A Defense of Reality TV: Identity and Ideology

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Stories are ingrained in nearly every form of entertainment we consume. Modern Art is an excellent example of the pervasiveness of storytelling. Art is not about the ‘aesthetically pleasing’ or the ‘technically superb’ brush strokes; but rather the story behind the art. Those hidden tales which only the select few in the ‘know’ really understand. For those of us outside of the scene, it seems like a bunch of pretentious crap. But truthfully, it’s just an advanced form of gossip.

People LOVE gossip and the reason is obvious, we love stories. But stories that we enjoy do more than just entertain us. Stories that we truly enjoy hit us at a deeper level; there is some kernel of truth down there that we agree with even if we can’t consciously pinpoint what that is. I want to take a look at reality TV in this guise and answer two questions. (more…)

What is Communism? (Without the Spin)

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Baby Boomers: Stop with the BS…

Communism is the most well-known competitor to classical liberalism. As a result, it is no surprise that communism is demonized in classical liberal societies; people don’t want other people trying to drastically change their way of life. We like our lives the way they are. Therefore, like Fascism, there is much hoopla and rabble rousing when Communism gets mentioned at the dinner table. But the rejection is more visceral and raw because Communism is seen as an actual threat, whereas Fascism is seen as a ‘joke’ ideology that no one will legitimately follow. (more…)

Feminist Faults: Get Over Blogs

feminism-2-e1386764612806Feminism is moving into the mainstream, it is no longer on the fringe. As a result of this, it’s going through the inevitable metamorphosis of actually recruiting ‘fringe supporters’. That is, those people who take extremely moderate political opinions on everything, but at the end of the day will still say “yeah I believe in some of the things feminists fight for.” For any serious ideology, those semi-supporters make up the bulk of membership. These people aren’t going to be protesting for you, donating money to your cause, or even thinking much about it. (more…)

Protests and Purpose: Baltimore Riots Fail

Harpers_1861_Baltimore_Riot001To be a protester, you admit that you agree with the way the system is currently running. You get your license and block a few highways, wave your signs and go home. Maybe you get really antsy and squat on some nice park for a few months; really determined to make people in power change their ways. But soon enough the riot gear comes out and the State tests just how serious you are about changing things. (more…)

ISIS Will Thrive: Ideology on Display

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To a secular westerner, ISIS is a conundrum. Why would fellow westerners leave their comfortable, sheltered life, to meet eventual death in a foreign land? Why would any sane woman ever choose to join a movement known for its brutality toward women, whereas in the western world (comparatively) they are left unmolested?

To those who read this blog, my answer is unsurprising: ideology. (more…)

The Origins of Communism

imagesIn the western world, communism is the most popular competing ideology. No other ideology has had such a dramatic rise and fall from power. No other ideology has posed such a serious threat to the dominance of classical liberalism and capitalism. And even after communism’s official fall, its remnants continue to evolve and thrive. (more…)

Slavery and Slaughter: Animal Ethics

indexWe kill animals, insects, bacteria, plants, and more without remorse or care. No tears are shed for the wanton slaughter of insects or the mass extermination of trees. Every season we harvest our genetically engineered (or selectively bred) animals and plants. No one has nightmares over the death of a spider who was stepped on; a casualty of coincidence. And I don’t see media decrying the abject domestication and persistent war against dangerous and helpful bacterium. As every day we wash our hands at the sink we are obliterating countless cellular and complex organisms. (more…)

Why You Shouldn’t Vote

 

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It all begins in middle school. Your first election year. “I want you to become an active member of our society,” our enthusiastic 20-something English teacher will say passionately. “Go out there and learn about the candidates! Make your voices heard! You kids are the future!” Que the mock school presidential elections, the ‘researching’ on Wikipedia of the issues. Que the ‘research essays’ on how bad the media is. Then fast forward a bit, it’s high school and the same story gets told, “it’s your duty as a citizen of this country, get out there and vote!”

Then it’s college. Then it’s your work place. Give it a rest. To be frank, they were all full of it and can shut up now. For those people who actually have to be encouraged to vote, they shouldn’t. Here’s why. (more…)

A Lost War: Rural vs Urban Peoples

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For the most part, we share the ideology of our parents. The way we view the world is similar, how we behave in our social sphere is similar, and the way we communicate our beliefs are all similar.

For most, we like to think that we come to our ideology after in-depth discussion and critical assessment. This is certainly false. (more…)