The music industry to come: What’s next for the greatest show on Earth

Written on 23-24 November 2022. Music is evolving. That much is clear. Netflix’s ‘The Playlist’ depicts the last era of class and generational warfare in the market of music. On the one hand were the young and the poor, fighting for their rights to consume and produce music without losing out to the winners, the … Continue reading The music industry to come: What’s next for the greatest show on Earth

Follow no one, not even yourself: How to be right about more-or-less anything, most of the time

First published on 24 October 2022. A lot of people try to make predictions about the future based on observations about the past. Of course, however, the only reality we truly experience is the present. But the present is the past moving forward to the future. This ineluctable truth reveals the inexorable flow of time. … Continue reading Follow no one, not even yourself: How to be right about more-or-less anything, most of the time

On contradiction

To embrace contradiction is intelligence. To resolve contradiction is courage. ‘Two philosophers meet at Jena.’ Hegel meets Napoleon in Jena — an imagined piece from Harper’s Magazine, 1895. To deny contradiction is stupidity. To ignore contradiction is cowardice. The fool says in their heart, ‘There is no contradiction.’ The wise teacher says, ‘There is no … Continue reading On contradiction

Further proof of my claim that Lisa is the successor to Nicki Minaj and Kanye West

First published on 12 September 2022. I have come across an array of YouTube remixes which confirm my year-old idea that Lisa is the successor to Nicki Minaj and, therefore, Kanye West. The victories of Nicki Minaj and Lisa at the MTV Awards night, with Nicki winning the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award and Lisa winning … Continue reading Further proof of my claim that Lisa is the successor to Nicki Minaj and Kanye West

Mearsheimer, Sanders, Ye: The trinity of American truth-tellers

Let me consider three people who have told some truths about the world: 1. John Mearsheimer, 2. Bernie Sanders, and 3. Kanye West. Let me explain. The truth. Kanye West is an artist. And yet people interpret his statements as factual assertions. How bizarre! It is like taking Homer’s epic poetry or Dante’s Inferno as … Continue reading Mearsheimer, Sanders, Ye: The trinity of American truth-tellers

The philosophy of life: Arendt, Heidegger, Foucault

First published on 6 July 2022. In the late 1920s, Hannah Arendt helped fellow philosopher Martin Heidegger on a book that took the intellectual world by storm. Being and Time (or Sein und Zeit in the original German) contended that the human being, Dasein, was a being that took its own being into question. But … Continue reading The philosophy of life: Arendt, Heidegger, Foucault

Staying alive: What role does consent play in Hobbes’ Leviathan?

Submitted as a university essay in spring 2020. ‘Consent’ in Hobbes’ Leviathan plays the role of legitimating the state, primarily for the sake of securing survival. Hobbes uses consent as a legitimation story to preserve and pursue (1) the survival of the citizen, sovereign, and Commonwealth, (2) the honour of the citizen, sovereign, and Commonwealth, (3) natural and theological justice, … Continue reading Staying alive: What role does consent play in Hobbes’ Leviathan?

The part and the whole: Can Plato’s city satisfy everyone?

A university essay submitted in autumn 2019, after reading Plato's Republic over the preceding summer. While Plato’s city can partially satisfy at least one part of the soul for everyone, it cannot fully satisfy every part of the soul each person can satisfy. Even if we take Plato’s premises for granted, his city can fully … Continue reading The part and the whole: Can Plato’s city satisfy everyone?