Part II of PROMISED LAND, a series on the religious history of the United States.

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Adam Smith, one of the patron saints of American Capitalism.

Liberalization


Part I of PROMISED LAND: A series on the religious history of the United States.

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Edward Percy Moran (1862–1935) — Pilgrim’s Landing (early 1900s)


Whether we’re talking Star Wars or Twilight, Star Trek or Batman, there is no real difference between“canon” and “fan fiction”.

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Disputing the popular view of Nietzsche as an irrationalist

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“One of Nietzsche’s most famous maxims is that ‘truth serves life’, and that’s a very different idea than the purpose of truth, say, as the accurate representation of the objective world.”


What we find persuasive has very little to do with objective truth

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The School of Athens (detail) — by Raphael (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)


The history of a divided world

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Plato’s allegory of the cave by Jan Saenredam, according to Cornelis van Haarlem, 1604, Albertina, Vienna, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons


A brief history of “questionability” in the 20th and 21st century — and its victims.

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Thomas Cole — Destruction (from the series The Course of Empire)


“Socrates, to confess it frankly, is so close to me that almost always I fight a fight against him.”

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Socrates (470–399 BC), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900 AD)

Alpha and Omega


Let’s rebuild our cities to maximize our own happiness, health, and well-being.

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Ebenezer Howard’s concept for the “Garden Cities of To-Morrow”


The Post-Truth of American Buddhism

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K. J. L. Kjeldsen

Musician who has been touring for the past eight years. I write autodidact philosophy, memoirs, short stories and cultural criticism.

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