Category Archives: Politics

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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Pro-political quotes

Bruno Latour: Only in politics are people willing to talk of “trials of strength.” Politicians are the scapegoats, the sacrificial lambs. We deride, despise, and hate them. We compete to denounce their venality and incompetence, their blinkered vision, their schemes … Continue reading

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The Ambidextrous Liberal Manifesto

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Liberal versus democratic

Continuing from yesterday… The liberal element of liberal-democracy is negative: Where is the majority prohibited from infringing upon the liberty of the individual (at the expense of the collective’s freedom to shape its collective life)? The democratic element of liberal-democracy … Continue reading

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Private liberty and political freedom

I am currently reading Chantal Mouffe’s Democratic Paradox, which explores a fundamental tension inherent in all liberal-democratic societies, which can be summarized by Marvin Simkin’s famous formulation: “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for … Continue reading

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Two questions for neoliberals

Is the Invisible Hand of the free market really able to regulate human life to the benefit of all involved if organized labor is excluded from the conception of the free market and seen as an alien threat to its … Continue reading

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Booj Party

If, by some miracle, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street were to cool their jets long enough to realize the common enemy is power concentrations of every form — that whether it takes the form of government, business, religion, … Continue reading

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Explaining away

Worldviews include within them accounts of alien worldviews held by others. These accounts sometimes also include reasons for why these alien worldviews are invalid and do not require consideration and understanding. Such invalidating accounts protect one’s worldview from the consequences … Continue reading

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