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Writing for Yourself: You are the Center of the Panopticon

Too many writers write for other people.  They write for lovers or lost hope or for an unknown, future, audience they hope will like them — when they should really only be writing for themselves.  Every writer is the core of their confounding world.  We are the center of our Panopticonic lives.

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Truth in the Tar Pit: Not Everyone has the Right to Express an Opinion

In America, we tend to use “Freedom as Speech” as a cudgel to allow hate speech in the public square and to encourage “Stupid Speech” via the quaint notion that, “Everyone has a right to express their opinion.”  I argue today there are some people who have no right to a private opinion, let alone the right to be heard expressing that opinion.

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Always Confess. Unless, of Course, You Should Lie!

If you do something wrong, confess.  Don’t prevaricate.  Don’t excuse.  Above all, don’t lie!  The truth forms you as a human being.

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Mistaken Memes and the Truth that Never Was

We are required to always accept new information because we never know when we’ll find out what we thought we always knew was true, never was.  I am still amazed to learn that in Southern pockets of the United States that many people viciously, and wrongly, believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim when he is not and never was.

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Escape from Wikipedia Mountain

We loathe Wikipedia because it is so widely used by students and because it is so easily corrupted with purposeful lies and mistruths.  Wikipedia serves mass sycophancy — not secular scholarship — and that is its fatal flaw.

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