I was having a conversation a few days ago - just before the Fourth of July - and someone said they'd opened up Facebook and been frightened by all of the people posting American flags, thinking it was related to a conservative social media platform being launched. Given the timing, no. It's the Fourth of… Continue reading God Bless the United States of America.
American culture is broken, and badly. It's broken to the point where there's a civil war going on - thankfully, still at the "civil" part, mostly - and that civil war is going to break the national identity and bring chaos into America, first, and spread to the rest of the world, to humanity's detriment.… Continue reading How To Fix Our Culture in Forty Years
I’ve been thinking about the impeachment of Donald Trump a lot. I’ve changed my mind about how I feel about progressing a number of times, and I think I’ve come to a conclusion I’m satisfied with. I don’t think he should be impeached. It’s not a simple decision, nor is it one I find totally… Continue reading On Impeaching Trump
(This is a repost from Facebook – why did I post it there instead of here? I do not know. But it belongs here, so here it is. It’s also a faintly ironic read, considering that after I posted it, Trump has continued to protest his electoral loss.) Bye, Trump! It is with an almost… Continue reading Bye, Trump!
I saw a reference to Donald Trump as the “Divider in Chief” recently, and the comment made me laugh. The context was that of the pandemic and response to it, and how to frame the response: the model most people take is that of motorcycle helmets, and the model the poster preferred was that of… Continue reading Dividers in Chief
What books helped shape your political and moral opinions? A lot has gone into my reading list. Here’s a list of the things I think were most important, with a focus on fiction: Starship Troopers. Often derided as fascist, this book… isn’t fascist. It’s not a complicated book, but it does contain a lot of… Continue reading Books that Shaped You
Education is going to have to change in the world of COVID-19. Here’s what I think it should look like when things have stabilized. It’s not really COVID-19 that’s the motivator; it’s just the proof that we should have changed education a long time ago. And I’m not an educator, unless you count my experience… Continue reading Education in 2021
In a lot of ways, the way people talk about Socialism today sounds like an attempt to say “I want to take what you have” without the guilt associated with theft – because it’s corporate and pits membership in social classes against each other. “I do not have it, and I need it” elicits natural… Continue reading Socialism
I love the song “The Trees,” by Rush, on their “Hemispheres” album. It’s the first song of Rush’s catalog that I heard, even though I didn’t know the band was Rush at the time. It’s an incredibly leftist song. I wholly approve. I am a leftist at heart. I’ve been asking people I know what… Continue reading The Trees is an ideal (and pragmatic) leftist’s song
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez catapulted herself into the limelight by being a firebrand, a torch-carrier for Democratic Socialism (which, I’m informed, is different than “Socialism,” and is definitely different than National Socialism), and an interview in which she offered this gem: I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and… Continue reading Facts are more important than opinions.