Category Archives: Politics

Happy Twentieth: the Epicureans and the Original Jedi

Happy 20th to Epicureans everywhere! This month, I published a series of Reasonings on Michel Onfray’s Hedonist Manifesto–Please make sure to read, share, and comment!–and comedian Andy Zaltzman hosted the podcast “My Life as an Epicurean“, where he spent a … Continue reading

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Would a True God Bring Trouble to Jerusalem?

I must begin by recognizing that the love one feels for one’s land, whether native or ancestral, can be sometimes very real and heart-felt. The recent hurricanes in Puerto Rico have brought back memories of the love and education I … Continue reading

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Onfray’s Politics

Epicureans are often stereotyped as apolitical hermits that take refuge in the isolation of their gardens among their circles of friends, and avoid public life. But history bears witness against this stereotype: many Epicureans–like founding father Thomas Jefferson and feminist … Continue reading

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Happy Twentieth! – “The Uncuttables”

Happy 20th to Epicureans everywhere! Recently, a friend referred us to the BBC documentary Life and Death in Herculaneum–which I recommend to all interested in life in and around the villa of the papyri. Another Earth-like exoplanet was recently discovered, … Continue reading

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Philosophy Is For Everyone!

Today is World Philosophy Day. WPD has been celebrated since 2005, when UNESCO institutionalized it. We read on its webpage: By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November, UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy … Continue reading

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Terror in New York: it’s what you get when you play the Green Card Lottery

The unplanned life is not worth living. – Norman DeWitt The word lottery is typically auspicious. It usually means that someone who was poor or average suddenly has the chance to become rich, or win a prize. But yesterday we learned that an … Continue reading

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Puerto Rican Citizenship: the Odd Case of Juan Mari Brás

I’m writing this blog on the anniversary of Juan Mari Brás’ death on Sept 10 of 2010. Mari Brás was a prominent socialist and independentista from Puerto Rico. He had also been a wealthy business owner, and was reputed to … Continue reading

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