Category Archives: philosophizing

giving thanks

  (Yeah, I know it’s a week late. So what.) Family dinner was an important part of the daily routine at the Allen house growing up, and every family dinner started with grace. But it wasn’t quite like the pre-meal … Continue reading

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it’s chill. i stayed at a holiday inn express last night.

The issue of “experts” is a tricky one. There are so many people out there who pass themselves off as experts in one area or another that it often becomes difficult to distinguish the frauds from the genuine article. And … Continue reading

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thoughts that stuck, ctd.

I grew up in a churchgoing family. Between middle school and leaving for college, I went to church (United Church of Christ) most Sundays, and was a member of the youth choir. Despite that, I have never been a religious … Continue reading

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guest post: “responsible consumption” within an unsustainable way of life

(editor’s note: This is the first [and hopefully not last] guest post. It was written by my friend Nicholas Kramer, who has commented extensively elsewhere on this site. It is a response to my post on “responsible consumption”.) The core … Continue reading

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is “responsible consumption” an oxymoron?

Without a doubt, we are living in a highly consumptive society. The Global Footprint Network estimates that we are using about 1.5x the annual biocapacity of the Earth in 2010 (i.e. 50% more than the Earth can sustain in the … Continue reading

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the internet could save democracy. but it probably won’t.

Last week, The Hill reported that Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) had called Chris Coons, the Democratic nominee for the Senate in Delaware, “my pet”. This statement was made in the context of touting Coons’ credentials for Senate, but those specific … Continue reading

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individually objectivist, politically liberal, never statist – one man’s take on Atlas Shrugged and how it relates to the current political climate

(This will probably be my most contentious post to date, given how strongly some people feel about Atlas Shrugged, both positively and negatively. I welcome and encourage all comments.) I first read Ayn Rand‘s Atlas Shrugged, interestingly enough, in largely … Continue reading

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