William Basinski: 20 Years Disintegration Loops

All great art is the attempt to put into words, sounds, and pictures something impossible. On September 11, 2001, perhaps by accident, William Basinski captured the sound of death, decay, disintegration...the sound of a new epoch, the sound of something impossible. From Wikipedia: The Disintegration Loops is a series of four albums by American avant-garde composer William Basinski released … Continue reading William Basinski: 20 Years Disintegration Loops

The Penguin Latte Podcast 75: An Evening of Anarchy with Carson Alworth

Carson Alworth is an anarchist I met on a Discord server. In this conversation we discuss how certain constituents of ordinary society would work - or not - in an anarchist society, political polarization in America, misconceptions about anarchy, Big Business, Small Business, capitalism, cryptocurrency, lockdowns, names of people I don't know, and how despite … Continue reading The Penguin Latte Podcast 75: An Evening of Anarchy with Carson Alworth

Against Mandatory Language

To enforce language is to kill everybody's sense of uniqueness. The enforcement of a specific use of language is the enforcement of specific thoughts, behaviors, and attitudes. I must use these words, therefor I must think this way, therefor I must behave this way -- just like everybody else. And if I'm speaking and acting … Continue reading Against Mandatory Language

The Penguin Latte Podcast 74: Transcending Totalitarianism with Daniel de la Fé

Daniel De la Fé is an artist and cohost of the podcast 'Dangerous Rhetoric'. In 2020 he published a book of poetry called "The Manhattan Poems," documenting the borough amidst the lockdowns. In this conversation Daniel and I raise the middle finger to America's infatuation with censorship, vaccine passes, lockdowns, kids books about Fauci, woke, … Continue reading The Penguin Latte Podcast 74: Transcending Totalitarianism with Daniel de la Fé

PDD: Public Displays of Disagreement

Respectful disagreements made in public are a rarity these days. They're so rare that videos like this garner nearly 2 million views. "Look at that, they're having a disagreement! And they're not biting each others heads off! and in public!" Public disagreements are now put on display like an ancient artifact from a lost civilization. … Continue reading PDD: Public Displays of Disagreement

America is Losing the Oppression Olympics.

If the most harmful and traumatic thing you can think of happening to you is sitting with a doctor who doesn't refer to you by your preferred pronouns, or doesn't call you a 'birthing person,' then consider yourself utterly privileged and blessed not to be living in a country where it's acceptable to throw gay … Continue reading America is Losing the Oppression Olympics.

Vanity Sins: Anti-Racism Rhetoric and Our Desire to Be Liked

I understand very well how one can sometimes slap whole crimes on oneself solely out of vanity, and I even perceive quite well what sort of vanity it might be.Fyodor Dostoevsky (Notes from Underground) If you're a liberal in today's America, you might find it fashionable to keep track of how not-racist you (or somebody … Continue reading Vanity Sins: Anti-Racism Rhetoric and Our Desire to Be Liked

Individualism and Collectivism: Pick your Poison

The value of individualism is under fire. I don't understand why. The idea of individualism: you can navigate through life without needing to rely solely on other people. You choose from whom and from where to derive the meaning of your life. You act as if free will exists. You don't need mommy and daddy … Continue reading Individualism and Collectivism: Pick your Poison

Awareness without action is not progress.

Racial injustice, hatred, exclusion, white supremacy, bigotry, privilege and institutional power. Cutesy Instagram Infographics, Twitter threads, anything to bring more awareness to these problems ends none of the problems of which we need to be more aware. So, what does? I wish I was smart enough to tell you. Maybe it's something to do with … Continue reading Awareness without action is not progress.

Critical Race Theory: How to Convince Everyone that You’re Right

If you want to convince everyone that you're right - without opposition - take your idea to a group of people who can't argue against it. Who can't argue for anything except more time on Fortnite? Children. Children who're demanding more time on Fortnite are being taught that math is/was racist. Whoever's the head of … Continue reading Critical Race Theory: How to Convince Everyone that You’re Right