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The Last Great Act of Defiance

John Maynard Keynes once quipped that the,“markets can remain irrational longer than you can remain solvent.” I am betting I can remain solvent a little longer. Another long cherished market truism: Losers bet with their emotions. My bet is prudent, contrarian and emotional. I am wagering my last dollar against the screwheads. If I crap […]

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Summing Up

My urgent statement to anyone reading this, and especially to those who have read other posts here: I stand four square on heterodoxy. If you are a Jew, Muslim, Christian, Gnostic, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Shamanist or Zoroastrian — be a good one. If you are an atheist, grow up. I had to. It was hard […]

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My “Cliff Notes” for Jaron Lanier’s 10 Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now (2018)

INTRODUCTION WITH CATS Cats cooperate with you as it suits them but are never quite trainable. So why can’t we be more like them? ARGUMENT ONE:  YOU ARE LOSING YOUR FREE WILL You are in a cage that follows you around and spies on you for fun, profit and control. Behaviorism is a tool technocrats […]

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Ethics Part 16: The Frankfurt School (aka Critical Theory) and the Devolution of Academia

“The Matrix” was an unusual event as a movie at the close of the millennium. A box office hit that set a long-standing record for an R-rated film, people lined up around the block to watch it because it would blow your mind and was the kind of social force Walter Benjamin long before said […]

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Ethics Part 15: Existentialism, Depth Psychology and Radicalism

Early in the 20th Century, really smart people were asking why anyone should pay attention to academic philosophy, since it had become a vapid fanboy exercise in fawning over technocrats as practitioners proved themselves to be serviceable villains for the club who own everything and know better than you do what is right. The focus […]