Tag Archives: America

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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The Desperation of Education

I’m a student. I think I’ve mentioned that before. I’m not wealthy. I think that’s come up too. Those two things together mean, because grants won’t cover my education and I can’t afford one without assistance, that I have to … Continue reading

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