[Repost] The Green New Deal, Explained

https://youtu.be/GxIDJWCbk6I

“A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” -James Madison

A Million Little Deaths

To the skeptics and the willingly blind, Recently, a friend and I was talking about politics and current events and this phrase was uttered: "I think people are exaggerating. Well, it's not like the world is going to end."Or something to that effect; I don't remember it word-by-word. And immediately, it had a gut-clenching effect…

Labels in Politics

Merriam-Webster defines identity politics as politics in which groups of people having a racial, religious, ethnic, social, or cultural identity tend to promote their own specific interests or concerns without regard to the interests or concerns of any larger political group.  Identity politics are a persistent part of the American narrative, as they would be…

[Repost] Bias in Medicine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TATSAHJKRd8

Whitewashing: A Distortion (An Introduction)

Whitewash:a: to gloss over or cover up (such as vices or crimes)b: to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of dataThis is the definition provided by Merriam-Webster and is the most suitable definition for this article.       White-washing is not a racially charged term despite its recent re-introduction with respect to…

Plato’s Republic Books IV-IX: An Analysis Essay

There is much to be learned from the great thinkers of the past. Studying the thousands-years old writings of Plato, we explore what the ideal civilisation is made of and what justice is. In doing so, there are lessons uncovered that casts a different light on the state of affairs today.

Plato’s Republic Books I-IV: An Analysis Essay

In the Republic, three types of good are described; the good practised for its own sake, the good practised for its consequences and the ultimate good that is practised both for its own sake and for its consequences (Book 1, 357b-d). The discussion of justice starts off with Glaucon’s account of justice where he explains why justice is a necessary good that people only practice begrudgingly for its consequences. First, he establishes that to suffer injustice at the hands of others is an evil that no one is willing to suffer while to commit injustice benefits the unjust. He argues that justice...

December 2018 Quote of the Month

Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.
To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.
To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.
To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.
To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies.
To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.
-Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents (Earthseed, #2)

[Repost] Don’t Feed the Trolls, and Other Hideous Lies

https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/12/17561768/dont-feed-the-trolls-online-harassment-abuse

November 2018 Quote of the Month

“The point is, there is no feasible excuse for what are, for what we have made of ourselves. We have chosen to put profits before people, money before morality, dividends before decency, fanaticism before fairness, and our own trivial comforts before the unspeakable agonies of others” 
                                                    ― Iain M. Banks, Complicity

[Repost] What is a Woman Worth?

https://www.bloodandmilk.com/what-is-a-woman-worth/

4-Part Analysis of Invisible Man (Part 4)

[Synthesis with "Nomenclatures of Invisibility" by Mahtem Shiferraw] This poem resonates with Brother Clifton’s last moments and what his actions near the end meant. There are two things to be considered when talking about what happened when the IM sees Brother Clifton for the last time. One side says that Brother Clifton, by trying to sell…

Some time ago, we documented how reactionaries have a habit of redefining incivility (and civility) to suit their purposes, making huge shifts of the goalposts as it suits their needs. In recent days, there have been two well-publicized incidents that have made this tendency painfully apparent: the Red Hen affair, and the Maryland newsroom shooting. […]…

Our Sunken Place |July Study Piece Part 1: The Psychology

“What good fortune for governments that people do not think.” - Adolf Hitler   In humans, there has always been an intrinsic struggle between the self and others. We must be able to maintain a distinct self-identity while at the same time be able to fit as one of the innumerous cogs of society. Because…