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

On the Electoral College

The Electoral College is a complicated system that the United States uses to decide its President. Yes, how an Elector votes is meant to be based off of individual votes, it is who gets the most that wins, rather then the popular vote. This system has become controversial in recent years as it feels for … Continue reading On the Electoral College

A Failing of Wisdom

This post I feel will not be long, but perhaps I will be wrong. It’s topic is low fruit this close to the election, but I feel that I need to make it anyway. What has happened to the wisdom of the body politic? As we grow every closer to the election, just days away, … Continue reading A Failing of Wisdom

Notes on: “The Origins of Totalitarianism” – Three

“This has been possible because the English gentry, from the seventeenth century on and in ever-increasing numbers, had assimilated the higher ranks of the bourgeoisie, so that sometimes even the common man could attain the position of a lord. By this process much of the ordinary caste arrogance of nobility was taken away and a … Continue reading Notes on: “The Origins of Totalitarianism” – Three

A Lingering Question

A single question has been rolling within my mind since 2016. “What would lead someone to vote for a man like Donald Trump?” In this short post I try, and largely fail, to answer that question. That question was at the forefront of my thinking that led to my posts, “The Moral Vote” and “On … Continue reading A Lingering Question

On the Crisis of the American Military

The fall of the Roman Empire did not occur over night. It is widely understood that there was no one cause of the fall of the Empire. This fact is particularly true for all great nations at the end of their power cycle. That said, one of the many reasons Rome did fall was the … Continue reading On the Crisis of the American Military

On the Structural Racism of Conservative Politics

The topic of this post will, and probably should, raise a number of eyebrows. Some will be raised due to the boldness of it, others due to anger at the accusation. To both those I will first state this: not all that belong to a conservative wing of politics are explicitly racist. That fact does … Continue reading On the Structural Racism of Conservative Politics

On What We Learned from Trump

It would be far too simple to make statements regarding the nature of Donald Trump. Too simple to cover all the horrific things the man has said and done from his campaign days, to today. Rather, what I wish to talk about is what we have learned about the people that are around us. What … Continue reading On What We Learned from Trump

CDC says U.S. has ‘way too much virus’ to control pandemic as cases surge across country (A news reaction)

From “CDC says U.S. has 'way too much virus' to control pandemic as cases surge across country” CNBC In the below link we are given yet another reminder of the dangerous position the Nation is in with this virus. It must be made clear, though I would like to think that it goes without saying, … Continue reading CDC says U.S. has ‘way too much virus’ to control pandemic as cases surge across country (A news reaction)

Top US health official Fauci warns of ‘disturbing’ new US surge (A reaction)

The only thing disturbing is the cavalier way in which large swaths of Americans, and their elected officials, are disregarding the danger of this virus. The only reason we are seeing an increase in new cases is due to the immoral behavior of the President, and the political weakness of state governors. Compounding the immoral … Continue reading Top US health official Fauci warns of ‘disturbing’ new US surge (A reaction)