Thursday, August 17, 2017
So let's get this straight:
A scientist wearing a shirt with sexy ladies on them that was created by a female friend of his? That's offensive!
Two Portland white women making and selling burritos based on cooking lessons they took while on vacation in Mexico? That's offensive.
A fan artist making fan art about her favorite shows like Steven Universe, while drawing one of the "bigger" characters a few inches slimmer? That's offensive.
Another fan artists drawing a portrait of the cast of a popular on-line video game with the male characters drawn as female? That's offensive.
Some over-privileged white woman creating "art" that amounts to little more than screaming "f*** white people"? Oh no. That's not offensive. That's not hate speech. That's free speech.
This is why nobody takes feminist SJWs seriously. Everything that's not offensive they consider to be offensive, and everything that's actually offensive they consider to be offensive. In short, these people are regressive and backwards.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Did you know America had it's own socialist party? It's true. It's called the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and they recently held a convention in Chicago. And you know the real stupid part? The party has more than 25,000 members in America. Granted, that's only a fraction of a percent of the overall population, but that's still too many socialists.
Seriously, how stupid is it that, when one socialist county is burning to the ground, and another socialist country threatens to nuke us, that there are 25,000 socialists in America who are celebrating the central political ideology of these two countries? Now that's a special kind of stupid!
Saturday, August 5, 2017
In case you're wondering: yes, "libertarian socialists" do exist, and their arguments tend to go something like this: "Hi! I'm a libertarian socialist. I believe it's wrong to violate the rights of individuals--unless it's their right to property, which is totes not a real thing because potatoes!"
For the record, if you don't know who the "libertarian socialist" in the lower right hand corner is, he's an English bloke on YouTube called Libertarian Socialist Rants. I wouldn't recommend visiting his channel or watching his videos, but I would suggest watching this takedown of him by Shane Killian:
Also, to all the X-Men fans out there: sorry for pointing out the fact that there hasn't been a good X-Men movie. (And also sorry, but Deadpool doesn't count.)
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
I normally don’t address personal internet drama. Internet wisdom dictates that you should never address haters, that you shouldn’t “feed the trolls.” Usually this is good advice. Usually.
On the one hand, “feeding the trolls” can amount to little more than “adding fuel to the fire” and inspire them and other trolls to continue trolling you. Thus the best strategy—and what has usually been my strategy—is to ignore them until they go away and stop bothering you.
However, on the other hand, this internet “advice” usually amounts to suggesting that the best way to solve a problem is to ignore it. I think most of you can see the problem with that advice. Ignoring a problem does not make it go away. If that were the case, the easiest way to cure cancer would be to ignore it. Sometimes ignoring a problem can make it worse. Much worse!
Sunday, July 9, 2017
According to the Census Bureau, our welfare state spends four times more on trying to end poverty than it would actually cost to pay poor people enough to lift themselves out of poverty. Wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper then to simply cut a check for every poor person? The answer to that question, surprisingly enough, is yes.
Libertarian writer Charles Murray estimates that providing all un-incarcerated Americans over the age of 21 with a monthly check for $13,000 would not only be sufficient enough to provide for their basic needs and help raise the poorest among them above the poverty line, but would also be less expensive than our current welfare state, which includes agricultural and corporate subsidies.
While having the government give people money may sound counter-intuitive to conservatives and libertarians, the truth is that basic income is not only compatible with their belief in limited government and free markets, but has actually been promoted by prominent conservatives and libertarians like Milton Friedman and F.A. Hayek.
Basic income would be a much more viable alternative to our current welfare state, not only allowing the poorest among us to better experience social and economic mobility, but also helping to eliminate wasteful government spending and bureaucracy. It's high time to eliminate the welfare state: basic income now!
To learn more about why conservatives and libertarians should support basic income, please read my article on Medium.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Want to improve America's public transportation? Then privatize the rail systems and allow private companies to compete with one another to see who can provide the best service. It worked with South Korea and Japan!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Millennials have been blessed with access to information at their fingertips, yet they can't be bothered looking up “per capita income since 1800” or learning about socialist regimes like Venezuela; otherwise, they wouldn't be opposing capitalism and supporting socialism. In an age of information, ignorance is a choice!
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Captain Underpants flew into the box office faster than a speeding waistband, earning $23.5 million during its opening weekend.
In fact, this movie about a grown man fighting in his underwear that doesn’t take itself remotely seriously managed to gain a higher rating on Rotten Tomatoes in its first week than the movie about grown men fighting in their underwear who take themselves far too seriously gained during its entire theatrical run.
The popularity of this movie should come as no surprise, as it’s based upon an equally popular book series. Of course, if the box office earnings and reviews are any indicator, the movie managed to do well even with moviegoers who never picked up a single book.
By far, the greatest appeal of Captain Underpants, be it the books or the movie, is its fundamental understanding of its target demographic. Like other great children’s series, it doesn’t pander to children by pretending to know what they like. Rather, it speaks to them on their level by truly understanding them—and if there’s one thing Captain Underpants gets, it’s that children hate school.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Adam West, the beloved actor and geek icon who played the titular character of the 1966 Batman series, has passed away at the age of 88. While I was never a personal fan of him or his series, I cannot deny the legacy his show left, as it helped to bring the character of Batman into the mainstream, and for this, every Batman fan ought to be grateful. To commemorate his legacy, I want to help promote his classic television series by promoting an internet review series that promoted his series.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Hey, dudes and dudettes! Did you know that, like, back in the 80s--which was, like, totally the most radical decade ever!--Disneyland wanted to, like, target the totally tubular teenage demographic by, like, opening up its own super cool teen night club, or some junk? (Okay, the cheesy attempt at 80s lingo ends here!)