Islam and the Swastika

Islam is going the way of the swastika. The swastika has a long history going back to around 10,000 BCE. In recent centuries its meaning has been “lucky” or “favorable” in sanskrit. But those thousands of years of meaning were stamped out in just one decade by the the Nazi party. Since the late 1930’s […]

The GOP’s Problem

From Reddit: The G.O.P’s problem is that their solutions don’t fix America’s problems. You can’t pay down $17 trillion in debt by cutting taxes, you can’t solve poverty by lowering wages, and you can’t reign in an oligarchy by shredding business regulations. That captures it really well. Our problems right now are violently different than […]

Proof That Trickle Down Doesn’t Work

Some people think there’s still a debate about whether trickle down economics is a viable model. For those not familiar, it basically goes like this: Reduce taxes on the rich They make more money They are therefore able to create more jobs The economy grows The middle class benefits Sounds good. The opposing camp believes […]

Ebola and the Politics of Fear

I just found out some older white guy in Texas called 911 because he was worried about Ebola. The dispatcher asked why, and he says: I was just sitting in a restaurant next to a pilot who said he just got back from a number of European countries, including West Africa. Brilliant. The GOP appreciates […]

Liberal and Conservative Contradiction on Gender Programming

I was thinking yesterday about the politics of gender, and specifically about how many liberals and conservatives seem to simultaneously hold two opposing viewpoints regarding gender behavior programming. Many liberals simultaneously believe the following: Society is what makes boys act boyish, and girls act girlish. This social influence, more than natural tendencies or anything else, […]

Trickle Down is a Lie

Our economy can be safe and effective only if it is governed by rules. Some capitalists actually don’t care about other people, their communities or the future. Their behavior, if left unchecked, has a massive effect on everyone else. When Wal-Mart or McDonald’s or any other guy like me pays workers the minimum wage, that’s […]

Feminists With Masculine Digits

A study just surfaced that proposes a potential explanation for the “Feminist Paradox” whereby feminists purport to speak for all women, while relatively few women are feminists. The study basically says that it’s because the organizers of feminist movements are more masculine than most women, and thus are more annoyed than the general population of […]

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 […]