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  • Moby-Dick

    December 2nd, 2020 | Moby Dick | journalpulp | No Comments

    In Herman Melville’s incomparable book, which he titled Moby Dick, whales throughout are compared with human beings. “The Finback is not gregarious but very shy … this leviathan seems the banished and unconquerable Cain of his race.” “The Hump Back is the most gamesome and lighthearted of all the whales.” “The Razor Back is of […]

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  • Free Speech

    November 22nd, 2020 | Free speech | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Bad ideas, reprehensible ideas, evil ideas — they only pose a threat when people don’t articulate and stand up for good ideas. Bad ideas only flourish when they’re obscured by doublespeak and darkness, by equivocation, jargon, groupthink — when open inquiry and the free exchange of ideas is ridiculed and disallowed and leaders of the […]

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  • Freedom and the Free Exchange of Ideas — All Ideas — Creates Prosperity, Health, Vibrancy

    Freedom and the Free Exchange of Ideas — All Ideas — Creates Prosperity, Health, Vibrancy

    November 18th, 2020 | Critical Race Theory | journalpulp | No Comments

    Ideas are good. The exchange of ideas is good. Thought is good. Thought begets thought. Ideas beget ideas. Energy begets energy. Wealth begets wealth. The universe is infinitely complex. Let people be free — free to exchange goods and ideas — and all people will grow and prosper and flourish as a result. Introduce force […]

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  • To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and Several Other Books Now Banned In California

    November 17th, 2020 | Books | journalpulp | No Comments

    It’s no secret that I love books. It turns out, though, much to my surprise, some books should be banned after all. At least, that’s what progressive-liberal democrats in California recently decreed. It seems that the Maoists and Stalinists are vindicated and were correct all along (they called it “book-cleansing” — a practice that’s good for […]

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  • Here’s The Dominant Voice of Today’s Left: the Ideas and Ideology They Represent and for which They Fight, Yet Don’t Remotely Understand

    November 16th, 2020 | Critical Race Theory | journalpulp | No Comments

      This is important. I’ve written the following, complete with video footage, because it is urgent and critical that people gain some actual idea of what they’re backing when they back today’s political left, which has become dominated by an ideology of mindlessness and hatred, an ideology of force and coercion over consensual voluntary human […]

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  • Whatsoever Thy Hand Findest To Do, Do It With All Thy Might

    November 12th, 2020 | Restaurant Work | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Watch this bus-boy go! He inspires the hell out of me, he really does: You know what I think that is? I think it’s the energy of life, the spirit made flesh. Maybe I’m over-thinking it, but I don’t care. I think it’s beautiful. Sir, whoever you are, wherever you are, I think you’re beautiful. […]

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  • Methodological Individualism

    October 1st, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    The term methodological individualism was coined by the Austrian economist and historian Joseph Schumpeter, who also, incidentally, coined the term creative destruction, in reference to the “gales of innovation” which freedom of exchange unleashes. Methodological individualism is another way of saying individualistic method. Both terms denote “a principle of explanation, in which the individual human […]

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  • “Whiskey is Merely Sunshine Held Together by Water”

    September 25th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

      Prelude   It was a mysterious message that started it all: a mistaken text sent to her number in the dead of night, her phone, face-up across her lap, all at once coming to life with a soundless throb of silvery light.  Later, when she shuffled back through the slender deck of cards which […]

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  • Whiskey Wisdom & the Difference Between Dogma & Doctrine

    September 15th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | 5 Comments

    Chapter 36   The difference between dogma and doctrine is the difference between faith and thought. The extent to which an ideological system is taken on faith is the extent to which it is dogmatic. The extent to which an ideological system is by its leaders expected to be taken on faith is the extent […]

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  • Whiskey Wisdom & the Engine of Civilization

    September 14th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    Chapter 9   There is no sort of freedom other than the sort which voluntary exchange brings about. In its truest form, freedom has only one fundamental meaning: it is the absence of force and compulsion, whether that force is direct, as in assault, or indirect, as in extortion. It means only that you are […]

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  • Whiskey Wisdom & the Power to Educate Ourselves

    September 13th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    Most humans don’t think too much about the great problems of existence, concerning which, most behave as most around them behave. Most people perform certain daily acts without paying particular attention to their acts, nor to the ideological theories or hierarchal structures undergirding them. Most people do most things because most people became accustomed throughout […]

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  • The Power of Ideas [addendum]

    September 12th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    It was toward the middle of the twentieth century that the inhabitants of many European countries came, in general unpleasantly, to the realization that their fate could be influenced directly by intricate and abstruse books of philosophy. Their bread, their work, their private lives began to depend on this or that decision in disputes on […]

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  • Whiskey Wisdom and Language As Thought

    September 11th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | 2 Comments

    Excerpted from my forthcoming:   Chapter 4   Independent thought is critical thought – it is the critical faculty at its best: the faculty of identification, evaluation, discernment, grasping. Thought, in turn, is accomplished by means of language, which is precisely why the more you understand the words you’re using, the clearer and more streamlined […]

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  • What Is Independent Thinking?

    September 10th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    Excerpted from Chapter 3 of my forthcoming.     Chapter 3 Independent thinking is you, your car, and an auto-mechanic you don’t really know. Independent thinking is you taking your car in for a biannual tune-up, strictly routine. After handing the auto-mechanic your car keys and then waiting in the lobby for approximately five minutes, […]

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  • Whiskey Wisdom & the Actual Truth about Egalitarianism & Inequality

    September 9th, 2020 | Whiskey Wisdom | journalpulp | No Comments

    Excerpted from my forthcoming: Chapter 30 Since humans are each discrete, individuated beings, with a singular consciousness, born into a complex system of nature, humans are because of this infinitely diverse. This is a good thing, and it is a beautiful thing. This infinite diversity means, however, that humans are inherently unequal – in countless […]

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