STUFF ACCORDING TO ROCKO

Stuff According to Rocko

Many of these essays will confront you with uncomfortable truths, either revealing something you didn’t know or confirming something you already suspected. Some of them will annoy you, some will amuse you, and a few may do both.

Rocko takes on everything from the Constitution to bottled water — from sports venues to a non-existent generation — from news reporting to the connection between World War I trenches and America’s COVID-19 response.

The connective tissue that binds all of these essays is the fact that we’re all in this together (whatever “this” may be) and the certainty that if we don’t all get out of it together, none of us will get out of it at all. 

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Fake Objectivity

Bottoms Up, America

The New Citizen Soldier

Language Pollution

PTS Is Killing America

Electing the King of America

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rocko identifies himself as a Radical Moderate: he believes that moderation in all things (even excess) is good, while excess in anything (even moderation) is bad. He has also called himself a “conservative liberal” who stands for cheap beer but plenty for everybody. He declined an invitation to join MENSA and founded the philosophy of Creative Apathy in the same week.

Less frivolously, he’s a blue-collar intellectual — a university graduate with little respect for formal education — a philosopher trained in science and mathematics — a close observer of America’s culture, politics, and values. He has no political bias, no reverence for social conventions, and no patience with hypocrisy, faulty logic, bad planning, rationalization, laziness, or ignorance.