Fiction Is Not (Intrinsically) A Lie

In 1923, Pablo Picasso, for The Arts: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine Covering All Phases of Ancient and Modern Art, said, "We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to… Continue reading Fiction Is Not (Intrinsically) A Lie

Defamation Factory, Prt.2: The ADL vs Henry Ford

T h e A D L v s H e n r y F o r d ~ 1915-1933 Shortly after the ADL's formation and the Frank Case's close, war reared its ugly head – World War I, the first “great war,” of the industrialized age, had begun. 52 year old automotive industrialist and beloved… Continue reading Defamation Factory, Prt.2: The ADL vs Henry Ford

Persuasion Fixation and Optics Obsession

There is a recent Dilbert comic written by Scott Adams wherein the titular character speaks with his boss who says: Boss: I don't like the optics of your plan. Dilbert: Its the only plan that can work. Should I change it to something that looks good but won't work? Boss: Excellent idea, you might have… Continue reading Persuasion Fixation and Optics Obsession

The Respect Demand, Or, How To Refute Yourself Without Realizing It For The Sake of Appearing Non-Partisan

Consider this most common of political responses. "I don't agree with your argument, but I respect your opinion." Scarcely has there been a more popular and simultaneously ridiculous statement made in the whole history of modern American discourse than this one. Yet, it is one that you, whoever and wherever you are, have doubtless heard… Continue reading The Respect Demand, Or, How To Refute Yourself Without Realizing It For The Sake of Appearing Non-Partisan

Fractal America, Kodokushi-6771, Prt.1

One of the most fundamental characteristics of the embedded American consciousness, is its rugged individualism, that is, the sovereign and heroic impulse to carve ones own path, to strike out on one's own into the unknown darkness to there light a fire. Such is to be expected from a nation of wilderness conquering colonists, but sovereign… Continue reading Fractal America, Kodokushi-6771, Prt.1