Other Opinions #71 – Thoughts on the Term “Ally”

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Other Opinions #70 – Degrees of Freedom

https://srconstantin.wordpress.com/2019/04/02/degrees-of-freedom/

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There’s a ton of interesting stuff to unpack in this one, I wish I had more time to think about it…

Other Opinions #69 – The Last Chance at Happiness

http://existentialcomics.com/comic/283

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Utilitarianism is one of those things that almost works until you take it to its logical extreme. Just like every other ethical philosophy.

Other Opinions #67 – “Workism” is Making Americans Miserable

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/religion-workism-making-americans-miserable/583441/

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Other Opinions #66 – In-Groups, Out-Groups, and the Intellectual Dark Web

https://quillette.com/2018/05/25/groups-groups-idw/

Oh this one is so much fun. Everybody gets to be mad! Libertarian fan of Jordan Peterson and Sam Harris? You’ll hate it. Liberal believer in social justice and structural power analysis? You will not walk away happy.

The real short version is that tribalism affects everyone whether we like it or not.

The slightly longer version is that there is an ongoing societal debate on the internet over… basic philosophy, I guess. Should we evaluate speech claims as isolated factual truths, to live and die on their own based on whether they map to reality? Or should we evaluate them as political acts, intrinsically bound to their context, to society, to power structures, and to the speaker?

Hint: the real answer is “both”.

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