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Ethno-Arrogance

Ethno-Arrogance

In the current political climate, you’ll be branded as a racist if you have the “wrong” opinion. The mainstream consensus is that taking in large numbers of refugees is a good thing, both for the receiving country and the migrant’s country of origin. It also goes without saying that sending large quantities of aid to impoverished Third World countries is the humane, decent and honorable thing to do. The West has now been sending such aid for such a long…

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Desirable Problems and Lackluster Responses

Desirable Problems and Lackluster Responses

Apart from humorous moments granted by historical 20/20 vision, such as praising the relationship between Putin and Bush, one thing really stuck out like a sore thumb in Oriana Fallaci’s “The Rage and the Pride”. In it she laments the relationship between the West and the Islamic world. Conceived shortly after the 9/11 attacks one would think that high strung emotionality would be a core part of this book, and to a certain extent it is. How could it not…

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Dereliction of Duty

Dereliction of Duty

“We can no-longer depend upon the United States” has become an increasingly common statement uttered by European politicians. They are of course referring to Donald Trump’s demand that European NATO member states start contributing more to the collective defense of the Western Hemisphere. The US currently ponies up about 70% of the total cost of NATO. NATO countries have committed to spend 2% of GDP on defense within 2020 (I think?). The US is currently at 4,7 (approx). The response…

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What Did You Do In The Great War Daddy?

What Did You Do In The Great War Daddy?

If you’re even mildly interested in history, you’ve probably seen the British World War I era propaganda poster of a child posing this question to his father. At the time, the poster was meant to trigger a feeling of guilt in young men in order to get them to become soldiers for the meatgrinder on the Western Front. It conjures up powerful imagery and stirs intense emotions deep within us. Even something banal like the white feather movement had great…

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How the Hell is this Legal?! (Part 2: The European Migrant Crisis as an Attractive Hazard)

How the Hell is this Legal?! (Part 2: The European Migrant Crisis as an Attractive Hazard)

I remember distinctly being surprised as a child upon learning that the homeowner could be legally punished for trespassers sustaining injury on their property. To a child’s mind this was puzzling. Shouldn’t the trespasser be responsible for their own safety, especially if they’re trespassing? Specifically, this included people drowning in back yard swimming pools, injuring themselves on trampolines, or people climbing up cliffs to enter backyards to take shortcuts. As I grew older I learned that this concept was called…

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