In light of the sympathetic pleasantries that Kanye West has been tweeting about Donald Trump and the tacit racist dog-whistles of the Trump administration political agenda, it seems counterintuitive that a black man would openly support Donald Trump. So the question I will attempt to ask is: Is Kanye black? The prima facie account … Continue reading Is Kanye Black?
In the 1960’s, the French social critic Guy Debord inscribed his magnum opus The Society of the Spectacle, where he argued in Wittgenstein fashion that capitalism — as it was in the 1960’s — impressed upon the world a shift from a society that seeks to ‘have’ to a society that seeks to ‘appear to … Continue reading On the Violence of Social Media
1— Introduction The majority of political discourse on the national stage — with varying degrees of philosophical and rhetorical decorum — is evident that the question of public education is a matter of contention and debate. There have been countless efforts in the last few decades to prop up the american education system and notwithstanding … Continue reading On The Efficacy of Education Reform
1— “And that’s the way it is.” A totally emo hedge-fund manager, a dead Syrian boy and the Pope walk into a bar… I wish there was some obvious punch line or humor that could be drawn from these seemingly unrelated topics, but I fail to see any at this point. But, maybe that … Continue reading Je Suis Martin Shkreli
1. Despite Stephen Hawking's claim that philosophy is dead, every single human action made by every human in Western culture, is, first and foremost, an action with ethical implications and secondly they all contains metaphysical assumptions— alas, philosophy exists in everything we do. Something as simple as buying coffee in a consumable, non-recyclable cup from … Continue reading The Confederate Flag Waves in Utopia
When I think about my life and what I am, I can’t say with any certainty or rationality that I had any input in being who I am. I did not choose my parents, place and time of birth, race, gender, class and any opportunities or lack thereof. My life, my birth and, subsequently, my … Continue reading I Could Have Been a Nazi…
1— Introduction If we wanted to successfully advance practices that serve the means of reducing violence, it would be prudent to first understand what violence is and, a fortiori, what causes it to be. And, any theory that must adequately explicate a concept must be inclusive of multiple modes of it’s existence, in addition to multiple … Continue reading A Theory of Violence
So, as it seems, our life can be metaphorically extended into individual, and neatly packed, units of time. Each new day we start over and our potentiality gets reset — we shower and cleanse ourselves for a new day and hope that, as Annie says, that the sun will come out (tomorrow). Our optimism is … Continue reading HAPPY NEW NOW!
The recent media attention has centered around incidents of perceived law enforcement abuse that have become a catalyst for riots stretching across three continents. Incidents, such as these, have been a constant reality and potentiality in poor urban areas for a long time and the recent attention is the product of switching the collective focus … Continue reading A Police Badge is a Hollow Void of Nothingness
As I walk my dog around my neighborhood the only thing I see are signs advertising food, soda, snacks and, in all reality, basically crap. Sugar laced crap. Although, in some deep and dark place I think I am really just envious. Everybody is walking around hyped up on sugar— it’s just unfair! … Continue reading I Want My Fucking Cocaine!