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I am not associated with any party, university, church, or other institution. This blog is supported solely by donation – my own donation of time and effort.

My main projects as a writer are organized as this blog is organized: I write on philosophical, theological, political, and cultural themes, with posts increasingly brought under one of two main headings: “Anismism” for pieces focused on philosophy and theology, and “Neo-Imperialism” for geo-politics and theory of the present historical conjuncture. I select pieces from any category including those two for “Assorted Topics” after they’ve had a chance to be re-read and re-edited for a few months. I keep an archive on web design and development, featuring the home pages for WordPress Plug-Ins that I have authored or am in the process of developing.

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My experience with design and development includes all aspects of site installation, migration, rescue, management, design, and operations, with a primary focus on WordPress and related applications, and on the coding they rely on intensively: PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. My past and ongoing projects include professional, personal, community, and e-commerce web sites mainly based on open source frameworks. I have tested, used, and modified countless WordPress plug-ins and themes, lately with an emphasis on WooCommerce and its add-ons, previously with osCommerce as well as diverse eBay-related applications. I have also worked extensively with S2Member.

I enjoy teaching people what I have learned. For more on my web design philosophy, you can begin with my general notes on the subject, and check out other posts in my “Web Design” archive.

I also have maintained an eBay on-line store since 2005, and have been an active eBay seller since 2001 – with ca. 5000, 100% positive feedback ratings. My specialty is collectibles, especially movie collectibles, and I frequently work as a “trading assistant” facilitating sales on consignment.

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As for professional and educational background: At various times I have been a working writer – screenwriter, journalist, editor, translator – and I have also been published as a poet in obscure literary magazines most or all of which no longer exist. The best money I ever made was probably as a legal secretary, and the most consistent living I made was as a script reader/development person for independent movie production companies during the ’90s. At another stage in my life I was a full-time political activist.

I was born in Vienna, Austria, of American parents, who returned to the US while I was still an infant. I read German as a mostly self-taught foreigner, not as a native German-speaker. I studied English in college, at UCLA, where I received a B.A.

–CK

(Last updated 2016.12)

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The most painful aspect of this has been to watch people I previously considered thoughtful and principled conservatives give themselves over to a species of illiberal politics from which I once thought they were immune.

In his 1953 masterpiece, “The Captive Mind,” the Polish poet and dissident Czeslaw Milosz analyzed the psychological and intellectual pathways through which some of his former colleagues in Poland’s post-war Communist regime allowed themselves to be converted into ardent Stalinists. In none of the cases that Milosz analyzed was coercion the main reason for the conversion.
They wanted to believe. They were willing to adapt. They thought they could do more good from the inside. They convinced themselves that their former principles didn’t fit with the march of history, or that to hold fast to one’s beliefs was a sign of priggishness and pig-headedness. They felt that to reject the new order of things was to relegate themselves to irrelevance and oblivion. They mocked their former friends who refused to join the new order as morally vain reactionaries. They convinced themselves that, brutal and capricious as Stalinism might be, it couldn’t possibly be worse than the exploitative capitalism of the West.

I fear we are witnessing a similar process unfold among many conservative intellectuals on the right.

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The precarious feeling of uncertainty will nonetheless persist, at least until U.S. authority, in Europe or anywhere else, is seriously challenged. And there are signs that a challenge is coming. In the past few days, the Russian government has recognized passports from the phony “republics” that Russian-armed, Russian-controlled “separatists” have created in eastern Ukraine — perhaps, as one Russian official suggested, as a prelude to granting them Russian passports or even annexing the territories outright. Russian planes repeatedly buzzed a U.S. destroyer on patrol in the Black Sea. Most ominously, Russia has reportedly deployed a new generation of cruise missiles, a move that violates existing arms treaties and could make it easier for Russian bombs to reach European capitals.

There is no reason to think that these small “tests” will not be repeated. And if any one of them explodes into something worse, then talk of “shared values” will not help. Nor will repeated reassurances from Cabinet members. At some point, the enforced ambiguity will fall away, it will not be possible to disguise reality with “Swedish incidents” and we will learn what the president actually believes. I just hope that we are all prepared.

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Our partners in the international order we created - some of whom we conquered to make it possible - are now seeking to defend it from us. Let's say that again, Defend it from us. How do we now as loyal Americans look at the warnings of the French and the Germans, as well as the British and our other erstwhile allies' warnings? This is a complicated question which different people, depending on their professions and governmental responsibilities and personal dispositions, must answer in different ways. But we cannot ignore the fact that the American experiment is now in a kind of exile - taken refuge elsewhere - and the executive power of the American state now under a kind of, hopefully temporary, occupation.

We face a comparable dynamic at home. I have been thinking for weeks that the central challenge and reality of the Trump Era is what do you do as an institutionalist when the central institutions of the state have been taken over, albeit democratically, by what amount to pirates, people who want to destroy them? To put it another way, do the institutions and norms which Trump and his gang are trying to destroy become shackles and obstacles in the way of those trying to defend them? There['re] no easy answers to these questions.

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