Karl Marx once wrote, “(religion) it is the opium of the people. While not trying to downplay the role of religion in the American experience I do think there is a slightly different opium currently in America and that is the ideology around race. Like religion, race is made by man, man is not made into separate races. Race is also used as a false consolation to make people happy with their place in the world by either telling them their superior due to being white or that they’re inferior due to being black or another non-white race. This has…


Christorpher Hitchens and Karl Marx are probably the two largest influences on this essay.

The Freedom of Speech wars have reopened thanks to a letter released by several public figures of a wide variety of backgrounds and ideological opinions signed a letter condemning cancel culture and censorship in support of freedom of speech.

The letter itself should not be all that controversial, and I fully support it. I have agreements, disagreements, and indifference on several signatories of the letter. However, the message itself is quite good. The problem now is that this has sparked a huge backlash, especially among certain portions of the left which feel that they are being attacked by this letter…


Intersectional theory is the idea that oppression has multiple different intersections which all need to be analyzed and combated to defeat bigotry. The idea being that someone could be discriminated against for the race, gender, age, religion, or a combination of these things. There is a basic understanding that this is of course at least in part true. People do face multiple different types of discrimination for various different reasons. However, in practice intersectional theory seems to be more about hierarchy of oppression and subjectively choosing which battles you find valid or not. …


The coronavirus pandemic is rightfully dominating the news at the moment. Stores and restaurants are being told to close and even in some areas civilians are being told to stay at home by the government. However, there are a few people that are defying the recommendations from health organizations and they are doing so in vast numbers. That would be the fanatical religious. This isn’t meant to pick on any one religion either. I can probably find at least one story for most common world religions where this is true, but due to my own biases in my news feed…


In a memorable scene from the classic science fiction movie, The Matrix, Agent Smith has caught Morpheus and he is trying to get information from him. A memorable moment comes when Agent Smith is discussing how they have studied the human species and the more they have studied humans that they are not mammals and primates like once thought. Smith states that a much better description of the human species is that of a virus. Humans consume and have absolutely no concern for their environment and ruin it without worry. …


The coronavirus has officially been declared a global pandemic and I think for many Americans the real possibility of it affecting their lives is just now happening. The NBA suspended their season following a player being tested positive for the virus and several other sports leagues quickly followed suit. This is following much more serious outbreaks in the rest of the world, most serious in China, Iran, and now Italy which as the country on full lockdown. While it is still yet to be seen how devastating this virus is and whether the crisis will end anytime soon, I do…


“You’re just a class reductionist!” they say. Well, I for one say we should proudly take up this label and practice almost to its absolute literal position. Class reductionism should not be seen as an insult, mostly because no one is truly a class reductionist. We all care about several other issues beyond class. However, more importantly class issues are absolutely the most important feature of almost every other issue in existence. At the end of the day, racism, sexism, homophobia, religious persecution, etc. can all be drastically reduced with purely economic measures without ever specifically focusing on any one…


Joe Biden won the black vote in South Carolina, but is polling behind Bernie Sanders nationally in the black vote.

Following the 2020 Democratic Primaries one of my favorite things to do is check the different polling data. While it’s a very imperfect science it can give you an idea of what the country is thinking and how they will likely vote. This data is often split up into different demographics, most commonly race, age, gender, ideological lean, and religious affiliation. Some include income brackets, but for some reason this is less commonly shared at least. However, I must say I have a particular gripe with the most commonly shared polling demographic which is that of race. There is no…


It is a very common thing to hear someone say, “Socialism will not fix racism.” This is of course partially true at least. The changing of the relations of the means of production to a socialist relation opposed to a capitalist one won’t end racism and other forms of bigotry overnight. However, is this observation anything new, or is it even that profound? Maybe it was genuinely something that not everyone was aware in the 19th or early 20th centuries. I recall a biographer of Eugene V. Debs discussing Debs’s downplaying of the problems of racism in America and how…


Science, Morality, and Eugenics

Very recently there was a major Twitter controversy featuring the famous biologist and atheist author Richard Dawkins. He sent out the following tweet:

The subject matter being eugenics produced an unsurprising backlash as the history of the Nazi eugenics programs and programs done in the United States and elsewhere are still very recent in memory. However, should this have created the outcry at all? Is Dawkins wrong in anyway? I answer no for both.

I made the following quote tweet and reply tweet on the issue:

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