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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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Political Suicide Bombing

Political Suicide Bombing

Shortly after Trump’s inauguration I thought about making a bet with my boss at work. I thought about betting on whether or not Trump would be re-elected in 2020. My boss is vehemently anti-Trump and would naturally have chosen to bet against Trump. I was (am still? Trump please come to your senses on DACA) a Trump supporter and would have bet in favor of Trump being re-elected. Since that time, I’ve recalculated Trump’s odds for winning upon reading stories…

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Punishing The Correct Response

Punishing The Correct Response

Today I offer you three recent case studies of the correct and moral response to a situation being vehemently criticised and lambasted. Two involve Trump and one his Secretary of Education, DeVos. Much has already been said about the events that took place surrounding the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Pearl-clutching reporters within the mainstream media could hardly believe what their sensitive little ears heard during Trump’s infrastructure press conference following shortly afterwards. Trump put the moral blame for…

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Thoughts on “The Fall of Western Man”

Thoughts on “The Fall of Western Man”

Having finished Mark Collett’s “The Fall of Western Man” I’m left with some thoughts on some of the topics he brought up. I don’t have much to add to his very comprehensive and excellent analysis of the roots of the problem plaguing Western civilization. His take on the issue is novel, in that he views it through a psychological lens. Collett talks repeatedly about the conflicts taking place between the id and superego. Coming from a libertarian background myself, I…

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The Case Against E-Books

The Case Against E-Books

I don’t think that my negative feelings toward electronic books are just due to my romanticism. Although they are conventient and feature instant delivery of the product, there exists numerous flaws with the concept compared to good old fashioned physical books. E-books are significantly easier to publish compared to the alternative. Any schlub in his underpants stinking of three day old pizza can publish from his parent’s basement without going through the conventional process of quality control. Even paperback self-publishing…

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Winning Through Brute Force Argumentation

Winning Through Brute Force Argumentation

If the dominant narratives post Trump’s 2016 election win have taught us anything, it is that facts and being right doesn’t mean anything. Increasingly, we have seen the rise of brute force argumentation. We like to cling tightly to the belief that the best position wins the policy arguments through superior rhetoric, argumentation, numbers and statistics to back them up. We must recognize that this no longer accurately describes the political battlefield. The endless repetition of platitudes and conjured narratives…

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Killing Free Speech by Empowering Darkness

Killing Free Speech by Empowering Darkness

The term “assassin’s veto” or alternatively “heckler’s veto” has been used to describe situations like the one we have in thr West today. People are allowed to disrupt and prevent free speech, simply by interrupting, protesting or otherwise hindering the expression of undesirable opinions. Additionally we have suppression of free expression by threats of deadly violence. It is disheartening to see how few people in the West are willing to stand on principle and defend free speech for all. Even…

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