Trump and his They Live glasses, all are given a pair upon entrance into the cult.

I recently had an argument with a Trump supporter. The argument stemmed from a petition sent to me to support democracy in Thailand, a place I have spent a lot of time, I briefly explained their first election since the military coup d’état was corrupt.

Instead of talking about Thailand the response was, “corrupt elections happen in the US”. Not sure where that came from and while I agree, I knew we weren’t thinking of the same examples. Like, for instance, the recent court case where it was found Republicans violated North Carolina’s constitution by gerrymandering. …


As the 2018 US midterms come to a close something striking is the simultaneous relief and apathy. Relief that The House of Representatives was taken from the Republicans, hopefully keeping some of the Trump and increasingly far-right and fascistic agenda of Republicans at bay. On the other hand we have complete apathy from the left. It’s almost as if we know that it really doesn’t matter.

Trump wasted no time in taking to Twitter and insisting that this is a win for The Right. …


Bernard Friot

We are in a stage in our societal and economic development when we are beginning to see major problems on the horizon. One of these being the problem of automation. The overwhelming majority of us depend on work to survive. With rapid developments in automation there are some questions being raised about the future of labor and what happens as automation subsumes more and more labor.

Many will write this off as being a sort of Neo-Luddite reaction. I, and most experts argue, this wave of automation is happening many times quicker and on a much wider scale than ever…


In a session with the House Republican Conference many years ago, Milton Friedman coined the term, “the invisible foot of government.” The term is a perversion of Adam Smith’s “invisible hand of the market” which, describes how a person’s self-interested actions could actually benefit society as a whole. The way this functions can be thought of as, “being without a planned direction.” Forces unknown to us guide the market a certain way and it isn’t necessarily due to an overarching plan or scheme. Friedman uses the “invisible foot” to discuss how state policies and regulations usually have the opposite effect…


An early 20th century Labour poster

Everyday, the current neoliberal iteration of capitalism further alienates us. We are alienated from our labor and exploited at work. We toil for wages that we can barely survive on, sometimes working two or even three jobs to make ends meet and while we are doing this we are met with authoritarian and demeaning policies and work environments. This is why we need worker autonomy.

What do we mean by worker autonomy? Worker autonomy is realization of the workers full labor power and the ability to make decisions regarding what happens in the workplace, a place most people will spend…


Ironic

The current immigration situation in the US is a tragedy. The scores of families separated; awful. The reports of thousands of missing children; terrifying. Equally terrifying are the people who rationalize the imprisonment of children by claiming the law was broken thus justifying their imprisonment; as if the actions of parents is a reason to lock children in cages in a warehouse. Luckily, Trump has agreed to lift the child separation policy, we can at least be grateful for that, though I doubt we will see and end to these kinds of stories anytime soon.

What I find as disturbing…


Edit, July 16, 2020-: I wrote this at a time I was trying to work out my opinions and interpretations of postmodernism. While I think my overall argument is sound; Marxism and postmodernism are fundamentally different, I do not think postmodernist philosophy can liberate anybody as I tentatively alluded to in the last paragraph. I would like to leave the original post up for any interested in seeing the evolution of my opinions.

Jordan Peterson is all over the media right now, the controversial professor of psychology from the University of Toronto was thrust into the spotlight over the past…

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