Notes On: “The Tyranny of Merit” – Chapter One

“As the meritocracy intensifies, the striving so absorbs us that our indebtedness recedes from view. In this way, even a fair meritocracy, one without cheating or bribery or special privileges for the wealthy, induces a mistaken impression—that we have made it on our own” Thus is the delusion of the rugged individual. No one in … Continue reading Notes On: “The Tyranny of Merit” – Chapter One

Notes On: “Global Ethics: Seminal Essays” – Two

Here I conclude my looking at Charles R. Beitz’s “Cosmopolitan Ideas and National Sentiment” from Global Ethics: Seminal Essays. “Priority for compatriots might be supported by reasons pertaining to states that are themselves analogues of the reasons pertaining to persons which support the corresponding element of private morality. Or, priority for compatriots might be based … Continue reading Notes On: “Global Ethics: Seminal Essays” – Two

The Incompatibility of Nationalism & Economic Cosmopolitanism

I wish, today, to speak very briefly on the incompatibility of nationalism and globalism, or as I shall refer to it, economic cosmopolitanism (EC). My basic argument here is that the relationship between nationalism and EC creates an deep incompatibility between themselves, the public good, and general human well being. In previous posts I have … Continue reading The Incompatibility of Nationalism & Economic Cosmopolitanism

Notes On: “Global Ethics: Seminal Essays” – One

In a previous post I looked at the definition of cosmopolitanism, and so I now which gears in my “Notes On...” posts and look at a few topics on cosmopolitanism. As I have worked slowly through “The Origins of Totalitarianism” my thoughts began to shift toward what a world without nation-states would be like. Cosmopolitanism … Continue reading Notes On: “Global Ethics: Seminal Essays” – One

Nationalism vs. Cosmopolitanism – Defined

This is the first in what I hope will be a multipart treatise entitled: Immigration, Migration, and Cosmopolitanism in the United States. Introduction:For a Nation that was founded by immigrates, built of the dreams of immigrates, and populated by immigrates from all over the world, the United States has a long history of victimizing immigrates. … Continue reading Nationalism vs. Cosmopolitanism – Defined

A Winters Dram

The calm of a warm winters day sets inJanuary still shows itself in long shadowsfrom a low set sun and cooling breezeA mid afternoon sit upon the porchBreathing deep speaks well to my bodyA dram of whiskey sitting beside meSipped slowly speaks well to my soulRemember to take in the slow moments For they are … Continue reading A Winters Dram

Notes On: “The Origins Of Totalitarianism” – Six

“God created neither men—whose origin clearly is procreation—nor peoples—who came into being as the result of human organization.”Excerpt FromThe Origins of TotalitarianismHannah Arendthttps://books.apple.com/us/book/the-origins-of-totalitarianism/id427715967This material may be protected by copyright. A person, in a natural state (I say understanding that this is a loaded statement), owes nothing but to ones self. A group of people only … Continue reading Notes On: “The Origins Of Totalitarianism” – Six