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Me Doth Think The Left Doesn't Protest Enough

  Wednesday, January 20, 2021 was a huge day for the USA. Sure, there was the whole deal about ousting a mutant Cheeto from public office, but here in Portland, Oregon we also experienced another incident between protestors and federal forces. This was just hours after President Joe Biden was sworn in. Now, there's a…

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Fixing Monopoly

I was thinking about the game Monopoly, you know the game that was initially conceived to highlight how terrible capitalism is? I realized that the game has, built into its core ruleset, the idea of universal basic income. Pass go, collect 200 dollars. Well, as a staunch capitalist that believes in real freedom that won't…

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Unslipping the Slippery Slopes

Something's been bothering me about recent attempted coup at the US capital (beyond all the normal anxiety a violent coup causes) and I've finally figured out the problem. Many of the arguments being used against the insurrectionists parallel the arguments the right has repeated used against the minority communities to which I belong. Specifically, I'm…

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Symbols Symbolizing Symbolism

Let's talk symbols! They're great aren't they? It's a fast, easy way to convey a lot of information in a tiny bit of space. For example if show the you the '$' symbol you immediately know I'm talking about money. But more specifically you can also infer American money (dollars as opposed to other currencies…

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Outside the Building

There is a houseless person outside the building where I work. They set up a tent on the small patch of grass between the building's side entrance and the parking lot to a dying strip mall. Whenever I mention this to my more well to do friends they express concern for me and my safety.…

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Content Bloat

Or Yet Another Failure of Capitalism   Apparently, it's not enough for some people that unregulated, late-stage capitalism causes an increasing wealth gap that then leads to poverty, lack of access to basic resources and ultimately early, preventable death for the majority of our population. "Not my problem," they say, "it doesn't affect me." Ah,…