Tag Archives: Ayn Rand

painting at the we’re O.K. Corral

An enduring myth of American culture is that of the rugged individualist. One of the core values of American culture is the drama in all its variants of an individual determinedly sticking to a singular and personal code of ethics … Continue reading

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Havel enough

There has been a lot of ink spilled for Vaclav Havel, most all of it favorable. He was deeply Western; acculturated to rock music and American culture in general, and a willing actor to boot communism into the dust-bin, greatly … Continue reading

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memory lane

Perhaps the most compelling feature of modernism is the rejection of tragedy. A disdain and unconsciousness of within the context of a rupture with history. Its hubris, a mark of identity and also the genesis of its own failure, a … Continue reading

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Occupy my coolness

The question that could be posited is whether articles like this, writers like Naylor actually reinforce the very behavior they seek to expose; since ostensibly bringing the matter to public attention may increase the value of the one-percenters, the distinction … Continue reading

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poetry and pond games

The cultural ghetto to escape from or to remain in? Smaller ghettos within the vast metropolis. Finding the vastness of the universal within the small and comparatively isolated. Northrop Frye was known for his theory of the Canadian what he … Continue reading

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normality of silent running: adventures in immanence

Blame it on Spinoza. Spinoza provided the raw material for the abandonment of Jewish messianism and what had been the conventional and traditional religious conceptions that had defined jewish life in the diaspora.Spinoza was the architect of liberal democracy and … Continue reading

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london : read them the riot act?

Mobs and riots are not exactly new phenomenon. It’s had some water under the bridge, most of it undrinkable, to draw on. When the capital of the Roman empire moved to the East, the mob, at Byzantium rioted with unparalleled … Continue reading

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shifting mainstream: a murky sideshow

You have to wonder whether the current, almost virulent anti-Arab and Muslim invective in America and to some extent in Canada is not induced by a larger effort, principally using the media, in order to enact behavior modification through a … Continue reading

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the age of incompetence

Are our government’s in the West incompetent? No doubt the nation state is in crisis and its future of more than passing concern. Whether in terminal collapse as some libertarians seem to be wagering on, or some from of re-tooling … Continue reading

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individualism as a performance art

Can we ever be free of conformity or is it just, as in Atlas Shrugged, part of what John Galt says, “part of escaping the┬ánecessity of choice.” Is the idea of making a choice, making decisions, a form of conformity? … Continue reading

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