The Samovar

What should I write next?

I haven’t written much on this blog for a long time, and I have five planned entries to write so I’m soliciting opinions about which people would prefer to read. Let me know what you think if you have any preferences. In rough order of which I think would be more interesting or more likely to complete:

  1. Nobody believes in God. In which I will argue that hardly any people who identify as religious behave in a way that is consistent with their really believing in God.
  2. Democracy. In which I will describe two somewhat uncommon (but by no means wholly original) views I have about what democracy means: democracy as a word without a fixed meaning but with Wittgensteinian ‘family resemblances’; democracy as a historical phenomenon designed to exclude tyranny rather than as a way to guarantee good or representative government.
  3.  Arationality and Honesty. In which I’ll talk about what it means to be rational, put forward the hypothesis that it’s impossible to be completely rational, relate this to the epistemological theory of pragmatism, then turn to ethics and the idea of coming to terms with our own inconsistency, and taking responsibility for your actions rather than trying to act according to a moral code, and finally talk about propaganda, cognitive dissonance and this alternative ethical theory.
  4. Capitalism. My eight reasons/meta-reasons for being opposed to capitalism.
  5. Religion and Politics. I’ve had this sitting in my WordPress drafts folder for over a year now so it’s fairly unlikely I’ll ever actually finish it. In it I’ll talk about terrorism, Islam, authority, hierarchy, democracy, politics and the possibility of irresolvable differences of opinion, and finally a suggestion that politics is much more important to talk about than religion.

Alternatively, if you have any suggestions for what I ought to write about instead – let me know…



They all sound interesting… I’d like to read 2 and 4 first – but all of them eventually. Hope that helps

Comment by jim jay

Write about whatever interests you, all those topics you have up there are interesting. You are an interesting fellow, I’m whatever you write will be good.

Comment by Jolly

Great selection – 2, 3 and 4 in particular would interest me.

Comment by Simon

Hey all – thanks for the nice comments. It looks like nobody is much interested in my idiosyncratic theories about religion then! 😉 I think I’ll try to get on with writing (2) asap (which may not be that soon…).

Comment by Dan | thesamovar

2 & 3 & consequently all, but, er, 🙂
I would like to know 3 first…

Comment by RH

Hey Dan,
I’m interested in 3 most – but I’m always happy to hear your views about religion 😉

Comment by Simon J

‘Nobody believes in Religion’ would definitely be interesting. Also the rationality and honesty one. Or any of them.

On rationality and honesty…you need to bring Dialectic in there. I’ll explain more when you get to it.

Comment by Edward the Bonobo

Yes, lets take the cake and go for religion, nice and easy, but you must include why “is” implies “aught”.

Comment by Mikey

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