I was going to write: “Lately I feel like the world is spinning out of control, going bat-shit crazy, and the walls of civilization as we know it are crumbling around my ears.” Then I thought, “When haven’t I felt like that?” Except it always feels like the spinning out of control and disintegration is accelerating … More Is civilization in decline or does the media just make it look that way?
The mask is off. The nature of our government at the highest levels now lies naked in the clear broad light of day. This is a good thing. It’s best to know the truth, even when the truth is as ugly as the fact that the law is not, nor has it ever been, applied … More Equal justice under the law? The mask is off….
What a week of horror this has been for the United States. I know at any given moment there are horrors all over the world but three unrelated tragedies in all in Orlando is striking and more than a little bit spooky. As with many people it has got me thinking. I’m not absolutely sure … More Reacting to this week’s tragedies
Memorial Day is about honoring and remembering Americans who lost their lives fighting in wars. My favorite cultural critic, Albert Jay Nock, would say that these Americans were victims of Statism fueled by nationalistic sentiment hyped up to get people to support the interests of the State. (For more on Mr. Nock’s thesis, see my … More Remembering World War I and its consequences
I am currently reading a sweet little book called The Lily Of The Field And The Bird of the Air by Søren Keirkegaard (translated and with an introduction by Bruce H. Kirmmse). I’ve been longing to get to Kierkegaard for a long time and the other day checked at Barnes & Noble to see it … More Lilies of the field, birds of the air, and dogs on carpet
A problem with living in the internet age is that because you can be informed about everything you think you ought to be so informed and you are ever aware of how out of touch you are. It gets even worse when the world seems to ask you not only to be aware, but to … More When celebrities die
I began this post two days after the bombings in Belgium. Now more than a week has passed and other bombings in other places have happened. You still hear plenty of follow-up news about catching the perpetrators and connections with the Paris bombings and how these cells can plan their attacks unmolested in certain zones where law enforcement … More Thoughts on the psychological effects of bombs