The Hysterics

In the world of philosophy, there are five generally recognized branches of philosophical thought and inquiry. These are (listed in hierarchical relationship to each other): 1) Metaphysics (the study of existence), 2) Epistemology (the study of knowledge), 3) Ethics (the study of action), 4) Politics (the study of force) and 5) Esthetics (the study of…

$25 Down, $25 a Week

There is one perception of modern times that perhaps more than any other has caused America to enter a socioeconomic death spiral. Our downfall is rooted in the insane idea that somehow, we can live our lives on some sort of a $25 down, $25 a week forever installment plan. It boils down to the…

Separate Is Not Equal – No Matter Who Does It

The Supreme Court ended the doctrine of “Separate but Equal” when it handed down the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, overturning the decision on Plessey v. Ferguson on May 18, 1896 that affirmed Louisiana state law mandating “equal but separate”. Homer Adolph Plessy bought a ticket on the East Louisiana…

A Sense of Propriety

“We blush for the impudence and rudeness of another, though he himself appears to have no sense of the impropriety of his own behaviour; because we cannot help feeling with what confusion we ourselves should be covered, had we behaved in so absurd a manner.” ~ Adam Smith, “Of the Sense of Propriety” (1759) “These…

Prophylactic Measures

Buildings are designed to withstand earthquakes even though earthquakes severe enough to do damage property and threaten life are statistically rare. Levees and dams (other than those in California apparently) are designed to withstand 100 year storms even though 100 year storms are statistically rare. Bridges are designed with at least a two times safety…