Monday, July 19, 2021

On Medium: Proof That Free Markets Don’t Reward The Best Work

What happens when the greatest, most miraculous art is overlooked? What does that say about the meritocratic prospects for capitalism? Read on to find out how capitalism is only as concerned with merit as are the average buyers and sellers.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

On Medium: How “The Startup” Whitewashes the Exploitation of Content Creators

Read on about how the hype of Medium's "The Startup" serves as covert PR for neofeudal tech giants, and sustains the ruse of the creator economy.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

On Medium: The Telltale Confusions of “The Ascent’s” Submission Guidelines

Read on about the fallacies in The Ascent's submission guidelines and what those confusions say about consumer society and the self-help industry.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

On Medium: Death By Expertise: The Decadence of Economists and Medical Doctors

Here's an article about the downside of technocracy, when capitalism sidelines the arts and the values that might check the Machiavellianism that evidently emerges in the highly-intelligent expert class.

Saturday, July 3, 2021

On Medium: Why Real Art is Priceless and Most Artists are Poor

Read on about the clash between artistic and business standards, and how the profit motive conflicts with an artist's concern with maximizing the work's quality.

Friday, July 2, 2021

On Medium: Have We Been Conned Into Civilization?

Read on about how we may have clung to civilization despite its drawbacks because of a theocratic con, which could make even our modern defense of the civilized venture faith-based.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

On Medium: The Collapse of New Atheism and the Rise of Godless Culture

Here's an article that contrasts the folly of the broken-up, politicized new atheist movement with the cosmicist, promethean heart of a viable atheistic worldview.

Longtime readers may recall my earlier treatment of this in "Clash of the Atheists," and see "Scientism and the Downfall of New Atheism" for another supporting discussion.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

On Medium: Mind Cafe's Infantilizing Standards

Read on for a look at some excuses for mediocrity in freelance writing, at the cult of happiness, the fixation of practicality, and the dread of oversimplification.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

On Medium: How The Desert Metaphor Shaped Monotheism

Here's an article on how the inhospitable desert served as an extended metaphor for the founders of monotheism, making for a more realistic portrait of God's inhuman character.

On Medium: Animals Can Be Scoundrels Too

Read on for a satirical article about why we can’t take credit for all the world’s villainy.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

On Medium: The Gall of Imagining God’s Reality

Here's an article about how when we think philosophically about religion, the creeds become absurd but so do our secular pretentions and ambitions since they're mocked by the unsettling suspicion of God's nearness.

Monday, June 7, 2021

On Medium: How Human Parasites Dupe Us By Running Out Our Clock

Here's an article about how an evolutionary strategy of misdirection unites the frauds of theistic religion and capitalistic exploitation of the masses, by running out our clock. 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

On Medium: I’m Starving Because I Can’t Decide Which Groceries to Buy

Another satirical article, this one on consumerism and being spoiled for choice. Sing a jingle for me if you see me sprawled out between frozen food aisles.

Friday, June 4, 2021

On Medium: Why Muslims Can’t Laugh at Themselves

Read on about how desert culture and Islamic history contributed to Muslims' solemnity and oversensitivity, while Jewish history gave Jews a greater sense of humour about religion.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

On Medium: How to Find Childlike Wonder in Your Writing

Read on about bliss, flow states, the long road to self-discovery, and how to fulfill our creative potential as writers, by connecting the act of writing to the search for deeper meaning.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

On Medium: Enlightenment and Cosmic Horror

Read on about H.P. Lovecraft, existentialism, Eastern renunciation and escapism, and the dark side of modernity: the relevance of cosmic horror to philosophy.

Monday, May 24, 2021

On Medium: The Satirical Gist of the World’s Religions

Here's an article on how the satirical gist of the world’s religions is implicit in the Jewish bedrock of monotheistic religions and in the mystical subversion of worldly illusions.

Friday, May 21, 2021

On Medium: The Direct Democracy of Trump’s Cult

Here's an article on demagoguery, self-restraint, and Republican derangement: how the cult of Trump's GOP confirms the ancient Greek philosophical critique of democracy.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

On Medium: The Lure of Chatty Writing

Here's an article on why writing needn't be confessional and editorials needn’t be autobiographical, contrary to the social butterfly's attempted takeover of intellectualism in the name of extroverted socialization.

Monday, May 17, 2021

On Medium: Father Casey’s Challenge to Find the Best Atheists

Here's an article on YouTuber Father Casey Cole's challenge for atheists to be the best they can be, and on the historical ironies of morality, progress, and reason.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

On Medium: Why Democrats Are Inept At Politics

Here's an article on how politics as ideological warfare, psychopathy, infantilization, and the dream of post-political technocracy join together to emasculate Democrats.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

On Medium: Anxiety and the Condemnation of Foolish Societies

Read on about how the limits of psychiatry are overcome by philosophy and religion, which provide the means of evaluating whole societies, including the self-destructive West.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

On Medium: The Triumph of Jewish Comedy Over Monotheistic Brands

An article on making sense of the multiplicity of religions, by contrasting dystopian, monotheistic ones with humbler, less ambitious or satirical religious brands.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

On Medium: Beyond the Shibboleth of “Racism”

A politically incorrect analysis of racism and of the hard problem of cultural variety that's ignored by progressives and that should disturb white supremacists.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

On Medium: Sex Between Minds: A Human Stamp On Our Animality

Read on about our sexual games of subjugation, the narrowmindedness of intimacy, and the impetus behind the ascetic revulsion towards them. 

This article follows up on "Romanticizing the Crudity of Sex."

Monday, May 3, 2021

On Medium: Buddhism and The Threat of Nihilism

Read on for an article about Buddhist pragmatism and the secular reconstruction of morality, and how the Buddhist's therapeutic coyness with metaphysics flirts with self-defeating nihilism.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Monday, April 26, 2021

On Medium: The Tragic Overkilling of George Floyd

My interpretation of the perfect storm that killed George Floyd, including the paranoia, histrionics, militarization, and police humiliation.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

On Medium: The Antisocial Implications of Mystical Monism

An article on why we should expect enlightened mystics to be amoral nihilists. If selfishness is based on egoistic illusions, why isn't compassion just as wrongheaded?

Monday, April 19, 2021

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Interview and Infantilization Article

I did an email interview with a writer, Sarah Simon, who came across my Medium articles on cultural infantilization, and her article which includes a broader discussion of the phenomenon along with my interpretations of it can be found here.

Friday, April 16, 2021

On Medium: The Oversupply and Triviality of All Natural Beings

An article on the naturalization of Plato’s pessimism about nature: scientific dualism, the oversupply of digital content, and the trivialization of abundant being.

You can find an earlier take on this idea in "Horror for the Codes of Creation."

Saturday, April 10, 2021

On Medium: Mathematics: An Intimidating Game

Read on about how philosophical doubts expose the effrontery of math textbooks, and how mathematical rules are game-like, contrary to the platonic conceits.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

On Medium: Secular Dominance and the Endpoints of Interfaith Dialogue

Here's an article on how modernity triumphs over obsolete religions, and on the need for religions to syncretize a viable rival to secularism, neoliberalism, materialism, consumerism, and the like.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

On Medium: Why China’s Pragmatism Should Haunt the West

An exploration of Chinese secularism and reason which lack the West's Christian underpinnings, including our individualistic delusions of grandeur.