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Watching the media coverage of the midterm elections this week, a quote I once heard came to mind: “The United States is a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.”

Since Tuesday night, tons of listicles and thinkpieces have attempted to distill the election’s key takeaways, none able to come to a definitive conclusion. Being distrustful of mainstream media as I am, I decided to do a deep-dive into the election data to find out what really happened. …


An analysis of the Clinton campaign’s political communication & organization failures

Donald Trump’s 2016 victory was due, in large part, to turning the traditionally blue states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, red. Current pundit conventional wisdom is the jarringly presentist notion that ‘obvious’ characteristics of the region’s inhabitants, like susceptibility to nationalism, cemented the results more than other factors. However, holistic evaluation of these states indicates that it was a complex confluence of variables that determined their election outcomes.

A critical analysis of Michigan’s political, economic, & sociocultural climate — in recent decades, during the 2016 campaign season, and since Trump’s inauguration — suggests that the presidential election result in the…


How the abuses of power by political, economic, and media elite drove us to authoritarianism

Democracy in the United States is in peril, as evidenced by four phenomena: the expectation of collusion across all three branches of government; Congressional inertia; the unabashed vitiation & perversion of civil liberties; and resurgence of contempt for civil rights.

Checks & balances refers to the mechanism of power restraint laid out in the Constitution. Power, according to the Constitution, is evenly distributed across the three branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) by providing each branch the means to supersede or subvert the actions of the others. …


Executing the ideology of equality is not the equivalent of executing the ideology of ethnic violence.

“Antifa is actually more label than organization, its believers connected by calls to action on websites like It’s Going Down.” — NYTimes, “Behind Berkeley’s Semester of Hate”

Antifa is a term for an an anti-fascist, anti-capitalist, anti-government agenda adopted by multitudinous disparate groups to convey the common ideology of their respective coalitions. It stands to reason, therefore, that the actions of an individual or small group brandishing the label cannot possibly indicate the endorsement of all those who use that label.

Trump received incredible backlash across the political spectrum for his August 13th statement for the “on many sides” ad-lib…


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Little Miss Flint (2016)

The nature of the relationship between the populace and the government is revealed by the state’s response to crises. Claire McClinton describes the crisis in Michigan, where financial trouble was met by the state’s usurpation of citizen’s right to elect representatives and, subsequently, of integral communal assets and access to clean water. John Gaventa describes the crisis in an Appalachian mining town — Buffalo — where the potential for financial gain was met by the state’s obstruction of citizens’ ability to argue on behalf of their own safety, and in a broader sense, usurpation of citizens’ right to protest. …


On the Audacity of Liberal Arrogance and the Cowardice of Lazy Correlations

An excerpt from the Declaration of Independence:

“That to secure these rights [of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness], Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.


DISCLAIMER: This is probably hands-down the worst essay I’ve ever written but like also YOLO its kind of informative and pertinent to the ~time~

Karl Marx and Adam Smith both authored theories of political economy in response to the Industrial Revolution and the rise of capitalism. Marx, writing in 1846, in the midst of the Industrial Revolution, believed capitalism to be simply a function of inevitable technological progress — an unavoidable precursor to the eventual state of communism. Smith, writing in 1776, in the midst of a largely economic revolution against the shackles of mercantilism, believed capitalism to be the most just, freest, and most evolved economic system possible.


Published originally July 28th, 2016

Unless you literally live inside of a rock, you are familiar with the egregiously overt racist narrative of Fox News. One of the narrative’s favorite targets for its bazooka of ignorant hate has been, for the past eight years, Michelle Obama. Criticizing everything from her face to her clothes, framing her as angry and manly, and even calling her a “baby mama” are only a few of the ways in which the network has disparaged & disrespected the one American who tradition dictates deserves nothing less than public adoration.


Published originally July 7th, 2016

A three step guide to not being a jerk.

WAKE UP. How many white Americans simultaneously exercise their second amendment right and drive over the speed limit? Or procrastinate fixing a broken taillight? Put off paying a parking ticket? The answer is that we have no idea, because white Americans aren’t forced to consider those two things related. Every black American, however, knows that they necessarily must be. Waking up white means knowing that the harshest penalty for a poor driving record is a point on your license. Waking up black means knowing that a common penalty for the same crime is public execution.

Acknowledge that it is a…


Quick and dirty guide: Patriarchy’s potential perks are confined to the personal, but its perils remain pervasive

A common refrain from meninists/sexists/misogynists everywhere is that women enjoy something called “female privilege”. And they aren’t necessarily wrong. Patriarchy’s dominance over economic, political, social and ideological systems inadvertently affords women (arguably) favorable positions in a number of situations. In almost all cases, however, the superficially superior experience of the woman is more than neutralized by its root cause: the female handicap.

You can find a comically ignorant piece here that lists eighteen examples of female privilege, and here you can find a delightfully logical piece that explains the eighteen female handicaps inseparable from those privileges.

The female handicap is…

Jade Pinero

saying things about things / www.jadepinero.com

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