Welcome to the Republic of Gilead

The fictional dystopian republic in “A Handmaid’s tale” written by Margaret Atwood, and recently a streaming series on Amazon shows the reality of what would happen if Christian Fundamentalists took over America. Now, it is important to recognize that the story is mainly focusing on the reality of women who no longer have self-determination, and that this fundamentalist hellscape would no doubt have many other horrific effects on other marginalized communities such as LGBT folks, but it is still hard not to feel angry when the world seems to descend into this madness day by day. As many states outlaw … Continue reading Welcome to the Republic of Gilead

Crisis of masculinity

Is masculinity under attack? Are straight white men the last acceptable group to demonize? Both of these are fairly damning questions and are difficult to answer without some reframing and a long discussion. But let me attempt to answer one major problem that I see myself facing and probably other young men facing. I have difficulty making friends and reading body language and this has meant I have tended to be extremely literal. I often had difficulty understanding abstract concepts and how my behavior, body language, and words effected other people. I got caught up in my own head with … Continue reading Crisis of masculinity

difference between other market systems and capitalism

Often I think, most of us who live in the world  today have pretty simplistic ideas about governments and market systems. Even after we read quite a bit we may find it difficult to elaborate on these things. I know I definitely have difficulty describing these subtle differences. This is my attempt to separate what makes capitalism different from say feudalism and the pre-capitalist market systems. Capitalism is defined as a market system in which the means of production (places of labor, and workplaces with access to resources) are privately owned. Now this is different then merely owning the place … Continue reading difference between other market systems and capitalism

What it means to be a man

These days we hear a lot about how young men are struggling and there is a lot of truth to it. As a young man myself, I can understand and empathize with many young men who are struggling. However, I have never been anti-feminist or a MRA. In fact, even when I was listening to the MRA/ Skeptic community on Youtube, I would avoid their anti-feminist playlists. It just seemed so weak and petty. I had no idea who Anita Sarkeesian or gamergate was until I heard about it through the Skeptic community. And honestly, I wasn’t bothered that much … Continue reading What it means to be a man

Refuting Reactionary Rhetoric: Ben Shapiro Round 1

Ben Shapiro’s rules for debating leftists   The first thing may seem small and inconsequential, but this book is only 40 pages. Ben Shapiro is supposed to be a champion debater but his tips are mere sophistry and straw men tactics. But this isn’t to say that he doesn’t understand debates. In this book he is very clear that it doesn’t matter what your opponent thinks and that debate isn’t about changing your opponents mind but is about convincing the audience. This is quite amusing as when people moan about the lack of civility when dealing with opponents who disagree … Continue reading Refuting Reactionary Rhetoric: Ben Shapiro Round 1

Freedom for whom

I just wrote a quick blog post on the ideas of negative freedom and positive freedom. But a far simpler way of describing these differences is asking who is it that we want freedom for. Now, both left and right will say they want everyone to be free. However, both think the other side doesn’t want freedom. So the question freedom for whom is important. The right believes that the current system of hierarchy and class structures/ societal structures are inherently correct or were correct before today. They believe that any change in that is removing freedom. This of course … Continue reading Freedom for whom

Not mere disagreement: left vs right

Often people are sad that discourse in politics is very heated and often uncivil. Honestly, I don’t know what people expect. Centrists often confuse policy disagreements with mere disagreements over opinions. They think it is as simple as not having the same flavor of ice cream or favorite football team. However, the real differences between right and left are not just mere disagreements. The left and right have value differences and different moral codes. This doesn’t mean you can’t get along people with different value systems at all, but when it comes to things that are intrinsically important to you … Continue reading Not mere disagreement: left vs right

San Diego and Right Wing extremism

There was another terrorist attack by a right wing extremist in San Diego. Right wing extremists are far more common in the United States than any left wing violence and Islamic terrorist attacks. Right wing Christians created the Dominionist sect of Christianity and helped justify empire. Left wing ideas do not easily support terrorist violence. Property damage is often classified as terrorism in the United States and I would argue destruction of property is wrong but not nearly as wrong as terrorizing people. Right wingers terrorize minority groups in many ways and make their lives miserable if they aren’t advocating … Continue reading San Diego and Right Wing extremism

Political Correctness is a dumb concept

Political correctness is such a dumb thing to be so enflamed by. Often, it is brought up to defend people’s right to say offensive things and discuss discredited and disgusting ideas without feeling bad for it. They expect to not receive any sort of backlash for horrible ideas and actions and use the supposed liberal love for openness to other points of view to defend truly horrific people. Freedom of speech is not freedom from societal responses to your speech and actions. Being in a society often means that you are not free from other people’s opinions and judgement. Sorry … Continue reading Political Correctness is a dumb concept

Why Capitalism must go Pt 1

In the West currently, there is a great dissatisfaction with ruling elites and their government representatives. The erosion of living standards, the continuation of unjust wars and the crises of other problems that can be solved by aren’t being solved, are some of the biggest problems around. However, the biggest danger is most likely climate change, which will cause extinction, mass immigration and collapses in entire communities. This isn’t even mentioning the likelihood of mass human death and even, extinction. If plant growth is significantly reduced this will have a negative effect on total food stores and the lack of … Continue reading Why Capitalism must go Pt 1

Prospects for a better society

      I felt very miffed when I heard about the arrest of Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy. The disgusting persecution of journalists who divulge war crimes is something that makes me deeply uneasy. There are a lot of things that gets my anger flowing freely these days but none more than brazen lying. The idea that the United States is a democracy or even that we have human rights as one of our values, is enraging to me. How dare those of us who make it impossible for most of the world to live fulfilling lives say … Continue reading Prospects for a better society

Protecting Venezuela: Russia and China step up

It is no secret that the United States of America has a history of overthrowing democratically elected governments and replacing them with dictators who serve U.S interests. This colonial mentality is the mentality of Empire and is disgusting. The coup that is being done in Venezuela hasn’t been easy though, due to the support of enemies of the United States. China and Russia, both stepped up in order to parry United States interests in South America. Both have their interests to protect and it isn’t through altruism that they act. Russia is protecting their long term ally, and they are … Continue reading Protecting Venezuela: Russia and China step up