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2023-11-18 11:46
“The vast majority of people, perhaps 90 percent, know how to read, but do not exercise their intelligence beyond this.” ~ Jacques Ellul, Propaganda The benefits and advantages t… Read More
2023-09-05 16:57
Two bicyclists, old friends now in their late thirties, rode side-by-side down a broad multi-use trail. They passed out of woods into farmland, with a county road parallel to them for a long… Read More
2023-07-21 17:21
As an exercise, watch some videos of someone like Tim Scott, a prominent Republican politician. Then compare him to Donald Trump, the present default leader of the GOP. They are both running… Read More
2023-07-10 18:44
According to certain philologists and psychologists, from E. R. Dodds to Julian Jaynes, a private internal sense of self was a social construction made possible by linguistic innovations, su… Read More
2023-03-30 21:00
The following is part of a CUNY talk about American democracy, as moderated by Katrina vanden Heuvel. In the section shared below, Corey Robin answers a question about the Supreme Court. He… Read More
2023-03-20 00:12
A once common microbe in the human microbiome is L. reuteri (Limosilactobacillus reuteri; formerly known as Lactobacillus reuteri). It’s been central to mammalian evolution. But in mod… Read More
2023-01-12 13:31
The imperial court of law, the traditional seat of power where assembled the great offices of the empire, was one of the most majestic of architectural feats, built out of the finest limesto… Read More
2023-01-07 12:39
The Left and the Right in Relationship We find that, in our location and life circumstances, we are in contact with a variety of people across the ideological spectrum(s), along with across… Read More
2023-01-03 23:40
At present, we’re reading a fiction book, Jo Walton’s Or What You Will, and enjoying it. We’ve never read the author before, but plan on looking for more of her writings. T… Read More
2022-12-31 17:06
In researching religious history, one major conclusion stands out. Modern world religions are syncretic products of the worldviews and traditions that co-existed with them and preceded them;… Read More
2022-12-18 15:39
Conservative Sexual Fetishism Conservatives, as you might have noticed, have always had a fetish about other people’s sex lives, an obsessive-compulsion that drives their reactionary m… Read More
2022-12-13 15:49
Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes In 1934, a young German pediatrician named Hilde Bruch moved to America, settled in New York City, and was “startled,” as she later wrote, by the nu… Read More
2022-11-23 13:11
Let’s start with a loose but practical definition of ‘ideology’. In common usage, it most basically and most broadly means a constellation of ideas, principles, beliefs, as… Read More
2022-11-01 18:21
Homo sapiens are a highly mobile species. Along with opposable thumbs and a specially-designed brain, not to mention a few other nifty capacities, our bipedal locomotion is what makes us uni… Read More
2022-09-24 21:06
In the United States: Antifa, as a label, refers to no existing organization. And anti-fascism, as an ideology, is linked to no known acts of terrorism. These have become primary targets of… Read More
2022-09-20 02:50
A strong gust blew through the forest. The house sparrow chirped and fluttered his wings, as he bobbed up and down on the branch he perched upon. In nervousness of being a guest in someone e… Read More
2022-09-14 01:07
Jonathan Haidt’s moral foundations theory gained traction some years back. His ideas aren’t brilliant or entirely original, but he is a catchy popularizer of social science. Stil… Read More
2022-09-07 12:31
Human constructed physical structures, from roads and channeled rivers to walls and buildings, are the templates of social and psychic structures. This is the foundation of social constructi… Read More
2022-09-05 17:27
It was the holidays. Family was gathered. They were clumped together in small groups in adjoining rooms. Where the father stood with his eldest son in the kitchen, the view was open into the… Read More
2022-07-01 11:37
The reactionary mind, to a large degree, is simply another way of speaking of conservatism; at least in Anglo-American society. That is separate from speaking of this being a reactionary age… Read More
2022-06-30 15:39
It’s funny that one of the oldest living generations is called the Silents (1928-1945). That is such an amazing misnomer when one looks at the individuals who have defined that generat… Read More
2022-06-20 17:13
“The foot feels the foot when the foot feels the ground.” That quote by Ernest Wood is often misattributed to the Buddha. And it does express a Buddhist-like thought. Take the no… Read More
