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

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

New Zealand terror attack

I learned this morning that 49 people were gunned down in a mosque in New Zealand by a right wing extremist. Of course, we are immediately told not to politicize this by the right wing extremists. I say fuck them with a plastic shiv. I know my language is harsh but I am seriously tired of the right wing being treated with kid gloves when they are actually killing people and ruining people’s lives. As much as they bitch and moan about how the left or the Marxists run everything, they have all the power and none of the intellectual … Continue reading New Zealand terror attack

Americans don’t understand war

I am an American and I admit that I probably will never understand war until it comes to my doorstep. Most Americans have lived their lives with no wars or a war being fought across entire oceans on another continent. We rarely see the horror of wars unless we are personally fighting there. I am reminded of the problem this creates because it makes the decision to go to war so much less serious than it should be. I remind my reader here that the last war on North American soil was the Civil War. In the Civil War, the … Continue reading Americans don’t understand war

Hope and Hell

This is a rant that I gave a generic title to so that I might have the freedom to go on whatever tangents I feel I need to in this post. I feel that my writing flows better when I don’t try to organize too much and this is something I still am working on in regards to my dream of becoming a better writer. I believe my greatest weakness, writing wise, is that I rush and cannot channel my thoughts and ideas effectively. Here is a good example of this. When I was in middle school I went to … Continue reading Hope and Hell

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

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 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: 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

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

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???