John Smith Hits Rock Bottom: The World of Universal Celebrity

I have a relative disdain for celebrity culture but, in recent years, as celebrities have not only become political but Hollywood has become another branch of government. Selena Gomez is effectively a US senator along with ever other A-list celebrity. While the nature if celebrity has changed in the recent cultural shift, the condition ofContinue reading “John Smith Hits Rock Bottom: The World of Universal Celebrity”

Reticence: The Anglo-American Suppression of Emotion

One of the sad facts of our culture is that expressions of emotion are likely to viewed with derision or fear or, when not dangerous, get the cops called or HR involved. Sorrow, laughter, anger, joy, longing, and many more are feared when manifested outside the confines of a therapist’s office. Last time I criedContinue reading “Reticence: The Anglo-American Suppression of Emotion”

Losing a Pity Contest: The Shamelessness of Glamorized Tragedy

            Whenever I talk about my past, I don’t feel sorry for myself and I try to not sell myself as a sob story. Which is a lot of the reason I try to use humor when talking about it. Alas, in a capitalistic society where pity can get many forms of capital, I haveContinue reading “Losing a Pity Contest: The Shamelessness of Glamorized Tragedy”

Survival on the Spectrum: The Long, Uncertain, Road to Adulthood

                So far, I’ve written a lot about all of the obstacles an autistic person must endure. You’re coming from Syria and the xenophobes and racists do not want you. The obstacles they put in place to keep you from succeeding are too many to count. There is no affirmative action, few accommodations, and fewContinue reading “Survival on the Spectrum: The Long, Uncertain, Road to Adulthood”

John Rawls & Early Childhood Development

Having spent a lot of time in Special Ed and currently working on disability issues and also having done lots of sociology and political science, I spent a lot of time thinking about how those fields intersect. One of the places they intersect is in the area of childhood neglect which has serious negative consequencesContinue reading “John Rawls & Early Childhood Development”

Novel Uses of Comedy: A Means of Dousing Flame Wars, Online Vigilantism, and Stopping Cyberbullying

As I have written elsewhere on this website, humor and comedy are one of best and most effective means of reducing hatred, increasing civility, and facilitating forgiveness of opponents. My last blog, the one of the Daily Kos, was banned for having a joke account and having a joke account was one of the biggestContinue reading “Novel Uses of Comedy: A Means of Dousing Flame Wars, Online Vigilantism, and Stopping Cyberbullying”

The Passions and the Prefrontal Cortex in Politics

                Antagonism in politics is an issue that has plagued the discipline since it first arose. Throughout history, to what degree we should empathize with our opponents has been controversial. Furthermore, to what degree emotion should be balanced with science is also. These are very related issues since without the balance of science, the humanContinue reading “The Passions and the Prefrontal Cortex in Politics”

Adult Proms: A Way to Increase Dating Rates and More Fun Things

It has been reacted to as a crisis in the media that dating rates are down. It’s not a crisis. Yet, the pundits react to any change as a crisis. When the birth rates were going up, there was a panic about overpopulation and when the birth rates began to reverse the pundits, again, panickedContinue reading “Adult Proms: A Way to Increase Dating Rates and More Fun Things”

Should We Bring Period Fashion Back? Yes! And Other Things.

As an adult, I am saddened by the fact that preschoolers can dress like princesses and not be judged for it and even wear it to school but adults invariably wear normal clothing almost every day. I am not saying that people dress in Halloween-type costumes where they are a character but I am sayingContinue reading “Should We Bring Period Fashion Back? Yes! And Other Things.”

The Case for Monarchy: From a Democratic Socialist

Today is the Queen’s official birthday and as I am an ardent supporter of the monarchy, I mention it. Not only am I a supporter of the British monarchy but am a supporter of monarchy, generally. In part, it is my vintage romantic and preschool heart that adores royalty. I am rare among socialists forContinue reading “The Case for Monarchy: From a Democratic Socialist”