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17 07, 2020

Two-wrongs-make-a-right fallacy

By |2020-07-17T15:08:43+00:00July 17th, 2020|Featured, Theory|0 Comments

The two-wrongs-make-a-right fallacy is a misplaced appeal to consistency: accept, or condone, one thing that is wrong because another similar thing, also wrong, has occurred, or has been accepted and condoned. It's clearly flawed reasoning, which has led to many escalating feuds. Yet, it continues today.

10 07, 2020

Collectivism & Consensus in a Post Covid-19 World

By |2020-07-12T01:09:49+00:00July 10th, 2020|Arts & Letters, Featured, Justice, Theory|0 Comments

Death is a great leveler and, a virus that strikes at individuals indiscriminately, a potent reminder of just how precarious life can be and why, much like the pioneers, it might be in humankind’s best interest to re-invest in a philosophy that acknowledges man’s ability to understand the real world around him. Ayn Rand’s maxim that “nature to be commanded, must be obeyed” seems particularly appropriate (9). The question is, do we have the courage and the humility to subject ourselves to the laws of nature and identity?

15 06, 2020

Kenya’s quest for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council is meaningless without United Nations reform

By |2020-06-15T16:27:20+00:00June 15th, 2020|Featured, Practice, Theory|0 Comments

Non-permanent rotating membership seats on the Security Council do not afford the weaker nations of the world an avenue to advance their interests. Developing nations are played off against each other by major powers based on the perceived allure of a non-permanent seat. Without reform, these seat are little more than contemptuous tokenism.

12 06, 2020

A Case for Immortality

By |2020-06-12T19:02:48+00:00June 12th, 2020|Featured, Theory|0 Comments

Our transient lives are governed by what I would call “mortal time”, an idea stretching its way through Western philosophy from Heraclitus through Socrates to at least Heidegger. It is a time curved to a specific end in death. All our society, culture, and even science is bent by our mortal temporal curvature. Our lives are sorted out and planned according to our inevitable decline and eventual total physical disappearance. The lens through which we view our entire existence is death, our consciousness is therefore a thoroughly mortal one.

12 06, 2020

Immigrant media guru struggles with Kikuyu vernacular African media television station in the diaspora

By |2020-06-12T18:50:12+00:00June 12th, 2020|Featured, Practice|0 Comments

What place should vernacular stations have in the diaspora landscape? Are they instruments to preserve cultural heritage or vehicles to sharpen ethnolinguistic cleavages for African migrant communities that have had decades of post-colonial conflict between them? What is true, is that the question of vernacular language in the African diaspora community broadly, is both a bridge and a barrier to bringing the African community together.

5 06, 2020

The Soleimani Assassination: What We’re Missing

By |2020-06-05T20:03:31+00:00June 5th, 2020|Featured, Practice|0 Comments

Post-9/11, assassination has become a new norm in the asymmetrical conflict between states and terror groups. While the appropriateness, if not justness, of targeting terror leaders is still a matter for debate, the killing of Soleimani is an escalation of the use of assassination.

12 05, 2020

Thoughts Within the Coronising Siege

By |2020-05-25T15:55:31+00:00May 12th, 2020|Arts & Letters, Featured, Practice, Theory|1 Comment

This is the 2nd pandemia of global capitalocene (1st was/is the temperature and sea-level rise, but it's so slow banks don't worry).  So we’re in kinda „medical pre-fascism,“ for the rulers a very welcome excuse for the future: only police and pass-holders on the streets, no unruly demonstrators, approaching total control

1 05, 2020

The Bizarre Blindspot in “Planet of the Humans”

By |2020-05-01T19:08:16+00:00May 1st, 2020|Featured, Practice|0 Comments

So, was the film "Planet of the Humans" a hit job on the environmental movement disguised by the filmmakers' phony claim to care about Mother Earth?  Or was it an honest, get real, exposé of its assertion that, "The takeover of the environmental movement by capitalism is now complete"?

4 05, 2016

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

By |2020-04-17T15:03:09+00:00May 4th, 2016|Arts & Letters, Featured, Theory|8 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?