The Widening Political Gap

While there has been a great deal of political upheaval in the last thirty years, I think I can safely say that the last four years has been the most dramatic. Under Donald Trump hard right authoritarians came out of the wood work spouting their sexism, racism, and general bigotry. On the left a general … Continue reading The Widening Political Gap

A Nation Trice Dividend

Today an appeals court upheld the Biden Administration’s push to require COVID-19 vaccines for private employers. I, and no one, should have any doubt that the Republicans governors and groups that brought the case will take this to the Supreme Court. While this is troubling in itself, it is not what I wish to discuss … Continue reading A Nation Trice Dividend

Notes On: “The Tyranny Of Merit” – Chapter Two

In Chapter Two of his work, entitled “‘Great Because Good’: A brief moral history of merit”, Sandel asked “When exactly did merit turn toxic, and how?” All Excerpt FromThe Tyranny of MeritMichael J. Sandelhttps://books.apple.com/us/book/the-tyranny-of-merit/id1498471753This material may be protected by copyright. Notes: “This is the idea that our destiny is in our hands, that our success … Continue reading Notes On: “The Tyranny Of Merit” – Chapter Two

Letting Go

What do we hold? Do we hold it for joy? Do we hold it for pain?If for neither, Why do we hold it?Think now more than ever We must let it go Surrender it to the pastFree it to who we were Not who we areIs this not simple? To let go for joy? To … Continue reading Letting Go

The Cost

Today I saw an article entitled “Souring insurance prices illustrate the cost of climate change”. Out of principle I did not chose the read the article. Which is not normally something that I would do. Even articles that I don’t always agree with I will try to read so I at least have an idea … Continue reading The Cost

Words of the World… Unspoken

Tell me friend. How does one speak to the world?Does one yell from a mountain top and hope for a reply?Or does one speak to the trees, commune with them, and listen for an answer?I deeply wish to know. I wish to know their stores.I long to hear their tales.All they have seen, all they … Continue reading Words of the World… Unspoken

On the Rise of Religious Extremism

The title of this post may lead the reader to think that I am speaking on the events of Afghanistan, or Muslim extremism in general. In this assumption the reader would be wrong. As it stands, along with this short post, I am working on a discussion on a disturbing trend within the United States. … Continue reading On the Rise of Religious Extremism

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