I was born, it is said, in Mount Pleasant, Texas. I lived there the first few years of my life before my family and I moved to Paris, Texas to witness. Mount Pleasant holds fond memories for me. I clearly recall sitting on fresh, green, mossy ground, admiring the life and beauty of it. It … Read moreA Mount Pleasant Christmas: Setting the Record Straight
People have asked me about my origins. When I was about 13, I asked my Dad if He believed in God. He said, “Who the Hell you think you’re talking to?” Yep. My Dad was God. He lived here on this Earth for about 72 years right under everyone’s noses. The only thing I really … Read moreMy Dad: A Eulogy
There was a man who tried to kill God. His name was Nietzsche. I met him once. He started out as a brilliant young man. He could have done a lot of things. Unfortunately, he thought Kierkegaard was, well, cuter than he was. Nevermind whether this was true. Nietzsche was, in truth, an attractive young … Read moreOnce Upon A Time…
Hi, fans. I’m back after a long hiatus. I got my lava lamp heated up and ready to go. I am pleased to announce that I’m currently working with two fabulous associates: MTV and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I know, I know. You may think this is a conflict of interest. These days, one … Read moreI’m Baaaack.
Yesterday, I was excited to talk with George Taylor of IndieTube Entertainment. I was extremely pleased with Mr. Taylor’s vision. As anyone who knows me knows, I have consumed various independent media for over 10 years. It’s often a struggle for independent artists to break onto the scene, but when they do it’s simply amazing. … Read moreCould IndieTube Solve Problems Associated With Current Media?
I’ve recently added new people in my life. I’ve branched out–taking on some endeavors that have put me into contact with people outside of my normal zone of relationships. This is, I think, a wonderful thing. I look forward to these new adventures. One thing has come up, though. I am diagnosed with schizophrenia. I’ve … Read moreWhat’s So Scary About Schizophrenia?
Perhaps I am mistaken. But it is my impression that there’s a normative aspect of AI that needs to be addressed and hasn’t been. This aspect is a certain normative schema of creating AI minds. When most people think of AI, such as myself, they think of incredibly intelligent—in the cognitive sense—beings; beings that may … Read moreThe Normativity Of Creating New Minds
For about a year and a half, I have done reading on developments in AI. A lot of people are for AI, but others have a dystopian view. I recently came across a new dystopian future as AI develops inspired by the film Wall-E. In this future, we are not killed by evil robots. Instead, … Read moreDystopian Arguments Against AI: The Case Of Wall-E
I’m a feminist. I was also a teen mom. I have read slightly anti-teen mom things recently from the left. I wanted to address those things. I’m not going to tell you how I was mature for my age, which I was. Instead, I’m going to make a pragmatic case that, so long as teen … Read moreA Feminist Take On Teen Mothers–From A Former Teen Mother
In 1926, Dorothy Parker wrote her famous poem “Resume.” Razors pain you; Rivers are damp; Acids stain you; And drugs cause cramp. Guns aren’t lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live. I’ve just started reading the book Cyberspies. How are these two things related? It’s simple. Just today, someone said that, … Read moreYou Might As Well Live
In the world of universities, there’s scholars, administrators, students, administrative assistants. And then there’s me. I’m an oddball. I always have been a little different, tying my shoes the opposite way—from top to bottom instead of bottom to top—when I was a kid and setting a brief trend. When I graduated high school, I knew … Read moreAn Oddball History Of Myself
Tonight, I took a moment to reflect on something a republican said to me: “I’m not a whiny fucking liberal.” I like generating theories–even if they aren’t correct. At least I can say I tried to understand. My assumption here is that the media this person consumes tells him that liberals are whiny. And that … Read moreDoes Donald Trump Sleep? And Other Questions Of Self-Care.
