Welcome to the Pons Asinorum

There is no easy fix

Entering Lonergan's Novum Organon

Facing the Reality of a Lack of Moral Courage

Joyous Insurgency & the Long Game?

A Strategy for People Celebrating Life

A transcript of Sean Illing's interview of Martin Gurri, a former CIA analyst who published a book called The Revolt of the Public in 2014 that points to the tremendous impact the digital revolution has had on the dominant institutions of society and the elites who run them. This represents a fundamental institutional change sweeping the world, one in which the elites are exposed as incompetent and resistance to their rule is on the rise--without any idea of what might take their place. Thus there exists a crisis in authority stemming from a breakdown of traditional governmental models suitable for an industrial age but not the digital.

It is at this point that we turn to the question of what fundamental institutional changes are taking place both at the global and US regional levels, since President Trump's foundational stance will engage with such issues. For this we turn to six articles:

  1. Richard Fernandez, "The Media Are Missing the Biggest Story Since the Fall of the Soviet Union" (Belmont, PJ Media, November 17, 2019, where he poses the question: "Something strange is upending the world . . ."
  2. Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers the 19th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture at the Federalist Society's 2019 National Lawyers Convention, November 15, 2019
  3. Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks to the Law School and the de Nicola Center for
    Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, November 24, 2019
  4. David P. Goldman, A National Nightmare: Andrew McCarthy Exposes the Plot Against the President, November 25, 2019
  5. Victor Davis Hanson, "Ten Reasons Why Impeachment Is Illegitimate" (National Review, November 12, 2019)
  6. Victor Davis Hanson, "The Wages of Trump Fixation" (American Greatness, November 17, 2019)

The first lays down the key question in the context of multiple ongoing protests erupting around the world; the second suggests key ongoing shifts in the institutional framework involving the three branches of the American federal government; the third considers the founder's belief that only a moral society grounded in Christianity could maintain the Republic they had created; the fourth describes the nature of the plot against President Trump; the fifth considers the current coup playing out in the House, and finally Hanan's response to Max Boot's criticisms of his "ten reasons." Taken together they provide an initial snapshot of current fundamental institutional changes that in effect create the existential context that circumscribes President Trump.

A Case for Trump

Coronavirus Special: #19

At the Edge of Distorder

Coronavirus: China's Lies Affect Us All

This is group bias in action,

and hence has its own corrective mode over the short to middle term. But we are concerned with a far deeper cause of decline to which there is no inbuilt corrective mechanism: common sense bias leading to long term decline and eventual collapse into a Tower of Babel. The latter not the former is very much our concern.

Educational Projects: Foundations: Donald Trump II

While elites gnaw on stale agendas, the future is full of things yet undreamed of. Will we be free to listen?

— Richard Fernandez

The Incomplete Chain: "Just the facts, ma'am" is not as simple as it seems. Facts (experiencing, understanding, judging), incomplete research (leading to incomplete interpretations, conflicting histories, and unresolved conflicts in dialectics); and the proportionate limits to human understanding--plus misc. comments.

October 23, 2019

Historical Background Material III

Four videos raising questions that are important when it comes to understanding the foundational stances of Prager, Peterson, and Trump.

Why "Islam IS RIGHT About Women" is Causing "Confusion & Anger"

October 9, 2019

Historical Background I

A first step in understanding some of the historical context within which President Trump operates

  1. 1. Need to put the immediate situation into a larger context: the broad key developments affecting institutional change over the course of the human species, including the possibility of escaping the problem of liberation, the wealth-creating innovations of the industrial revolution, and the emergence of a vast online "community" of equals.
  2. The current situation is not about drowning in a sea of data but the confusion brought about by multiple epistemological positions concerning  "reality" that are incompatible and incomprehensible with each other.
  3. The positive outlook is that such an open internet operates at the 3rd level of the human good, i.e., deals with conversion, personal encounters, and mutual choices over terminal value. This "hot-house" may be setting up for Lonergan's third organom.

Democracy Virus

A dialogue between Jordan Peterson and Camille Paglia on modern times.

October 16, 2019

Historical Background Material II.

These videos are used to expand participants understanding of some of the key issues of our day.

Here we discuss the procedural difficulties in working out a person's foundational stance, Lonergan's functional specialization as an historical innovation, and the possibility of a second organum grounded in intentionality analysis characteristic of this realm of interiority.

Death of al-Baghdadi

How Mainlanders Suffer Abroad

The WHO Belongs to Communist China

The Coronavirus occupies public attention, especially when it comes to international chains of supply and the stability of global economic links. The notes include a brief introduction to Lonergan's idea of group bias, a few general considerations concerning China and the CCP, and ends with specific lessons to be learned from this international event. Four YouTube videos were used as data sources in this continuing investigation into the context of President Trump's election.

What is it like to be beyond good and evil?

Pareto Distributions

October 30, 2019

Historical Context IV

This week we continue to expand our knowledge of the key global players as well as hints as to their foundational stance as occupying a position on the dialectical continuum between life-affirming and death-embracing generative principles.

The single most important question society and individuals have to answer: how to make good people?

Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe

Left Over Women and the Gigolos that Love Them

This session is very tentative in terms of its conclusions. What makes it interesting is that we apply a number of tools we have developed in the past, e.g., a three-level transcendent/institutional/energy-material set of recurring schemes of operations unfolding in an complex, open-ended, and dynamic system; the importance of intellectual, moral, and religious conversion in discerning positions from counter-positions; and each situation not only closes down certain operations but opens up other possibilities.

Antifa and the end game: China's cultural revolution, the rise of Generation Zen, and the concept of Baizou.

November 6, 2019

Historical Background V

In this session we dealt with the more immediate context within which President Trump' position can be understood: the prior Obama/Clinton presidency and a classical scholar's who makes a case for trump. The two videos plus commentary are given below.

Preparing for population decline?

The Horrible Truth About Barack Obama's Presidency

End of the Crypto-German Empire

and Old World Order

January 22 Meeting Notes deal with the subject of evil sparked by a comment that Solway makes that evil seems to have a life of its own. Comments break down into three parts:

1. "Evil" as understood in such realms of meaning as common sense, transcendental, and theoretical: a consistent higher blade of operations.

2. "Evil" as a function of failing to exert proper control of meaning due to various biases.

3. Three stages of consciousness: aware of objects, awareness of one's awareness of objects, and awareness sans objects.