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

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

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

Calvalcade of Conservative Cockwombles (CCC) Ben Shapiro

Trigger warning for republican and right wing people: this is a scathing takedown of people you hold dear. I do not apologize for speaking the truth about this reprehensible individuals. So buck up snowflakes. Conservative is a word that is thrown around a lot and is rarely meant in the traditional definition. After all, one could make a great case that many right wing parties in the world are not actually conservative at all. Conservative, if I were to identify it, describes a person who is concerned with protecting old customs traditions, and is resistant to hasty changes. Conservatives resist … Continue reading Calvalcade of Conservative Cockwombles (CCC) Ben Shapiro

Confrontation and Division in politics

Often there are two conflicting instincts we see portrayed by the media and the monied interests who stand in the way of good policy. One is the sacrosanct belief in open debate and being cordial when discussing important ideas. The other is the very real need for actual conflict and confrontation to actually move policy forward. The myth of full unity in a country is, very seductive but it is still a myth. The idea that everyone in a country can believe the same things are be united under a culture, religious, educational, and moral background is very silly. This … Continue reading Confrontation and Division in politics

Culture Wars???

Before I begin I would like to give a shout out to Benjamin Dixon and Anoa Changa who are both excellent voices in these tumultuous times. Both have inspired me and you should totally subscribe to their Youtube channels and podcasts.¬† Culture wars will have a different impact on you depending on your ideology. If you are right leaning it is a desperate fight to bring back American culture and religious life to what you imagine the 1950’s were like. For those who are more left it is a defense for all the hard fought civil rights earned for marginilized … Continue reading Culture Wars???

Communicating is tough!!

One of the things I have been thinking about a lot lately is how hard it is to communicate complex ideas in a simple way. The most difficult thing about politics and about communicating with other people about morals, is that sometimes, we are unable to get across what we’d like to. Policy and the world it is made in, are rarely simplistic and are often more complicated than most people realize or understand. The easiest way people find to get around this is to judge the character of people before trusting them to do policy. This is why politics … Continue reading Communicating is tough!!

Shade Rants: Trigger Warnings

I hear a lot of people bemoaning the shutting down of speech or the epidemic of people getting overly offended over nothing. I’ve been to college and I’ve been a lefty for as long as I can remember. Even before I knew much about politics¬† I never was as concerned about the plight of conservative thought on campus or the epidemic of social justice warriors. I always was quite hostile to the argument, as it seemed to not only be dishonest but was an excuse to be rude. Free speech is often an excuse to be able to voice your … Continue reading Shade Rants: Trigger Warnings

Thesis Inspiration Part 3

I would like to summarize so far what I admire about the people whom I have discussed so far and what that might tell me about myself, if I was the client. I admire the resolve and courage of Severus Snape. I recognize the flaws and how difficult his life was and even part of me still dislikes him. But he was the kind of teacher you don’t want but the kind of teacher you need. He taught me things regardless of whether I wanted it. He taught me that sometimes, we don’t get what we want or what we … Continue reading Thesis Inspiration Part 3

Screw Civility

The recent New York Times op ed from an anonymous Trump supporter has infuriated the White House and created speculation about who it was. It was little more than a self-congratulatory screed on how they were there to ensure Trump was kept in check. I agree with the Intercept’s Medhi Hassan, Fuck civility. Civility is often the last refuge of scoundrels from the most awful actions and policies they have made. Corporations are experts in dodging responsibility which is why they have public relations training. Civility is only appropriate if everyone is being treated fairly. Civility is only for people … Continue reading Screw Civility

The Ban Hammer

Alex Jones was officially given the permanent ban on Twitter and I couldn’t be happier. I know many leftists are probably questioning me now on my integrity. After all, if they can ban him, can’t they ban my favorite outlets? Yes and they have always been able to do this. It doesn’t make it right or fair. I don’t enjoy using corporate power to take down crazy people but if nothing else, using the advertisers is the one democratic means we have to fight back. Advertisers decided who is able to have a platform. Some are propped up by conservative … Continue reading The Ban Hammer