Category Archives: Politics

Postenlightenment harmony

Tillich (from The Courage to Be): The whole [Enlightenment] period believed in the principle of “harmony” — harmony being the law of the universe according to which the activities of the individual, however individualistically conceived and performed, lead “behind the … Continue reading

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Pop ideology how-to guide

Here is how to build a popular ideology: Do rock-solid factual investigation. Satisfy the requirements of the critical mind. Present the facts of the investigation in compelling stories that win over the heart, too. Adhere to the facts. Encourage the … Continue reading

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Respect > passion

I don’t know what makes me put stuff like this on Facebook. Passion is overrated. It is cheap and common. Any jackass can get worked up about what is obviously true and good and want to fight for what they know … Continue reading

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A newish political framework

(Updated November 25, 2015) No word is more loaded and distorted than the word “liberal”. No word is more crucial, especially right now: deprived of language, the very concept of liberalism is slipping away, its quiet reasonableness drowned out by … Continue reading

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Universal Design Praxis

I find the term Design Thinking inadequate. First, the term Design Thinking belongs to IDEO. As far as I know, they made the term up, they use it for marketing and it remains closely associated with them. It is uncomfortably … Continue reading

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Human [second] nature

If someday we finally persuade ourselves that free will, souls and individual purposes were inventions, that they are sustained only by our linguistic and pedagogical habits, that they can easily be dis-instituted and explained into non-existence — I hope the … Continue reading

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Faith in philosophy

My faith in philosophy still stands in that I believe philosophy does something important — and in fact, essential, in the life of human beings. However, this faith has been beaten back severely over the last decade: I believe philosophy … Continue reading

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Ambiliberalism

Here is a second version of my revised “Ambidextrous Liberal Manifesto” diagram, which I will eventually make into a new presentation to replace the old one posted on Slideshare. The core ideas: The term “liberal” needs to be restored to … Continue reading

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Ambiliberalism

Since I read Mouffe a couple of years ago, I’ve become aware of the intensity and depth of my commitment to liberalism, defined as: “favorable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms… favoring maximum individual liberty in political and … Continue reading

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The Republic of Reality

represent |repri-zent| verb [with obj.]  be entitled or appointed to act or speak for (someone), especially in an official capacity. constitute; amount to. depict (a particular subject) in a picture or other work of art formal state or point out … Continue reading

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Individuality

My liberalism insists (that is, posits passionately) that every human being ought to be taken as an individual, as opposed to an example of a category of person. With respect to policy I consider this ideal a binding law worthy … Continue reading

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Douche Theory 2×2 Model (R)

I plan to use this diagram to help me explain different approaches to design strategy. Human-centered design helps Douche organizations become Keepers.  

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Persona Americana archive

I’ve been playing with the idea of creating a blog of passages taken from pre-War literature that display an American sense of identity that I feel has faded over the course of my lifetime. I am thinking especially about two  … Continue reading

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Images of America

An embryonic hypothesis: Most Americans subscribe to one of three images of America, each with its own political hero, philosophical hero and philosophical movement. Founding Fathers  (Enlightenment America): Political hero: Thomas Jefferson. Philosophical hero: John Locke. Movement: The Enlightenment. Pre-Founding … Continue reading

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Engineering and design

Engineering develops systems of interacting objects. Design develops systems of interacting subjects and objects. * When we engineer systems that ought to be designed the systems we create demand subjective beings to function as objects. Algorithmic rule-following replaces free choice. * … Continue reading

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Cat-agoraphobic political statement

I acknowledge only voluntary political identities, and  I condemn all involuntary identifications. Every individual American has the right to make political alliances according to his or her own ideals, and it is on this alone the individual should be judged. … Continue reading

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The medium of action

Had Hannah Arendt lived to read Shapin and Schaffer’s Leviathan and the Air-Pump: she would never have written this: With the term vita activa, I propose to designate three fundamental human activities: labor, work, and action. They are fundamental because each … Continue reading

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Latour on the Baby Boomers

I found this passage from Latour’s Inquiry into Modes of Existence persuasive and  moving. I myself belong to the generation designated as baby boomers, at least until age has earned us the dreadful replacement moniker “golden agers.” Without this indispensable reference … Continue reading

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Universal respect

To disrespect the “mundane” obstacles that confront us in our attempts to meet our goals – to indignantly declare that some obstacles have no right to exist – to believe it is degrading to wrangle with them – such attitude … Continue reading

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