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The Battle Hymn

There is an important law of the universe that American patriotic songs have more verses than you think. The Star-Spangled Banner? Four verses (the second is the one that begins with “On the shore dimly seen…”). America the Beautiful? Also … Continue reading

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Book Review: Red Plenty

I. I decided to read Red Plenty because my biggest gripe after reading Singer’s book on Marx was that Marx refused to plan how communism would actually work, instead preferring to leave the entire matter for the World-Spirit to sort … Continue reading

Aretaeus On Bipolar Disorder

I remember reading The Americanization of Mental Illness four year ago when it was written and being generally impressed by its thesis. Every culture has “culture-bound syndromes” (I recently pointed out puppy pregnancy syndrome as an especially horrifying example) and … Continue reading

Empire/Forest Fire

So apparently the way to win a certain measure of internet celebrity is to write a seventy-five page document full of graphs and citations criticizing an extremely fringe political philosophy nearly nobody has ever heard of. Huh. I have updated … Continue reading

The Poor You Will Always Have With You

I’m gradually reading through responses to the Anti-Reactionary FAQ, but I’ll take a moment to respond to this excellent and well-argued post from Habitable Worlds in particular because it points out an especially deep disagreement. Scharlach from Habitable Worlds objects … Continue reading

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Apart From Better Sanitation And Medicine And Education And Irrigation And Public Health And Roads And Public Order, What Has Modernity Done For Us?

. . . Brought peace. As you may have noticed, instead of another GIGANTIC WALL OF TEXT I am trying to write my rebuttal to Reactionary philosophy in the form of several smaller posts that I can then link together … Continue reading

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We Wrestle Not With Flesh And Blood, But Against Powers And Principalities

Mimes, in the form of God on high mutter and mumble low And hither and thither fly – mere puppets, who come and go At bidding of vast formless things shifting scenery to and fro – an excerpt out of … Continue reading