Koloman Moser, Fight of the Titans

Critiques of liberalism are good and needed in our current situation, but wholesale rejection of liberalism in favor of some anti-liberal alternative is sheer foolishness. The people making these critiques are always imagining a hypothetical utopia where their views are the ones controlling the paradigm. Certainly an imperfect pluralism featuring safeguards for personal liberties is preferable when compared with some anti-liberal authoritarianism which forces a conformity.

Liberalism definitely needs an update or a reboot at this point to account for some of its failings, but regressing to some pre-modern cultural hegemony is nothing but a fantasy, at least on a…


The idea of equilibrium or harmony as an end goal is incredibly attractive. Indeed, when you study ecology, biology, chemistry, or a handful of other natural sciences, it seems that this principle is baked right into the laws of nature. What often goes unnoticed, however, is the role of human thought in picking and choosing the scales on which equilibrium is sought.

In ecology, an ecosystem is viewed as a delicate balance of many living participants and the interactions between these participants and the inorganic environment. An ecosystem is considered to be in equilibrium when the populations of various organisms…


In early 2019, I was very fixated on the idea of self-sufficiency. I was a recent college grad with some new traumas under my belt struggling to find work and figure out what I needed to do to start building a successful adult life. It was only due to the love and generosity of my family that I was able to make some of the choices I did at that point, working to get my life together. I was struggling a lot internally, feeling like a failure because I wasn’t “self-sufficient.”

In contemporary America, what this idea of self-sufficiency generally…


Among 20th century scholars of religion, few occupy a position as eclectic as that of Henry Corbin. The French academic is perhaps best remembered in the West for his philosophical work pertaining to the imagination — ideas which he brought to the world at the Eranos conferences, lecturing alongside the likes of great minds of the day such as Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung. …


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At the beginning of the year one of my favorite podcasters, Tom Cheetham, declared that 2020 would be “the year of breath.” Little did he know how prophetic his statement would turn out to be.

Through the course of these past eight months, we’ve seen the progression of a respiratory disease into a global pandemic, the asphyxiation of a black American at the hands of a police officer which set off a massive civil rights movement taking as one of its main slogans “I can’t breathe,” and most recently, with the push by public health authorities to encourage and even…


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Whenever information is communicated, it’s always done so for a specific reason, whether this be conscious or simply presupposed. There is always an intent (or a telos) to broadcasting facts, stories, and arguments. As such, there can never be such a thing as “unbiased” news or media — even if a source claims to be reporting “only the facts,” there is nothing in the facts themselves which say why these details ought to be communicated as opposed to others, or how this information should be presented in relation to other information. …


The duality of this country. Violent protest marked the beginning of America, and this sense of liberty against injustice still runs through our veins today. Yet liberty for whom? …


A Muslim man walks the streets of Brick Lane, London (photo by Clem Onojeghuo)

One of the preeminent political issues of our era is that of the supposed conflict between Islam and the West. Ever since the colonial period, Western civilization has continually sought to categorize the Islamic ‘other,’ and through the construction of this dichotomy, affirm and actualize the superiority of the West. In more recent years, postcolonial approaches have endeavored to understand the workings of the colonial enterprise and delineate the devastating political, economic, and social effects that have accounted for this dynamic.

While this scholarship has been instrumental in raising the consciousness of many, much of this research does not get…


Recently, I’ve seen a lot of posts calling out “we are the virus” rhetoric and saying it is an unacceptable eco-fascist sentiment, but nothing actually detailing why this is faulty thinking. So in this article I am going to give it a shot, since it’s important.

Most of the 7+ billion people on our planet don’t have all that many resources. Even people in the upper middle class in wealthy nations are mostly only able to maneuver their lives within existing economic and political systems / paradigms rather than having the agency and resources to pioneer new options. …

Jared Morningstar

Independent academic specializing in 20th century religious philosophy, Islamic studies, and interfaith dialogue based out of Madison, WI. Founder @alifreview

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