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The Narcissism at the Center of Modern Journalism

The Narcissism at the Center of Modern Journalism

After having finished Katy Tur’s “Unbelievable”, her memoir of covering Trump as a journalist from his candidacy announcement until election night, I’m left with a sense of having gained new insights and also of having my previous assertions confirmed. The modern mainstream media journalist/pundit class are one of the most narcissistic groups on planet Earth. The importance they bestow upon themselves is remarkable. If you ask them, they’re the guardians of order standing watch on the thin line against chaos…

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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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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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The Limitations of Pepe

The Limitations of Pepe

I’m happy to be alive in a time when seemingly impossible and amazing things can happen. Few would disagree with labelling the events occurring during the 2016 US Presidential Election season as more exciting and more improbable than most movies playing in cinemas. One of the truly fascinating aspects of Trump’s ascendancy was the rise of memetic warfare. The weaponized utilization of information and cultural artifacts to mould and bend public opinion is a truly innovative and exciting addition to…

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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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Why God Emperor Worship is Mortally Wounding Trump

Why God Emperor Worship is Mortally Wounding Trump

Forgiveness. People are always pushing for forgiveness. Why is that? Who benefits? The simple answer is, guilty people. If forgiveness becomes commonplace the cost of doing ill deeds is lessened. It is diverting justice from restitution and compensation to victims. Unconditional forgiveness lulls us into complacency. We feel good about ourselves when in fact we should stand on the barricades demanding recompense from the guilty. Forgiveness has to be earned. What does all this have to do with Trump? A…

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Questioning Trump’s Motives: Howard Stern on Trump

Questioning Trump’s Motives: Howard Stern on Trump

Browsing through YouTube’s list of recommended videos one day, I stumbled upon one chronicling radio shock jock Howard Stern’s views on Trump. Stern and Trump have a relationship that goes back for some time. Trump has infamously been on Stern’s show and made comments which he was later criticized for. “Battling venereal disease was my personal Vietnam” (paraphrased) being a prime example. Now, Stern made the point that Trump’s life prior to him descending the escalator at Trump tower and…

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