Politics

9/11 Truth Conspiracy Won’t Die Despite Years Of Debunking

  This is the first anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001, that I can remember not including overripe memorials. I know there were some, but they weren’t so pervasive as to invade my sphere of media and immediate friends. It was quite a nice change, and it gives me hope that the threat of ‘nevar 4get’ might yet pass. A reactionary touchstone like...
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Politics

Confederate Battle Flag Is the New Neo-Nazi Flag

(Trigger warning for white supremacy, racism, neo-Nazis, and other such trash.) Recognize this? You should. It’s the Flag of the Confederate States of America. Like the United States flag, it has a star for each state in the Confederacy. This is one of the first ones ever produced, in 1861 when there were only seven secessionist states. But if you’re like most people, you’re...
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Politics

Cellphone Kill-switches: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Governor Jerry Brown of California has signed an unprecedented law into effect: Every cellphone sold in California must have a kill-switch, allowing the phone to be remotely ‘bricked’ in the event of being stolen. State senator Mark Leno was very forthcoming. Via Time: “California has just put smartphone thieves on notice,” Leno said in a statement. “Starting next year, all smartphones sold in California, and...
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Politics

Second Amendment Hero Protecting Us All From The Moon

Sometimes this stuff just writes itself. We hear a lot about gun ownership and ‘how it’s supposed to be’ from pro-gun goofballs. It’s getting so that we can almost quote them their rules: Hands off the trigger, don’t point your gun at anything you don’t intend to destroy, a gun is always loaded especially when you think it isn’t. This is talismanic, superstition-y stuff. This is some...
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Politics

The Last Gasp of Conservatism?

Conservatism has never been the party of ideas. Whenever you examine the origins of a particular piece of conservative ideology, it has its roots in an already-extant power structure. Some of them are easily seen — “pro-business,” because business is where the money is — and some less easily — a “war on drugs” that makes a nice cover for the mass-incarceration of people...
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World

“Centrism” is a cop-out.

The terms “right- and left-wing” descend from the French Revolution. They have their origins in the seating arrangements of the National Assembly of France. Those who tended to side with the revolutionaries were seated more to the left side of the room, while those who favored the landed aristocracy and the entrenched interests of the middle class tended to the right. We can imagine...
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United States

You probably misunderstand what government actually is.

 One of the most unfortunate misunderstandings in American public discourse occurs in our use of the word ‘government.’ No one seems to understand what government actually is, what it does, what it means. We’re taught to think of “the government” as a separate entity that makes its own decisions: regulating things, giving out ‘handouts,’ and occasionally beating teenagers with riot batons. We misunderstand the...
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