An Article of the Modern Survival Guide, Vol. II

This series is called “The Modern Survival Guide” for a reason: it’s a list of things that will help or hurt your odds of survival in the modern world. There are few things out there that will affect your odds of survival more than politics, and especially politics that harm…


An Article of the Modern Survival Guide, Vol. II

This series is titled the Modern Survival Guide for a reason — everything here is supposed to help you survive the world as it is, not as we wish it to be. To my mind, one of the most critical components of that goal is to keep acquiring knowledge, as…


An article of The Modern Survival Guide, Vol. II

I find the whole concept of being a “gentleman” oddly fascinating. That’s a good place to start — you have this image of a man vs. a gentleman, simply by virtue of the language, which in and of itself sets up…


An Article of the Modern Survival Guide, Vol. II

Optimism is generally great, I think we can mostly agree. It gets us out of bed in the morning and helps us to see the positive side of things. I’m all for optimism, as a rule. However, optimism has a dark…


An Article of the Modern Survival Guide, Vol. II

Among the many truly awful narratives running around in the US today, there are few worse than this: “The government doesn’t do anything but screw up and take your money.” It’s right up there with “All politicians are lying bastards” as a pernicious falsehood that really ought to be put…


An Article of The Modern Survival Guide, Vol. II

I’m going to let you in on a dirty little secret. Are you ready? Here it is, and don’t tell anyone — the United States Federal Government employs more than 4 million private contractors. How many more than 4 million? No one knows. But that’s a pretty hefty chunk of…


“Objectively speaking, we live in the easiest time to be alive that humanity has ever experienced.”

That’s what I opened with a couple of years ago, when I started writing what would become Volume One of the Modern Survival Guide. …


About two years ago I started a project called the Modern Survival Guide, which was intended to be a series of essays on things I think people ought to know about living in the modern world. …


The Modern Survival Guide #117

This is the Modern Survival Guide, a guidebook I’m writing for things I think people need to know about living in the modern world. The views expressed here are mine, and mine alone. And as an elder millennial, cis-gender male who grew up in the American south, for much of…


The Modern Survival Guide #116

This is the Modern Survival Guide, a guidebook I’m writing for things I think people need to know about living in the modern world. The views expressed here are mine, and mine alone. And before we get any further, let me clear this out of the way: No, I am…

Allen Faulton

Searching for truth in a world focused on belief.

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