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Election Insanity 2020: How Much Longer Will We Keep Getting Duped by Political Okie Dokes?

Thu, 2019-07-18 07:30

Remember when Bill Clinton ran as an outsider and vowed to restore hope? Remember when Barack Obama campaigned against the establishment and promised “hope and change”? Remember when George W. Bush professed to be a “compassionate conservative? Remember when Bernie Sanders pledged to take on the status quo and proposed to lead a political revolution? Remember when Donald Trump swore that he was going to take on the “deep state” and be an anti-globalist? In…

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Pattern Recognition and the Beautiful Pain of Disillusionment

Wed, 2019-07-17 07:11

As a writer, especially one who tries to explore the interplay between culture, sociology, history, ecology, economics and politics, it can be difficult to focus in on common themes and common threads. In the age of the mobile Internet, where there is so much information to absorb and assimilate, so many more voices than before, I find this to be a genuine challenge. I was experiencing some of this over-stimulated confusion a few days ago…

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The Incredible Disappearing Country

Wed, 2019-07-17 00:34

Americans celebrating Independence Day a little over a  week ago did so amidst levels of domestic discord unprecedented in their lifetimes. With the media establishment openly scoffing not merely at the “founding fathers” (who could stand to be removed from their pedestals once in a while), but at the Declaration of Independence itself and even at the notion of declaring that independence, Americans who never thought of themselves as patriots were nevertheless placed on the defensive. One need not…

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The Great Distraction

Tue, 2019-07-16 07:01

As much as Democrats and pundits in mainstream media pretend to be outraged by Trump, the truth is they just can’t quit him. No matter how frequently they gnash their teeth and clutch their pearls in horror, behind the camera lights and far away from hot mics, the media-politico complex pop champagne each time the infant in the White House makes news with yet another imbecilic tweet. There is a symbiotic relationship between Trump and…

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The Decline of Liberty in the U.S. May Not Be Reversible, Unless…

Tue, 2019-07-16 03:53

After 9/11, the balance between liberty and despotism in America took an unprecedented turn in favor of the latter. In previous centuries, America had certainly been put under presidential dictatorship and experienced attacks on constitutional liberties. Remember Lincoln’s imposition of martial law during the Civil War or Wilson’s imprisonments of dissenters during World War I. But with the advent of the War on Terror, the possibility emerged for a much less easily reversible state of…

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There is No Spoon

Fri, 2019-07-12 19:25

The Matrix is one of my favorite movies of all times. Though there are many memorable scenes, there is one part in particular that has always stuck out in my mind. When Neo went to go visit the Oracle, he had a brief exchange with a little boy who was magically bending a spoon with his mind. Fascinated by the phenomenon that was taking place before him, Neo sat down next to the boy in…

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“Be The Change You Wish To See In The World” — Misattributed, Misused, And Obscenely Underappreciated

Wed, 2019-07-10 23:48

This piece was originally published on Caitlin’s website on July 7th. Name a quote by Mahatma Gandhi. Odds are the first thing that jumps into your mind is the famous, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” It’s a good quote. It’s pithy enough to fit on a bumper sticker, and it resonates deeply with something inside us all which tells us that it points to something true and valuable. But, like…

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Capitalism is Socialism for the Uber Wealthy and Suffocation for the Rest of Us

Tue, 2019-07-09 00:34

There was a time not too long ago when capitalists used to make a show out of the “free markets” requiring as little regulation as possible and zero interference from government bureaucracies. Citing their gods Adam Smith and Alexander Hamilton, Wall Street “elites” used to insist that the “invisible hands of capitalism” would determine the winners and losers and always arrive at peak efficiency when it comes to producing goods for the consumer and delivering…

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An Open Letter to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed from a “Diaspora” in America

Sat, 2019-07-06 19:00

Your Excellency Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Let me state from the outset that I was once one of your biggest supporters. After witnessing Ethiopia decimated by the malevolence of the Marxist Derg government followed up by the mendacity of the tribal TPLF junta, in you I saw a glimmer of hope where my birth land was once covered in the netela of darkness for 44 years. My recent criticism of your administration has nothing to…

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