Monthly Archives: April 2020

Review of David Wood’s “Transcending Politics: A Technoprogressive Roadmap to a Comprehensively Better Future”


I had the pleasure of pre-publication access to David Wood’s recent book Transcending Politics: A Technoprogressive Roadmap to a Comprehensively Better Future. Wood is chair of London Futurists and on the Humanity+ board of directors. Here is my blurb on the book’s back cover: Continue reading Review of David Wood’s “Transcending Politics: A Technoprogressive Roadmap to a Comprehensively Better Future”

Is It Moral to Work for a Tech Giant?

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I recently read “The Great Google Revolt” in the New York Times Magazine. The article chronicles the conflict between Google and some of its employees over company practices that some of their employees deem unethical. I found the article interesting because I taught computer ethics for many years and I’ve always wanted to do meaningful work. Continue reading Is It Moral to Work for a Tech Giant?

“Schooling And The Emergence Of Free-Market Authoritarianism: The Struggle For Democratic Life”

(This essay,  first appeared at 3 Quarks Daily. Reprinted with permission.)
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What is commonsense to most people who received a K-12 public education in the United States is that every formal system of state schooling throughout the modern world is designed to educate its students to develop, what Charles Lemert calls “sociologically competencies” within whatever ideological system is dominating at the time of their schooling. Continue reading “Schooling And The Emergence Of Free-Market Authoritarianism: The Struggle For Democratic Life”

Summary and Meaning of Camus’ “The Plague”

Albert Camus (1913 – 1960) was a French author and philosopher who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. His novel The Plague has recently garnered much worldwide attention do to the pandemic of 2020. As a philosopher familiar with Camus’ thought, I’d like to highlight the book’s main philosophical themes. But first a very brief plot summary.

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Review of Martin Hägglund’s, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom


Martin Hägglund’s, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, is one of the most sublime books I’ve ever read—and I’ve devoured thousands of books in my life. It is a work of great erudition and originality; it is carefully and conscientiously crafted; it overflows with thoughtful insights, poetic passages, and sparkling prose. It is, quite simply, a masterpiece. Continue reading Review of Martin Hägglund’s, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom