oh father, where art thou

What do Friedrich Nietzsche, David Hume, Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Arthur Schopenhauer, Thomas Hobbes, Jean Meslier, Voltaire, Jean d'Alembert, Baron d'Holbach, Ludwig Feuerbach, Samuel Butler, Sigmund Freud, H.G. Wells, John Toland, Robert Taylor, Richard Carlile, Albert Ellis, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens all have in common? Well, actually... Continue Reading →

your heart sucks

I'm taking a break from Twitter for Lent which means that during the week I have to find something else to do while standing in lines or to distract me while I'm supposed to be grading papers. So for me, Twitter during Lent is limited to Sundays, feast days. One of the first Tweets I... Continue Reading →

everything is problematic

That is the almost cloying humour of the present situation. I can say abnormal things in modern magazines. It is the normal things that I am not allowed to say. I can write in some solemn quarterly an elaborate article explaining that God is the devil; I can write in some cultured weekly an aesthetic... Continue Reading →

why do institutions exist?

What is the purpose of an institution? What is the purpose of a college, of a church, of a business, of a government, of a family, of a community organization? Why do institutions exist? Transformative Model Like most things, it depends on who you ask. Some would say that institutions exist to affect or preserve the... Continue Reading →

turning coitus into koinos

First a story. Tara and I went on a cruise about a year ago. Anyone who has ever been on a cruise will tell you that there are a few things that are never in short supply on the boat: buffets, drunks, drunks at buffets, and mediocre entertainment. While on this cruise, one of the... Continue Reading →

keeping devices in their place

In one small way it was kind of a sad Christmas. This year we made the tough choice to get my son a phone for Christmas. Leading up to Christmas, I felt like virtually every parent in The Christmas Story telling Ralphie that he's not ready for that Red Ryder BB gun. "You'll become a mindless drone... Continue Reading →

how to have a happy new year

Recently, our culture has become rather obsessed with turning "Merry Christmas" into some bizarre political football. This was the year where seemingly every issue or special interest quickly morphed into an obsession over night only to dissipate into vapor mere days later. In a year of the silly, ridiculous, and borderline insane the Trumped up... Continue Reading →

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