Showing results for tag "culture"

Sanctimania

Political correctness becomes dangerous when it becomes sanctimonious and aggressive – it then morphs into what I term “sanctimania.”

Professional Wrestling and the Media

Conservatives blindly hate liberals; liberals blindly hate conservatives. And, of course, this is the whole point.

Thoughts on the Institution of Government

In case you have not guessed, I loathe governments. Since the beginning of history, they have been despicable organizations that attract the worst kinds of people — those who obey orders without regard to ethics.

Choosing Your Immigrants

There are always some people who understand work ethic and responsibility. They are the producers. There are also always some who have no desire to work or otherwise take responsibility for themselves. They are the parasites.

The War on Some Drugs

Drugs are a charged subject everywhere. They’re a “hot button” topic. Everyone has a strong opinion, often irrational, that seems to come from deep in the most reactive recesses of their collective minds.

MAGA: Mission Accomplished?

Maybe Mr. Trump is smarter, more dynamic, or just luckier… Possibly. But the gods lay traps for those who think they are… and laugh at them later.

The Final Blowout Sale

Increasingly, both Europeans and North Americans whom I meet are expressing their concern that the social structure of their countries appears to be breaking down.

Doug Casey on the USA: Fight, or Flight?

An Interview with Doug Casey and Joel Bowman Joel Bowman: When we left off last, I think you and I were talking about burning one’s passport, which seems like a natural enough subject for a couple of anti-statists to address. While we’re on the topic, I can’t help but notice that the number of U.S. […]

The Coming of the Roman Tax Collectors

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has been written about many times over the last two millennia, most notably in Edward Gibbon’s six-volume set of books of the same name. However, one significant aspect to the decline began in the fourth century that has received little attention from those who have written on […]

Uruguay Or Chile: Which Is Right For You?

The pros and cons of Uruguay and Chile.

Seeking a Spirit Of Benevolence

The “welcome mat” is different in each country. As the First World devolves, we will see a steady increase in people seeking asylum in countries other than their birth country. Interestingly, many people who are making their first major move overseas overlook one of the most critical criteria – the attitude and mindset of the local people.

Australia or New Zealand? Same-Same, But Different

Two isolated, feisty countries, with a shared heritage that squabble like siblings. Spend a bit of time in either country and you’ll hear a litany of jokes disparaging the other. The bigger one picks on the smaller one, and the smaller one gives as good as it gets. Suggesting to a local that the two have anything in common will provoke outrage, but what do the differences actually mean?

Australia on your Pat Malone?

Four blokes in Woolloomooloo head down the frog and toad for a pig’s ear. One offers to get the first shout and heads to the bar. The night feels promising: the music is pumping, the bar is chocka, and, while going for an optic, he spots some talent to approach. He starts chatting up a spunk and feeling good about his prospects, until one of his mates – a larrikin who has tickets on himself – interrupts to cut his lunch. Our hero is not one to quietly cop a blow to his pride, and the evening disintegrates into a blue… Fortunately, we all speak English, so this vignette from an inner-Eastern suburb of Sydney is easy to understand. Wait, it’s not? In that case, read on for an International Man tongue-in-cheek primer on Australian slanguage.

Coping with Culture Shock

The concept of Culture Shock is nothing new. We’ve all heard the term, and perhaps even experienced its symptoms. No doubt, for hundreds of years humans have been subject to the phenomenon as they explored the globe and encountered new peoples. Imagine how Alexander the Great felt upon reaching India, Marco Polo’s reaction when he arrived in China, or Sir Walter Raleigh’s experience with the Native Americans when he disembarked at what is now North Carolina.

“Culture Games”

Have you ever thought about how terribly thin the line is between playing and fighting, between games and conflicts, between sports and battles? This blurry area was in part what inspired author Suzanne Collins to write The Hunger Games. In case you haven’t heard of it, the book has been adapted to film and is now showing at a theatre near you. The story raises the question, is this art imitating life, or life imitating art?

“Culture Games”

Have you ever thought about how terribly thin the line is between playing and fighting, between games and conflicts, between sports and battles? This blurry area was in part what inspired author Suzanne Collins to write The Hunger Games. In case you haven’t heard of it, the book has been adapted to film and is now showing at a theatre near you. The story raises the question, is this art imitating life, or life imitating art?

What Is ‘Face’ In Asian Culture and Why Should We Care?

There is no doubt that China is a major force in today’s world. Indeed, the “Middle Kingdom” is no longer a “sleeping dragon” and is shaking the world, just as Napoleon predicted.

What Is ‘Face’ In Asian Culture and Why Should We Care?

There is no doubt that China is a major force in today’s world. Indeed, the “Middle Kingdom” is no longer a “sleeping dragon” and is shaking the world, just as Napoleon predicted.