If you ever want to shock a room full of white libertarians or conservatives into a frenzy, just use the phrase “white privilege” unironically. For those who have based their entire identities and ideologies in a radical (to the point of irrational) individualism, the very notion that not everything that’s gone well in life is due to their merit or work is repugnant, and that reasonable notion is at the core of what white privilege is. Continue reading In Defense of the Term “White Privilege”
Like the character Finn who he played in the three latest episodic Star Wars movies, Boyega is not afraid to stand up for his beliefs. Like Finn, Boyega is willing to speak truth to power. In a world where the president is actively quoting segregationist sheriffs on Twitter, public figures boldly and unapologetically stomping down hateful ideologies is crucial for those who are still learning about the world and developing their moral codes. Continue reading A Resistance Fighter, On Screen and Off
On Tuesday, June 2, the hashtag #BlackOutTuesday flooded Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Millions of users on these social media platforms changed their profile pictures to simple black squares. In fact, when I logged on to Instagram in the morning, I had to scroll for over a minute before anything but a wall of black appeared in my feed (other than a few ads and promoted posts). Continue reading The Importance of Solidarity & #BlackOutTuesday
If you go looking for fodder on AntiFa, you will not have to search hard. The list is extensive: The bike lock guy, Portland, Twitter accounts, etc. These acts and calls for violence are indefensible. They are not anti-fascist, they are anti-human. Sometimes, violence is justified. Sometimes, it is not. And AntiFa is no stranger to that second camp. I will not gloss over how … Continue reading I Understand Why You Hate AntiFa. Stand With Them Anyway.
I am a pacifist. I believe that when Jesus said “turn the other cheek”, He meant it; that when Jesus said “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”, He meant it; that when Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, He meant every word he said. If you choose to look at the teachings of Jesus from this perspective, it’s clear that … Continue reading On Privilege and Pacifism
How many black people have to be murdered before the smug white liberals realize that their insistence on growing the state makes them culpable? How many black people have to be murdered before racist conservatives realize that they are the finders and supporters of the modern-day KKK? There are no good cops, because the entire system is rotten to the core. Burn that system down. … Continue reading Abolish the Police
It’s perhaps the most unnatural thing a person can do. Turn the other cheek when struck. Washing the feet of your enemies. Serving those who wish ill upon you. Why should we grant kindness to those unworthy of it? Let’s examine Mary Poppins. I know, I know, not exactly a philosophical font, but it has a distinct message and a rather powerful one at that. … Continue reading Be Good to Those who Don’t Deserve it: Mary Poppins, Mr. Banks, and Magic
To those of you who are more upset about the incidents of looting and vandalism occurring in Minneapolis than the fact that the cops there flat-out murdered George Floyd (and murder people like him on a regular basis), all you’re doing is making your reactionary, largely racial, prejudices obvious to the rest of us. Continue reading Your Racism is Showing
This week, Libertarian Vice President nominee Spike Cohen was involved in two different controversies. Both involved his inability to keep his shirt on. After his nomination, the internet noted a few pictures of him at the beach posing for pictures for a fundraiser. Then again, in light of the backlash, he took his shirt off again on a libertarian podcast. You can see this appearance … Continue reading No Shirt, All Service: Spike Cohen Saves the Libertarian Party
No. There we go, shortest article ever. Alright, I’m kidding around. But I’m serious about answering the question. Exploring this answer helps us define the terms and actually opens us up to a new conversation that is more relevant to modern economics than these terms which have largely lost their meaning and intent. If your attention span is short, I’ll answer it now: It’s likely … Continue reading Can You be a Socialist Capitalist?