Category Archives: Where is Civilization Going?

Materialism (vers 2.0., Part 3)

Our discussion continues: what, precisely, is materialism? It is not simply the pursuit of wealth & material goods. It is a comprehensive worldview. It is important to understand this distinction to understand one of the most basic issues our civilization must eventually face. Continue reading

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Materialism (Vers 2.0, Part 2)

Materialism (Vers 2.0, Part 2): in “A Free Man’s Worship” (1903) philosopher Bertrand Russell called for a humanist ethic of respect for scientific truth, economic justice, and world peace. How well has this held up? Is its failure just the sign of a civilization’s growing pains, or of something fundamentally wrong with its key assumptions? Continue reading

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Materialism (Vers 2.0, Part 1)

[Author’s note: this series of posts is a much-expanded and hopefully much-improved version of the series that began here, which is desirable to reprint lest it disappear from that site. The question that came to me was, Why not refurbish … Continue reading

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The Deep Establishment

In the title of his recent Adults in the Room: My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017) former Greek foreign minister Yanis Varoufakis introduces this phrase: The Deep Establishment. I like it! The … Continue reading

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George Herbert Walker Bush (1924 – 2018)

Today is George Herbert Walker Bush’s funeral. I don’t normally write notices for just-deceased politicians, so this is a departure for me. But something has aroused my curiosity. I posted a very brief notice about his death, along with a … Continue reading

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Auguste Comte’s Law of Three Stages: What It Is, Why the Third Stage is Dying, What Comes Next. (A Major Statement.)

[Note: this may be the longest blog post I have ever made on this site. The result of several weeks of effort, it may be read as a progress report on what may turn into my life’s work: if I … Continue reading

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Open Letter to Professor C. Christine Fair, Georgetown University

Re: “Look at this chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement. 
All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? … Continue reading

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