For the past few days, I’ve been mulling over the theory posited that Trump is in love with Putin. This morning, I had a conversation with a brilliant family member about these things. My family member and I disagree on some things, I think. There’s political jokes and satire aimed at people within a group–say, … Read moreThere’s Jokes And Then There’s Theories
Yesterday, I read an interesting article over at Foreign Policy. The article posits that Trump is in love with a father-figure: Vladmir Putin. I encourage you to check out the article. It makes a good case. Putin is known for his harsh brutality. Anyone who’d love him the way Trump appears to is, probably, a … Read moreTrump: The Masochistic Figurehead
If you know me–I mean, really know me–you’ll know there’s nothing more I like to do than philosophy. Thus, I’m in the process of creating a brand new business. It’s a philosophy research and consulting firm. You can check it out by looking at our new website. You can learn more about me and my … Read moreAnnouncing: Hire A Philosopher
Today, I was at lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. I happened to overhear a young fellow across the way talking about the state of things today. In short, he said if you are a guy, you aren’t allowed to touch girls, but you can sure as heck rough up on a guy. For real???? … Read moreYou Can’t Touch Girls, But You Can Rough Up On Guys
I recieved a comment from someone about having an Ethics Officer at your company. The person said, “Great idea. Like count to ten before screaming at people?” It’s sad to say, but there are indeed some bosses who need advice on this. For them, I recommend looking into the ancient philosophy of Stoicism. Contrary to … Read moreHow Stoicism Can Help Your Business
There’s a theory that corporations are–or, are like–people. Set aside whether you agree with this position. I want to assume for a moment it’s true. If it is true, does it make sense to talk about the character of a corporation? I don’t presume to know everything about business. Yet, I know for sure that … Read moreDoes It Make Sense To Talk About The Character Of A Company?
I’ve written about how organizations need Chief Ethics Officers. And they do. Recently, Starbucks came under fire when an incident occurred with Black customers who had the police called on them for simply being there. Starbucks responded to this incident by closing for a day for implicit bias training. Whether implicit bias training works is yet to … Read moreImplicit Bias Training Is About Ethics
As a person who studied ethics and was on the non-academic job market looking for ethics jobs, I became convinced that most companies–including tech companies–simply want a Compliance Officer, who is usually a lawyer, so they don’t get in trouble with the law. What they don’t often look for is a Chief Ethics Officer. And … Read moreWe Need Chief Ethics Officers Now More Than Ever
Yesterday, I was asked on a questionnaire what I think a “brand” is. You know, like a company brand or, more to the point these days, a personal brand. I could never really brand myself. I’m just perhaps too adventurous to be a brand. I change my mind on things when given new evidence. This … Read more“Branding” And Schemas
This afternoon, I noticed a lizard sitting on the ground next to me. It reminded me of a time when, by accident, I stepped on a lizard when I was walking to my car over 10 years ago. That incident never left my mind. Last year, my mom got me an Amazon Alexa for Christmas. … Read moreDigital Ethics
I wasn’t alive when the American Indian Movement (AIM) came about and began taking action. I’ve heard stories, from both Natives and non-Natives, about events that happened at the time. That, plus doing reading on AIM, is all I have to go on. I take it that in the 70’s, activist groups didn’t consider the … Read moreThe American Indian Movement
You can call me a traitor, despite my claims to the contrary, but I try each year to remember Custer’s Last Stand (also known as the Battle of Little Bighorn). My mom is more of an expert on Custer than I am. She has studied him for over 30 years. Seriously, ask her anything. And … Read moreGetting Ready For Custer’s Last Stand
As you probably know, I wrote a very short collection of essays on Native American issues. I had a Native American I know look over the book. We discussed some ideas in it. They told me that basically it’s a great idea, but Native Americans and injustices toward them aren’t on anyone’s radar. Perhaps that’s … Read more“Native Americans Aren’t On Anyone’s Radar”
