How did a mere academic movement of the mid 20th-century metastasize - over less than three generations - into a neo-identitarian phenomenon powerful enough to be assimilating venerable institutions whole departments at a time? Public opinion (and therefore policy) is being subordinated to a consensus mediocrity, hostile to talent, individuality and merit. Is society helpless against this confederacy of dunces; or is there a deeper more sapient power dynamic embedded in postmodernism's banality substrate?
Orania in South Africa is a land for whites only. What's more, it's for Afrikaner whites, descendants of the first white Boer (Dutch) settlers dispossed by the British 120 years ago. Orania is the expression of the original separatist white Afrikaner dream. It's peaceful, safe and prosperous. It is also written up around the world as a white racist ethnostate. What's the reality, behind dichotomy of determined Oranian smiles and universal "woke" condemnation?
Time and time again the rump of voters choose the fantasy over the fact. People in their millions go for the snake oil (if it's delivered with the right dewy-eyed appeal) and reject the poor prosaic plain-speaker with the long record of real public service. I don't get it!
This is 2020 and our society is more utilitarian than ever. But it's increasingly a culture without heritage, locked into an ouroboros sham stability that's twisted to funnel wealth upward as nation-sized corporations destroy the planet's future. And yet our society is called democratic; so long as the turkeys keep voting for Christmas...
Social media is a quixotic chain gang, prisoners shackled together by some antithesis of merit - failed wannabe artists, lazy scavengers of other people's renown - craving... 250 words more, read on.
It might seem like a media outlet with a 99 in 100 factually accurate strike rate is pretty good. But in a cross-referenced media landscape and a 24 hour news cycle, 99 in 100 right soon becomes 99 in 100 wrong.
In complex systems involving millions of individual human parts, it's rare to find systemic differences based on failure. Large networks of people tend to generate a built-in error correction, problem-solving and group improvement momentum.
The current culture fight between groups, people subsumed into a common identity and self-policing one another, and individuals, those who can’t or won’t submit to this world view and — by that one fact — must fight to hold their ground if ever coming up against a group’s public agenda. Historically we’ve been through an … Continue reading The Cost of American Exceptionalism Is Too High For America’s Future
It's 2019 and, like it or not, the stories that've been the heritage of human culture are breaking down. The disintegration has been spasmodic. slow enough to go unnoticed (if one tries hard enough). But the corrosion is an organic inertia that won't stop unless we stop it. Why does this matter? Read on to find out...
Reality is parsed through the prism of storytelling. This can be beautiful, distilled intensity that’s emotional and compelling. It can be horrifying, focused on fears and misery. In all cases it’s occupying; it passes the day. Trouble is, the storytelling may have outlived its usefulness and what no doubt has driven homo sapiens to date may now be the recipe for our extinction.