I have an academic friend who said on the night of Donald Trump’s election that he felt like a social democrat waking up in Berlin in 1933. His quip nicely captured the shock all non-Trump voters felt that night. It has been small comfort that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote; Trump is the President. … More Trump and the Demise of Civility
Of all the baffling aspects of the Donald Trump phenomenon, one of the most baffling and appalling for me has been the support he has had from white Evangelical Protestants and Catholics. Okay, I get the opposition to abortion, but surely Christian values can’t be reduced to opposition to abortion. What about love, respect, caring … More Trump: What Would Jesus Do?
If reading philosophy isn’t a walk in the park, reading French postmodernist philosophy is more like a wade through the swamp. But just as reading a text of physics with understanding requires specialized training, especially in mathematics, reading a text of postmodernist theory requires a grasp of lots of specialized vocabulary and odd syntax. But … More Understanding Jacques Derrida
} It’s as though the city is under siege. We have seen more than one would-be Xmas tree vendor hauled of in handcuffs. Happy Holiday goons forced a local store to take down a window display that slightly resembled a manger. Traditional Christmas drinks like eggnog are banned for the month of December, but our … More The War on Christmas
Money can’t buy happiness. This is the fairy tale that we tell ourselves to feel less envious of the rich and that the rich promote in order to feel safer. It’s true, of course, that happiness isn’t a commodity you can buy on Amazon. And it’s also true that rich can be quite miserable. But … More Fairy Tales
In their attacks on religion, the so-called New Atheists—Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens (RIP), and Sam Harris—go after low-hanging fruit. They pretend that the most primitive, science-denying fundamentalists are representative of religious believers. But not all religious people believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, or that global warming doesn’t matter because Jesus will … More God vs The Evil Eye
I was next in line at the check-out counter at my local supermarket. The young man checking the groceries was going through the motions with the usual check-out patter: “How are you today?” “Did you find everything you wanted?” “Do you want the meat wrapped in plastic?” “Do you want help out with that?” “Have … More The Imitation Game
“In politics, money buys influence.”—Hillary Clinton “There’s no free lunch.”—Bernie Sanders “I’m sorry. I should never have said such a stupid thing”—Donald Trump “It’s hard to overestimate the importance of America’s moral leadership in the world.”—Noam Chomsky “Keep it simple.”—Jacques Derrida “Life is completely meaningless, and trying to make sense of it is a futile … More Fantasy Quotes
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has a reputation among his supporters of “telling it like it is,” by which they seem to mean that Trump says what’s on their minds. If that’s what Trump is doing, he must think his supporters’ minds are filled with anti-Latino bias and bigotry. When the Latina governor of New … More Telling It Like It Is
Here is the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of university: University: an institution of higher learning providing facilities for teaching and research and authorized to grant academic degrees; specifically : one made up of an undergraduate division which confers bachelor’s degrees and a graduate division which comprises a graduate school and professional schools each of which may … More Trump University–WTF?