It’s 2018 and a record number of Native Americans are running for office this year. (Yay!) Just like the general American population, it looks like these candidate’s views are all over the map. I tried to catch a glimpse of all 80-ish candidates, what party they are running with and what their general views are. … Read moreRecord Number Of Native Americans Running For Office in 2018
I’m going to open myself up to criticism. Criticism, that is, from future generations. I submit that we can basically judge people in the past by our current standards. Unfair? Maybe. But consider: If there were people like Roger Williams, who could see Native Americans as humans back in the 1600’s, it must have been … Read moreJudging The Past
I’m a huge proponent of education. Historically, many Europeans and Euroamericans thought Native people didn’t have education. Many tribes may not have had the kind of formal education we have in the United States, but they damn sure had education. Tribal nations, after all, had medicine people, doctors, agricultural experts, philosophers and historians. They had … Read moreUnseen Barriers: Tribal Colleges And Native American Education
It’s Pride Month. (Also, today is Alan Turing’s birthday!) In celebration of that, I thought I write a little bit about two-spirits. Two-spirit is the English, panindian word for gender non-conforming indigenous people. One might like to think that LGBTQ+ folks are a new, modern thing. But two-spirit people have existed in Native communities for … Read morePride Month: Honoring The Legacy Of Two-Spirits
Red Lake Tribal Council has voted to rescind a deal they had in which they would have gotten 18.5 million dollars from the pipeline company Enbridge, with the tribal chairman stating, “We gotta protect our reservation, our sovereignty, protect our people, our lands and our water and all of that.” Red Lake is reported to be … Read morePrinciples Over Money: Red Lake Tribal Council Refuses 18.5 Million From Pipeline Company
My daughter isn’t fond of the discipline of philosophy. She thinks, I suspect, it contributed to my developing schizophrenia. Nevertheless, she and I have been doing philosophy since she was little. For me, as a Euroamerican raising a Choctaw girl into a Choctaw woman, philosophy has always been key. Ever since she was a little … Read moreFor A White Woman Raising A Choctaw Girl, Philosophy Is Key
I mostly like to move toward decolonization and think about how things could be if the world was more just. But sometimes you have to meet people where they are, which may not be the same place I am at when it comes to tribal nations and tribal people. So let me get this out … Read moreYes, American Indians Pay Taxes
The Choctaws were known by the United States as part of a group referred to as the Five Civilized tribes. This was because they lived a way that Europeans could see as having some sort of civilization. Who knows what other tribal people were referred to–but they weren’t seen as having ‘civilization.’ Unfortunately, part of … Read moreFreedmen: A Discussion Of Black Choctaws
There’s an peculiar thing that happens when people talk about being Native. Some Native people, but especially non-Natives, say they are “part Cherokee” or “part Choctaw.” Now this makes sense if you’re talking about your ancestry. If you really do have Native ancestry, that’s great. If you’re not sure or if you don’t really have … Read moreCitizenship: There Is No “Part Indian”
I don’t typically like to look at tribal people or tribal nations and make a lesson for non-Natives to enjoy. But the issue of borders is in the air and because I know a teensy bit about tribal nations, I thought I’d show non-Natives how things could be. We generally see nations as akin to … Read moreNations And Borders: A Lesson From Tribal Nations
This may be a touchy subject for some. But I’m going to talk about tribal casinos. And I’m going to defend the right for tribes to have them, which may be an unpopular opinion among non-Natives, even though they seem to frequent them quite a bit. I’m not an expert on these matters. I just … Read moreOn Tribal Casinos
When one looks back on Indian Policy, one can divide it up into policy eras. There was the Removal Era, the Indian War Era, the Reservation Era, etc. Allegedly, we are now living in the Self-Determination Era. This means, in general, as a matter of policy, tribal nations are able to do what they wish. … Read moreDon’t Let The Self-Determination Era Fool You
Colonialism is, in general, when a nation openly as as matter of policy acquires, controls and maintains control of a foreign nation. The United States is colonizing Native American Nations in the settler state manner. This may not be technically internationally illegal due to The Blue Water Thesis. But it’s colonialism nonetheless. And it’s unjust. … Read moreIt’s Up To Us Non-Natives To Begin Decolonization
