Ben Hsu


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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,…

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Things Are About to Get Much Worse

If you're fortunate enough to be reading this in the future, or have just managed to avoid the news, Portland, Oregon is in trouble. Yesterday, Aug. 29, 2020, a huge number of Trump supporters (estimates have them in the 1000's) gathered and paraded around downtown. According to eyewitnesses, they were given police escort and rather…

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Centralized Problems

I've seen a lot of memes being passed around disparaging the views of centrists and I thought I'd take this space to try to explain things to centrists in (hopefully) less rage inducing terms. For what I understand, based on centrists I've talked to and literature I've read, modern day centrism is based on two…

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What’s the Deal with Those Portland Protestors?

"Is it still about Black Live Matter, or has it turned into something else? Why do they keep showing up and doing what they do?" A friend of mine asked me these questions and I honestly wasn't quite sure how to answer them. The answers are annoying complex, but in fairness to my friend (and…

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Helping Hands are Many Colors

We live in frightening times, and we need to stick together if we're going to get through them. In my previous article I mentioned joining the protestors and helping stand up against the injustices happening around us. Sadly, many of us (including myself) can't bring themselves to hit the streets. It's okay, whatever the reason:…

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Normal Is The Problem

As of writing this piece it's the late May, early June of 2020. If you've been reading the news, it must seem like the United States is on fire, or at least about to explode. Amidst a global pandemic, the unlawful, lethal police brutality used against a black man, has sparked countless people to gather…