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The Nonsense of Cultural Ownership

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The media and internet are lambasted with attempts to attribute ownership of a culture to a group of people. From some Native Hawaiian’s objections to the personification of Moana, to something as outrageous as claiming that dressing in certain hairstyles is cultural misappropriation.

This issue cuts in two directions, first, the cultures which are acceptable to ‘misappropriate’ is one laden with not just a political agenda, but also some logical problems. As an example, Western European cultural motifs and belief systems are acceptable to distort and destroy but Polynesian ones are not. The rationale is to enter a dynamic of ‘dominant culture’ and ‘subjugated culture’ on which we view the entire paradigm. Which I will question the methods these are devised and bring to question its validity. Secondly, even if we accept the definition of a ‘dominant culture’ (and all its laden, self-contradictions) then we must work further to attribute ownership of culture; this is a key point many people refuse to define. But it is essential because the claim is always that there exists some authority which can determine for the planet what is or isn’t misappropriation and that generally tends to be the groups of people who supposedly ‘own’ the culture in question.

It is all of course, nonsense. As we go through these two topics I think you’ll find that those who proclaim the most compassion and sympathy for a certain group of people are merely perpetuating the very racism they claim to be defeating. I will also offer an alternative guise to view this issue going forward. (more…)

A Brief History of Feminism

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Feminism is now the rallying cry of the modern liberal. It is a term which is so inseparable from the leftist stigma that it pains the mind to think of it being separate. To be a feminist is to be for the welfare state, to support social democracy, to be against racial injustice, to be a supporter of multiculturalism, and much else. The feminist label, more so than any other in modern discourse has been subverted by the reigning political ideologies of our time. Due to its tremendous impact on our lives and its incredible success it is worthy of a full treatment here on PlatoShrugs.

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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…)

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…)

The World’s Cheapest Vacation: Why Society Hates Drugs

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Drugs are an escape from reality. You don’t need to pack any bags, go to an airport, or interact with anyone. You hardly need money to do them, and by extension, you hardly have to do any productive work to receive them. All you need is $10 and an empty room, then take a small tablet, inhale a few fumes, or eat a couple grams; you’re off to space.

But society doesn’t benefit from this transaction. You don’t buy any products or participate in the social world in any way. Societies hate that. Or, to put it more succinctly, collections of people hate this sort of behavior. Why? (more…)

Birth of a Fascist

We read of genocide in WW2 Europe, systematic torture and killings of political opponents, Kurds, and more in 1979-2003 Iraq, and less severely, xenophobia in modern day Greece and Russia. One word is used to describe the political atmosphere of these atrocities, Fascism. But this is an old story.

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Ideology: Why Care?

What is Ideology?

Ideology is power. It is the glue which connects citizens to allow for voluntary agreements. It is a commonly understood structure which facilitates social contracts between those with guns and those without guns.

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Maybe if she had a parent escort her through that dark, scary forest…

I choose to give part of my salary willingly to the government. Partially because if I don’t they will put a gun in my face and throw me in jail, but also because I have been convinced that I am obligated to contribute to my community in an equitable way. But even more powerful is that I have convinced myself that working within the legal framework of my nation is the ‘right’ thing to do. Society has convinced me (through delicious treats) that I should play their game, and I have convinced myself that this game is a moral one to play. The latter statement is a tell-tale sign that ideology has come out in the limelight. It is the belief that certain political behaviors are moral and that to behave differently is immoral.

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