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

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

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 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

Mental Health and Politics

It seems that every day and every week there is some new disaster, some new reason to despair at the world and the state of it. Being informed these days is like plugging yourself into an electric chair and attempting to endure the pain of the consistent electric shocks. I have my own issues and my own life to fix and often I am my own worse enemy, but I wanted to talk more about my own feelings and my own thoughts about the world today. Often, when a male decides to talk about his emotions, it is seen as … Continue reading Mental Health and Politics

Free Speech isn’t really free

One of the cornerstones of liberalism is the idea of freedom of speech and the open exchange/ discussion of ideas. However, is speech really free today? What exactly do most people mean when they talk about speech? After all when somebody talks about free speech they aren’t talking about the right to talk with a friend at length about your favorite sports teams over brunch. Nor does it necessarily mean the ability to talk in front of a small group of people. Words and their context are often so muddled these days, that it is so easy to get confounded … Continue reading Free Speech isn’t really free

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