Being Selective About Free Speech

There has been alot of discussion about the protests of Trump, starting in Chicago and continuing in other states his campaign is being hosted, and whether or not these demonstrations violate the free speech of Trump and his supporters. It’s unclear whether these events have harmed or helped Trump, but if nothing else, they have…

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What Clinton has in Common With Trump

Speaking of Kissinger/Nixon, less flat-footed defenders of the Dynamic Duo like to take a tack that goes like this: “Yes, yes, massive violence at the periphery—Vietnam, Cambodia, Chile, and elsewhere—but what about their more prosaic and peaceful achievements at the center: detente, the treaties with the Soviet Union, opening relations with China, and so on?” Flaubert…

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The World Isn’t Flat

Free your mind of the idea of deserving, of the idea of earning, and you will begin to be able to think. ~Ursula Le Guin My first experiences with electoral politics occurred in mock-elections that were held in class during my elementary school years. The first such occasion, I supported Michael Dukakis, though only because…

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Movie Mashup: Hail, Trumbo!

With the body politic being what it is lately, it’s unsurprising that so many films of late have been centered around the problems of and dissatisfaction with our economic system: movies like Wolf of Wall Street, The Big Short, shows like Billions, and the upcoming film Money Monster all rhyme, thematically, along with similar fare…

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No One Really Wants to be Subject to Capitalism

In a blog post on the now-unraveling standoff in Oregon, Charles Mudede pointed out that centuries before Ammon Bundy and his cohorts decided to occupy the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, the land had originally been expropriated from the Paiute Indians by white ranchers and settlers. “They were not doing all of this cheating and killing out…

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The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2015 (That I haven’t Read)

Do What You Love: And Other Lies About Success and Happiness, by Miya Tokumitsu (Regan Arts) I feel that I must begin with this book by Miya Tokumitsu, because I believe it’s message might save your life—literally. In our status-obsessed country, which has been suffering from increasing inequality, stagnation, and the decline of many sectors,…

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Racing to the Bottom: The Poverty of “Privilege”-Shaming

Most of us have probably seen this comic explaining white privilege, or have read similarly-themed comics, articles, listicles, blogs, posts, and memes imparting basically the same line of thinking. I tend to be of two minds when it comes to this material: I think it’s important to have these kinds of discussions, and yet, almost…

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The Passion of the Antichrist

There are many parallels between the films The Passion of the Christ, by Mel Gibson, and Antichrist, by Lars Von Trier. Both films are the product of Catholic directors, and give expression to a particularly Catholic worldview—a worldview which has a peculiar relationship with pain, suffering, and violence. Both films received mixed reviews on the…

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Support Abortion

The conflict over abortion is perennial here in the states, but since we are in the middle of a Republican primary race, the issue has become more salient, and people are digging in their heels. In response to conservative politicians promising to defund Planned Parenthood, many women have gone on social media, sharing their experiences…

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