2022-06-12 23:12
Here is what one can learn about relating well by spending a lot of time around non-human animals, in particular. But all of it also involves and is applicable to human animals as well. This… Read More
2022-05-09 13:04
What is the quality of Iowa’s drinking water? An individual might suspect that it’s quite low. It’s a farm state with one of the least regulated and most big ag friendly ec… Read More
2022-05-06 19:03
If there actually was a military-intelligence-industrial-media complex and if it had a massive black budget funded by profits from front companies and criminal enterprises and/or dark money… Read More
2022-01-07 21:17
Let us throw out a simple observation with limited detail and analysis. This is a phenomenon that seems to define the reactionary mind. And so it is more often found on the American right-wi… Read More
2021-10-19 22:47
As many have written about, there was a unique, profound, and dramatic transformation that happened across many civilizations, maybe initiated by the Bronze Age collapse (c. 1200 BCE) but no… Read More
2021-08-30 23:21
It’s fascinating how the more reactionary conservatives can occasionally be quite honest, if in a backwards kind of way. There is always an attempt to obscure, even as damning truths a… Read More
2021-08-03 15:22
Shared responsibility, collective action, and intergenerational justice are core Biblical value. Certainly, moral concern for the least among us is as Christian as it gets. It’s strang… Read More
2021-07-23 23:00
Consumption of Unprocessed Red Meat Is Not a Risk to Health from World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) Scientific Council A synopsis of five significant, recent and broad-scale scient… Read More
2021-06-06 23:44
When our uncle died recently, we cleaned out his house and it was quite the job. He had been a bachelor his entire life and had lived alone in that large house since the 1970s. He left behin… Read More
2021-05-25 17:53
By the early 1900s, the modern diet had long been a growing concern, as it already was a topic of public debate going back a century, such as obesity and conditions like ‘nerves’… Read More
2021-05-16 03:59
Related to the high-fat vs low-fat debate, there is an interesting article to shake up our thinking: Study of Alaska Natives confirms salmon-rich diet prevents diabetes, heart disease… Read More
2021-05-08 01:14
In reference to the below COVID-19 graph of loss of life and jobs (per capita), someone wrote to us that the, “Lower left would appear better [i.e., more people alive and working. BDS]… Read More
2021-04-11 00:32
[T]he chief matter . . . being now not the fruits of the earth, and the beasts that subsist on it, but the earth itself; as that which takes in, and carries with it all the rest. John Locke… Read More
2021-04-09 00:21
It’s been previously argued, if somewhat jokingly, that we are all white liberals now. There are various methods for denigrating liberalism. A typical tactic is to throw in some other… Read More
2021-04-07 16:16
“Remember all those supermajority poll results?  Think where the polls on all these things would be if the press did its job, instead of aligning with the corporations and the pol… Read More
2021-04-05 01:15
”One can behold in capitalism a religion, that is to say, capitalism essentially serves to satisfy the same worries, anguish, and disquiet formerly answered by so-called religion.&rdqu&hell…Read More
2021-04-04 04:45
We’ve come to a new point in life, maybe approaching something vaguely resembling maturity if not yet wisdom. A change in attitude was recently expressed in changes made to this blog&r&hell…Read More
2021-02-20 00:35
I previously criticized Zach Goldberg’s article on white liberals. He wanted to make them out to seem like not only extremist ideologues but also psychologically abnormal. At times, it… Read More
2021-02-18 21:11
The following is more thoughts on the contrast between Germanic ‘freedom’ and Latin ‘liberty’ (see previous post: Libertarian Authoritarianism). The one is a non-lega… Read More
2021-02-18 00:33
From Tablet Magazine, Zach Goldberg writes about white liberals, what he calls America’s White Saviors. This is an example of how corporate media slants their reporting on public opini… Read More
2021-02-17 22:19
The reactionary mind is obsessed with reified abstractions translated into symbolic visions and causes. This is seen with Edmund Burke’s moral imagining of the overthrow of the French… Read More
2021-02-13 21:18
This is what organized religion means for most people. This is what would happen if God actually answered people’s prayers. The response would be even worse if Jesus came back in the f… Read More
2021-02-13 03:18
