Imagine what America would look like if it were ruled by corporations and institutions that paid off politicians and got away with doing whatever they wanted in their own self-interest. Somehow it would look exactly like it does now.Read More
Runaway Rant: How to Recognize Evil
We’re not allowed to talk about evil in polite society. It’s considered almost so backward as to be medieval. But the real reason is that evil will not stand for being pointed out and always masquerades as good. Nobody comes right out and acknowledges that they are doing evil things, except perhaps the Marquis de…Read More
Runaway Rant: The Despicable, anti-American Smearing of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Is RFK the crackpot, fringe, hopeless candidate we are told, or are we seeing big corporations trying to shut down the one man – cut from the same cloth as his uncle and father – who would really stand up to them to protect the average citizen and save the middle class?Read More
Runaway Rant: ‘Twas an Ebeneezer Potter Xmas
[written in one sitting as fast as I could because I got a guest coming. Note, my Xmas was fine. Enjoyed the vintage Americana I indulged in, from listening to classic Xmas tunes, to watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the first time, and spending it with my wife, etc. Here, I’m talking about the…Read More
Runaway Rant: The New Definition of the “Good” is “Obsequiousness”
Somehow in my adult life the idea of the good person has been switched from someone who stands up for the good, to someone who meekly follows orders.Read More
Runaway Rant: Candice and Kanye’s WHITE LIVES MATTER attire goes too far and misses the point
“WHITE LIVES MATTER” is a badge of overarching conservative beliefs; it’s overstatement risks slipping into racism proper; and it [unwittingly] plays into the hands of the atrociously backwards belief that we are defined by our biology. Because it uses race as a pivot point for partisan politics, to the degree that it attempts to alleviate…Read More
Runaway Rant: Jack Vale Shut Down, NFT Community Silent On Censorship, Twitter Users Not Consulted About Musk …
“I think everything out there is dangerous. It’s just not a free world anymore. You can’t say things that you want to say. You can’t express yourself anymore. Comedians all over the country – all over the world – are paranoid now that they’re going to say the wrong thing, and get canceled. You’re gonna’…Read More
The Argument for Free Speech & Against Censorship
[I originally published this in 2017, then again in 2020. Sadly, it’s as relevant today as ever, and probably more so, because the longer we keep drifting towards censorship, the harder it is to free ourselves of it.] You can have free speech without violence or oppression, but censorship requires force, which means at least…Read More
How an Ideologue Tried to Get Me Cancelled From Twitter
I’ve sat on this story for a month because it is so unpleasant for me to discuss. However, I have to analyze this, and defend myself, because if I don’t, it may come back to haunt me. But first I must confess something. I compared someone’s abstract painting to an abstract painting made by a…Read More
New Video: All Art is Political! NOT
This is the second video in my Abominable Ideas in Art series, and based on a group of articles I wrote a few years ago. Here I tackled the ubiquitous and self-righteous notion that all art is political. People assume this is a progressive idea, but because it places art (all art and art history]…Read More
Runaway Rant: Anything that infringes on the sanctity of the individual is backwards.
The most important thing to understand here is that the sanctity of the individual is the most universal and comprehensive — you could even say collective — way of thinking about political and economic systems because everyone is an individual. Some people would want to scream “Libertarian”, but some libertarians seem more concerned with the…Read More
Runaway Rant: the news isn’t new, and the latest urgent conversations took place before I was born
The conversations we are told we so desperately need to have, have already been had, and better, before I was born. Science races forward so fast that the science fiction of my youth has been outstripped in many instances — consider the Starship Enterprise didn’t even have computers that could run Windows — and the…Read More
No News for Over 3 Weeks: I’m Cured
After jettisoning the news for 3 weeks, I’ve started a YouTube channel and produced 1.5 videos.Read More
Adam Curtis’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”: My Reaction
By now I’ve seen every documentary Adam Curtis has put out, and his latest 6-part series is available on his own channel on YouTube. It’s of the same high standard as are his previous works. I’ll link to all of them for convenience at the bottom of the post. Part 1: Bloodshed on Wolf Mountain.…Read More
Runaway Rant: Art succeeds inspite of politics, not because of it
Why politics are the enemy of art.Read More
Runaway Rant: I identify as a shapeless, colorless, genderless soul
What quackery is this?! Is your pronoun going to be “that”, or is “that” already taken? No woo-woo here, folks. I’m not saying I don’t have a shape, color, or gender, or that those things don’t have importance, I merely point out what should be so obvious that everyone takes it for granted. It is…Read More
Runaway Rant: Participating in politics is inviting war into your life.