I don’t know if I should share some of this. It’s, after all, not really my place. But I want to share with non-Natives different ways of life; ways that can inspire us, encourage us and which we can draw upon. Even if we don’t adopt those ways, we can learn from them. My daughter, … Read moreMatriarchal Secrets
We are quickly heading into July. And it was on July 2nd, 1974 that General George Armstrong Custer (yep, that Custer) went set out from current-day Bismarck, North Dakota to, among other things, scout for gold on Sioux lands. The Black Hills are sacred to the Sioux. I’m not Sioux. And Native people, these days, … Read moreThe Black Hills Are Not For Sale
I read an article a few weeks ago about people who are diagnosed with schizophrenia in the UK. Apparently, many of them thought the British government was spying on them. It turned out, this wasn’t paranoia. The British government was in fact spying on them. Our governments do strange and evil things. This is well-known. … Read moreMaybe I’m Paranoid, Maybe I’m Not
There’s been a movement in philosophy to incorporate non-western philosophy into Introduction to Philosophy courses. I think this is a wonderful move. After all, as it has been argued, if you teach only western philosophy, you might as well call the course Introduction to Western Philosophy instead of Introduction to Philosophy. I fear, however, that … Read moreAmerican Indian Philosophy: If You Won’t Teach It, Who Will?
The Holocaust is the horrific evil that most people compare other evils to. I’m guilty of this myself. I wait for the day when America’s atrocities are not considered minor in comparison. After all, Hitler loved how the United States treated Native Americans. The idea of concentration camps came in part from our old … Read moreHard To Swallow Pills: This Is Exactly Who We Are
These days, unfortunately, Native Nations are pretty tiny. It’s estimated that Native Americans themselves make up just 1% of the American population. When thinking about these issues, it may be easy to overlook or disregard Native Nation just because they are small. However, size shouldn’t matter when it comes to rights. Just as we learn … Read moreA Nation’s A Nation, No Matter How Small
There’s a point at which one knows something so well that they just assert it to be true. I’m going to make an assertion: The United States is currently colonizing tribal nations and this is grossly unjust. I have argued this in the past; for example, in my 2004 undergraduate philosophy thesis. These days, however, … Read moreColonialism And Decolonization
Native Americans have the highest rates of intermarrying in the United States. It must be true, then, that love can flow between Natives and non-Natives. This essay is directed toward those of us who are non-Native who have Native families. We know through history that just because someone says they love you, it doesn’t mean … Read moreFamilies Should Aim For Justice
I have a confession to make. I destroyed a book. I was psychotic at the time. But I still destroyed a book. That book was Radical Hope by Jonathan Lear. As everyone who knows me knows, I had my first psychotic break when I was writing my MA thesis. Radical Hope was at the crux … Read moreRadical Hope?
I’m currently in the process of helping my daughter enroll in Choctaw Nation. I’ve talked with other Native Americans about enrollment. Some non-Natives think that Native Americans get tons of “benefits.” For most tribal people, that’s just not so. But if it were so, these are not “benefits” in some strange sense. And there’s no … Read more“Being Enrolled Never Got Me Anywhere”
The Choctaws were part of the Five Tribes that were a part of Andrew Jackson’s policy The Trail of Tears. Most of the Choctaws were removed to present-day Oklahoma. It wasn’t long after the Choctaws were removed that they heard of the Irish famine. Quickly, many Choctaws gathered money and sent it to Ireland. Here’s … Read moreThe Choctaw Nation And Ireland: A Political Alliance?
As I write this, the United States has a policy of snatching migrant children away from their families. I read an article this morning which said the UN has told the U.S. that this practice is illegal. No one, however, seems to be arguing for the termination of the United States because of this evil … Read moreTribal Nations Are Imperfect. So, Too, Is the United States
I’m not an expert in American Indian Law. But when you study Native history, you come to learn a few things. I want to talk about the injustice of the current situation for Native individuals and nations: appealing to colonial courts. When I first discovered that, in order to fight for their rights, Native Americans … Read moreThe Unfortunate Reality Of Appealing To Colonial Courts