If ideologies differ only in their degree of consequential permissiveness, with Conservatism comprising the least consequentially permissive theories, and Radicalism comprising the most consequentially permissive ones, Moderatism comprises the set of theories with average permissiveness. Moderates differ from and agree on with Conservatives only as much as they differ from and agree on with Radicals. […]Read more "Are Foes’ Foes Friends?"
Optimism can be especially tempting for intellectuals. Their ability to turn a phrase, and experienced ease in reasoning to a feasible reconciliation of constraints and affordances implicit in their experience of the human condition, can make it harder for them to tell the doxastic furniture of their worldviews from the alethic furniture of the world. […]Read more "The Optimism of Public Intellectuals"
Mullah Nassr Eddin once taught the easy lesson: when it rains the pavements get wet. We’ve learned, the hard way, what he says happens only if when it rains and the pavements don’t get wet the pavements get wet. NOTE: This poem has been edited to reflect the response to the elaboration, -which draws on […]Read more "Knowns Unknown"
Says Rumi: ‘your mirror won’t get polished if you’re irritated by every rub’. But, you know: its no fun rubbing yourself swollen with love for your mirror image.Read more "There’s the rub"
We err we’re human Forgiveness is divine, and, it’s rude to play god. Oftener than it’s not, to forgive is not for all; issue and receipt. It is right to give only what is right to give, yeah, don’t gainsay sayings. To forgive’s to err god’s shoes too big, our feet small. The very idea! […]Read more "Giving What You Can’t"
N years you did take yard for inch, so, now, repay: (1.36)N.Read more "Interest"
In about five words, you have breathed, one, two-many. Commit seppuku.Read more "Microaggression"