Category Archives: Civilization

The Brave New World of 1984

Entertained to Death “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of … Continue reading

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Deadly Fascination: The Allure of Game of Thrones

The Allure of Psychopathy Why are people so fascinated by psychopaths? Judging by the runaway success of the HBO series Game of Thrones, which features a cast largely populated by psychopaths, the allure at this moment in history seems greater … Continue reading

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The Atomization of Dissent Pt. 1

Part One: Has Civil Discourse Become Outdated? INTRODUCTION: To celebrate the fifth anniversary of this blog—to the day—I’m publishing this essay, which was originally submitted to the annual Dalton Camp Award, a $10,000 prize for writing that links journalism and … Continue reading

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The Evolutionary’s Manifesto: The Way Forward or Pie in the Sky?

Cover image from Evolutionaries, an important book for social progressives. Carter Phipps in his book Evolutionaries cites John Stewart’s 2008 evolutionary manifesto, in which he calls upon “intentional evolutionaries” to “recognize that they have a critical role to play in … Continue reading

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Evolutionaries vs. The Psychopath Factor

There’s a classic scene in the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie when Indiana Jones is faced with an expert swordsman in an Arab marketplace.[1] Realizing he’s hopelessly outclassed, Jones simply pulls out his revolver and shoots the man. This … Continue reading

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2015: The Turnaround Year? Part 2: Hopeful Signs

You can almost feel the current flowing You can almost hear the circuits blowing It’s a far cry from the world We thought we’d inherit —Rush, Far Cry   ‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers— That perches in the soul— … Continue reading

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2015: The Turnaround Year? Part 1: Critical Mass

So much poison in power The principles get left out So much mind on the matter The spirit gets forgotten about… —Rush, Grand Designs, from the album Power Windows At what point does the necessary critical mass accrue to reach … Continue reading

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