Category Archives: philosophy

Human Rights and the Discovery of Empathy

In my first year of humanitarian work I was called on to help start up a program in Kosovo after the end of that bloody conflict. Ethnic cleansing they called it, genocide without the murder I suppose. I was 21 … Continue reading

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To Hate or to #WalkAway

Our national discourse has become like that carnival which set up in an abandoned lot on California State Route 180 which we might have gone to as a child. Rising early, we are pushed into our clothes by our excited … Continue reading

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While Belshazzar Drinks

While Belshazzar drank; the aromas of fine wine and elegant foods prepared by the cooks of the greatest empire in the world filled the opulent Assyrian halls of power. The party was reaching crescendo, that moment of inebriation and abandon … Continue reading

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Ibn Tufayl’s “Hayy Ibn Yaqzan” – A Book Review

I have a friend who was an erstwhile archeologist. Not Zahi Hawass, digging piles of gold from the sands of ancient Egypt but a local archaeologist who worked for a municipality in England. Clearing lands and approving building permits, excavating … Continue reading

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Camus’ Joyful Nihilism

Camus’ existential nihilism is beautiful, and joyful. I think that is what surprised me the most.  “In the light, the earth remains our first and our last love. Our brothers are breathing under the same sky as we; justice is … Continue reading

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On Faith and Marxism

Why do we revere mass murders, psychopaths? David Koresh burning to death his submissive charges; Jim Jones in Jonestown drinking poisoned cool aid with his flock, the most bizarre Eucharist of all? Karl Marx starving out his own children and … Continue reading

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Deneen and the Defense of Culture: on “Why Liberalism Failed”

I recently returned home from a business trip. West Africa, Istanbul, Bangkok, Paris and back to West Africa. It’s appropriate that my journey started in West Africa, from whence Robert Kaplan twenty-five years ago warned us of the ‘coming anarchy’, … Continue reading

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