Category Archives: Modernity

Scientific Authority in the Age of Ebola

American liberals are cultivating an interesting rhetoric that demands subservience to scientific authority. This rhetoric is most prominent regarding global warming and teaching of evolution. But it has now spread to compulsory vaccination and Ebola quarantines. I suspect liberals cultivated … Continue reading

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Technology Makes the Harshness of Life Invisible

Yesterday, I asked some questions about how I (or you) might act, consume, and dispose differently if the relationships between us and those who produce and dispose of the things we use were visible to us or if we had … Continue reading

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Technology Makes Relationships Invisible

Technology makes some things invisible.  This is true at least in the context of an industrial society, whether it be capitalist, communist, or anything else. For the above to be true, I must make clear that I mean technology in … Continue reading

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A Future Genealogy

Donna Markale and Alexi Baker got married.  They wanted to be egalitarian of course, so they hyphenated their names.  They had a daughter named Jean. Jean Markale-Baker married Hans Holzer-Pennick.  They wanted to be egalitarian of course, so they hyphenated … Continue reading

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4th of July Edition: Neoliberalism and the Decline of Patriotism

Polling indicates that the majority of Americans are still proud of their country. But patriotism has certainly declined since the late 1960s.  I suspect this varies greatly by class and region, with the greatest decline being in the North and … Continue reading

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No Center and No Past

Americans are obsessed with individualism.  We often see ourselves as entirely self-directed, autonomous beings.  All that we do is the result of our own choices and desires.  This is a superficial sense of individualism.  Moreover, it defies reality. In America … Continue reading

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