Category Archives: social

Existentialism’s limit: relationality

One of existentialism’s givens is isolation (or alienation). Another is death; we are mortal beings who inevitably perish.

In a relational universe, how can it be that we are inherently alone? This fact would imply that we each die alone, also.

Yet we come into being–are thrown into the world–birthed through the love shared by two individuals. We ultimately die, following a path shared by every living being whose lives already ceased.

We are never truly alone, contra-modern existentialism.

Capitalism and socialism: The third way

This called-for “third economic way” has been a subconscious interest of mine since watching Slavoj Zizek and Jordan Peterson debate last year. I recently came across the question again, this time in the context of global sustainability.

I view the United States as a historically capitalistic nation with socialistic checks-and-balances. This transcends anti-socialist rhetoric (for example, Trump’s) in at least one instance: the welfare state’s continuation from the 20th century.

I’m a firm believer in progress adding–not detracting–from what has been accomplished prior. I view the U.S.’s recognition of our economy’s downturns and their causes to be an excellent case-in-point for how the world will establish the most balanced economic system to date.

Does the above mean socialism will rise further in my country? Maybe. But, it likely won’t (and, in my view, shouldn’t) replace capitalistic ventures. Throwing the baby out with the bathwater is bad for family business!