Category: Politics

Rhetoric, Politics

Gloria Steinem is an Idiot

Steinem argued in the 1980s that opposing abortion is actually a secret form of Nazism, and she repeats the argument in an interview below: Well, the new generation of reader is instructing me by saying that these essays are still relevant …. on a more serious note, to put it mildly, is why Hitler was …

Culture, Philosophy, Politics

The Parody of Modern Conservative Ideology

Conservatives rarely conserve anything. This is well known. What they like to do is make conservative cases for making society worse. For instance: henever you find an article that begins with the title, “The Conservative Case” for or against something, lock your door, check your wallet, and grab your gun. You know what’s coming is an …

Rhetoric, Education, Philosophy, Politics

Laugh Tracks

I don’t watch the Big Bang Theory and I intentionally don’t watch shows with laugh tracks. BBT has a laugh track and I just decided to watch a bit of it without the laugh track: Very little to none of that is funny. But why are there laugh tracks? Well, they work. People laugh out …

Metaphysics, Christianity, Philosophy, Politics

“Natural” Atheism

The ever-interesting Bruce Charlton explains why people are “naturally atheists.” The fact that all modern public discourse excludes the divine. As a modern child grows up, he becomes socialised, he becomes trained in modern public discourse of many kinds: school work, everything to do with the mass media, sports, pastimes, hobbies… and all of these exclude …

Ethics, Philosophy, Politics

Socrates and Friendship

Socrates was so useful in all circumstances and in all ways, that any observer gifted with ordinary perception can see that nothing was more useful than the companionship of Socrates, and time spent with him in any place and in any circumstances. The very recollection of him in absence brought no small good to his …

Music, Culture, Parenting, Philosophy, Politics

Taylor Swift: Great American Philosopher

I read a great quote in a meme. So I decided to find its source. It had a philosopher’s touch: Live your life like you’re 80 looking back on your teenage years. You know if your dad calls you at eight in the morning and asks if you want to go to breakfast? As a …

Rhetoric, Culture, Education, Politics

On making America great again

Together we will make America Great Again, better than ever before. This political slogan is usually viewed as either a Nazi bigot’s racist screed against all truth and goodness or as an aspiration to be achieved in the unholy walls and halls of DC. It’s a phrase and sentiment that is not unique to Trump …

Philosophy, Politics

Gloria Steinem and Moral Insanity

For Thomas Aquinas, sanity was one’s intellectual capacity to grasp first principles and reason from them.  For the ancient Hebrews, killing children for fertility is Molech worship. For Gloria Steinem, neither of those are a negative: “Are you kidding me? Listen, what causes climate deprivation is population. If we had not been systematically forcing women …

Culture, Politics, Uncategorized

Journalism: A lost art?

I was looking up some of Will Gervais’ recent work on atheism (has in the past published on why even atheists dislike athiests, heh). One of the articles that popped up was a salon article about his recent work about the apparent prevalence of atheism in the United States. In the final paragraph the author …

Bible, Politics

When you use the Bible politically

I saw the article below: One of the most amusing elements of the last few years has been watching the political left and theological left, both of which find themselves appalled by the actual content of the Bible, try to use the Bible politically. Now, the right does it in its own unproductive way. But …