Category Archives: Political Philosophy

Should We Fear the Future? The Case Against Cowering

By on November 17th, 2015

 

“There’s a lot of scary stuff going on right now.”

I’ve heard some version of that from friends, colleagues, and family members pretty much my whole adult life.

Hey, they’re not wrong. Fanatical terrorism, genocidal wars, every Western government in the world going bankrupt (seemingly at once), the banking system and stock market on the verge of collapse, the spread of super-diseases, the industrialization and poisoning of the food supply, loopy fascist maniacs on the verge of being elected…

Here’s what’s certain: the world will look very different in ten years. Maybe sooner.

Does that mean we should just curl into a ball and wait for the end?

Maybe.

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The Freethinking Manifesto

By on November 16th, 2014

 

  1. Think for yourself. Most people accept the ideas they’re taught by their parents, school, peers, and culture. Independent thought is discouraged in our early lives. We are frequently punished for disagreeing with others (even if only with scorn) and rewarded for towing the line. This is how bad ideas perpetuate through the centuries. The older ideas are, the harder they are to question, challenge, or oppose. An independent thinker, however, is oriented toward truth rather than pleasing others or society. Independent thought is freethinking–they are synonymous.

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This is What We’re Calling “NORMAL” Now?

By on January 31st, 2014

 

We’re all guilty of apathy every once in a while.

The world and its problems can be overwhelming. And absurd. Absurdity, as we’ve talked about before, can be especially paralyzing to intelligent people. It shuts the thinking mind down.

If you have an opponent who can articulate a position, at least you have an inroad for discussion. You can DO something.small_5001399117

But when things are happening in the world that just seem, well… ludicrous–things that you feel infants should be able to see their way through–the temptation is to throw up your hands, declare the world fit for its handcart, and shut yourself away while you wait for the grey goo implosion.

Guilty.

To me, the absurdity is not usually the problem itself. Humans have always had problems. There always has been (and always will be) a cast of villains trying their damndest to F-over humanity. (Here’s a hint: they’re usually the ones claiming to save it.)

The absurdity is what people unthinkingly accept. What they consider “normal”.

Consider. These are the new “normal”… Continue reading

Think Your Political Hero is the Answer?

By on September 20th, 2013

We won’t get fooled again.
-The Who

I have to laugh, sort of helplessly, when someone tells me everything will be fine once their candidate takes office. (Or worse, that everything has been fine since their candidate took office.) That level of reality-evasion is just staggering. I can picture the party pollsters high-fiving and saying: holy crap, they bought it!

Here’s what your political hero spends his/her day concerned with: a polished image, a poll-tested “message”, a contrived series of sound-bites, bought and paid-for media releases, and a few resultant ticks on their poll numbers.

In other words, the business of seeming.

Seeming to care, seeming to fight the supposed “enemy”, seeming to be about the business of “doing good”.

All so you’ll buy what they’re selling. Continue reading

The End of Isms (Part 5): Conclusions and What to Do

By on May 10th, 2013

 

In the last installment, we talked about ways in which ideology, or camp-thinking, has disastrous effects upon society as a whole. We talked about how isms:

  • create enemies, by perpetuating “Us and Them” thinking
  • create warfare on our lives, even with supposedly “harmless” labels, since they eventually entrench themselves within institutions of power
  • cause us to fear and reject new ideas, since they threaten the status quo
  • cause us to ignore/dismiss desperate cries of warning, since they are perceived as an attack on our “identity” group
  • create the illusion of “sides”, hence legitimize the notion of humanity as separate tribes in perpetual competition for their own “kind”
  • pervert the entire purpose of your society, such that each of us unwittingly plays part in a larger story which continually re-affirms the “Us-Them” distinction until it becomes next to impossible to challenge

Now, let’s discuss the all-important question: what do we do about it?

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