Culture | Media, Religion | Politics

Some Dad Advice for the Youth of Today

“Do you remember, when you were young and you wanted to set the world on fire?” sings Laura Jane Grace fiercely on her track I Was a Teenage Anarchist, grasping an emotional nerve many a former youth know and giving it a concise squeeze. The potent chemical soup of the teenage brain and the potentially large […]

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Culture | Media

My Brief Stint with Blackface

In the late nineties, I had a brief stint with blackface. Well, not blackface, exactly, but there’s no incentive to make such distinctions in 2017. Even trying to parse an individual’s intentions in public carries a potentially fatal reputational cost. There’s a sort of static cling surrounding the issues of cross-ethnic portrayal of any sort. […]

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Religion | Politics

Islam vs. Islamism: Why the Distinction Still Matters

Much has been said regarding the terms Islam and Islamism. Some argue the distinction is an artificial one, imposed by the politically correct Left. Others stress it is essential to distinguish between the religion and its violent imposition so that Muslims are not indiscriminately condemned with a broad brush. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and […]

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Science | Tech

The March for Science Is the Problem, Not the Solution

On the 47th Earth Day, scientists and other concerned citizens marched for science. This march was “the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.”[1] Although it is not evident that scientists should become activists, most of us, scientists and laymen, would agree […]

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Religion | Politics

Eurocentrism, Remainers, and the British Left

The British left and the Remainers are succumbing to an obsession. Whether it be Paul Mason’s assertion that the government must focus all its efforts on repairing and rectifying Britain’s “diplomatic and cultural ties” with Europe [1], to Vince Cable’s belief that we should maintain a trade regime that prioritizes Europe above all else [2], the left’s […]

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Culture | Media

Body Positivity is Killing Women

What do the hashtags #IWontCompromise, #EffYourBeautyStandards, #DareToWear, #AndIGetDressed have in common? They are all ultra intersectional feminist, “body positive,” and have accumulated over 700,000+ tags and counting on Instagram. Oh, and they are also killing women. Allow me to explain. No matter how many ludicrous comments saturate pictures of these body positive heroines, obesity is still […]

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Religion | Politics

Another Dead Blasphemer

Yesterday a man lost his life in Pakistan because of what he wrote on a social network. Mashal Khan, who identified as “The Humanist” on Facebook, was beaten, shot, and tortured to death by a homicidal, righteous mob of students and university affiliates at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan, Pakistan while police officers watched. […]

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Features

What You’re Attracted to Isn’t “Socially Constructed”

In recent years, many individuals on the political left have been earnestly conveying the message that what a person is attracted to (i.e. mate preference) is entirely constructed by the environment. Their reasons for doing so seem sincere. Take for example, the oft-cited connection between the media’s portrayal of female standards of beauty and eating […]

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