It’s time to break the Republican’s backs figuratively

As the first two Democratic primary debates approach I am reminded of one of the biggest issue facing the Democratic party today. The disconnect between the base and the party is still there and is very visible. The election of left leaning social democrats like Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been exciting and heartening but the power still lies with the corporate democrats who control the levers of power. Nothing short of a total takeover will suffice. It is also worth noting that should the left leaning dems take over the party, the fight will only be just beginning. … Continue reading It’s time to break the Republican’s backs figuratively

Free Speech absolutists are cowardly

This hyperbolic title I am sure, is very annoying to those of you on the left, who are also staunchly for free speech in all cases. I am writing this to inform you of why this is actually nothing more than fence sitting centrism in today’s polarizing political climate. Now, if you would like to be centrist and you do not agree with the idea that certain ideas are not acceptable to be entertained in today’s age, I reluctantly will say, okay. However, I do believe many folks on the left want a better world and agree with those of … Continue reading Free Speech absolutists are cowardly

Free Speech is bullshit: addendum

This entry is more off the cuff and will be less organized than normal. This is mostly just for me to speak directly to those on the left who are free speech absolutists and try to help them understand where those of us who disagree with them are coming from. Honestly,  I think we take the concerns of censorship just as seriously as you do. Social media giants have an oversized role in determining discourse and what is and is not acceptable. Employers also have too much power in being able to fire you for your belief systems. However,  at … Continue reading Free Speech is bullshit: addendum

Free Speech doesn’t exist

Does this title annoy you? Do you have a visceral gag reflex at the very notion that freedom of speech isn’t real? Do you politely disagree with me and decide that I am just a shitposter? Regardless of your reasoning on this subject I feel that this entry is for you and especially for folks living in the United States. I am writing this especially for the free speech absolutionists. Those folks who believe quite literally that even the worst people deserve to have their freedom to speak hateful bile that adds nothing to actual discourse. Yes it is for … Continue reading Free Speech doesn’t exist

Destiny: Centrist Streamer Extraordinare

Destiny is a great debater and has certainly proven himself as a capable opponent for the right. He is also fairly sociopathic (as he himself states) and is pro-capitalist. Now, for most of my life, i wasn’t pro-capitalist or pro-socialism. I don’t think you can really be pro-anything unless you understand the ideas and the facts on the ground, and think it is better than the alternatives. I can’t say I ever really liked capitalism but I certainly wasn’t anti-capitalist. I was indifferent to it. I was forced into it and now I hate it. I hate the intrinsically cruel … Continue reading Destiny: Centrist Streamer Extraordinare

Welcome to the Republic of Gilead

The fictional dystopian republic in “A Handmaid’s tale” written by Margaret Atwood, and recently a streaming series on Amazon shows the reality of what would happen if Christian Fundamentalists took over America. Now, it is important to recognize that the story is mainly focusing on the reality of women who no longer have self-determination, and that this fundamentalist hellscape would no doubt have many other horrific effects on other marginalized communities such as LGBT folks, but it is still hard not to feel angry when the world seems to descend into this madness day by day. As many states outlaw … Continue reading Welcome to the Republic of Gilead

difference between other market systems and capitalism

Often I think, most of us who live in the world  today have pretty simplistic ideas about governments and market systems. Even after we read quite a bit we may find it difficult to elaborate on these things. I know I definitely have difficulty describing these subtle differences. This is my attempt to separate what makes capitalism different from say feudalism and the pre-capitalist market systems. Capitalism is defined as a market system in which the means of production (places of labor, and workplaces with access to resources) are privately owned. Now this is different then merely owning the place … Continue reading difference between other market systems and capitalism

Refuting Reactionary Rhetoric: Ben Shapiro Round 1

Ben Shapiro’s rules for debating leftists   The first thing may seem small and inconsequential, but this book is only 40 pages. Ben Shapiro is supposed to be a champion debater but his tips are mere sophistry and straw men tactics. But this isn’t to say that he doesn’t understand debates. In this book he is very clear that it doesn’t matter what your opponent thinks and that debate isn’t about changing your opponents mind but is about convincing the audience. This is quite amusing as when people moan about the lack of civility when dealing with opponents who disagree … Continue reading Refuting Reactionary Rhetoric: Ben Shapiro Round 1

Freedom for whom

I just wrote a quick blog post on the ideas of negative freedom and positive freedom. But a far simpler way of describing these differences is asking who is it that we want freedom for. Now, both left and right will say they want everyone to be free. However, both think the other side doesn’t want freedom. So the question freedom for whom is important. The right believes that the current system of hierarchy and class structures/ societal structures are inherently correct or were correct before today. They believe that any change in that is removing freedom. This of course … Continue reading Freedom for whom

Not mere disagreement: left vs right

Often people are sad that discourse in politics is very heated and often uncivil. Honestly, I don’t know what people expect. Centrists often confuse policy disagreements with mere disagreements over opinions. They think it is as simple as not having the same flavor of ice cream or favorite football team. However, the real differences between right and left are not just mere disagreements. The left and right have value differences and different moral codes. This doesn’t mean you can’t get along people with different value systems at all, but when it comes to things that are intrinsically important to you … Continue reading Not mere disagreement: left vs right

San Diego and Right Wing extremism

There was another terrorist attack by a right wing extremist in San Diego. Right wing extremists are far more common in the United States than any left wing violence and Islamic terrorist attacks. Right wing Christians created the Dominionist sect of Christianity and helped justify empire. Left wing ideas do not easily support terrorist violence. Property damage is often classified as terrorism in the United States and I would argue destruction of property is wrong but not nearly as wrong as terrorizing people. Right wingers terrorize minority groups in many ways and make their lives miserable if they aren’t advocating … Continue reading San Diego and Right Wing extremism

Political Correctness is a dumb concept

Political correctness is such a dumb thing to be so enflamed by. Often, it is brought up to defend people’s right to say offensive things and discuss discredited and disgusting ideas without feeling bad for it. They expect to not receive any sort of backlash for horrible ideas and actions and use the supposed liberal love for openness to other points of view to defend truly horrific people. Freedom of speech is not freedom from societal responses to your speech and actions. Being in a society often means that you are not free from other people’s opinions and judgement. Sorry … Continue reading Political Correctness is a dumb concept