Democracy’s enemies

Did you know that Democracy was actually intended to be a slur? In Ancient Greece the word was used as a derisive slight against the perceived threat to order that the desires of multitudes of individuals brought to the table. I have been to Athens and I have been to a hill that served as the meeting place for councils in which every Greek citizen was able to raise their concerns. This must have been hell. Yes after all if everyone wants something different, of course that might create a bit of chaos. See, the powerful see the real struggle … Continue reading Democracy’s enemies

PayGo and the infuriating Third Way

Once again the corporate Democrats have stabbed the constituents of the supposed left wing party in the back. Paygo is a way of limiting the raising of taxes in order to fund government spending. It doesn’t matter that we never have to worry about the amount when it comes to spending money on killing people or giving the wealthiest people in the world tax cuts. Apparently morality is only for the poor and powerless. The fact that the new House majority would handicap themselves and turn against their own base is hardly surprising. New House Majority leader Nancy Pelosi is … Continue reading PayGo and the infuriating Third Way

A case for moral politics

When it comes to public policy, often there is a misunderstanding about what drives people to come to the polls. I think that the main reason it is so easy for the right to deceive so many people is that they intrinsically understand the psychology of their side. They also understand that morality trumps fact-based policy making. The ability to tell a good story, to sell your moral vision to your constituents, is the primary motivation for getting your side to turn out. The current Democratic Party in the United States gave up creating a moral vision and decided to … Continue reading A case for moral politics

Aquaman Review: Unda the sea badadadada

Aquaman was a pleasant surprise. It was the first good DC theatrical release that I saw in years, that was engaging and fun. Imagine Black Panther meets Asgard underwater. I know it seems cliche but the comparisons between Aquaman and the Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther are really there. All involve a prince learning whether or not he is a worthy king. All three have fantastic arena/ collisseum fights. And all three are good movies. Please do not misunderstand me. I feel that the two MCU entries are overall fun films and I think they are slightly better. However, I … Continue reading Aquaman Review: Unda the sea badadadada

2020 Primaries will hurt my soul

Ugh, so there is already the horrid beginnings of the next electoral cycle in the wind and while the extremists control government, the corporate puppets are already trying to make sure the only options are terrible. In my opinion, there is no choice but Bernie Sanders. He would have won in 2016 and he has massive name recognition. He has years and years of experience and has been very consistently pro-worker. He is the only person in government who has shown through his actions, that he is for us, the people. He eliminates all of the strengths Trump might have … Continue reading 2020 Primaries will hurt my soul

The Wonderful world of Ham: JoJo’s Bizarre adventure

The power system in JoJo’s Bizarre adventure is literally called hamon. I thought I heard the spanish word for ham jamon, and well it is the same pronounciation, it isn’t the same word. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is so earnest with its weirdness and funky fresh vibe, I cannot help but love it. The adventures of the Joestar family are entertaining, awesome and even heartwarming. I cannot help being entertained by the zaniness of the characters and the epic battles that ensue. However, the power system is the one I most enjoy. Similarly to other harder power systems like Nen in … Continue reading The Wonderful world of Ham: JoJo’s Bizarre adventure

Social Democracy: A critique

Franklin Delanore Roosevelt’s New Deal was arguably one of the most important pieces of legislation ever put forth by any President. It is seen as the crowning acheivement of the left in the United States. The New Deal was essentially using government to regulate the market and subsidize new jobs in order to stimulate the economy. This type of economics was called Keynesian economics, or demand side economics. The central idea was that if the consumer wasn’t able to increase demand due to lack of spending power, everyone loses. Capitalism requires consumption and constant growth. Profit is the central idea … Continue reading Social Democracy: A critique

Shade Reviews: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse

Spiderman:into the spiderverse was the best Marvel film released this year. I know that’s a very big claim considering the other titan that is Avengers: Infinity war. However, I teared up, laughed and was charmed by this living comic book of a movie. And that is the best way to describe the vibrant, frenetic, living, breathing, animation of this film. Sony Pictures, who still cling desperately onto the copyright of arguably one of the most valuable superhero franchises out there, had had more misses than hits and more often that not, the best is normally just okay. However, this movie … Continue reading Shade Reviews: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse

Shade Rants: Jordan B Peterson: World’s worst psychologist

I really despise people who use the field of psychology for ulterior motives. Jordan B. Peterson is a great example of someone who does this. Now many people who are experts in fields, attempt to comment on politics in relation to a different field. This rarely changes the fact that their actual expertise in the field they have in career in is genuine. However, with Jordan B. Peterson, I feel especially strongly that he is a charlatan. I truly believe he has experience in the field and is able to help his clients. However, he is cynical and is a … Continue reading Shade Rants: Jordan B Peterson: World’s worst psychologist

Shade Rants: Shut up about Freeze Peaches and da ESS Jay Dubyas

Trigger warnings: I am about to tell all right wing imbeciles to shut up about something they whine about a great deal. I am also going to be very rude and uncivil as I feel that there is no way to talk to these people without giving them the exact same amount of respect they show the left. Also if this trigger warning offends you…. this is the article for you snowflake.   I came into the online Atheist community late and when I did I saw long playlists attacking the supposed scourge of the college campus, the Social Justice … Continue reading Shade Rants: Shut up about Freeze Peaches and da ESS Jay Dubyas

Shade Rants: I hate capitalism

I can never understand how anyone can find the ideas behind capitalism to be appealing. Put aside, whether the system works or not. I would argue that it does work, but it works in a way that is inherently destructive, cruel and for lack of a better word, evil. Yes I will be using hyperbole, exaggeration and inflammatory language in this post.  Because this is a rant I will leave it up to the reader to figure out how much of this is true or not. Even when I didn’t know anything about politics or socioeconomic systems I didn’t really … Continue reading Shade Rants: I hate capitalism

Capitalism in Context

Author’s note: This is my first article in a while and due to depression it has been difficult to get myself to write. However, today I will be writing something I have wanted to for quite a while. I hope you enjoy this article and I will be publishing a list of further readings in case you like the ideas and history being discussed. Socioeconomic systems are not static and despite the efforts of intellectuals, pundits, and professor’s attempts to define systems such as capitalism, socialism and fascism, it is very difficult to get a static definition. I hate to … Continue reading Capitalism in Context