Category Archives: Politics

Slurpy, mergy, touchy-feely notions of interpersonal being

Wow, this post really sprawled out. It hits a lot of my enduring interests. I’m not sure it is suitable for reading. It might just be a personal journal entry written to myself. Feel free to eavesdrop if you wish, … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Biography, Design, Ethics, Hermeneutics, History, Philosophy, Politics | Leave a comment

Bernard Loomer

From Bernard Loomer’s “Two Conceptions of Power”: The world of the individual who can be influenced by another without losing his or her identity or freedom is larger than the world of the individual who fears being influenced. The former … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics, Philosophy, Politics | Leave a comment

Critical reverence

In Torah study my fellow students regard our heritage with a distinctive attitude that can be characterized as critical reverence. We are horrified by much of what the Israelites did in God’s name, but we know that this is where … Continue reading

Posted in History, Judaism, Politics | Leave a comment

Autumn 2011, when the canary died

A friend texted me a link to an article by Yascha Mounk, “Authoritarian by Instinct“. What follows is a somewhat edited (and hyperlinked up) version of my SMS avalanche of a response. * I was about to say that I’m surprised at … Continue reading

Posted in Design, Politics | Leave a comment

Update on my “LEF” political model

Since my last update on my “newish political model” I have continued trying it out on different political positions and playing with new ways to conceive the various dimensions, and I’ve developed a slightly new (and, I think, improved) way … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Illiberal delusions of depth

In general, the social sciences teach us more about societies of social scientists than it does society in general. * Show me an example of political or sociological “realism” — a claim of inalterable facts — and I’ll show you … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Mark Lilla on the trajectory of ideologies

From Mark Lilla’s The Shipwrecked Mind: “Successful ideologies follow a certain trajectory. They are first developed in narrow sects whose adherents share obsessions and principles, and see themselves as voices in the wilderness. To have any political effect, though, these … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy, Politics | Leave a comment