Tag: ethics

Making sense of Election 2016: Peak Meaninglessness

Every political pundit (or even remotely connected cultural pundit) is tying themselves up in knots to find the reason(s) -- we know it's complex, yet cannot seem to stop ourselves from Finding The One True Reason behind all things -- behind the sheer absurdity of this U.S. presidential election. No one can find the meaning in Election 2016, because we appear to have hit Peak Meaninglessness. It is the moral equivalent of the 2007-8 financial disaster we also fomented: overweaning hubris and overconfidence in our ability to book tomorrow's profits, today. We so strongly believe in the Power of Progress to make us better people that, combined with our increasing impatience for the Glorious Future, we simply demand to leverage our Future ...

Thoughts on commerce vs. humanity

Are they ever at odds? And will the odds be ever in our favor? The choice is ours. commerce was meant to serve people & not the other way around, but we've long lost the thread— barb dybwad (@doctorparadox) September 24, 2015 turns out we *do* know what's killing the bees. but bees don't have lobbyists, & killing them is profitable http://t.co/VfoPFybnvW— barb dybwad (@doctorparadox) September 24, 2015 It seems like government should be much, much more than a marketing agency for industry.

Cruelty vs. compassion?

As long as we’re going to be in the business of compressing distributions into binaries against their will, why don’t we stage a vote on this one? If you have to pick a side in the grand historical game of “who deserves to live comfortably," which group of individuals would you choose to **keep** on your Survivor-style island of intrepid rebuilders? [Keep the compassionate / Keep the cruel]

police brutality

Why do we still feign shock at police brutality and abuse of power? Because we hope that ingratiating ourselves to power will reward us, and fear that exposing its moral bankruptcy may harm us. ### See also: * Rodney King * Michael Brown * loose cigarette seller Eric Garner * 14-yo killed in NY * every peaceful protest ever * Nixon * subprime mortgage crisis * Savings and Loan crisis * bank bailouts in array[list years] * inflation * financial advisor scams * Bernie Madoff * Uber #powerbehavingbadly

when have we had enough material progress?

Our collective project right now is external, not internal. We're still chasing material progress & economic growth, while civil unrest & violence, war, hunger all rage on unexamined. American mass psychology of inadequacy keeps us rats in a race almost no one enjoys but the mazemakers, & even many of them are filled with varying degrees of self-loathing.