What is the State Of War?

What is war? Can war ever be justified? So many questions and so many emotionally charged readers… lets see how rationally we can navigate this terrain and, consequently, how many people I can piss off in this post. “War, huh yeah What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, oh hoh, oh War huh yeah What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, say it again y’all War, huh good God What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, listen to me” ~Edwin Starr War, by the broadest definition, is man killing man. One can argue for qualifiers in order to narrow the application of … Continue reading

The Pope and the Precipice: a Tale of Two Popes and 2,000 Years

A very intelligent and good friend of mine recently mailed me a card (an important and lost art) containing a newspaper article (and equally important and lost art, journalism). The headline read “The Pope and the Precipice”, by Ross Douthat. Full disclosure: my friend is a devout protestant philosopher and I am a devout Catholic philosopher wannabe. I felt this was a good opportunity to show my appreciation for his card and address an issue in the Church at the same time. Firstly, it was an excellent reminder as to why I no longer read the paper; anymore, it’s all … Continue reading

On the Ethics of Voting

On the Ethics of Voting: a Dialogue Between George and Robert So, this was supposed to be a higher-quality production, but there were scheduling issues and time constrains such that we had to settle on the demo recording as our final recording.  We were planning on having a celebrity guest, but we couldn’t get everything worked out in time.  Hopefully, in the future, we will be able to revisit this script and get a better rendition recorded. Still, all of the material and substance is here, just not as polished and palatable as I had hoped.  Above is the audio … Continue reading

Towards a Definition of Anarchy

From the Greek: “A/An” = “not” + “Archon” =King/ruler” Throughout Athenian history, the form and function of an “archon” changed in various ways, but all of the meanings and applications of the term shared three things in common: Reverence of the position held, regardless of the actions of the individual holding the position Authority to dictate the actions of others A support structure or institution designed to grant that authority Because of the close relationship between mythology and political life in ancient cultures, the term archon was used to both describe human actors and intermediary deities/angels/spirits. Excepting instances wherein poetic … Continue reading

Surprise! Another Post

 On rare occasion, I am surprised. Sometimes, it is something as mild as hearing a decent song on the radio. Other times it is something as extreme as finding scorpions in my hair. Yesterday, I was surprised to be inspired by an atheist podcast I listen to… so here’s what I was inspired to write about. Surprise can be unpleasant, hilarious, or any blend of the sensations in-between. What, exactly, is surprise? A neurobiologist with a higher IQ and worse social life than mine own may be able to answer this question better, but I thought it was worth exploring. … Continue reading

10 Feelings Only Wives of Anarchists Can understand

This is something my wife cooked up to pick on me.  I thought it was too funny to not share, so I created a blog to share it with the world. 1)  When he (or anyone in his presence) brings up the roads (again): 2:  When you lose your husband for the night so he can watch infighting on the internet: 3:  It’s the end of a long day with the children acting out and your husband (jokingly) calls you a Statist for sending a disobedient child to their room: 4:  When you suddenly see someone called him a libertarian or … Continue reading

Is Anarchy a Bad Word?

More and more frequently these days, it seems that when meeting people for the first or second time, I am outed as an anarchist. Usually, it is a mutual friend of my acquaintance and myself that does so (sometimes, I think they get some sadistic pleasure from doing so), but sometimes I am compelled to out myself, especially when so many people ask, “What’s your take on such-and-such political issue?” More often than not, the statement I am an anarchist” is met with incredulity and disbelief. It’s as if I had said, “I’m a racist,” or “I’m a rapist,” or … Continue reading