When facts are found to be in conflict with the principle, a realist will abandon principle; a fanatic will abandon facts.
Pure democracy is indistinguishable from anarchy.
Populism is where all democracies sooner or later go to die.
Populism is the natural, and perhaps inevitable, consequence of wide-franchise democracy.
What distinguishes art from non-art? Possession of:
Artistic intent – it is earnest and descriptive; if it is persuasive then it’s propaganda, if commentary – parody
Handcrafting – if not it’s manufacture
Uniqueness – else it is craft
Lack of utility – otherwise it is design
Self-containment – if it is place-specific then it is mere decoration
Timelessness – if it is merely topical then it’s journalism
Expressiveness – if it does not convey emotion then it is literature
No assertion that fails demonstrably to follow from a verifiable empirical observation can be accepted as true. No belief that is rooted in such assertions can be accepted as valid.
Unable to denounce deviations from an abstract moral code, the philosopher is now reduced to pointing out deviations from the subject’s own. Such examples are always plentiful because all moral codes are unrooted from reality.
Modern left-wing intellectual thought today fetishizes weakness and victimhood as morally superior to power and strength, ironically harkening back to the foundations of the Christian mortality which it so vehemently rejects in all other aspects, excepting perhaps only their shared distaste for profit.