Dec 14, 2011

Intolerance: Fallacies, Childish Behavior, Name-Calling and the works...

Intolerance comes in all forms. Either side of the fence is guilty. When it comes to discussing from a anti-religious/athiest standpoint, conservatives have expressed in a certain manner that would bother me. Of course, this has only happened a few times to me. 
When it comes to discussing the role of government, or federal power, the other side can be intolerant....claiming that "you're against the poor and elderly" and the works. Excellent example of Alinsky tactics: belittle your opponent, interrupt them constantly, name-calling, red herring fallacies, and other various other ways...

   Resorting to ad hominem and red herring fallacies = Nobody solved anything and nobody learned anything. The only thing that happened is that one person thought they have won the argument and other feels like other one missed the point entirely, with all do respect.

Dec 3, 2011

Technology. Information. Debating. Politics....

Political debates have been a major tradition in human culture since the ancient Greeks ruled part of the world. Usually, the news and information required for debate took a long time to spread amongst the people and this was typically by word of mouth. Mostly, these debates were about politicians, the policies and ideas they introduced, and whether or not people agreed with them. Debating has always allowed people of differing views to learn from each other, pointing out each other’s facts or fallacies in their argument.

Malcom X and the Civil Rights Movement...?

How would history be different if Malcolm X’s influence was greater than that of Martin Luther King Jr.? It is hard to say what would have happened, but Malcolm X influenced the civil rights movement in a different light as opposed to Dr. King. As King promoted peaceful discussions and protests, Malcolm X wanted something more. Malcolm and Martin had two very different approaches to advocating equality amongst Americans. As opposed to Malcolm, Martin wanted nothing to do with violence because he knew it would hinder their civil rights movement. Malcolm X was feared for possibly advocating violence to promote liberty and equality.  Malcolm X continued expressing these extreme views eve if it meant potential loss of help from Caucasian-American communities and possibly being disrespected by people in the African-American community.

Flag Burning. It's Legal....but NOT right....?

The Street vs. New York case had an immense impression on society, as well affecting the way we view our constitutional rights for the future. Sydney Street was convicted of burning the flag on the corner of a street, in response to a civil rights leading being murdered. Sydney Street had a large crowd in the road watching him burn the American flag as a protest and saying, “We don’t need an American flag.”

Communism’s Failures and Invasion in American Culture.

(An essay I wrote a while back. Not edited for your enjoyment)
Karl Marx and his theories have been an unfortunate influence in American culture and this left a burden to our society. During the midst of the Communist Party of the U.S.A. in the early 20th Century, to fall of the Soviet Empire, it certainly left its mark. It certainly took a toll for those that witnessed the “McCarthy” era and Ronald Reagan’s “pro-liberty” policies. We have all heard the dreaded remarks of Senator Joe McCarthy or President Reagan in high school. I think these American leaders influenced our culture in a positive way, helping communism come to a dead stop on the political road…now curtailed into government cradle-to-grave thinking… I think it’s amazing how fast this uprising started, how fast it failed and how it’s dreadful legacy still exists within parts of America.

The Patriot Act. Safety versus Liberty. What's right?

       The Patriot Act may be controversial but what do ordinary, law-abiding citizens have to lose in order to maintain their freedoms? This new “act” of congress has been one of the most controversial, opposed, and celebrated forms of legislation ever produced by the United States Government. The Patriot Act was meant to give the FBI/CIA a better chance to fight against terrorism in the United States and overseas. This is still labeled as controversial because, while many Americans feel like this will help to stop terrorism, there is also fear that it will infringe upon their civil liberties. I think differently because not only has the Patriot Act been important for national security, it has also allowed authorities to prevent many acts of terrorism while many Americans have misconceptions about it.

Nov 24, 2011

What I'm Thankful For: The Free Market.

What am I thankful for? The free market…
Why I personally like the free market?  Uh, duh.I love economic freedom! Who doesn’t?  It defines us Americans and adds to the flavor of our culture. We’re an experiment in the making! Many attempts to a free country and free market were tried but usually resulted in people being concerned with things like income inequality while forgetting their opportunities.  Nothing brings a country and its people out of poverty and increases their standard of living across all income levels than a free-market. What about the role of government?

Oct 9, 2011

Creating Jobs, Who To Tax and My Poor Dog....

My rant for the day…
As the dog is begging me to walk her, I just remembered a conversation I had with a fellow student several months about our current economic system.  Yeah, here I go again…
“You believe in a deregulated economy, right? Doesn’t that make us slaves to the ‘man’? We’re slaves to the system we’ve adopted. Capitalism.”
I was pretty curious about this and sort of agreed with this person on certain terms but I mentioned this could not literally be true, right?

Oct 3, 2011

The Economic Way of Thinking | LearnLiberty

The Economic Way of Thinking | LearnLiberty

 Here is an interesting video of economics.

This website features many views from various economists around the world. Lay terms for those of us (like me) who sometimes cannot grasp these concepts....

Sep 23, 2011

A Controversial Review of Technology and Its Impact On Abortion

Desensitized From Infanticide
The human race has its views on abortion distorted and technology is to blame. This is because society, with the use of technology, has desensitized our beliefs about abortion. Many people have differing views about abortion and whether or not it should be legal. People in this world are having their views and morals distorted because of technology and how easily technology has made abortions possible. Technology used by the media is making abortions appear to be like nothing has happened, or nothing really is occurring. It’s as though technology has shut the curtains from the truth and it’s making abortion appear like it’s not a problem.

Sep 22, 2011

Kindle Books from Multnomah County Library. FREE.

Trying to find any Thomas Sowell, Noam Chomsky, Bastiat or Hazlitt may prove to be hard.... It's worth a shot. Howard Zinn is easy to find but I still can't find an e-book version of "A People's History"
A Patriots is unavailable for e-book as well. Sad face.

I am thinking this would be better to keep as an on-the-go resource for my books.

Happy hunting!

Sep 21, 2011

The (re)Starting of My Thoughts

      Good day! As a few of you may recall, I used to have my own political-based blog about a year ago and totally forgot about it. I can blame school, friends, family and listening to podcasts as my excuse but I'll just say it was all my fault. Har har. Multiple times in college I have been praised for my ideas and content in my writing but the writing itself usually fell short of an A+ Grade. Do I really care that my writing skills are not the best? Not necessarily. Those skills should get better as time goes by but I would like to focus on what's the most important part of my writing: the bleeping content!
         Maybe one of you can volunteer to be my editor, if my writing really hurts your brain that much.
         The goal here is to simply share my thoughts of the world. Topics may include my music interests, interesting podcasts, books, politics, economics, history subjects, my with encounters strange people in Portland(!), photography adventures and computers....just to name....a few er uh, a lot.

With this explained I hope you enjoy what you read for a little insight from an out-place-libertarian living amongst the Portlanders! The views expressed are my own and I will do my best to provide a link from where I read the material. I like to learn from multiple perspectives to gain my own and this requires various viewpoints from different people. A few sources that I use include but are not  limited to Yahoo! News, Newsy, Huffington Post,, Fox Business, The New York Times,TownHall, Weekly Standard, The Nation, Noam Chomsky, Thomas Sowell, Milton Friedman, Christopher Hitchens and MANY more. I have a library account at my college that has thousands of ebooks, thousands of peer-reviewed  articles and my own collection of reading material.

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