The World Needs a Federation

As I sit watching Iraq disintegrate due to the centuries-old centrifugal forces of religion and racism, I’m struck by a troubling idea. There are many places in the world with millions of people who can be frothed and recruited to kill their brothers and sisters (and their children) under the banners of religious and racial […]

My Current Thoughts on Immigration

The situation on the Texas border has set new fire to the immigration debate. It’s been called an immigration crisis, but in truth it’s more of a refugee crisis, with the decayed infrastructure of a nearby country being the cause. Specifically in this case there are gangs in El Salvador that are threatening children, and […]

The Two Reasons There’s No Peace in Israel / Palestine

People have debated for decades about why there hasn’t been a solution to the Israel / Palestine issue. Allow me to simplify down to two truths that trump all others: Israel will never accept any solution that sees Palestinians in control of the land they believe God gave to them. The Palestinians are not prepared […]

CNN vs. BBC: Profit vs. Service

I am disgusted every time I click a video on CNN.com and am forced to watch an advertisement. It’s supposed to be news. What’s next, library books? The situation is made more obvious when you compare it to the BBC website where, when you click a video, it plays the news. To poke a stick […]

BBC > American News Because of Conflicting Incentives

The BBC has a history of stating, as a matter of policy, that it refuses to cover certain stories, or cover them in a certain way, because of how it will affect the country. Some examples: Not going overly into how murderer’s did their work, to avoid glamorizing them Not endlessly playing tragedy stories because […]

Do Groups of People Get What They Deserve?

I just found out that the latest Transformers movie made many times more money than a recent sci-fi film by Tom Cruise, Edge of Tomorrow. This was deeply disturbing to me. In a very real way, I don’t want to live in a world where this is possible. And yet we have a blame loop […]

The Right to Forget…Crimes

From Yahoo Finance: The European Union’s new law giving people a “right to be forgotten,” which requires Google to remove links to information about them, is having exactly the effect its critics predicted: It is censoring the internet, giving new tools that help the rich and powerful (and ordinary folk) hide negative information about them, […]

The Open Source (Political) Revolution

Open source everything, in this context, offers us the chance to build on what we’ve learned through industrialisation, to learn from our mistakes, and catalyse the re-opening of the commons, in the process breaking the grip of defunct power structures and enabling the possibility of prosperity for all. ~ Robert David Steele This article is […]

Five Mistakes the GOP Will Not Recover From

The GOP seems to make a habit of being on the wrong side of issues. I think we’re nearing the time when this will become obvious to voters. Here’s a short list: Iraq. It’s true that Democrats voted for the war as well, but that doesn’t make the two sides equally guilty. Virtually all opposition […]