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”

Truth & Reconciliation

We live in a very vindictive culture and the peace process of clearing the air in interpersonal relationships is mostly never attempted. In my experience, late millennials and Gen Z, especially, but people generally, are incapable of forgiveness, clearing the air, or any type of kinship or fraternity with people with whom they have hadContinue reading “Truth & Reconciliation”

Trying to Making Rawls Work

They lost community and cleaned up the mess with mass incerceration. If the late 20th century proved anything, it was that the decline in community and character led to social decay. This decay was not, as Pat Buchannan or Ronald Reagan would put it, the fault of the New Left and the hippies. At least,Continue reading “Trying to Making Rawls Work”

Robert Moses’ Promised Land: Morals, Ethics, and Empathy in the Geography of Nowhere

I was born in Charleston but was raised, mostly, in its affluent suburb of Mount Pleasant. It was a libertarian dystopia of rich Republicans living an overt life of family-oriented suburbanites and covertly a hypocritical Las Vegas of “what Baptists do when Jesus is too drunk to notice” It was not a place where oneContinue reading “Robert Moses’ Promised Land: Morals, Ethics, and Empathy in the Geography of Nowhere”

Kindness & Politics

Does kindness require politics? I have known many people, especially religious people, who are personally kind but politically the opposite. They will do charity work and help the less fortunate but ulitmately support policies that screw them over. Earlier, I wrote about how people would offer me friendship in my more desperate times but wouldn’tContinue reading “Kindness & Politics”

Prosecuting Justice for Mistreatment of the Disabled

Firstly, let us talk about the aim of “prosecuting” mistreatment of the disabled. It is not to exact revenge on the “bullies” and if that were the aim a lot less justice would be done for the reason they need to cooperate with the process as opposed to fighting it. It is impossible to resolveContinue reading “Prosecuting Justice for Mistreatment of the Disabled”

Martyrdom, Love, and Fear

In my recent article “Flirting on the Spectrum”, I write about how awkwardness can lead to false red flags and how the world being at DEFCON ONE prevents romance. I have never had that type of fear and it isn’t just because I’m male but because I am not that afraid of death or harmContinue reading “Martyrdom, Love, and Fear”

Purveying Morality in the Public Sphere

How does the public sphere purvey a moral system? The government funds art and it could grant subsidies to artists with positive messages. The obvious, and stupid, Rawlsian retort would be “who chooses what is moral?” Traditional virtues of love, kindness, honesty, humility, grace, mercy, love, education, etc… are not controversial between the major religionsContinue reading “Purveying Morality in the Public Sphere”

Flirting on the Spectrum

My approach to flirting is… I don’t, I just talk to people near me about whatever I think will interest them enough to talk to me. The world of romance, sex, and dating is something adults who adult do and getting anywhere close to it in conversation elicits a nervousness in me that the otherContinue reading “Flirting on the Spectrum”