Every so often the abortion debate will resurface as a hot button issue in American politics, ushering in a stark reminder that the real disappointment is that the sun will take another 5 billion years before it explodes and wipes us all out. First we have the backwater conservative evangelic; convinced of the impossibility of … Continue reading The Abortion Debate Reminds Me That I Hate Everyone
A trend in imbecilic behavior is rising and it's costing a lot of money. The recent 'Unite the Right' rally in D.C. ran up a tab of a hearty $2.6 million for security. I will not begrudge anyone their constitutionally protected, 1st amendment right to publicly assemble. I will, however, criticize the entirety of these … Continue reading Stop Going to Alt-Right Counter Protests
Anti-Religion doesn't necessarily mean "Anti-God". For example, I had a conversation recently with a Vietnam veteran who is ultra conservative, loves his country and is unashamedly a believer of God. There were two things that I found fascinating, and almost contradictory, about this gentleman: 1.) He said he would never stand for the pledge of … Continue reading Anti-Religion Doesn’t Always Mean Anti-God
Libertarianism is a controversial political philosophy with many different perceptions and interpretations. Overall, the objective of Libertarianism, as an ethos, is to combat authoritarianism and minimize the state's involvement in arenas, like markets, that it wasn't designed to be involved with. In other words 'more individual liberty, less government'. Libertarianism itself was not constructed to … Continue reading Libertarianism is Not a Racist Philosophy
There is often a reaction of disdain or hostility when you suggest, to people, to read books with opposing viewpoints to their own. Reading books that do not align with your political, religious, or philosophical views is extremely important. But why? Gaining the knowledge and perspective of your opposition is beneficial in a couple of … Continue reading Read Books With Opposing Viewpoints
Atheists and Agnostics, like Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher, are routinely scrutinized by both the left and the right. We all know that the religious right-wing have always targeted atheists, agnostics and freethinkers in theological debate/critique. Atheism/Agnosticism has a new enemy it seems; one that seems almost contradictory. I speak, of course, of the "social … Continue reading Atheists Accused of Islamophobia
There should only be a 'First Place' trophy if the competition decides on giving an award at all. There should not be a second or third place trophy. This isn't some kind of ignorant, macho, 'tough guy' stance where I'm yelling about "snowflakes" and "pansies." No, no, no, this is rooted from a deep, philosophical … Continue reading There Should Only Be a First Place Trophy
What the hell is Anarcho-Primitivism? Anarcho-Primitivism is an anarchist critique and philosophy that emphasizes environmentalism, rewilding, primitivism, and criticizes technological advancement. There were, arguably, two main colossal shifts in human evolution that led us to the modern age. Early humans began cooking food which allowed for rapid brain evolution The birth of agriculture The Neolithic … Continue reading What the Hell is Anarcho-Primitivism?
Now that all of your friends, your family, your boss, random people you meet at the bar, and the hoi polloi you went to high school with are on your friend list, you're bound to see political posts you disagree with. Not everyone is as intelligent and sophisticated as you are. Some people are "stupid" or "bigoted" … Continue reading Don’t Block Your Friends Over Political Differences
Is there such a thing as being too patriotic? Kim Jong-un would answer that with a resounding "no", but the question is a bit more tricky with Americans. Which brings us to 'Jingoism'. What the hell is Jingoism? Jingoism is an extreme form of nationalism often marked by supporting war-like foreign policy. An example of … Continue reading Jingoism is Anti-American
Most of us have done it. If you frequently engage in political discourse online, there's a pretty good chance you've compared something (be it a person or political group) to Hitler or the Nazis. It's juvenile and reactionary, but many of us are guilty of doing this. In fact, there's something called 'Godwin's Law', which … Continue reading Should We Stop Using “Nazi” as a Casual Insult?
Capitalism. The word alone is enough to conjure images of swanky parties, hustlers, pimps with an assortment of "fine ass hoes", diamond studded cars, tigers on a gold leash, Rolex watches, Louis Vuitton, and sleazy billionaires who demonstrate a brazen disregard for all human life, other than their own. Libertarians are often accused of trying … Continue reading Libertarians & Non-Materialistic Capitalism