I’m retiring from politics. I’d managed to avoid engaging in the political quagmire for months on end, largely because I publicly pledged to do so after the media and politicians created an extremely volatile, self-fulfilling prophecy of racial discord, hatred, distrust, and violence, all in the name of advertising clicks and other ulterior motives. I…Read More
Runaway Rant: Is it Time to Crush the Conservatives?
I’ve railed against conservatives on this blog. When authors of a study dared suggest that political affiliation was dependent on “predispositions” rather than choice, I fumed: That kind of milquetoast thinking is just finding excuses for social cowardice. We know that social change has demanded great sacrifice, because those who have power, whether they are…Read More
Reality is Now the Enemy!
I’m old school on reality. Well, technically, I’m kinda’ old period. And white. And male. You could say I am a remnant of a bygone era. I still believe that reality should be sought, and accepted, and that to do so is healthy and necessary. We should defer to the greater argument. There are a…Read More
The Argument for Free Speech & Against Censorship
[This is a re-post of an article I wrote 3 years ago, and which sadly has become increasingly relevant, so much so that one can’t even articulate why it is relevant today without risking being censored for doing so. Censorship is no longer the bad word it used to be, or something liberals oppose on…Read More
Tricking Americans into Hating Each Other for Profit and Political Gain
I vowed on September 26th not to say anything on my blog about politics until the election was over. I succeeded, and it’s a lot harder to NOT speak out than it is to vent. The election lingers, but the voting is over. I just have a small observation or two. The vast majority of…Read More
Ain’t Sayin’ Squat ‘Til After the Election
At least until after the election, folks. The political atmosphere has been in the red for months, and as election time gets closer, it’s likely to spill over into an eruption of anger and lashing out. Well, that’s if the last election is anything to go by. And there are still people I’ve had no…Read More
The Greater Lesson of Jane Eliot’s Sadistic “Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Experiment” on School Children.
Russel called me names, and I hit him. Hit him in the gut. What did he call you? Brown eyes. I’m sure you’ve heard about Jane Eliot’s infamous Blue eyes/Brown eyes Experiment, hearkening back to a time when we were permitted as a society to conduct social experiments on students for the greater good of…Read More
Protected: Runaway Rant: Why everything is backwards.
There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.Read More
Hyper-moralization & the art world
We live in a time of extraordinary moralizing. You may have noticed a no-holds-barred competition to see who is the most morally pure, and who isn’t, either by birthright or by belief. There’s always some of that going on. When I was growing up it issued from the religious right. Nancy Reagan famously advised to…Read More
We can’t agree about anything because…
These days everything is controversial and there’s little certainty about anything. Take for example the endless battles over what constitutes a healthy diet [consider Jordan Peterson and his daughter only consume beef, salt, and water]. A big part of this is, I suspect, because somewhere along the line people stopped believing that it is essential…Read More
No Country for White Artists?
Museum Curator forced to resign
over “toxic white supremacist beliefs”!
The Truth Shall Not Be Spoken
Last month I made a pact with myself to not write or comment publicly about things which are happening in the world right now. Part of my rationale was to spare myself getting involved in the toxic miasma, both in terms of time, energy, and mental well-being. But there’s something darker lurking. It is not…Read More