

Something very significant happened at the end of history. Now, Fukuyama’s end of history was not the actual end of history but the end of the Cold War and the universilazation of liberal principles in the late 20th century were about as big of a historical shift as one could get. Fukuyama’s end of historyContinue reading “Fighting a Dead War: The Fights Over the Won 20th Century Battles”

The New Left, The Mainstream Left, and The Far Left

I am a member of the left and I write about the left on this blog very much but the left is hardly a monolith. The part of the left to which I belong is The New Left; the tradition of the SDS, the Yippies, and the political hippies. The New Left was not allContinue reading “The New Left, The Mainstream Left, and The Far Left”

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”

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?”

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”

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”