This in from Kherson: 1… 2… 3… Kitchen!

The war continues and as it gets darker, it also gets increasingly harder to… keep it together. W. is always somewhere on the road delivering humanitarian aid, and I stick to teaching and writing. As I probably should. I should summarize my thoughts after watching „The Darkest Hour” – that we should be Churchills, andCzytaj dalej „This in from Kherson: 1… 2… 3… Kitchen!”

Four months into the war – personal stories and broken alliances

Aragorn’s speech in „The Lord of the Rings”. The one before the final battle. The one where he screams „By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!”. And then he storms the Black Gate. This, except in real life – messier, less obvious to someoneCzytaj dalej „Four months into the war – personal stories and broken alliances”

Do not say „Russia”, say „the gang”

I have a friend who burnt his passport this week: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-27/russian-australians-react-to-ukraine-conflict/100861512?fbclid=IwAR0KxvCKrw-YmseXtKynkBPRZMKdqIjR14kalc0bUg_Dh7Wp1w5y-aJ2O20 I know Russian emigres describing themselves as „rootless”. I know those who can only post from the free world – otherwise they would end up in a penal colony. And it wouldn’t have to be anything too provocative. Just playing computer games is enoughCzytaj dalej „Do not say „Russia”, say „the gang””

What was going on with me… And how I ended up speaking in Vienna

The last months flew by quickly. In the fall, I was busy preparing my paper and speech for the 10th International Austrian Conference: https://www.austrianconference.org/ I arrived in Vienna as a keynote speaker, not yet 32 years old, not a philosopher or an economist by training, and still repeating the progression of events that led toCzytaj dalej „What was going on with me… And how I ended up speaking in Vienna”

The world needs more dead poets

The Dead Poets Society – a secret organization where boys blossomed into men, inspired by Thoreau’s „sucking marrow out of life”, learning to leave behind the suffocating conformity of Welton Academy. Brilliant young minds who started to make their own choices – as the free thinkers Mr Keating aspired to teach them to be. TheCzytaj dalej „The world needs more dead poets”

An experiment gone wrong – Utrecht University, shame on you (again)

I am stubborn. And stupid. Or maybe it’s just that I’m consciously testing reality in order to… Well, see for myself that the flames are hot and can get you burnt. Even though I know it already. I keep on poking. Poke, poke, poke, flame, show me you’re hot, show me you can really getCzytaj dalej „An experiment gone wrong – Utrecht University, shame on you (again)”

After the events at the Capitol, the New York Times youtube community is disgustingly terrifying…

…I could now add a snarky „but what did you expect?”, however, what I have witnessed seems too real and too important for such comments. Yes, the American society, diverse, divided and incessantly emotionally manipulated, is in the middle of a cultural crisis – or should I write „a cultural shift”? There exist so manyCzytaj dalej „After the events at the Capitol, the New York Times youtube community is disgustingly terrifying…”

That one time US elections messed up my life

As the attention of the world shifted to those few US states that are still counting, my „I’m-not-even-playing-this-wicked-game” libertarian soul (while aware of all the big picture political and global chessboards behind the scenes) thinks… What is going to change in our life? We will probably get the same coffee. The same pastrami sandwich. LoveCzytaj dalej „That one time US elections messed up my life”

Gut feelings about human rights

After an intense summer and what for me was a mental health break, fall came and the webinar season resumed. I was honored to be a part of the Human Rights Summit organized by Ayn Rand Centre Romania and the Free Market Road Show, where I paneled in a discussion entitled „Rights and Duties”. WhatCzytaj dalej „Gut feelings about human rights”

Dialectics: from a method of argumentation to a method of manipulation – part I

Summer fellowship in Alabama is a busy time. The southern climate – which means air in July is somehow substituted with hot soup – and being carless make exploring quite difficult, and so, during these weeks, I was mostly buried somewhere in the libraries or at my desk, expanding two research projects, consulting all theCzytaj dalej „Dialectics: from a method of argumentation to a method of manipulation – part I”