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

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


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

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”.

Disputing the popular view of Nietzsche as an irrationalist

“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

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

The history of a divided world

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.

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.”

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.

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

The Post-Truth of American Buddhism

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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