Jean-Paul Sartre and the Essence of Morality

J.P. is a very flawed figure, and then this must give rise to many problems in approaching his philosophy.  Also, he has been a very popular thinker, which then compounds with his wrong ideas and his somewhat under-acknowledged borrowings from Heidegger, to create a negative image.  Still, where in Heidegger, Husserl's epoche and his own … Continue reading Jean-Paul Sartre and the Essence of Morality

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The Conservative Case For Dying Slowly

Conservative:  I believe my people ought to be displaced using safe and legal means, and I only support government handouts for newcomers if they go to school or get old. Liberal:  It's all gone to hell anyway.  Why does it matter?  A billion immigrants are fine.  Why all the fuss about 'legal'? Smoke dope. Conservative:  … Continue reading The Conservative Case For Dying Slowly

Review of THE MYSTERY OF EVIL: BENEDICT XVI AND THE END OF DAYS by G. Agamben

The Mystery of Evil:  Benedict XVI and the End of Days by Giorgio Agamben Tr. A. Kotsko Stanford Univ. Press / Meridian. 69 pages. (Main text, 39 pages)   ...Giorgio Agamben is one of the most important and influential figures in contemporary continental philosophy. Profoundly influenced by both Martin Heidegger and Walter Benjamin, he has … Continue reading Review of THE MYSTERY OF EVIL: BENEDICT XVI AND THE END OF DAYS by G. Agamben

Resistance and False Resistance (RESISTANCE AND CAPITALISM, Draft – Excerpts)

I am not a liberal and never have been. I find liberalism almost as boring as communism and have no wish to be drawn into an argument over which of these two antiquated creeds is less likely to advance us any further. -- George Lichtheim (Letter to the New York Review of Books, March 19, … Continue reading Resistance and False Resistance (RESISTANCE AND CAPITALISM, Draft – Excerpts)

Anglican Evangelion and the Changes in the Episcopal Church USA

  If one examines the religious affiliations of US Presidents, it becomes obvious that there is an early dominance by three groups:  Episcopalians, the Reformed, and Unitarians.  There are no Methodist Presidents until Ulysses Grant, and this is a case of a President elected after doing battle on a 'nation,' the Confederacy, marked by Methodism.  … Continue reading Anglican Evangelion and the Changes in the Episcopal Church USA

The Emergence of the ECO Presbyterian Church; The End of Christianity

The Emergence of the ECO Presbyterian Church It is a typical Rip Van Winkle story.  I returned to my home congregation in California after many years travelling around.  This had been a PC-USA congregation.  I saw there was a new pastor, and it appeared that the church was rather empty.  However, the new pastor seemed … Continue reading The Emergence of the ECO Presbyterian Church; The End of Christianity

The Death of a Verhaegh

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/times-standard/obituary.aspx?pid=175453865 Well, the obituary looks to be half lies but I guess that is to be expected. Also I ought to note, the survivor 'Verhaegh's' mentioned in the obit are adopted from the Vietcong:  'Verhaegh' in a more biologically-typical sense mostly lives in Wisconsin & Europe (and does relatively few things connected with populating the … Continue reading The Death of a Verhaegh

Review – Straight-out: Revelations and Discussions Over South Africa’s History 1989-1997 / Reguit: Onthullings en Gesprekke Oor Suid-Afrika Se Geskiedenis 1989-1997, by Claus Nordbruch

Reguit: Onthullings en Gesprekke Oor Suid-Afrika Se Geskiedenis 1989-1997 Claus Nordbruch Kontak Uitgewers, 1997:  Pretoria 248 pages.   'Straight-out:  Revelations and Discussions Over South Africa's History 1989-1997.' This work deals with the question of various white identities in South Africa, 'Afrikaner,' 'Boer,' 'Boer-Afrikaner,' and variations on 'Duitssprekende Suid-Afrikaners' [German-speaking South Africans or 'German-Speaking Afrikaners'].  The … Continue reading Review – Straight-out: Revelations and Discussions Over South Africa’s History 1989-1997 / Reguit: Onthullings en Gesprekke Oor Suid-Afrika Se Geskiedenis 1989-1997, by Claus Nordbruch

Review, Represailles in Limburg: 1940-1945, Ed. Jack Kooistra

Represailles in Limburg: 1940-1945 Ed. Jack Kooistra Uitgeverij Louise: Grou (2013) The title of this work translates as 'Reprisals in Limburg: 1940-1945.'  It is part of a series on the Netherlands, 'Gewapend Verzet en Bloedige Wraak': 'Armed Resistance and Bloody Revenge.' The book is a collection of pieces relating to the question of Limburg's resistance … Continue reading Review, Represailles in Limburg: 1940-1945, Ed. Jack Kooistra