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7 03, 2019

The Tradition in Traditional Masculinity

By |2019-04-04T16:52:40+00:00March 7th, 2019|Arts & Letters, Theory|0 Comments

Pinker points to both the origin and function of a code of conduct that became the Western view of masculinity. ... the biological realities of the male species could be best and most productively served through the attainment and development of specific virtues. 

25 01, 2019

Stoicism & the Destruction of Man

By |2019-03-27T17:50:20+00:00January 25th, 2019|Arts & Letters, Theory|0 Comments

Recently, the American Psychological Association (APA) took aim at “traditional masculinity” by, amongst other things, criticizing “stoicism” as one of its problematic characteristics (APA Guidelines 11). But the essence of stoicism, and our understanding of it, stems from a philosophy that is meant to allow the individual to reach their full potential as a human.

2 03, 2018

Political Tussle Between Raila and Uhuru Goes Back to 1963

By |2019-03-29T05:59:37+00:00March 2nd, 2018|Practice|0 Comments

Kenyan politics is often seen as a battle between the Odinga and Kenyatta families. This oversimplifies a complex array of political, social and economic tensions that faced Kenya at independence 1963. Independent Kenya was tossed directly into the vicissitudes of Cold War politics.

10 05, 2016

Ulysses S. Grant, Trump, and Fascism

By |2019-03-30T06:05:23+00:00May 10th, 2016|Practice|4 Comments

In 1862, Ulysses S. Grant ordered the expulsion of all Jews in the military district under his authority. Fast-forward about 150 years, and Donald J. Trump is vowing to create a “deportation force” to expel illegal immigrants from the United States and musing aloud as to whether a database should be created to track American Muslims. Comparing Trump to Grant is an instructive exercise.

4 05, 2016

Silence as Speech: Reading Sor Juana’s Primero Sueño in the Light of her Final Silence

By |2019-03-28T03:50:41+00:00May 4th, 2016|Arts & Letters, Theory|6 Comments

Sor Juana’s silence is difficult to “read,” but it is easy to hear. What can it show us about the way the absence of speech can itself be a mode of participation in public discourse?