An Economy of Violence

My culture tells me that we are beings who act from rational self interest.  Ahem, my irrational self interest is, clearly, unworthy of discourse.  If I am given conflict — to which I must be resolute — I must be logical and reasonable.  My emotional disposition is irrelevant, irrational and, if showcased, counterproductive.  I am … Continue reading An Economy of Violence

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On the Violence of Social Media 

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 

A Hopeful Memorial

Today is Memorial Day and we are bombarded with Facebook posts that ask us to take time to honor the men and women who have served our country and to not passively and disingenuously dismiss Monday as being only instrumental in allowing for a three-day weekend and an excuse to drink in excess with social … Continue reading A Hopeful Memorial

On The Efficacy of Education Reform

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

Je Suis Martin Shkreli

  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

The Confederate Flag Waves in Utopia  

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  

Zombies & the Postmodern Human

You may have noticed in the past few years, there has been an increase in the popularity of Zombie's and the subsequent apocalyptic disaster than generally ensues.   The Zombie folklore began increasing in popularity in the 1970's and then dramatically increased in popularity again in the late 1990's through present day, as exhibited in an examination of the … Continue reading Zombies & the Postmodern Human

To Gluten, or to not Gluten— and Other Platonic Guilt

As I sat in a coffee shop reading the schizophrenic philosophical whims of Gilles Deleuze I became bombarded with a young couple, their parents and a baker who devoured my personal space to fuss over cake choices for the young couples to-be wedding.   The cake maker asks the groom to be, “so you do not … Continue reading To Gluten, or to not Gluten— and Other Platonic Guilt

The Id-iotic Capitalist

As much as my desire wants to desire to know what it felt like to be born, I cannot recall such an experience.   Was Heidegger right to assume that I have been thrown into existence[i] like a pair of dice on a craps table on a lonely twilight in Reno — casually hoping that my … Continue reading The Id-iotic Capitalist