“Who’s Your Family?”: How To Find Out Who Is And Who Is Not Native

I previously wrote about certain people who claim to be Native American but are not. Native Americans, of course, know there are “Wannabe Indians.” Somehow, everyone has a Cherokee great-grandmother and thus claim to be Native. I never claimed to be Native, so I don’t know the kind of grilling, if you can call it … Read more“Who’s Your Family?”: How To Find Out Who Is And Who Is Not Native

Lying About Being Native In Academia: The Cases Of Ward Churchill And Andrea Smith

There’s a strange trend, if you can call it a trend. There’s been people who, for whatever reason, claim to be Native American but are not inside of academia. I’ve read about them. Two of them are Ward Churchill and Andrea Smith. I am acquainted with their work, which you can judge for itself. I … Read moreLying About Being Native In Academia: The Cases Of Ward Churchill And Andrea Smith

I Contend That I’m The Patriot

In Evangelical churches, especially, and among people on the Right, there’s a sense that we should be blindly patriotic. It’s not that I want the United States to come crashing down. It’s that I want what’s just. And if that means some Native American Nations form their own independent nations–wholly separate from the U.S.–I’m fine … Read moreI Contend That I’m The Patriot

Remembering My Father On Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day 2018. And I thought it would be apt to share a story with you about my father. It’s about breaking bread together. It’s about good intentions. It’s about building bonds. It’s, ultimately, about love. My father wasn’t perfect. I mean, who is? But he lived an interesting life. Before I was born, … Read moreRemembering My Father On Father’s Day

Current Ways The U.S. Is Oppressing Native Nations

I’ve seen a few things on Native issues go viral lately. So let’s make this go viral: Current ways the United States is oppressing Native Nations. I don’t mean wannabe Indians, cultural appropriation by white people or mere historic ways America oppressed Native Americans. I mean current ways by the U.S. government. Things that are … Read moreCurrent Ways The U.S. Is Oppressing Native Nations

For Native Americans, The Injustice Is Not Historic

Back in grad school, I had to read the paper Superseding Historic Injustice by Jeremy Waldron. Many people in my class felt off the hook when it came to injustices after that paper. And some of them mentioned injustice toward Native Americans. Others (like Steve Russell, in Sequoyah Rising) have taken Waldron to task. For … Read moreFor Native Americans, The Injustice Is Not Historic

I Don’t Want Native Americans To Fight For Their Rights

My government, the United States, is a colonial government. Period. End of story. I was born here and through friendship, love and learning realized I occupy a colonizer space in life. Funny how. I know much of the history of colonialism. And I know that in order to gain liberation, colonized people often protest, have … Read moreI Don’t Want Native Americans To Fight For Their Rights

J. LAWSON THESIS (Stetson University, 2004, Citations Omitted): “The More Freely He Breathes: Colonialism In The United States”

Author’s Note (6/14/2018):This thesis has cause me a lot of trouble–mostly, I think, at this point, trouble in my own mind. Since writing it I have been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Even though this thesis is now over 10 years old, it lurks in the back of my mind as one of the most subversive things … Read moreJ. LAWSON THESIS (Stetson University, 2004, Citations Omitted): “The More Freely He Breathes: Colonialism In The United States”

The Personal Is The Philosophical

Lately, I’ve been mixing personal stories and experiences into my philosophical writing. That’s no accident. I finally feel, when doing this, authentic in my writing and thinking. (Instead of pretending I have thoughts, feelings and insights that come, dislocated, from nowhere.) The personal has always been the philosophical for me. I know, I know. We … Read moreThe Personal Is The Philosophical

In Praise Of The Minority View

You could say I come from a failed history, both personally and intellectually. Personally, I failed at many things. But I want to talk more about the intellectual failings. The times “my guys” didn’t win. Throughout our dismal western history, there have been a few shining lights. I want to talk about two of them: … Read moreIn Praise Of The Minority View

On Killing The Indian And Saving The Man

American, Canada and Australia have worldview blood on their hands. Yes, they have literal blood, but, worse, they have worldview blood on their hands. Each country stole Indigenous from their families and placed them in boarding schools. While there, they were beaten for speaking their Native tongue, forced to dress “western,” abused in many ways, … Read moreOn Killing The Indian And Saving The Man

I’m Pretty Sure God Doesn’t Want You To Be A Doormat

I’m not and expert on Christianity. Last year, I did some serious studies and even applied to Divinity School (which I can’t do for personal reasons). But, still, I’m not an expert. However, I’ve come across some Christians who apparently think that being devout means they have to be a doormat. “Forgiveness” is often preached. … Read moreI’m Pretty Sure God Doesn’t Want You To Be A Doormat

“Anywhere you can lead your life, you can lead a good one.”

That quote is from Marcus Aurelius. It may be true in fact, but in reality, it may be more complex. Anywhere you live, you can be a good person. However, it’s known that under certain conditions, it’s harder to be a good person. For example, it may be harder to be a good person under … Read more“Anywhere you can lead your life, you can lead a good one.”

You Don’t Have To Be A Platonist To Believe In Truth (And Fight Fascism!)

I want to share an image I found online: I like this quote. I like the image. Many people have noted that the break down of our sense of truth is a red flag that could lead to fascism in the United States. Believing in truth is one good way to fight fascism. I still … Read moreYou Don’t Have To Be A Platonist To Believe In Truth (And Fight Fascism!)

