I am a bit of a new junkie. I guess it’s because I think avoiding the news is mere escapism. I want to know the truth about what is going on. That’s why it is such a serious issue with me when the news media deliberately lies to push the agenda of some entity that … More A personal response to the news of the world with the help of W.B. Yeats
I have been away for a while, not writing during this contentious and fascinating period of current cultural history. But I have been watching and thinking. I have had occasion in my life recently to deeply evaluate my beliefs about the world and our existence in it even more intensely than usual. I have had … More Twisted ironies of hate
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