Reading Time: 4 minutes Red and Blue America, locked in a troubled marriage for some time, finally agreed to see a couple’s counselor, and here’s the transcript of their first session: Counselor: Welcome in, Red and Blue! Aren’t you a cute couple! Please, speak freely and tell me the nature of your marital riff. Red: If I may go […]
Why do we keep blaming the poor for their poverty?
Reading Time: 7 minutes Is poverty’s root cause more nurture than nature?
Does Belief in God Drive One’s Politics or Politics Drive One’s Belief in God?
Reading Time: 12 minutes Disclaimer: I, like many of you, am an agnostic-atheist and so the answer is neither. Or is it? Because this question can be applied to me, too. Let me elucidate… In general terms, for religious people, what is the direction of causality? A few things to note first here; firstly, politics is a subset of […]
Rural-Urban Cultural Divide in America
Reading Time: < 1 minute I’ve lived in the country. I’ve lived in the city. And, honestly, there’s pluses and minuses on both sides here. But there’s one bit of country arrogance I never got over.
Are Community Newspapers Suppressing Liberal Opinion?
Reading Time: 6 minutes Local newspapers seem to be purposefully shielding readers from liberal opinions by limiting how many are published in substantive op-eds.
Blasphemy And Comedy At MIT With Comedian Justin P. Drew
Reading Time: 2 minutes On October 17 the Secular Society of MIT put on the Stand-up Sacrilege Comedy Show to celebrate International Blasphemy Rights Day. I performed alongside a bunch of really funny comedians. You can see the whole show here. I’m slicing it up parts so that it’s a bit more digestible for your eyes. Here is […]
Talking About Racism in America
Reading Time: < 1 minute Trying to have a conversation about racism in America is like so much fun. And it’s so easy too.
Naw, I’m kidding. People are stupid.
Enter the False Dichotomies
Reading Time: < 1 minute Blinky & Sal: cartoons in an age without nuance. “To run an effective political party you need a degree of tribalism, it’s the glue that holds everyone together.” – Charles Kennedy The weird thing is how seriously the voters take their tribes. I do not think political discourse should be based on presupposed binaries. Humans […]
Political Identity: Whose Team Am I On Anyway?
Reading Time: < 1 minute Blinky & Sal: cartoons pandered catered just for you! [TRIGGER WARNING: overused quotation] “If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” – General George S. Patton Never before, I’d wager, have our ideological bubbles been lain before us so bare. Thanks, social media. We really are dumb, tribal animals. “Always mind your surroundings.” – Ra’s al […]
Critique of “Understanding Conservatives and Liberals”
Reading Time: 10 minutes I’m taking the bait that Jonathan laid out for me, and critiquing “The Righteous Mind” – Understanding Conservatives and Liberals by R.B.A. Di Muccio. For the following to make sense, you should read the article in question. It’s not long, but it manages to cram an awful lot of wrong in. (All quotation in this […]