On Taking It Slow: My Way Of Doing Philosophy

We live in a fast-paced world. Delivering results quickly is rewarded. Well, friends, I work better slowly. I’m not a paid philosopher–something another unpaid philosopher told me might be more like sophistry when you think about it. But I’ve been doing a bit of philosophy lately here on the blog. I don’t invest time doing … Read moreOn Taking It Slow: My Way Of Doing Philosophy

“I Take My Meds To Make You Feel Better”

I live with the diagnosis of schizophrenia. Many, many people think of this as a very serious illness. And I’m not saying I don’t have struggles. I do. However, many lay people think they know what’s going on in psychiatry. And, unfortunately, they think meds are a cure-all. So let me set the record straight … Read more“I Take My Meds To Make You Feel Better”

Weakness Of Will And The Problem Of Evil

I used to think of weakness of will as a pleasant, little philosophical problem. I thought, “Hey, this is interesting. Most of us are weak willed. Now, let’s play around with definitions and obscure philosophical problems about it.” In fact, in grad school I presented a view on weakness of will that I don’t really … Read moreWeakness Of Will And The Problem Of Evil

If You Can’t Travel The World, Travel Your Neighborhood

Anthony Bourdain died by suicide recently. He has been hailed all over the world by many different people. He brought the far corners of the world to our living rooms. You may aspire to travel like him. Some, like Mark Twain, have even argued that travel is perhaps the only way to dissolve bigotry and … Read moreIf You Can’t Travel The World, Travel Your Neighborhood

When I Say “Trump Is Not My President”

There’s some iffy thinking floating around. For example, I came across this statement today: “To all the snowflakes who say Trump is not your president….who is? Trump IS your president. Too bad!!!!” Well, first of all, it is of course ad hominem to call people “snowflakes.” This is an obvious attempt to denigrate people–and that’s … Read moreWhen I Say “Trump Is Not My President”

The Most Tranquil Country On Earth?

Bernard Williams famously argued we need to bring back old words from virtue ethics. We need, in other words, concepts and language that is nuanced and textured to fill the sparse philosophical void we have. I agreed when I came across this argument. But I agreed even more when I was doing some reading from … Read moreThe Most Tranquil Country On Earth?

When Stoic Calm Meets Evil

The past several years have been a long, hard journey for me. I went from “having it all” to having, basically, nothing–sometimes, not even my own mind. While on this journey, I’ve been abused, forcibly hospitalized, gone to jail (Yep! Many people with my diagnosis do, unfortunately!) and have tried many different “treatments” to “cure” … Read moreWhen Stoic Calm Meets Evil

The Value Of A College Education

I have wealth that doesn’t dissipate. I have wealth you cannot take away from me and cannot be depleted. I have a college education. Even though most people who have college degrees tend to make more money than people who don’t (Yup–it’s true!), I don’t want to focus on that. Because focusing on that is … Read moreThe Value Of A College Education

The Strength Of The Wolf Is In The Pack: Life Lessons From Unions

I know of people who are in unions. One of the sayings related to one such union is “The Strength of the Wolf is in the Pack.” Even though I live in the South, where unions aren’t as strong, the people who are in unions receive higher pay, better benefits and a safer working environment … Read moreThe Strength Of The Wolf Is In The Pack: Life Lessons From Unions

This Portfolio Is a Relic Of What I Once Was

This is my blog. The rest of this website is my e-portfolio. I made it several years ago. You can browse around and see my various, mostly professional, accomplishments. At this point in my life, the portfolio part seems to be a relic of what I once was. Around 2008, I had my first psychotic … Read moreThis Portfolio Is a Relic Of What I Once Was

She Works Hard For The Money

Lately, I’ve been thinking about money. And I’ve been thinking about working. As readers know, I tried working last month. It turned out really bad for me. But as kids graduate high school and college this time of year and they start turning to the job market, I’ve began really thinking about whether it’s even … Read moreShe Works Hard For The Money

Housing Insecurity In Florida: A Proposed Solution

Florida has the third highest rate of homelessness in the United States. About 40% of people who experience homelessness have a disability. There are some things available for people who experience housing insecurity, but not a whole lot to help people get on their feet. There’s not many places that will offer a home outright … Read moreHousing Insecurity In Florida: A Proposed Solution

Housing First and Housing Initiative of Florida

I specialized in ethics when I studied philosophy. There’s many aspects of ethics and one of them is adequate housing. I’ve recently written about housing here. It’s not an issue I’ve covered a lot on my blog, but it’s an issue I’ve discussed elsewhere quite a bit. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, NPR did a yearlong … Read moreHousing First and Housing Initiative of Florida

Help End The Affordable Housing Crisis

If you happen to live in a safe and secure home, you’re incredibly lucky. For millions of people, it’s just not possible. People with disabilities, battered and abused women and children, people with substance abuse disorders–they all, typically, struggle with finding a place to live, let alone a home of their own. I grew up … Read moreHelp End The Affordable Housing Crisis

Why UBI Should Become A Key Issue For Political Platforms

It’s estimated that about 7 million jobs will be lost due to automation over the next 10 years. Many of these jobs are cashier and general retail jobs. Already, Walmart has stores that are completely cashier-free. The savings in having automation is partly what drives these advances. Many people worry about lost jobs. And the … Read moreWhy UBI Should Become A Key Issue For Political Platforms

Some Normative Reflections on AI

We expect artificial intelligence (AI) to be smart. We may even expect it to be smarter than us. Technology, after all, has an aura of intelligence around it in general and AI, perhaps, even more so. I want to examine some of the underlying normative aspects applied to AI. In particular, I want to ask: … Read moreSome Normative Reflections on AI

Transcending My First Memory

I’m going to share with you some things that have been kept quiet in my family for many years. It starts with my first memory. My first memory is of my dad beating my mom. It’s a sad memory and I’ve rarely told it to many people. I can still see my mom, in desperation, … Read moreTranscending My First Memory

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