Watson my mind today: culture change

That, and spring time: that mystical time of year when a young student’s fancy turns to their neglected grades and wonders if there is anything they can do once the semester is over to raise them. — Culture is an emergent order. It cannot be owned, so you can’t have a “right” to a culture. … Continue reading Watson my mind today: culture change

Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 10); Immigration and the Host Culture: Two Sources of Rejection

Those who know that they stand to benefit by immigration in the forms of cheaper goods and more affordable services may still oppose immigration on broad cultural grounds. Many think the nation is endangered by immigration and that the state should actively protect he nation even if immigration is economically advantageous. This idea is about … Continue reading Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 10); Immigration and the Host Culture: Two Sources of Rejection

Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 8): Culture, Immigration, and Culture

Immigrants, Language and Income The culture of their country of origin immigrants carry with them may have consequences for the speed of their integration and for their ability to assimilate. In turn, immigrants may cause a variety of changes in American culture. Language is central to both types of cultural effects. Current immigrants frequently have … Continue reading Legal Immigration Into the United States (Part 8): Culture, Immigration, and Culture

Feyerabend: Westernization and culture

There is a short thought, quoted by Paul K. Feyerabend in “Notes on Relativism”, that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. Paul, ever critical of Western rationalism, is commenting at length on the expansion of (Western, capitalist) industrial scientific society to the margins of the developing world and minority cultures. He quotes François Jacob … Continue reading Feyerabend: Westernization and culture

White rappers and hip hop culture

Post Malone has been at the heart of some manufactured controversy recently. Complex and other hipster millennial outlets (x, y) have criticized his appropriation of braids, grills and slang (AAVE), as a white man who has recently made a name in hip hop. I’m a college student in the Californian city with the highest rate of binge … Continue reading White rappers and hip hop culture

From Grass Valley to Chico: party culture and noise ordinances

A professor at Chico recently asked his critical thinking class about noise ordinances: “Why should a few people get to shut down a few hundred people having fun?” The question is about our intuitive response to questions of utility. However, it goes beyond that. Recently, students at Chico State tried to organize support for shutting down noise ordinances … Continue reading From Grass Valley to Chico: party culture and noise ordinances

Vulvæ in pornography and culture

I was in a discussion recently on the effects of “porn culture” on young boys and girls. I went back and forth a bit with a debater, until she mentioned the rising rates of labiaplasty, prima facie caused by women’s lack of confidence in their own external genitals after watching pornography (which, according to everyone, is a massive, … Continue reading Vulvæ in pornography and culture

Urging Cambodians To Critique Their Culture

Brandon has recently referred to my comment that the Cambodian culture is ‘backward’ in this post. In response to that, I would like to share some more thoughts about the Cambodian culture and why I would urge all Cambodians (and all others) to critique their own culture. I notice that some Cambodian people romantically adore … Continue reading Urging Cambodians To Critique Their Culture

Review of “The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America’s Politics and Culture”

I just finished one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, so even though it’s been out since 2007 I’m going to review it: “The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America’s Politics and Culture” by Brink Lindsey.  A second subtitle reads, “Why the Culture Wars Made Us More Libertarian.” It would … Continue reading Review of “The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America’s Politics and Culture”

Nationality, Ethnicity, Race, Culture, and the Importance of Citizenship for the Individual

Judging by some of the fruitful dialogues that have gone on here in the distant past and just the other day, I’d say that there is still a lot of work to do regarding a few concepts that seem to have meaning to them but are not really well-defined or well-understood. I am writing about … Continue reading Nationality, Ethnicity, Race, Culture, and the Importance of Citizenship for the Individual

Une culture politique du n’importe quoi.

L’autre soir, j’ai capté brièvement “On n’est pas couché”, une émission télévisée que j’aime assez bien. J’ai eu juste le temps d’entendre un des hommes les plus durables de la vie politique francaise de gauche dire à peu près ceci: Le “big business” américain c’est arrangé pour désindustrialiser l’Amérique. L’auteur de cette déclaration péremptoire: Jean-Pierre Chevènement, un socialiste qui n’a … Continue reading Une culture politique du n’importe quoi.

More on Chinese Culture

The plight of migrant workers (and hints of Chinese nationalism): If there’s one takeaway lesson from all the migrant worker stories in the news, it’s that they are quite often treated like crap. Nothing has hitherto expressed this more bluntly than one Wuhan toilet. “Migrant workers prohibited from entering. Offenders fined 200 yuan,” reads the toilet’s bare concrete … Continue reading More on Chinese Culture

Things You Need to Know About Germany, About French Culture

If you know this blog at all, you will not be surprised to learn that I am an expert in French culture, a merciless one. As luck would have it, I am also an expert in Europe in general and in Germany in particular. That’s because the media one uses to follow French affairs unfailingly … Continue reading Things You Need to Know About Germany, About French Culture