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citizens of x first

in so many countries nowadays the clarion call of “citizens first, foreigners last” has sounded and gathered many to its cause – for varied reasons, whether personal experiences, ideological or otherwise. 735 more words


The Last King Of Camelot

The last King of Camelot,
Sailed upon the breeze –
As his coffin moved through silent streets,
The world fell on its knees –

The stars fell down from the sky, 216 more words

Meritocracy and Cosmopolitanism

Meritocracy is on the surface a thing that seems indisputably good. The idea that people should be appraised and awarded positions on competency alone seems obvious to us today. 1,754 more words


"Hard Work, Creativity, Vision?" Useless compared to Inherited Wealth and Knowing the Right People.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a spectacular piece of engineering.  It was opened in 1964.  It features prominently in Saturday Night Fever.  And, according to Donald Trump, interviewed in 1980, it had a profound effect on the Republican presidential candidate’s own character formation.   771 more words

The philosophy behind inequality

There are several moments while I’m reading a journal article or textbook where I’m just so taken aback by what I read that I need a moment to process it…that’s what I’m experiencing with following piece: 459 more words


Sickness and Humanity

My life right now is one of isolation.

I live at home with my parents. I don’t work or volunteer. I don’t do anything for other people. 349 more words


The First Job Dilemma (Or Welcome to the Hyper-Meritocracy)

There was a kilo of white powder resting in a plate on the kitchen table. An empty cigar tube rested next to it. Judging by the grooves, the tube had been used to rake the powder to resemble a mini zen garden. 2,553 more words