Eros: An Obituary (Dispatches from a Dying Democracy, Part I)

Capitalism drives all human interaction away from affection toward profit motive. In the age of dating apps which function as virtual “people stores”, consumer mentality has caused individuals to be commodified into “personality packages” meant for consuming and discarding upon whim (ultimately leading to feelings of dissatisfaction for the user and the used); and in this sense radical egalitarians, within feminism and wider leftism, who seek to bring about the end of romantic love find within the monstrous economic system a strange bedfellow.

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Reflections on the “Free Market” & Its Ideological Fruits

For all of the lip service paid to “citizen engagement”, the last thing that is wanted by the upper class and elites in any society— including supposedly democratic ones— is for citizens to be informed about what’s really going on in their world. The fetishization of choice, which is the central ethos of free market belief, serves as a sedative that makes the creation or continuation of community impossible...

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Farewell, Esquire?

Esquire— in my teenage years, in my early-20s, and for decades preceding my existence and my father's existence and even my grandfather's existence— was a bible for young men who wanted to impress, charm, improve (however marginally), and, most importantly, engage with society bearing an identity other than the expected TV show-stooge or meatheaded fratboy. In short, it was a magazine for young men who wanted to emerge, not slouch. And how could a magazine like that ever die?

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Feeding The Beast

Despite the many instances of groupthink-censorship that have occurred on university campuses in the past few years, we are constantly told not to take social justice-oriented student movements seriously, or if we do, to understand that "it's not really about free speech", but about some other motive not even mentioned by student protesters themselves (like "the corporate structuring of universities" or the "rethinking of what it means to be an intellectual"). At best such consolations are wishful thinking, and at worst they are diversions. The disruption of speakers invited to campuses, and the acts of coercion that occur during protests, are about free speech…

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