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Take Stock of Your Stocks

By now I expect you all know me fairly well. You know I'll jump at any chance to point out the failures of late stage capitalism, and normally I would LOVE to tear economic policy a new one over the whole GME (Gamestop Stock) debacle. But something bothers me about the whole situation. Specifically, more…

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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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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…