Libertarianism is a strange creature. It originated as part of the European workers movement, alongside Marxism, communism, and anarchism. But in the US, this history has been forgotten and… Read More
2021-02-06 23:33
There has been much debate about the causes of autism, from genetics to diet. Many have suspected a link to heavy metals. According to a 2017 NIH study, strong evidence of this link has been… Read More
2021-02-06 19:59
Here are some of thoughts on the present state and future potential of the Republican Party. Besides those like Cindy McCain and Mitt Romney, there have been waves of moderates, conservative… Read More
2021-02-04 18:33
Of all forms of pessimism, the metaphysical form was, for a historian, the least enticing. Of all studies, the one he would rather have avoided was that of his own mind. He knew no tragedy s… Read More
2021-01-26 23:51
Bhutan sounds like a lovely place to live. It exemplifies civic virtue and culture of trust. And it’s probably the most powerful example of social democracy in the world, despite limit… Read More
2021-01-23 22:25
What is the deep state within, behind, or above the United States government? Let’s look at some real world examples of brief moments when we the public get to glimpse the dark underbe… Read More
2021-01-13 12:45
The isolated self is not real, but the fearful mind makes it feel real. We always exist in interrelationship with others, with the world, and with a shared sense of our humanity. This greate… Read More
2021-01-06 20:13
There was a group of people huddled in a dungeon, prisoners for reasons long forgotten. They were chained together, unable to move about. It was the only life they knew and there was a comfo… Read More
2021-01-03 20:00
My grandfather, Clayton John Steele (1914-1993), was a minister. He was raised as an only child by a doting mother, Matilda Viola Steele (1881-1954), and an emotionally distant father, Charl… Read More
2020-12-31 21:06
Where is the world heading and upon what might it all be revolving? One would be unwise to speculate too much or offer strong predictions, but it must be noted that there has been a general… Read More
2020-12-31 18:27
Apartheid in South Africa was a violently oppressive system, one among many in history. And whenever there is oppression, there are always those who resist and fight against it. A once less… Read More
2020-12-28 04:02
For you are all children of God in the Spirit.There is no Jew or Greek;There is no slave or free;There is no male and female.For you are all one in the Spirit. Based on Galations 3:28, Steph… Read More
2020-12-27 14:36
The foundng debate of Federalists and Anti-Federalists is always of interest. In perusng the writings, particularly the letters, of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Tho… Read More
2020-12-23 22:54
Patriotism has been lower in recent decades and it continues a steady decline in the United States. It’s even lower in some other Western countries, such as Britain and Germany. And of… Read More
2020-12-13 02:49
Below is a passage from a book I got for my birthday. I was skimming through this tome and came across a note from one of the later chapters. It discusses a theory about how new substances… Read More
2020-12-10 20:12
All the time, people say what they don’t mean. Or else it’s not clear what they mean, the actual significance behind their words, what is most fundamentally motivating them. This… Read More
2020-12-06 16:04
How do media bubbles work? We often think of this phenomenon in simplistc ways. A media bubble is perceived as a person hearing certain sources of info while not hearing others. It’s a… Read More
2020-11-29 01:08
I wouldn’t necessarily argue about Joe Biden’s campaign promises or anyone else’s campaign promises, not even those of Donald Trump. But what does concern me is the actual… Read More
2020-11-26 18:20
We modern people are used to hearing voices in our heads. This is taken as normal. The inner self that speaks inwardly arises in the individual hearing that self speak. Speaking is hearing… Read More
2020-11-16 00:19
“Whether the response is lashing out, turning inward, tuning out, or giving up, Americans are becoming increasingly paralyzed by disagreement, disillusionment, and despair. Indeed, man… Read More
2020-11-14 20:27
Here we are, nearing the end of Donald Trump’s administration. He may have only been a one-term president, but he has left quite a wake in his passing through the halls of power (not u… Read More
2020-11-02 00:47
Liberalism, by historical definition, has meant generosity — not only generosity of money and charity, of public welfare and the public good but more importantly the generosity of spir… Read More

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