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Putting the Civil Back in Civilization: Argument: an Introduction

In recent years, hasn’t it just felt like people don’t know how to talk to each other about controversial topics anymore? Seems like there’s no end of online screeds, rants, polemics, fights, and the occasional incitement to riot. It’s one … Continue reading

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Putting the Civil back in Civilization: Violence

If we’re going to talk about a civil society we’re going to have to have a proper discussion about violence. What do I mean by “proper”? Well, for one thing, no fucking glad-handing. None of this, “Gee, in a civilized … Continue reading

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Putting the Civil Back in Civilization: Speech

Some time ago, probably somewhere in the middle of a rant, I mentioned something about making things better. It’s one thing to opine, to criticize, to get down to some serious spittle-flecked raving, but it’s another thing altogether to suggest … Continue reading

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Democracy or Bust

Some of you may have noticed that there is an election rapidly approaching –like a tornado with no shelter in sight. I’m not here to get hyperbolic about the impending end of civilization as we know it; I don’t think … Continue reading

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Perception is Nine Tenths of the…

So, you might have noticed that the subheading of this blog is: “Cultural Commentary for the Perpetually Groggy”. Other than having a nice ring to it, it does serve a purpose. Generally, I think that the vast majority of us … Continue reading

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Weed, Guns, Porn, Cigarettes, and America

There’s this question that’s been nagging me lately: Why do we spend so much time, in this country, explaining ourselves? I know human beings are social creatures, and that needing some degree of social approval and acceptance is hardwired into … Continue reading

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The Point…

So, I was thinking about work. Wait a minute. Let’s go back a step. First I was thinking about rest. Here’s what I thought: If I don’t have at least one of the days, when I’m not working, to start … Continue reading

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