Category Archives: Culture

Essay: Reading Richard Rorty’s “Achieving Our Country” Published on Medium and Substack (and announcing The Clarity Factory)

This essay examines the late philosopher Richard Rorty’s alleged prediction of the rise of Donald Trump as well as the background. This includes Rorty’s conception of the difference between Right and Left, the Two Lefts that have influenced American politics and culture respectively, and how the inability of the Cultural Left to speak to matters of economic concern to mostly rural and working whites fueled Donald Trump’s rise. After an assessment of what Rorty got right versus what he got wrong, I conclude with a few remarks about where we might go next. Continue reading

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Lost Generation Philosopher Looks Critically at Critical Race Theory

Critical race theory: exposure of American racism and its history? the latest form of academic Marxism?… or a major distraction from the real problems we face? Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With Conspiracy Theories?

Are conspiracy theories sometimes not just credible but rational? Read Professor Emeritus Fetzer’s reasoned defense and then decide. Do lot allow mainstream media shouters to decide this issue for you. Continue reading

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The Fall of Chile

Chile is presently one of the most locked down nations in the world. The “Chilean miracle” was never what it seemed. Continue reading

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Life Advice Author Mark Manson on Why You Should Study Philosophy

Mark Manson, noted author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, explains the value you can obtain from studying philosophy. Continue reading

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From Affirmative Action to Cancel Culture: Americans, You Were Warned

Slightly over 30 years ago, some of us warned anyone who would listen that the political correctness then emerging was dangerous and would spread to every institution in the country if it was not opposed. We were ignored, or called racists. Now, everything we predicted has happened, and we find not just historical monuments but history itself being canceled little by little Continue reading

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Do Their Lives Matter?

Do their lives matter? This is another of my “workarounds” because of censorship on Facebook and elsewhere. Continue reading

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Basic Conservative Principles, Part 1

What is conservatism today? This two part essay tries to answer that question. Continue reading

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Harper’s Cancel Culture Letter Is an Indicator Where Present Cultural and Intellectual Dialogue Stands — It’s Been Canceled!

Harper’s July 7 Cancel Culture Letter is an important indicator of where present cultural and intellectual dialogue stands — there isn’t any! It’s been canceled! Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July

Myths about “systemic racism,” “white supremacy,” and “white privilege” get blown completely to pieces in this latest article by Paul Craig Roberts, easily one of the boldest authors in the online world, who always tries to write the truth as … Continue reading

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