Category Archives: Society

Jermaine Himmelstein and the 80-20 Rule

Everyone knows that New York City is a great place for people watching. Its buskers, immigrants, and various eccentric characters of local legend can enable tourists to have a truly exciting visit without requiring them to pay extra at the … Continue reading

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Ming China, Precursor to European Dictatorship: Part 3, Corporatist Economic Policy

  In the first post of this series, I defined fascism as: a political system distinguished by an emphasis on patriarchal, rural values; corporatist economic policy; extreme nationalism and patriotism, often involving extreme xenophobia and/or racism; and militant authoritarianism in … Continue reading

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Ming China, Precursor to European Dictatorship: Part 1, Introduction and Defining Fascism

  Of the world’s many great civilizations throughout history, few have generated the same amount of fascination as China. Among the reasons for Sinophilia are a history spanning over four thousand years, a rich culture and literary tradition, and a … Continue reading

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Why I Hate Moral Relativism

As most of my veteran readers are probably aware (and all of my new readers should know,) I’m a product of the political Left. However, I am more than willing to stand by the political Right on the handful of … Continue reading

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Why the Illiberal Left Lost the Culture War

Over the past few years, a new strain of left-wing politics has become increasingly influential in American society, particularly among younger millennials. Though clearly a product of the left, it can hardly be considered “liberal” in the traditional sense of … Continue reading

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Is the U.S. the Solution to the Syrian Refugee Crisis?

Over the past week, the media has drawn a great deal of attention to the influx of refugees from Syria desperately traveling to European and other Middle Eastern nations in order to escape the horrors of a brutal, seemingly endless … Continue reading

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It’s the Times, Stupid!: The Source of Donald Trump’s Popularity

In the 2016 election cycle for president of the United States, few contenders have received the same degree of media attention as the current Republican frontrunner, real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump. From his comparison of Mexican immigrants to … Continue reading

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A Boost for Bernie from #BlackLivesMatter?

On Saturday afternoon, Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was interrupted at a rally in Seattle by a group of black women. The women took the stage from Senator Sanders and proceeded to accuse him of not … Continue reading

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The Jews and the Chinese: An Anthropological Comparison

Out of the many ethnic groups in the world today, there are few whose longevity is greater than or equal to that of the Jews and Han Chinese. Over millennia, both groups have made vast contributions to world history. Although … Continue reading

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Led Zeppelin: An Overrated Band

In the history of rock music, few artists have achieved the popularity and acclaim of heavy metal pioneers Led Zeppelin. The band, whose lineup consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, lead singer Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones, and the late drummer … Continue reading

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