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Wednesday, March 24 2004

The Encroachment of the Public

As privacy fades, so do intimacy, personal safety, and self-esteem (mental health) and with them social cohesion.


Wednesday, February 11 2004

The Pathology of Love

Behavior changes are reminiscent of psychosis and, biochemically speaking, passionate love closely imitates substance abuse.


Wednesday, January 21 2004

The Basic Dilemma of the Artist

We are prisoners in the universe of our emotions; our weapons of language are useless.


Wednesday, December 10 2003

The Columnist in the Mousetrap

Agatha Christie's opus is a portrait of our age as it emerged, all bloodied and repellent, from the womb of the dying Victorian era.


Wednesday, November 5 2003

An Argument for State-Sanctioned Torture

Inevitably, the very act of being rendered suspect is traumatic and bound to inflict psychological, pecuniary, and physical pain and suffering.


Wednesday, October 1 2003

Morality as Collateral Damage

The universal imperative 'thou shall not kill (another human being)' is easily over-ruled by the moral obligation to kill for one's country. The imperative 'though shall not steal' is superseded by one's moral obligation to spy for one's nation.


Thursday, September 4 2003

The Folly of Parenthood

Many (children) continue to live with their parents into their thirties and consume the family's savings in college tuition, sumptuous weddings, expensive divorces, and parasitic habits.


Thursday, July 24 2003

The Myth of Mental Illness

Suicide, substance abuse, narcissism, eating disorders, antisocial ways, schizotypal symptoms, depression, even psychosis are considered sick by some cultures -- and utterly normative or advantageous in others.


Wednesday, July 2 2003

Just War or a Just War

What is legal is not always moral and what is legitimate is not invariably legal.


Tuesday, June 3 2003

The Ecology of Environmentalism

Arguably, bacteria and insects exert on Nature far more influence with farther reaching consequences than Man has ever done.


Wednesday, May 14 2003

Hitler and the Invention of the West

The idea of the West . . . is merely the last phase and manifestation of the clash of titans between Germany on the one hand, and Russia on the other.


Wednesday, April 9 2003

The Demise of the West

No official version of the events can survive the onslaught of blogs and multiple news reporting.


Wednesday, March 5 2003

Why America is Hated

I firmly believe that it is better to face a forthright villain than a masquerading saint.


Wednesday, February 5 2003

Serial Killers as a Cultural Construct

Such killers are convinced that they are more honest and open about their desires and, thus, morally superior.


Wednesday, January 8 2003

Sex or Gender

Are gender identity and sexual preferences . . . immutable lifelong features or dynamically evolving frames of self-reference?


Wednesday, December 4 2002

The Merits of Stereotypes

(Discrimination) has little to do with stereotypes and a lot to do with societal and economic power matrices.


Wednesday, October 23 2002

A Case for Legalizing Some Crime

Millions of professionals . . . derive their livelihood, parasitically, from crime.


Wednesday, September 25 2002

Ethical Relativism and Absolute Taboos

(Taboos) disappear or are transformed when no longer useful.


Wednesday, August 21 2002

Racing Down: Eugenics and the Future of the Human Species

If society is to bear the costs of over-population -- social welfare, medical care, daycare centers -- then society has the right to regulate procreation.


Wednesday, July 31 2002

The Myth of the Right to Life

Public hospitals, state pension schemes, and police forces may be needed in order to fulfill society's obligations to prolong, maintain, and improve our lives, but fulfill them they must.


Thursday, June 27 2002

And Then There Were Too Many: The Population Bomb

No one can vouchsafe for a 'critical mass' of humans, a threshold beyond which the species will implode and vanish.


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