Flags, collectivism, and quantum physics (seriously)

August 11, 2015 Rob 0

Adam Gurri has posted a followup to my post about the subjective meaning of flags and other symbols. It’s well worth a read. In it, he argues essentially that I’m hung up on the whole subjectivity/objectivity framework when there’s, like, a whole other world out there, man*: Rob complains that I “elevate intersubjectivity to the level of objectivity,” but that’s simply a symptom of being stuck in subject-object thinking. You begin to think “objective” is a synonym for truth. Well, […]

On flags and other subjects

August 10, 2015 Rob 2

Fair warning: this post is long and will probably bore people who are not interested in exciting philosophical concepts like the difference between subjectivity and objectivity. So, like, pretty much everybody. As you recall, a few weeks ago many people were demanding the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol on the grounds that the flag is a symbol of racism. At the time, I wrote on Facebook: What bothers me about this Confederate flag controversy, […]

Amazon, Hachette, and the progressive obsession with the Big Mean Corporation

July 10, 2014 Rob 2

As a conservative-leaning libertarian, I find myself at odds with most other novelists on a lot of political issues. Whether it’s minimum wage laws or Obamacare, most creative writers tend to favor progressive ideals over the rights of individuals to enter into voluntary business arrangements without government intervention. So it’s a little unsettling to find myself in agreement with someone like bestselling thriller-writer Barry Eisler in the Amazon-versus-Hachette squabble. Eisler, who is about as progressive as one can be, reacts to the latest over-the-top melodrama […]

Channeling my rage

May 1, 2013 Rob 0

Those who follow me on Facebook or Twitter know that I hold some strong political opinions. I used to be pretty careful about not explicitly stating my opinions for fear of alienating readers. Lately, though, my philosophy is “Fuck it. If people can’t take a different opinion, they aren’t worth having as readers anyway.” And frankly, the way things are going in this country, I don’t want to have to explain to people in twenty years why I didn’t use […]

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