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America, the land of opportunity. The country where you can work hard, be free, and realize the American Dream. This “dream” has drawn many people to the United States, a society that has been historically based on capitalism. An economic marketplace where you’re free to become fabulously wealthy or discouragingly poor.

Unfortunately, many in the United States have found that with the freedom to fail, they often do. Hard work does not guarantee success, a lesson that Jurgis Rudkus, a character in “The Jungle,” learns the hard way. When faced with setbacks, his motto is, “I will work harder.” Yet…

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“You don’t stick a knife in a man’s back nine inches and then pull it out six inches and say you’re making progress.” Malcom X

Those words have been ringing in my head ever since I read Steven Pinker’s book, Enlightenment Now: The case for reason, science, humanism, and progress. In this book he argues that society has made great progress when it comes to equality. He notes that “… even in the most regressive political movement in recent American history there were no calls for reinstating Jim Crow laws, ending women’s suffrage, or recriminalizing homosexuality.” These ideas, as he…

Married in the Salt Lake City Temple

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, more commonly known as the LDS church or just ‘Mormons.’ I was a believing, practicing member for the better part of 25 years. Three years ago, I made the difficult decision to leave. This did not happen overnight, and it was not an easy choice. This is my story.

My family was loving and very active in the LDS Church. We went to church every week, virtually without exception. All told I doubt I missed church more than a dozen times during my upbringing. As…

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What follows is a letter I wrote to my family and friends in July of 2015. At that time I expressed doubt in the beliefs I grew up in and finally felt that honesty required me to share that with those close to me. My views on these issues have evolved since but I wanted to share this letter in its original format, errors and all.

A Brief Intro/Background This letter will no doubt be hard for many of you to read, I empathize as it was also hard to write. I beg your patience and hope you read through…

A Response to Bret Weinstein

Bret Weinstein is a well educated individual. In fact, he has a PhD in Biology from the University of Michigan. While teaching at Evergreen State College he encountered some controversy from which he was thrust into the spotlight. Following the example of other burgeoning intellectuals with new found fame, Bret Weinstein has taken to posting videos on Youtube outside his field of expertise. This article is a response to one such video.

“The Phenomenon of Left and Right”

“I hear many people talking as if the terms liberal, progressive and leftist refer to different factions……

In February 2015 with a group of friends I started the Sensible Soapbox. My goal was to create a website with content that provoked conversation of a political/social nature. Further, I wanted to increase insight and understanding in my community. Among the contributors were conservatives and liberals, theists, and atheists, women and men. For our small group we had a surprising amount of diversity both in opinion and background. While this may have kept us from gaining any kind of following or traction due the swings in opinion, it was, for me, amazing. I loved every minute of it. After…

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“is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then, he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then, he is malevolent. Is God, both able and willing? Then, whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then, why call him God?” (Epicurus, the Greek philosopher)

The Tri-omni God

The problem of evil is an argument against what some call “the tri-omni God.” That is to say, a God that is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omni-benevolent. For the sake of clarity, here is a primer as to what is implied by these attributes.

Omnipotent is a reference to power. That…

On January 22, 2018 the award winning author Ursula K. Le Guin passed away at the age of 88. As a brilliant novelist she broached a variety of topics. While Le Guin is known for several works, the one that I will forever remember is “The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas.”

This short story imagines a dystopia where those living in the fictional city Omelas experience happiness and pleasure. The only vice is a child stuck in a room. Le Guin writes “In the room a child is sitting. It could be a boy or a girl. It looks…

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In today’s political world, most politicians and ideologues want to be as far removed from fascism as is possible. Additionally, these same politicians often attempt to brand their opponents as fascists. This has resulted in fascism being used as more of an insult than an ideological identifier. This is not surprising given the unpopular nature of fascism in modern society. That said, this name calling creates a great deal of confusion and can leave one wondering “Is Fascism Left or Right?”

Fascism — a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all…

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Cami and I

A few years ago I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder(PTSD). I am not telling you our story to elicit your pity. Rather, I hope that by sharing our story I might provide a defense of trigger warnings in a realistic context.

Our Story

On September 17, 2013 Cami and I, being both excited and a bit nervous, checked into the hospital. Cami was nine months pregnant and we were eager to…

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