Impeach Hillary Clinton

November 5, 2016 Rob 2

Although it seems somewhat less certain now that the FBI has reopened their investigation into her emails, I’m assuming that Hillary Clinton is going to win the election on November 8. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it might then be possible to criticize Hillary without being accused of being a Trump supporter. I was so excited about that prospect that I decided to get a jump on things by outlining the reasons Hillary should be impeached the moment […]

Progressivism is a virus

May 12, 2016 Rob 17

I had an epiphany recently. Someone on Twitter asked, “Is there any actual evidence that _______ is racist?” I don’t remember what _______ was; it doesn’t really matter. Some progressive social justice warrior douchebags had accused someone of being racist, and these people never let the lack of evidence deter them from making accusations. I replied to the tweet, “At this point, racist/sexist/homophobic/etc. are just progressive marketing catch phrases with no actual content.” This was just an off-the-cuff comment, but the […]

Unloaded: Crime writers pushing an agenda

May 5, 2016 Rob 24

A couple weeks ago, one of my crime writer friends on Facebook shared a post about a collaboration of crime fiction Eric Beetner was working on with several other moderate- to big-name authors. It was called Unloaded: Crime Writers Writing Without Guns. The description of the book reads:  For the first time, more than two dozen crime and mystery authors have joined together to use the strongest weapon at their disposal — words — in a call for reasonable gun control in the […]

Good? Bad? I’m the guy with the gun.

May 2, 2016 Rob 3

The response to my maiden post on BadNovelist.com was surprisingly strong–and positive. Those of you who don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter probably don’t really understand what I was talking about or why this is such a big deal to me, so let me give a little background. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with politics. On one hand, I’m a huge believer in individual freedom. On the other hand, “politics” as we know it is largely […]

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, […]