Rollins's Review, November 25
On my favorite Substack columns this week
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Daniel D. of A Ghost in the Machine has been doing political allegory of late, and it’s both on point and screamingly funny. In “The Moral Philosophy Salesman,” he dismantles SBF and the utilitarian ethos. Entirely worth your time, and you should subscribe to him.
Charles Eisenstein is a deeply compassionate mystic. If woo isn’t your cup of tea, you should still read him for his breakdowns of concepts like beauty and hope.
Eneasz Brodski’s “Universal Love, Said the Eneasz-Person” is a short but valuable meditation on community and communion. Its ending is bittersweet, but I believe the real lesson in it is that while it’s broadly true that “wherever you go, there you are,” there are still places that are better and places that are worse. Worth a read.
I could read Alexander Rose’s Spionage all day and not get tired of it. He writes about the history of spying, and it’s fun. “The Spy Who Never Was” is about John Honeyman, a legendary spy during the Revolutionary War…or maybe not.
Zohar Atkins writes about Judaism with both humor and reverence. “Creating a High-Trust Society Requires Generosity” takes a story from the Torah about the purchase of a burial plot and spins it into a meditation on the difference between open and closed societies.
Rounding out the week, Holly Math Nerd writes about James Lindsay, Twitter, and the value of looking at the world from points of view with which you may not be personally familiar.