Are you really for free speech? To say you are for the freedom of speech is no small claim. Sure, there probably aren't many people out there who think that they should be censored, but the principle of free speech goes far beyond having the freedom to say what you want to say. It's been … Continue reading Are You Really For Free Speech?
We hear a lot about "political correctness" these days. The antagonists of political correctness are usually thought to be ignorant, right-wing, slack-jawed yokels (I'm sorry, the PC term is "academically challenged rural Americans") hell bent on preserving their brand of "good old fashioned bigotry." Intellectuals, on the other hand, are generally viewed as the people … Continue reading Intellectuals and Political Correctness
Conservatives and Liberals toil endlessly in the epic, modern gun debate. Republicans and Libertarians have a tendency to be more for gun rights, whereas Democrats and Progressives have a tendency to be more for gun control. Gun ownership is actually rooted in Liberal ideology, however. James Madison, fourth president and drafter of the 2nd Amendment … Continue reading Gun Ownership is a Liberal Idea
Political 'Freethinking' is, unfortunately, a philosophy that is not commonly known or understood fully. Freethinking is, simply put, holding the position that reason, logic, evidence and objective analysis should supersede authority that is based on tradition, religious canonization, or dogmatic ideology. In addition, and in modern terms, political freethinking attempts to thwart the left-right dichotomy … Continue reading The Art of Political Freethinking
Many people are rubbed the wrong way when they read or hear a statement such as "women are sex objects and men are too". Reactionary assumptions are that the writer or speaker is a 'sexist' or a 'chauvinist' or at least attempting to be provocative, but I assure you this isn't the direction we're headed. … Continue reading Women are Sex Objects, and Men are Too
Is comedy dead? Theatrical comedy was recognized by the Athenian state in 486 BC, thus canonizing its official birth. (Although I'm sure prehistoric humanoids had a sense of humor as well.) Who would have thought that comedy would have survived and flourished for two and a half millennia and then, without much of a fight, … Continue reading The Resurrection of Comedy