Author Archives: Steven Yates

About Steven Yates

I have a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Georgia and teach Critical Thinking (mostly in English) at Universidad Nacionale Andrés Bello in Santiago, Chile. I moved here in 2012 from South Carolina. My most recent book is entitled Four Cardinal Errors: Reasons for the Decline of the American Republic (2011). I am the author of an earlier book, around two dozen articles & reviews, & still more articles on commentary sites on the Web. I live in Santiago with my wife Gisela & two spoiled cats, Bo & Princesa.

Protests in Chile — October 2019: End of the Neoliberal “Experiment”?

Since October 18 Chile has seen the most serious signs of civil unrest since the end of the Pinochet era, responding to rate hikes especially in transportation and utilities. Does this portend the end of neoliberalism in Chile? Continue reading

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The West’s Ongoing Collapse at the Hands of Identity Politics and Neoliberal Ideology: 2019 Update

The free fall of contemporary academia into speech & thought totalitarianism continued … & likely to progress further given the unwillingness of those with resources to use them to oppose this ongoing juggernaut. Continue reading

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Moon Madness and the Fate of the Liberty Movement

“You look pale.”  —Blair to Clay, Less Than Zero (1987) My last article garnered responses I predicted but hoped would not occur: emails from folks who not only believe the moon landings were faked, but think the Earth is flat. … Continue reading

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Of Moon Landings, False Rabbit Trails, and Approaching Epistemic Oblivion

It’s the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. “We came in peace for all mankind” reads the plaque left behind by Neil Armstrong & “Buzz” Aldrin. Except that on Earth there is no peace, & some believe the whole thing was faked. Did we really go to the moon? The Lost Generation Philosopher ponders the mystery…. Continue reading

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Cycles and Stages of Civilization

Cycles and Stages of Civilization – furthers the statement that the Third Stage is dying, that the Fourth Stage cannot replace it, we cannot simply go back, and so we must pave the way for building a Fifth Stage of civilization. Continue reading

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Materialism (Vers. 2.0, Part 7)

“Believe in me Once seemed a good line Now belief in Jesus Is faith more sublime…. Don’t be afraid Just treasure his word Singing his praises I know that I’ll be heard He’s gonna take you by the hand He’s gonna … Continue reading

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Materialism (Vers. 2.0, Part 6)

“Materialism Part 6” continues the discussion by asking, and answering, What is the Christian worldview? What sets Christianity apart from other world religions? Are the New Atheism and other manifestations of skepticism at all credible? Continue reading

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