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Rorty’s wonderful omissions

One of the great pleasures of reading Richard Rorty is experiencing his precise neglect of nonhuman actors. The man lived in a wordworld of free-floating humans whose sole purpose was conversation. It helps make what I learned from Bruno Latour … Continue reading

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Pragmatist religion

It seems that in the 19th Century  “metaphysical need” for “metaphysical comfort” was more common than in the 20th Century, where the needs and comforts were anti-metaphysical. This strikes me as an ontological analogue to the epistemological struggles (or were … Continue reading

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Fundamentalism as dysfinitude

Every authentic religion eventually produces its own fundamentalism. An authentic religion is a finite self’s whole-being response to infinite being. It is both actively receptive and receptively active toward reality which no self can contain, which contains all selves, in … Continue reading

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A minority majority

It is important that every individual American citizen recognizes that somewhere in their life on some vitally important matter they hold a minority opinion, and that if it weren’t for our collective commitment to individual liberty, they would be vulnerable … Continue reading

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Density of soul

“When a poet is not in love with reality his muse will consequently not be reality, and she will then bear him hollow-eyed and fragile-limbed children.” — Friedrich Nietzsche * It seems to me that few people agree with me … Continue reading

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To my friend Pamela

I need to own my reaction to the rhetoric of the mainstream Left a little more, I think. It is not only about how Trump folks react to the way they are portrayed and addressed by the left. I am … Continue reading

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Liberal democracy’s double foundation

The political foundation of liberal democracy is democracy, but the philosophical foundation of liberal democracy is liberalism. A majority of citizens must actively want a sphere of liberties protected by liberalism more than it wants to impose its collective will … Continue reading

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Distribution of…

A semi-formed thought to entertain: If the the primary goal of liberalism is optimal distribution of judgment throughout society, then optimal distribution of material resources might be one means to that end. But this means must be balanced against the … Continue reading

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Universal gentrification

“As soon as a religion comes to dominate it has as its opponents all those who would have been its first disciples.” — Friedrich Nietzsche My older daughter has joined a reading group studying gentrification, and we’ve been having sporadic … Continue reading

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Judgment and liberalism

Our humanity is bound up with freedom of interpretation. The capacity to interpret and respond effectively is what is meant by the word judgment. To the degree an individual’s capacity to interpret is denied and interpretations suppressed, that person’s individuality … Continue reading

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Game of games

Every afternoon Father Nicanor would sit by the chestnut tree preaching in Latin, but Jose Arcadio Buendia insisted on rejecting rhetorical tricks and the transmutation of chocolate, and he demanded the daguerreotype of God as the only proof. Father Nicanor … Continue reading

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Polite contempt

Respect for someone — or even something — is maintaining an attitude that this person, or thing — this being — has something to teach us. Normally respect consists in a general mood of regard, maintained by various formal (etiquette) … Continue reading

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Religions-behind-religions

Behind the symbolic forms of any person’s “religion” is something much deeper, a religion-behind-the-religion which cannot be spoken about in any direct way but which can be effectively summoned, concentrated, evoked, extended, intensified and hopefully shared through religious forms — … Continue reading

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Why reclaim “liberalism”?

Friends ask me why I want to reclaim the hopeless word “liberal”. I will list a few answers. Liberalism is descriptive. Liberalism prioritizes individual freedom above all other political values, all its efforts are focused on protecting the freedom of … Continue reading

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Entertain

I looked up the etymology of the word “entertain”. Inter- (among) + tain (hold). To hold-among. Then I looked up “consider”. Con- (together) + sideris (stars). It is hard to miss the stark difference in situatedness between entertaining a a … Continue reading

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Leftist Identitarianism is an identity

(The following is a rant inspired by the recent debate between Sam Harris and Ezra Klein.) Leftist Identitarianism is itself an identity, one with more real-world reality and salience than any of the canonical identities it recognizes and focuses upon. … Continue reading

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Synesis

Given the emotional connotations of the word “empathy” and my suspicion that few people have actually had firsthand experiences with empathy outside of merely emotional understanding I am going to re-adopt the term synesis. Synesis is a greek word for … Continue reading

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How to talk about politics?

I think I am going to try to organize political conversations around a single all-purpose question: “With respect to this change you want, if you could wave a magic wand and pass any legislation you wanted, what would you legislate?” … Continue reading

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Pseudostrength

I think a lot of what is currently lauded as strength is actually aggressive weakness. Aggressive weakness says “I’d be stronger if other people didn’t prevent me from being strong.” It resents signs of strength in others, interpreting them as … Continue reading

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