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Third World USA

With the election of Barack Obama, Americans are starting to glimpse the reality of our political situation. No matter who we elect president, he or she is going to represent only one several groups — black people, white people, gay people, conservative people, liberal people. Even more, we realize that what makes each group distinct…

Why conservatives are doomed

American conservative thinking has overwhelmed most of the world’s conservative parties. Their idea is to base intense patriotism on the idea that we’re “free,” and can do whatever we want as individuals, and use that to justify caring about social order. Ultimately what conservatives are trying to argue toward is that the society as a…

What we need to fix as a species

The “problem” with humanity, if you want it in a nutshell, is that we can choose what to believe and we can choose to ignore a necessary activity for a fun one. While we might expect that behavior from orangutans and chimpanzees, our closest relatives, we also see it all the time in humanity. As…

The biological basis of race

I know, I know… if you want to be one of the popular kids, you insist that everyone is equal, we all want the same things, and we all have inalienable rights and we’re all OK. If you’re a realist, you know that people are different, have different abilities, and some are born bad and…

Are we post-racial yet?

When I worked in journalism, one of my editors was fond of asking us whether we’d understood the question. For every story, he said, there was always a fundamental question at each moment (it changed over time) which revealed what we were afraid to face, and therefore, where the story was going to end. I…

Why Ted Kaczynski was right about technology

Ted Kaczynski, the convicted bomber who blew up dozens of technophilic professionals, was right about one thing: technology has its own agenda. The technium is not, as most people think, a series of individual artifacts and gadgets for sale. Rather, Kaczynski, speaking as the Unabomber, argued that technology is a dynamic holistic system. It is…

Nationalism: ethnic identity is important

So far, just a trickle of news, but it finally spits out the vital phrase: Support for Norway’s Progress Party rose this month, with one pollster ranking it the country’s biggest political group, as voters backed its anti-immigration stance less than six months before parliamentary elections. “People are losing their jobs, the economy seems to…

Until you master your reflexes, you’re a political disaster

Why voting should be reserved for those who’ve gotten control of themselves: By some stretch of the imagination, then, it’s not too unreasonable to imagine asking a candidate whether he or she would smother a baby to death. It may seem abominable to pose such a question, but let’s explain. Imagine we’re at war, and…

The water wars

We warned you some time ago. Now, there’s some alarming news about the imminent water wars: Dwindling water supplies are a greater risk to businesses than oil running out, a report for investors has warned. Among the industries most at risk are high-tech companies, especially those using huge quantities of water to manufacture silicon chips;…

Obama’s plan: attack the upper middle class

Most liberals are middle-class people living in cities, so they are unable to save any money and are too narcissistic to have families. Their goal? To be the wrecking balls that does in the suburban upper middle class. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama tempered his pledge to substantially raise taxes for high earners with…

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