Thursday, March 14, 2013

Finding the Challenges -- Language, Collectivism, War

Please go check out my debut as a commentator at

Finding the Challenges -- Language, Collectivism, War in which I discuss how the three problems are challenges for humanity, suggesting at least one possible voluntary response to each challenge.

An excerpt:
"Finding the Challenges" is an original bi-weekly column appearing every other Wednesday at, by Verbal Vol. Verbal is a software engineer, college professor, corporate information officer, life long student, farmer, libertarian, literarian, student of computer science and self-ordering phenomena. Archived columns can be found here. FTC-only RSS feed available here.

Our estimable founder, Skyler Collins, stressed that I should go for positiveness in my debut here at This is quite a challenge for a curmudgeon like me. I have educated myself under the sharpest of tongue, wit, and pen. My heroes are Mark Twain, H. L. Mencken, Kurt Vonnegut, Dorothy Parker, George Carlin, and most currently, Fred Reed, Penn Jillette, and P. J. O'Rourke.

But I have found a little wiggle room in a positive alcove of my psyche. In fact, I believe that the troubadours of scorn, whom I have listed above, are each in his or her individual way actually guides to windows that face the Sun. After all, what is the purpose of a rant if not in hope of seeing things change for the better, of going toward the light. Otherwise, one's grumbling is just a self-service for one's inward entertainment. Just remember that Thomas Paine did not get to his current station in our esteem by telling us what a cool dude George III was.

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