Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Beginnings of a Blogroll, Finally

I'm happy to announce the addition of the first blog to my blogroll.  It's called "The View From Hell."  It seems to be devoted to anti-natalism and opposed to anti-suicide paternalism/intervention.  I assume I'll find something to differ with them on somewhere within their years of accumulated posts, but so far the basics seem solid.  Check out their introductory post:

"An Introduction"

Friday, August 30, 2013

Life Changers: Elston Gunnn's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue"

[Part of a planned series of pieces highlighting people and media that have had monumental effects on my thinking and to which I'd like to expose the uninitiated]

I'm always a bit incredulous when I bring up the music of Bob Dylan with people my age or younger (i.e., twenty-somethings and teenagers) and receive a lukewarm response.  The thing is, I used to have the same tepid opinion of Dylan myself.  When I think back now on all of the ways Dylan's music has expanded my understanding of what can be done with lyrics and melody, it's a bit shocking to think it all might not have happened had it not been for the cover of "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" by a Florida-based band called Elston Gunnn.  It was Elston Gunnn's version of "Baby Blue" which made me begin to fully appreciate what Dylan was capable of as a songwriter, and it is by sharing their version with the reader that I hope to impart a similar appreciation to the remaining non-Dylanites among my fellow Millenials.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Here's to the State (2013)

Back in the '60s, singer-songwriter Phil Ochs released a topical protest tune called "Here's to the State of Mississippi."  Later he rewrote and updated it as "Here's to the State of Richard Nixon."  More recently, Eddie Vedder and the actor Tim Robbins rewrote and updated the song for the Bush-Cheney regime.  So, there's a tradition of rewriting and updating this song, and I've gone ahead and updated it for 2013.  The recording features Forest Rodgers on lead guitar and bass.  The track and lyrics are posted below.

Monday, August 5, 2013

We Need a C-SPAN for High-stakes Criminal Trials

Watching the George Zimmerman trial, it occurred to me that every defendant in a high-stakes criminal trial ought to have the option of having their trial locally televised.  The idea would of course be to increase the accountability of lawyers and judges, presuming they're less inclined to railroad poorly-defended defendants if they have to do it on TV airing in their districts.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Poverty is Artificial

I'm posting a song I've written dealing with some of the structural foundations of our hierarchical society.  The music was highly influenced by Lindsay Buckingham's work on the Fleetwood Mac album Tusk.  The solo is Forest Rodgers playing "mouth trumpet," which I love precisely because it's somewhat pitchy; it also reminds me of one of my favorite producers, Cowboy Jack Clement.  The lyrics are posted and analyzed below.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

On Roderick Chisholm's "Human Freedom and the Self"

To get the philosophy ball rolling, I'm posting a previously written (though unpublished) paper of mine on free will from my time at UCLA.  (Please forgive any formatting errors that may have arisen via the transferring to the blog.)  More freshly written posts will be arriving soon.

On Roderick Chisholm's "Human Freedom and the Self"

By Jackson Rodgers

          In this paper, I shall state what I take to be Chisholm’s main conclusion in his “Human Freedom and the Self,” I shall explain my reading of Chisholm’s argument for said conclusion, and I shall attempt a critique of Chisholm’s aforementioned argument.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Aspiring Leftist Revolutionaries Should Get Filthy Rich

Sort of.  Let me start over.

It is a common tactic of the Center-Right (hereafter "the CR") to accuse self-professed Leftists of being hypocrites if said Leftists have an above-average income, as do many who are creative types, lawyers, academics, etc.  If well-to-do Leftists hoard their wealth, then the CR's accusations may not be entirely unfounded.  However, I think the key to successful Leftist revolution may be for aspiring revolutionaries to use whatever time, energy, and dedication they might use in an armed struggle to instead do something superficially hypocritical: get filthy fucking rich.*