Phaedrus and the Priests of Fluid Ontology

The following lines are an accurate re-telling of a dream I had in January 2021. Nothing’s made up or embellished, all except for the character names which have been replaced with ones that, I believe, are more evocative.

SCENE 1 – HYDE PARK

Dr. Phaedrus was all over Youtube. His lectures on his peculiar Neo-Platonic thought were spreading exponentially, and still he had the common sense to promote real life meetings over impersonal online interactions. Large crowds were gathering in Hyde Park to listen to his free talks on various issues, and I was always there to hear him speak. I was generally favourable towards his ideas, although still not an adept. Certain aspects of his philosophy were over the top; he and his wife had 13 or 14 children of various ages and some of his actions were too eccentric for my tastes.

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The Symbolic World vs. Fluid Ontology

As many have pointed out, today’s right wing movements are far from unified or ideologically coherent. The only thing that unites them is their unrelenting opposition to the Social Justice Progressive movement, who despite its internal inconsistencies, seems to have formed a stable structure, claiming numerous victories over the past century. When seeking to define the right

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Foucauldian Frauds and Firebrands

Once in a while you get a glimpse into communities on the radical left. You notice an inflamatory post on a metal facebook page – ‘help! the white supremacy of the ownership class is threatening to destroy us’ – accompanied by a photo of something completely different – say, a monument vandalised by peaceful BLM protesters. The fairness filters get triggered and you feel the instoppable urge to reply with rage

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Vita Sackville’s Debauchery was Stunning and Brave

For those involved in the culture wars, LGBTQ issues, debates on gender, pro or anti abortion positions and other such controversies seem to be of crucial importance. The turbulence caused by activists on either side has been so profound, it became part of the cultural divide, surfacing even in the last USA presidential elections.

Centrists always regarded polarisation on these issues to be a ‘red herring’, a false problem whose purpose is to divide and demoralise society so that one group or another would gain political power.

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