The Answer to Iraq is Iran

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“What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight,” Carter told CNN’s Barbara Starr. “They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force, and yet they failed to fight, they withdrew from the site, and that says to me, and I think to most of us, that […]

The Answer to Why Westerners Keep Getting Recruited Into ISIS

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The media is consumed with the question of why so many westerners are being successfully recruited into ISIS. It’s usually framed as: Why are so many of our precious western children being seduced by this evil? Neat question. I have a theory: Their parents aren’t raising them, because they have no time for them after […]

Why I’m Likely Voting for Bernie Sanders in 2016

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We need a populist push in this country. There aren’t enough powerful people on the side of the working class, and Sanders is definitely that guy He’s honest and consistent. He cares deeply about the success of regular people, and he has been saying the exact same thing for decades I’m worried he’s a single-issue […]

On the Chomsky / Harris Non-discussion

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If you’re a fan of Sam Harris or Noam Chomsky you might know that they recently had something of an intellectual scuffle. Or they almost did, anyway. Sadly, the conversation never really happened, and I wanted to write about how sad that actually is. Here are the main points of the exchange and my takeaways: […]

2016 Plays Out The Oldest Political Story

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I’ve been in Iceland for the last week, and for some reason it was here among the ice and fire that I came upon this idea. The 2016 campaign between Clinton and $REPUBLICAN will end up being a rehashing of one of the oldest political narratives in history: The rich few vs. the poor many. […]

Conflating Petraeus and Snowden Doesn’t Help Anyone

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Pro-Snowden types are currently on an internet tour with a specious narrative: Petraeus shared sensitive information just like Snowden. He got off without jail time. Snowden should get the same treatment. This is wrong for four reasons: The history of the offender How the leak happened The amount of data leaked The impact For history, […]

The Future of Global Entanglements

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One of the most troublesome challenges for modern nations is determining what to do about failed states such as Iraq and Syria. These are places housing millions of human souls, and they have little infrastructure, no real economy to speak of, and precious little hope for all these reasons. For Iraq, this is after the […]

When Bush Removed Saddam, Did he Create ISIS?

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A couple of hard-to-argue observations: Bush removed Saddam Saddam was the force that kept extremism down The entire region is worse off than before Bush invaded The lesson is elegant in its simplicity: Any that any country that still has a dictator is, by definition, not ready to have it removed for them. When we […]

America Needs Small Terrorist Attacks

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America desperately needs small terrorist attacks on a regular cadence. Let me explain: The American psyche is extremely brittle because we’re used to not being attacked. This is why 9/11 was so debilitating: it was because we thought we were invincible. There is essentially no way to stop being attacked; we can only learn to […]

The Decline of the Colonists

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I think within the next 25 years we’re going to start seeing a new political narrative arising in states like California and Texas. The narrative will be simply that people of European descent should have far less influence than they used to. For the populations of Hispanics and Asians, the narrative will evolve like so: […]

Anatomy of a Terrorism Victory

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Thousands of movie theaters will not be showing a controversial movie about North Korea this weekend because of a terrorist threat. The threat was made real by the fact that the same group just savaged the Sony Pictures network in a perhaps the biggest corporate hack in history. So they committed violence (we can call […]

Ferguson is the Left’s Benghazi

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The Benghazi scandal is ridiculous because it represents manufactured controversy. The left has known this all along, and a recent GOP investigation just arrived at the same result. The killing of Michael Brown is very similar in the most important respect: people think there is controversy where there is none. Like a magic trick, everyone […]

Liberal Confusion on Ferguson

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I am disappointed by the liberal reaction to the Ferguson grand jury. As soon as the announcement was made that there would be no indictment, Twitter detonated with liberal outrage that justice was not being done. The problem is that liberals seem to be categorically conflating two separate issues. Here’s one truth: Police in 2014 […]

Ending Washington Corruption

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I’ve an idea for ending the corruption in Washington. It’s effective, and only won’t be adopted because of how effective it would be. People elected to congress need to become permanent public servants and thereby forfeit their ability to accept money from all but a very few sources for the rest of their lives. Sounds […]

Obama’s Problem is Complexity

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I think I’ve figured out Obama’s problem. Or, to be more clear, I have figured out why it’s not possible for him to be popular while he’s in office. Obama is intellectual and academic in his approach to solving problems. This is a problem, but even worse he’s the same way about communicating his positions […]

Conservative Policies

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I am frustrated by the fact that voters seem to ignore evidence when it comes to the efficacy of conservative policies. Here’s a quick review: They wanted to shut down the borders for Ebola, which would have actually caused far more Ebola deaths because people would have found ways around the legal border crossings. To […]

Islam and the Swastika

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]