A number of political developments that will eventually have serious consequences took place last year, primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. What happened can be distilled into two points, the decision by a majority of British citizens to leave the European Union, and later on the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the US of A. These things are not necessarily as strongly related as is being implied in some places. Continue reading
I have started thinking lately that my outlook on the world has become too gloomy. It is not particularly difficult to see why this is so, considering the output of the average news source. From the atrocities that recently took place in Brussels and Paris to the resurgence of fascism in all kinds of places to the gross excesses of modern identity politics, the renewal of the death sentence on Rushdie and the successes of a madman in the GOP primary, it sure looks like those of us who believe in civilization and culture are in for a rough ride. Not all of the things I listed are currently equally dangerous, but they are all eventually going to mean trouble. In times like these I would like to remind my readers that no matter how bad things look, there is still resistance. Continue reading
On my way to work this morning I listened to a rant by Cenk Uygur about Sam Harris, which you can find here. I don’t have much to say right now about most of what goes on in that clip but there is one phenomenon that I’ve now observed for the second time that I would very much like for someone to explain to me. Continue reading
Last weekend something called Politicon took place in Los Angeles. I am not overly familiar with Politicon but once read somewhere that it can probably be described as comic-con but about politics instead of fiction. The main attraction of this convention was as far as I can tell a “debate” between Cenk Uygur of TYT and the infamous Ann Coulter, a debate that I happened to watch on Youtube last night, here is a link for anyone interested. Continue reading
This morning just before I left for work I noticed that another trailer had been released for the coming fifth season of Game of Thrones. It’s called “The Wheel”, for reasons that will be obvious if you watch it, which you can do here. Since I had to go to work I couldn’t write anything about it at once as I would have preferred, but now that I’m home again I’ll put down a few words about which new conclusions we can draw about the coming season from this trailer. Continue reading
This morning, just after I woke up, I watched some segments of the Real Time with Bill Maher episode that aired last night. In particular, the part about Brian Williams from NBC got me thinking. You can find it here. Continue reading
A couple of months ago I stumbled upon a blog run by someone named Adam Lee. Among other content on this blog the author also recaps the entirety of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, chapter by chapter. As I write this the recapping is still going on, one chapter or part of one chapter is revived each week and by now Mr. Lee has gotten through more than half of the book. You can find all of this here.
This recapping of Continue reading