Critique of Rousseau

What do we mean when we say The Will of the People? Rousseau’s Social Contract

We need to circle back around to Rousseau. Rousseau held that the General Will (what we call the "Will of the People") is enshrined in the sovereignty of the People. Separate from The People is the government that enforces and protects the demands of that Will. If that sounds very American, it should. The problem… Continue reading What do we mean when we say The Will of the People? Rousseau’s Social Contract

Critique of Nietzsche

Joan of Arc is, in her person, the complete refutation of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Joan of Arc is, in her person, the complete refutation of Friedrich Nietzsche. She represents everything he sought to create through his Will to Power and Übermensch. The Good for Nietzsche was bravery, war, and the Will to Power. Leave charity and goody, goody sentimentalism to "little girls." "War and courage have done more great… Continue reading Joan of Arc is, in her person, the complete refutation of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Critique of Nietzsche

I have said that Nietzsche is my chosen dinner guest among all the modern era philosophers

I have said that Nietzsche is my chosen dinner guest among all the modern era philosophers, and he is as brilliant as he is sinister. Two areas strike me most as over-dinner topics in making my way through the first part of Zarathustra. The first is the wise man who speaks on sleep and virtue.… Continue reading I have said that Nietzsche is my chosen dinner guest among all the modern era philosophers

Critique of Nietzsche

Can Zarathustra be saved?

"But when morning dawned, Zarathustra found himself in a thick forest and the road disappeared." I am struck by how inversely correlated the story of Nietzsche's Zarathustra is to my own. This is like matter and anti-matter. Zarathustra is to me a particle with equal mass (affective energy) but opposite charge (negative will). We are… Continue reading Can Zarathustra be saved?

Critique of Nietzsche

Nietzsche is the most formidable. He also is the most redeemable.

I began my philosophy challenge last September with the very definite conviction that I must start with the unholy German trinity of Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche. Here is how I would describe each: Hegel is like a thick dark, murky, muddy forest. It is almost impossible to maneuver around, and all you really know is… Continue reading Nietzsche is the most formidable. He also is the most redeemable.

Critique of Nietzsche

In fact Friedrich, “God is dead” is dead; this is the point of my writings.

For the past decade, I have not been able to describe convincingly the genre into which my writings fit. I am not sure that there is a clean category for them. They seemed at first to be religious, then spiritual, then political, then inspirational, now philosophical, or, a combination of all. In the midst of… Continue reading In fact Friedrich, “God is dead” is dead; this is the point of my writings.

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I feel the same affection for Ocasio-Cortez that I do for Nietzsche.

I owe AOC a big apology. After the past election, I warned that we should take her seriously not because of what she was saying, but because of what she represents . My point then was that she needed only to be the symbol, that the DNC would develop her script. I insinuated that she… Continue reading I feel the same affection for Ocasio-Cortez that I do for Nietzsche.

Critique of Nietzsche

We die empty only to live. Nietzsche rises as Superman only to die.

Below is one of Nietzsche's Opus commentaries. It is a powerful artistic depiction of his Übermensch, or Superman. This is a masterpiece of communication. Anyone who has tried to write knows that the struggle is in how to bring what is in the heart and mind to life in the written word. Nietzsche is masterfully… Continue reading We die empty only to live. Nietzsche rises as Superman only to die.

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AOC and the overturning of Aristotelian thought

What I love about AOC is the wholesale overturning of Aristotelian thought that has ruled the West for the past eight hundred years. She and her cohort are examples of Platonic reasoning, and it highlights the differences between the two philosophers. All of us lead either with Aristotle or Plato. Libertarian, "Enlightenment," Jeffersonian thought is… Continue reading AOC and the overturning of Aristotelian thought

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We are no longer a nation – it’s time to restructure

We are no longer a nation, and that is what's so painful. That's why this is so ugly. Historians years from now will mark the end of America, not as a point in time in our future, but one in our past. We exist today as warring clans who really do not want to live… Continue reading We are no longer a nation – it’s time to restructure