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The current state of my mind

These are interesting times… Without a sense of history (and Steven Pinker’s books) I would probably already have become a jaded pessimist like many others. It does help to remember that things were even worse in the olden days – in order of annoyance factor: 398 more words

LABOR DAY 2014

Labor Day was a counter-revolutionary exercise in its very foundation during the administration of Grover Cleveland. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day. Revolutionary socialism was the last thing that the AFL or the less well-known and long defunct Knights of Labor desired. 1,183 more words

Populism

Amerika fatigue - a small dose of Cultural Pessimism

Today was one of these days that made me feel out of place here in the US, hearing my colleagues (all physicians undergoing subspecialty training at a major NYC hospital) go on and on for a half hour about various TV shows. 753 more words

Great War, Great Pessimism.

Welcome to another post on philosophical audio collections and lectures. Today we hit on a lecture that talks about one of the biggest changes in European thought, culture and civilisation. 594 more words

History

No one is a prophet in their own country


Like Cioran I have left my own country in my mid-twenties, although it did take me to arrive to my middle age to start writing again in the different language, one I haven’t learned previously. 1,764 more words

Blog

On the moral vision of democracy ~(A Conversation With Christopher Lasch)


I first interviewed Christopher Lasch in the Fall of 1980. He had just published his best-seller The Culture of Narcissism, which remains the classic critique of the “me” generation. 4,223 more words

Sociology

Mythical America ~ Boris Nad


Historical events we cannot explain only by conscious intention of their protagonists. Also, not even solely with their personal characteristics and traits, although, of course, is not insignificant psychological structure of important historical actors, and their ideological or philosophical disposition. 2,287 more words

Philosophy