Atheism 2.0

This is a speculation about the future of atheism in North American society. To put it figuratively, if “New Atheism” represented a self-declared resurgence of rationalism for the twenty-first century, what will Atheism 2.0 look like? If, hypothetically, we were to move beyond the virtual stalemate we find ourselves in — with the faithful and …

The Market Deity

In days of old, we looked to deities, goddesses, and mythical warlords to help us navigate our troubles and infuse our lives with purpose. Nowadays we look upon those ancestors with a kind of sympathetic ridicule: “They just didn’t know any better back then,” we explain. But are we so advanced? Here’s a proposition — …

Hobby Politics

Has democracy become a hobby? Consider: has political involvement become “just a thing” that a few fanatical pundits are into that does not “resonate” with the rest of mainstream culture? Like a Star Trek convention, a religious festivity,1 or a sports team’s fan club, is the political arena so much a subculture that it is …