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Happy Thanksgiving, future Americans

The opposing sides have politicized Thanksgiving. To the left, it was an advance vanguard for colonialism, slavery and sexism. To the right, it was a celebration of freedom as an abstract. In reality, it was a practical celebration. The colonists came not to conquer a continent but to escape the rotted political situation in Europe….

The cycle begins anew

Another night, another fire. We burn our cities for our own pretense, unwilling to admit that our good intentions lead on a path to hell. But they do. And the fires burn. We were warned by the ancients who told us that the identity of a nation is of vital importance. With identity, we unite…

Democracy has failed

It was born as the age of good intentions: instead of following natural law, divine order or the advice of kings, we would place the human individual at the forefront of thinking and leadership. Thus humanity began its experiment with democracy. It started slowly, a thousand years ago, with the initial forays into what would…

The elephant in the room continues to grow

See life through the eyes of a child: adults worry, and hide their worry, then raise their voices and deny the worry, then cast a worried glance at the kids. What do they fear? Let me introduce my theory of denial: our will to deny a problem exists in inverse proportion to its triviality. That…

William Gibson – The Peripheral

As with all postmodern books, and Gibson finds his inspiration in Thomas Pynchon as much as in sci-fi, a title can possess multiple meanings. The Peripheral shows us a book with a dual symbolism to its title: ostensibly about the use of remote-controlled biological androids, or “peripherals,” for people to live through, it takes on…

Taxation without representation is theft

The American Revolution resists study because it is both a Revolution in politics and a war for independence as a colony, and because the motivations behind remain shrouded in mystery. For many of us the question was always why taxation was such a big deal. If our Revolution had been about money, it would seem…

The Choom Gang in the White House

Jonathan Gruber triggered a political tempest when videos surfaced of him admitting, nay, bragging, that he and his comrades not only deceived voters, but manipulated them by using key terms to mislead and then delivered something else entirely. Whether or not Gruber’s actions are evil, acceptable or merely predictable, he raised an interesting point for…

Merry December 25th holiday, Citizen!

Neoconservatives were shocked and gobsmacked by the announcement by a Maryland school that it was removing the names of traditional holidays from its calendar. This occurred in response to Muslims wanting time off for Eid, since Christians and Jews already got their holy days off. How can this be? the credulous neocons thought. We invited…

What white people misunderstand about Ferguson

They are destroying people’s careers for speech again and it should make all of us ill, even if we think the speech is reprehensible. A Texas teacher has been suspended for racist tweets. Plot twist: she is African-American and the tweets were potentially anti-Caucasian. “Who the (expletive) made you dumb (expletive) crackers think I give…

No one can be better than me

Liberalism expresses many ideas, but all of these are a cover story to hide its actual idea, which is radical individualism. The liberal has a single thought: “No one can be better than me.” This carries the implicit idea “and if he is, I will tear him down to make him as low as me.”…

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