Culture | Media

The Gospel of Jon Snow: Christ Allegory in ‘Game of Thrones’

— Spoilers for Game of Thrones up to Season 7, Episode 3 — When a writer is trying to convey that a character is some kind of hero or redeemer, that character is often made to resemble Jesus Christ. This comes up in just about every great fantasy franchise; Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and […]

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Religion | Politics

Nadia Murad and Yazidi Sex Slavery Under ISIS

Stories of those forcefully taken from their homes by ISIS militants and sold into slavery are haunting reminders of the tyranny that Daesh (ISIS) has wrought on so many during its seizure of power in Iraq and Syria. Yazidi women were some of the worst affected by ISIS, as many witnessed their families butchered, homes destroyed and […]

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Science | Tech

What Science Has to Say About Gender Identity

A few days ago, President Trump announced that transgender individuals would not be allowed to serve in the U.S. Military. This follows a previous Trump reversal of guidelines put in place by President Obama regarding how public schools should handle their transgender students’ use of bathrooms. In discussions of these issues, a distinction is often made between “biological […]

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Culture | Media

Why Your Friend’s Political Opinions Shouldn’t Make You Mad

Logging into Facebook, I see Corbyn memes jostling for space with videos warning of the Islamization of Europe; petitions in support of transgender rights alongside disdainful cartoons about “SJWs.” I have liberal friends, conservative friends, communist friends, and ultra-reactionary friends. This is how I like it. It makes life interesting. Infinitely more eminent people than myself […]

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Review

The Strange Death of Europe

“A calm, dispassionate and long overdue look at the facts that too many elected officials have either not yet seen or conspired to overlook.” Well-intentioned but woefully misguided politicians, Angela Merkel’s titanic and inexplicable u-turns on immigration, and an artful elaboration on Murray’s previous concept of Western Islamophilia, The Strange Death of Europe covers a lot […]

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Culture | Media

Truth Doesn’t Depend on “Power”

In one debate after another on any issue with regards to religion, race, gender, or fairness, there is one maxim of faith you’ll hear repeated over and over again with an evangelist’s zeal: objective truth doesn’t really exist. And what we hear to be the truth is merely based on power – power invested in the state, […]

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Religion | Politics

Why I Admire Richard Dawkins

Yesterday I learned that Richard Dawkins was de-platformed from a speaking event at liberal radio station KPFA in the town of Berkeley, where he was scheduled to talk about his new book, Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Atheist. The organizers cancelled his talk because of his “comments on Islam” which they […]

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Culture | Media

Stop the Generation War

Now that the election has come and gone, we can see the large swell in the youth vote. Much of it went to Corbyn. Once seen as puffed up lazy millennials, now the young are naïve, inexperienced and brainwashed [1], toasting Bobby Sands in their hipster pubs [2]. For now, they’ve made their mark on British politics […]

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Features

Evergreen College, Free Speech, and the Meaning of Social Justice

“Identity politics” rises on all sides. Identity politics are commonly attributed to the political left, where they are a response to the original, historical identity politics – male, and, in the modern era, significantly white and Eurocentric. Reactionaries on the right deny this original phenomenon. They call it reality. Nothing to see here. Look right […]

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Culture | Media

What We Forgot To Remember, Part 3: The Slow Crush

We can focus better on tasks that are urgent or pressing than those that seem distant and far away. Even the laziest of students seem somehow able to drag themselves to the library to cram study in a week before an exam. This is because temporality has a strong influence on our evaluation of importance; […]

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