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Month: October 2017

Putin’s Evil Master Plan

Putin’s Evil Master Plan

I’ve written about similar thoughts several times earlier, but the facts simply keep lining up, so I’ll have another go. I don’t think it is inconceivable that Putin and his intelligence agencies have a hand to play with the Russia conspiracy. Not in the sense that they colluded with the Trump campaign in order to undermine Hillary and help Trump across the finish line, but rather in order to undermine the United States. Proxy wars between great powers is not…

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The Dictatorship of the Activist Judiciary

The Dictatorship of the Activist Judiciary

Although they have an important role in the separation of powers, US Federal Courts are increasingly abrogating their role in favor of a clear partisan power grab. While it would be a mistake to overreact, and try to curb their powers to check the legislative and executive branches, their role should face increased scrutiny and public pressure. We must remember that giving power or taking it away will affect your own side eventually, as Democrats learned under Bush and Republicans…

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You Don’t Really Want To Win

You Don’t Really Want To Win

Time for some “real talk” and tough love. I want to make one thing perfectly clear from the beginning. I’m not sitting on a white horse upon a hill called “moral high ground”. Every criticism I’m going to lay at the feet of various movements in this piece can be attributed to myself as well. The following criticisms come from a place of love, I want them to have increasing success. Now, with that caveat out of the way, let’s…

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Don’t Like It, But Have To Deal With It

Don’t Like It, But Have To Deal With It

In the turbulent world of contemporary Western politics, one is increasingly becoming forced into dealing with issues one might desire to bypass or avoid entirely. I include myself in this category. When I think back to the political issues that deeply concerned me two short years ago, they are markedly different from what concerns me now. Even the wording of the last sentence is quite telling. I mentioned political issues, not cultural issues. I count myself among the increasing number…

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Cyclicality of Timeless Wisdom

Cyclicality of Timeless Wisdom

I was struck by a sudden realization while going through “Hagakure” by Yamamoto Tsunetomo. Many of the topics, problems, solutions and issues that are brought up are remarkably similar to what we have to deal with today. I don’t think I’m pushing the line by noticing the cyclical nature of this. Even though this work in particular is many hundreds of years old, I immediately recognized specific points from similar self-help books I’ve recently read. Ground-breaking and transformative innovations often…

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Trump as the Ultimate Philantropist

Trump as the Ultimate Philantropist

How do we measure charitable contributions against one another? I believe that there in an example somewhere in the bible where a poor person contributes something modest and a rich person contributing significantly more. In the example the poor person is hailed as the more charitable of the two, since his contribution made up more of his assets than the contribution of the rich person. Percentage of total wealth is thus an example of how one can measure a charitable…

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Arguing About The Role of History in Contemporary Politics

Arguing About The Role of History in Contemporary Politics

Is it worth it to spend time, effort and mental energy on political arguments about history? Is Nazism/Fascism left or right-wing? Did Hitler do nothing wrong? Many various political movements appear to place great value on legitimacy derived from historical arguments. Antifa and the so-called “Alt-Left” identifies themselves as Anti-Fascists, the goodness derived from being in opposition to something bad is at the core of their identity and perceived legitimacy. Without that legitimacy derived from a historical argument, they’re simply…

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