Is civilization in decline or does the media just make it look that way?

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?

Remembering World War I and its consequences

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

Lilies of the field, birds of the air, and dogs on carpet

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

Thoughts on the psychological effects of bombs

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