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Nov
10

Remarks on Bates Motel (A&E)

Remarks on Bates Motel (A&E) 2nd Golden Age of American television, being continued. Scene from E5 of A&E’s Bates Motel, the prequel to the Hitchcock classic ‘Psycho’. By the third episode, there are multiple and compelling plot lines beginning. In the scene portrayed, Norman and his friend are looking for a suspected Asian sex slave in the hold of a ship owned by a dead man killed by his mother during an...
Nov
9

The Conception of the Causal Connection of My Will to Its Objects: The Effect on the Goodness of the Will

I have been continuing to work on articulating a complex concept in my book project. This is from Chapter Three. The nature of the relation of thought to will is such that whether the form of a paradigm be materialistic or teleological, the resulting paradigm functions as a guide for the will. This form has a moral function, and either limits or enables the will to become morally good. How does this work?...
Nov
1

John Galbraith on American conservatives.

Click here for statement by Galbraith on conservatives My thoughts on Galbraith’s statement: This may sound like a more intense statement than it is. The insight is considered a commonplace by most who study the history of ideas, social philosophy and national ideologies. Remember my claim: American conservatives are not really conservatives in any true sense of the word. They cannot be. It is up...
Sep
29

The error of libertarianism: Rousseau on the natural dominance of the few strong

Rousseau’s thought is one of the primary influences on the Constitution, especially that found in the Social Contract. His thinking was influenced by work he did in Venice in the embassy. He reports that he had a superior who treated him unjustly for years. When he returned to Paris and attempted to have him reprimanded, he got nowhere. This led him to write the following remark in The Confessions: ...
Sep
24

Remark on American leaders responding to climate change.

I’m curiously watching how political leaders respond to global warming. If they cannot or do not respond in some way, I think that reveals a very strange detachment. Do they tell themselves they will be dead so why should they care? Do they really feel or believe their own ‘self interest’ is more valid a motive than attempting to contribute to a solution, when they actually might have...
Sep
7

Some remarks on why the American activist embraces a nihilistic ideology.

Perhaps the most important reason for the widespread disengagement of most citizens with the deeper moral and spiritual currents of life is that the American has come to be defined solely in terms of external function. This then comes to be reflected in the tendency of so many activists to embrace an ideology which is essentially amoral, and thus nihilistic. Over time, as actions are sanctioned in the...
Sep
7

Some remarks on the confused thinking of libertarians and adherents of Ayn Rand.

Remarks by Terence Hoyt. Laissez-faire proponents, e.g. Ayn Rand followers and libertarians and the Tea Party overall, ignore the distinction entailed in the concept of “basic economic needs”. As with all ideologues, they transform various practical notions into deep moral values. In this case, they fetishize the concept of economic freedom and liberty, transforming freedom from a basic arrangement...

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