On Autopilot

Having successfully equipped myself with precisely the wrong set of mental tools and concepts to survive in this particular hyper-commercial and aggressively competitive world...

The Paradox of Tolerance

In regards to the ongoing global rise of the far right-wing and a certain authoritarian-flavoured nationalism, this is not so much prescient ("it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument"), more that this expresses a perennial truth...

Hate Speech: Caveat Emptor

Context: Hate on the Rise After Trump’s Election. It is no surprise, really, that hate crime has surged.  As a far-flung observer of these events it has always been apparent (because it has always been the case) that politicians who do not cautiously vet their own words and public statements can let loose all manner…

Post-Truth: Ignorance is Not Strength

We have now graduated past "my ignorance is as good as your knowledge" and have entered a "post-truth" world where any witless assertion whatsoever might be interpreted as defensible fact.  There can surely now be no turning back.  There can be  no "peak post-truth" or "post-post-truth". We appear to be inextricably trapped in an infinite…