Author Archives: Jim Langcuster

About Jim Langcuster

A Southern late-Baby Boomer whose post-retirement focus is on building a post-racial, post-Confederate Southern regional identity. If the election of 2016 underscored one thing, it is that this country is intractably divided and that radical devolution of power to localities and states is the only way to save the American Union.

A Largely Secular Journey

I feel a bit of a kinship with Robert Wright, the author of the recently published book “Why Buddhism is True.” Roughly a decade or so ago, Wright also published a book titled “The Evolution of God,” which complemented another … Continue reading

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Some Disparate Thoughts on Language Learning

Aeon an digital magazine committed to spreading knowledge and a cosmopolitan world view, recently carried a piece about the struggle under way throughout the world to preserve so-called minority languages.  In some cases, the term minority is applied generously.   Many of these … Continue reading

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A Cult Leader or Simply a Frightened Little Man?

Earlier this morning, I finished a rather fascinating article exploring whether the Kim dynasty has essentially managed to construct nationwide cult, one so entrapped in its dogma and mysticism that it would gladly sacrifice itself in the face of American … Continue reading

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Westworld: An Enduring Science Fiction Legacy

Last night, I watched the troubling and highly dystopian film Westworld.  A long time has passed since my first viewing in 1973 in the Cinema Twin Theater in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with my old boyhood chum, Joey Johnson. The movie … Continue reading

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A Bittersweet Cruising Memory

Every time I watch American Graffiti, the classic movie about American cruising culture, I’m invariably reminded of our own cruising tradition in my hometown of Russellville, Alabama. Some long-term courtships and even a few marriages were forged during those long … Continue reading

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Memes and the Human Exoskeleton

I’ve posited before in this forum my theory that much of human destiny is bound up in what I call a “Noncorporeal Human Exoskeleton (NHE).” This exoskeleton is comprised of all sorts of things – culture, political ideology, religious beliefs … Continue reading

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Lessons from Fraternity Life

Reminiscent of an old-time Baptist minister stumping for temperance during a wet/dry referendum in the Deep South, Bloomberg News senior editor John Hechinger argues that “alcohol is the well-spring of fraternity vice” in a column that appeared today in the … Continue reading

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