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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…)

The Politics of Suicide

Former CEO of Zurich Insurance Group Martin Senn committed suicide on Friday May 27th. This follows the heels of another high profile suicide at the multi-billion dollar corporation, their past CFO Pierre Wauthier also blew his brains out just three years prior. With suicide comes the political, and in my view, ideological response to people deciding to ‘opt out’. The reality is that governments and societies seem completely incapable of dealing with suicide, let alone understanding it. (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…)

America Wants a Savior: Superheroes and Dystopia

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A recent trend with Hollywood (and by extension, Americans) has been to completely saturate our movie theaters with Superhero movies. Apparently we can’t get enough of the same plot and CGI battles replayed year after year. So why do we keep watching the same film over and over? I argue, we like watching these movies because we are increasingly living in a world in which our escapism is no longer to shoot Native Americans and marry a blonde. It’s to fantasize about being rescued from a corrupt, one-sided, ruinous political world by an attractive, moral strong-man… and then bang the blonde (some things never change). (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…)

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…)

Gay Marriage and “Progress”

gay_marriage_81102178In light of the recent Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage, I saw two very clear trends

  1. Group A claims “it’s about time,” that this issue has been a long time coming and those who are opposed to legalized gay marriage are on “the wrong side of history.” This is a human rights issue, the next step is the acceptance of a spectrum of human sexual orientation and gender identity.
  2. Group B claims it is a betrayal of their laws, a slap in the face to their culture, and an abomination that the highest court of the land should begin legislating cultural issues.

Of course, being in the hotbed of the American liberal (any densely populated urban center…) leads me to want to believe in #1s argument. Oh how my metaphorical heart aches for the oppressed amongst us, for my sexually liberal ethical compass is not offended by sodomites, and I have no peer group from organized faith to demand that I reject this. (more…)

Militant Islam Cannot be Destroyed

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There is much buzz about the recent defeats of ISIS. They are pulling back from a city here, lost a battle there, and some important leadership is killed in an air strike. The only truth is to these victories is this: ISIS is a convenient banner for militants to rally toward so we can efficiently kill them, they are not the end-all Middle Eastern evil. The fact remains that the very conditions which generate militant Islam are not being addressed so we will never stop it. (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…)

5 Critiques of Internet Feminism

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Internet feminists are generally a very prickly, insular group. As far as the ideological groups I’ve participated in (from Fascists, Communists, Anarchists, etc.) I’d say they are by far the most unwelcoming and unwilling to talk about their beliefs on a level beyond five minute sound bites (wage gap, rape in colleges, etc.). For the most part, fringe ideological groups are very tight nit and insular, but they will surprise you by being very eager to discuss their beliefs on a deep, atomic level.

Feminism is not a ‘fringe ideological’ group. They are very close to becoming mainstream and accepted in popular culture. As a result they feel as though any discussion on the basis of their movement makes you an enemy, I.E. a bigot, a racist, a misogynist, or a man’s rights activist. Internet feminists believe that the pre-suppositions of their political world are axiomatic; I regret to inform them that they are certainly not. They have to participate (on equal footing) with all other competing ideological groups. (more…)