Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Social Anti-Social Animal…

Inside humans is a deep fear of loneliness and a deep need to connect with others. Some choose the life of a hermit but they are exceptions. It is men who are most proud of their independence, indeed, who most … Continue reading

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Varieties of Narcissism…

Self-hatred is not humility; it is, in fact, a cousin of self-love as both are descended from self-obsession. Rather than being exceptionally great one is exceptionally bad. Neither assertion, in most cases, is a true one. This has political as … Continue reading

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The Abstract and the Actual…

Having called Murray Rothbard a more readable and likeable advocate for libertarianism than Ayn Rand I was inspired to re-visit the irrepressible old anarcho-capitalist and have been savouring his Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature, and Other Essays. It has … Continue reading

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Human Nature Contra Ayn Rand…

A tentative proposal to future strategists: attack a person or group whose interests do not align with the interests of your real foes, in the hope that in defending them they will compromise their own ideals or ambitions. It is … Continue reading

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On “Seeing Through”…

Imagine two people so benighted as to think that a window was a painting. If another person realised that the objects it displayed were not created out of paint they would be smart enough to have “seen through” this delusion, … Continue reading

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Nightmares of an Eminent Person…

Ray Monk’s biography of Bertrand Russell’s later life, The Ghosts of Madness, is among the most depressing books that I have ever read. For readers who think of Russell as the twinkly grandfather of liberal humanism it will come as … Continue reading

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