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

Reading Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky in the morning

I am driving to work so early that the sun will not rise for another two hours, listening to an audio book called Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky, a collection of talks and discussions by Noam Chomsky the famous MIT professor of linguistics. I have never read anything by Chomsky before except one article – an interview … More Reading Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky in the morning

The demand for “content” and trying for genuine creativity

If I had to choose one word to rag on today the word would be “content” – not as in “I am content with what I have” but as in “With the ever increasing number of websites, the demand for content is infinite.” As a writer and graphic artist you might think I would be … More The demand for “content” and trying for genuine creativity