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Conspiracy Theories: Too Much Bullshit (Part 2) 

Consider the source. An armchair warrior on Facebook isn’t the same as someone who put in their 10,000 hours. Speaking of politics specifically, I don’t think anyone knows how it really works in a nutshell. Politics is a mix of…

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Conspiracy Theories: Too Much Bullshit (Part 1)

We live in a grand era for conspiracy theories and most of them are bunk. A rise in conspiratorial thinking is an inevitable by-product of the Information Age. The bar is generally lower for qualified opinion, particularly across the landscape…

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An Appreciation for Tom Petty (RIP)

Tom Petty has been on the periphery of my music life ever since I can remember. It seemed like he was always cranking out solid hit singles with quiet dignity. I’ve listened to most of his music, watched his videos…

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Whether or Not One Stands During National Anthem 

Fake issues are a problem because they are a distortion of real issues. Whether or not one stands during the national anthem is a fake issue. My political take is that having an opinion on the subject matters - but…

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Fascism Is Real (Essay #5): The Problem With the Progressive Left

This is my final essay on deeper issues within the cultural ramifications on the Donald Trump Presidency. The first four essays focus on the underlying fascism of “make American great again,” and to some degree the people carrying this flag…

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Fascism is Real (Essay #4): Reject the Premise

The more time one spends on trying to understanding the Trump voter at this point, the less time there will be for resisting the toxic cynicism of their reactionary politics. The time for understanding is over. You can't really understand…

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Fascism is Real (Essay #3): We Don't Need a Strongman

I haven’t lost hope on having a constructive debate with today’s Republican, but I’ve run out of patience with anyone putting forth simplistic characterizations of the left and liberals. Trump has taken it up a notch with uncivil (“Trump the…

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Fascism is Real (Essay #2): The Demonization of Media

Fake news leads to fake issues. The Trump administration’s relentless attempts to delegitimize the “mainstream” media add more evidence to a larger picture of onerous and corrupt governance. Unfortunately for Trump, there is such a thing as legitimate media: that…

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Fascism is Real (Essay #1): Call It for What It Is

Note that many of the incessant flag-waving patriots are a-okay with fascism. They might not realize it, or they might not be honest w/ themselves. They might be scared, or weary, or just assholes, or a combination thereof. But they…

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Big Lies in the Post Fact World 

It's an unwitting absurdity to hear so-called media professionals try to make sense of a "post-factual world," as if it's a real thing. The post factual world doesn't exist outside of conscious stupidity. Reject it and reject these hacks propagating…