Somewhere around the second century CE, the Roman satirist Juvenal coined the phrase ‘bread and circuses’ which has come to mean placating one’s populace with cheap bribes to distract them from their political grievances. Here’s the logic. Thomas Hobbes observed… Read More ›
Look below a grand narrative, e.g. left vs right, dark vs light, and you will discover people doing the best they can with the circumstances in which they find themselves.
Creative thinkers are often detached from social constraints. Some people detached from social constraints are psychopaths. And so, is the video-gamer in your basement on the verge of a scientific breakthrough or his next kill?
The so-called helicopter parent phenomenon is in no small part due to the helicopter institutions and helicopter social phenomena. Parental anxiety is often amplified, if not created, by studies and expert advice. True, some advice is reassuring and it’s nice… Read More ›
People who hate each other can and do manage to live together peaceably. Brewing neighbours walk past each other for thirty years. Colleagues just accept that each other are idiots. Most misogynists are not raping and shooting women. And a… Read More ›
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I’ve noticed that those who urge others to question authority are least willing to have others question theirs.