Lessons from the Crisis in Venezuela

Watching the political developments of the past decade, it seems like one of the major disadvantages that people on the left have is that they are generally less willing to put people at risk than people to their right. We can see this in the debates over the various “Eurexit” movements: for right populists, the Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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, Continue Reading