The rise of blogging is the best damn thing to happen to philosophy — ever! It allows those who actually can write well — which is defined as writing in a way others can understand — to get past the gate keepers for whom writing is an exercise in self-indulgence among an intellectual aristocracy.

Thomas Paine — a name you are not likely to hear in the philosophy department’s faculty lounge — is called by some a “controversialist.” That is just someone who dares to discuss philosophy using the vocabulary of ordinary people. Or in other words, the most controversial thing you can do in philosophy is reject the notion that the faculty lounge gets to tell everyone else what words mean.

And that pretty much eliminates any chance you’ll make a living in the academe. But it makes you something much more important: a leader in the ultimate form of the “Occupy” movements…

Occupy the Language.

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