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Trump and Widows: Clapping for Clemency

The cultural ritual of ‘honoring’ service members has reached newfound levels of perversion. From football games to political rallies to corporations, all claim to do their part in honoring the service of those unfortunate souls ultimately maimed from their service. Special honors are held for those who die, as we learned during Trumps address to congress just the other night. A booming standing ovation lasting for minutes brought tears to the eyes of the man’s grieving widow with some of the most powerful men and women on this earth. (more…)

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When The Right Wakes Up, The Left Winces

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2% was all it took to swing the election from the inevitable to the improbable. In one corner was a man who spit on Latinos, whose pitch to blacks was “what do you have to lose,” and whose clear misogyny was caught on tape. So against this grand slam of an opponent who do the democrats put up against him? Not a safe, middle of the road candidate like Joe Biden would have been. Nope, it was an epic race between the reviled Hilary Clinton and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders. In the end, the most unlikable democratic candidate in recent memory bubbles to the top of the cesspit like an unwanted gas bubble.

The frustration with liberals is a real phenomena, similar to the anger with Mit Romney when he lost to Obama in 2012. Here is a class of wealthy, college educated, ‘enlightened’, and ‘well informed’ individuals whose own sense of superiority was so ingratiating that they could hardly tear themselves away from the sweat aroma of their own shit to realize that they were throwing away an election. The worst candidate in modern political history runs against you, and you lose; all it took was 2%. (more…)

Treading Water: “Fair Trade” Certifications

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The western world is in a state of crisis. Each year brings more data on declining soil fertility, loss of fresh water, dangerous swings in global temperature and much else. In light of these truths the conscientious consumer seeks to do good, to participate in saving the planet in the greatest altruistic experiment of them all; to buy green. (more…)

Thank God It’s Trump

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From MSNBC, to CNN, to every daily show you can find there is one commonality about Trump; they are all ashamed he’s a presidential candidate. Coworkers, family members, and children around the world are disgusted by his comments, annoyed by his lack of policy, and set aflame by what they hear at rallies. The translation is this, people just really wish the republican field produced a candidate more in line with their own ideology so they can comfortably disagree with their uncle Frank who, last Christmas, proudly proclaimed that he will be “god damned if that liberal scum ruins my country.”

God bless you Tim, we’re all rooting for you here at PlatoShrugs.

Life was much easier when it was center-right and center-left; a gentlemen’s disagreement could be formed over the reality that both candidates are so similar it made little difference who won. But Donald Trump entered the field like a comet pummeling toward the earth. Exploding on the political battleground in spectacular fashion, nothing was off limits. No lewd comment or remark would stick to the master of the one-liner and king of political debate framing. While Romney was burned on a liberal pyre for his 47% comments, Trump shrugs off suggestions by the media of his sexism, racism, and bigotry like a giant annoyed by gnats. So I have to ask, why? And more importantly, how is this possible? (more…)

Ethical Capitalism Is Selfish: Part 1

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Tom’s Shoes will give away a pair to the starving poor in Africa for each you purchase. The rain forest alliance sticker on your bananas claims to be environmentally friendly and conserve wildlife. Across the United States people boycott sweat shop factories in South East Asia, in the hopes that their dollar keeps exploited children from oppressive conditions.

What do all these examples of ‘ethical capitalism’ have in common? First, they underline a deep seated guilt about the way our world operates and so, some form of penance for the sin of our society must be made. Secondly, they underline a desire to satiate the deep seated tendency for control over the lives of others. And finally, like the 1960s ‘great society’ they are all hopelessly naïve about the issues they are attempting to solve. (more…)

The Price of Pride: Charity, Adoption, and Ego

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Meet Jason. He’s a good looking dog with a nice coat, a kind demeanor, a wonderful smile, oh and he’s neutered. Jason is in solid health and loves human attention, it seems like a real shame that he doesn’t have any owners. Because friends, this fine dog is up for adoption, but there is one very special thing about this dog; he’s from Phuket, Thailand.

Some reasonable people may ask the question, (more…)

The Suspension of Disbelief: Bernie Sanders as President

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In following the primary campaign of Bernie Sanders I’m surprised by the sheer number of reasonably intelligent people who actually believe that Sanders will win and be the democratic nominee. To say he will become the nominee is laughable, and to claim he has a chance was just as delusional as saying Ron Paul in the 2012 primary season was going to be the nominee. And yet people want to believe this is possible so badly (finally a candidate I believe in!!!) that they’ve weaved themselves in this fake world believing that if X, Y, and Z happen in just the right sequence “sure… yes this is possible!” A probability 0 event is possible, that does not mean it’ll ever happen. (more…)

False Hope: The Lotto

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The Lottery is a really sad expression of the realities of America for the vast majority of people who are unlucky, or just dumb (depending on your political leanings). Here we have a game where you pay something like $1 to $2 for a 1 in 100+ million chance (1/292 million if it’s the powerball) to win millions. I think it plays as a great parallel to the American experience as a whole. Why? Because of the following (more…)

Everyone Relax; Everything is Changing

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In light of the attacks in France and around the world from ISIS it seems necessary to say something, but on this blog I don’t want to repeat myself. The things I’ve said in the past about ISIS I believe are still true and remain even more pertinent now than when they were first written.

That is,

  1. ISIS Will Thrive
  2. Militant Islam Cannot be Destroyed

However a topic not breached yet is the resulting ‘culture war’ and mass migration occurring in Europe. This ties into ISIS and the resulting ‘war’ of Christian Europe vs Muslim Middle East. (more…)

Charity is a Sin

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Few acts in our society are sheltered from critical thought more than the modern charity. Every grocery store, coffee shop, and corporate environment attempts to blend charitable giving into its sales pitch to levels more perverse than we’ve ever seen; to consume is to be moral. To work long hours under this company is moral because the company gives to charity. It is OKAY to buy more, because with every purchase you are buying yourself a small piece of a Papal Indulgence of the modern era, a free pass to the gates of cognitive dissonance. (more…)