The problem with politics is deeper than Democrats vs. Republicans and deeper than Obama. The problem is that politics, as we know it, consists of career professionals spending other people’s money — billions and billions of dollars of it. The … Continue reading
What socialism and capitalism have in common: They both depend on capital.
William Shatner has a great new talk show called “Raw Nerve.” Unlike Oprah, Shatner is an interviewer, not a flatterer (although Orpah only flatters those she likes). Recently, Shatner interviewed the talk show host Jerry Springer. Jerry Springer is that … Continue reading
I tend to take the following policy towards anyone who has a lot of money: Assume they made it honestly and through their own efforts unless there’s evidence to the contrary. This is admittedly more complicated and confusing in a … Continue reading
Culture does not determine personality. People are people — and people are first and foremost individuals. Individualism is not simply a philosophy of how people should be, but also a description of what they are. The polite word for the … Continue reading
When you see qualities in another that you don’t like, and have in yourself, then you have one of two choices. You can either evade the parallel and proceed to attack the other person. Or, you can stop and introspect: … Continue reading
The gigantic company Google is standing up, so far, to Chinese censorship. In statements released to the public, the company is essentially telling the Chinese government, “Stop the hacking into private email, stop the censorship — or we’re leaving China.” … Continue reading
Common sense is helpful at the perceptual level, but a science requires the help of the more generalized, conceptual level of human capacity. Otherwise, there would be no justification for scientific investigation, and advanced technology, in the first place.
Bullies don’t typically go after people who are physically weak. They go after people who see themselves as wrong, i.e., morally weak. That’s what’s happening right now with terrorism. Terrorism receded for a time after 9/11, but now it’s back, … Continue reading
The disappearance of certain sayings from our culture provides some insight as to why there’s so much wrong in the world today. One of these sayings is: Say what you mean and mean what you say. Basically, this refers to … Continue reading
The environmentalist movement is not concerned with bettering human life. It’s concerned with restraining human life. Anyone who values human life and human progress would not look to restricting carbon usage for the next hundred years, causing a decline in … Continue reading
Being free doesn’t make you happy. But freedom is necessary for happiness. People who are indifferent to freedom are not happy in the first place. People who don’t have freedom, but want it, can attain happiness in the fight for … Continue reading