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The election this year has been a doozy. On the one hand, many realize that there are no good options and whatever happens it won’t make a tremendous difference. On the other hand, many are convinced that it will make all the difference in the world. I’m in the not-much-difference, they’re-all-neoliberal-mafia-collaborators camp.

However, what I find a lot more interesting these days than the presidential race is the motions, amendments, and referendums on the ballots, which are a form of direct democracy, and also what they indicate about the American public’s collective stance on various matters. …


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These days, it seems like almost everyone complains about the government. While on the surface this may seem like just some disgruntled citizens understandably placing blame on their leaders, if you understand the global coup on democracy called neoliberalism, then you may rightly suspect that this is lagely a manufactured, propaganda-fueled sentiment.

Why would the neoliberal aristocrats want you to hate the government, you ask? For the same reason that they actively hijack and sabotage the government. …


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Today, America seems more divided than ever. The vast majority of people side up with one of two parties, neither of which they particularly like. The age old “lesser of two evils” politics is getting stale in the American mind. Everyone wants something new, but nobody can agree on what exactly that should be. Libertarians want one thing, and socialists want another, it seems.

Much of America has also radicalized, as we’ve seen the worst of both right and left ideas. Whether you’re a democratic socialist, or die-hard libertarian, in either case you might be wondering how it could ever be possible that your own ideology could be mixed with it’s opposite in any feasible way. …


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The language of dreams and symbolism has been explored by many great thinkers like Carl Jung and the tradition of depth psychology, mythologists like Joseph Campbell, and esotericists such as Manly P. Hall. Their thoughts have also trickled into the mainstream, so that today, it’s not uncommon to find a dream dictionary on any household bookshelf, or to notice the use of symbolism in film, television, music, books, and advertising.

But how far does the significance of symbolism go? Is it merely psychological, or does it represent something more? Shamans and practitioners of magic use something like symbolism to allegedly effect changes in their reality; in religious traditions, God speaks to prophets and others in the language of symbolism in dreams. …


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The modern discussion around the Problem of Evil takes place primarily in the context of the widespread monotheistic Abrahamic religions, and poses the challenge:

Why does evil exist, if there is an omnipotent, wholly benevolent God?

Some version of the question has taken place in most religions and cultures, in some form or another, since an attempt to explain evil and/or suffering is ultimately unavoidable for anyone who proposes to build a map of the ultimate context and meaning of our existence.

However, the framing of the question of evil as a “problem” is directly related to the Abrahamic concept of a benevolent monotheistic God, and its seeming incompatibility with the existence of evil. …


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UFOs are in the news again, after the government recently acknowledged their investigations into the topic. This comes following a Spring 2020 verification of leaked videos of military personnel tracking UFOs which had been floating around since 2017.

In case you’ve somehow missed that, here is the leaked footage the government recently verified last Spring:

As some journalists have mentioned, the report released last week was a bit underwhelming, at least to those of us who are already intimately familiar with the UFO topic. It would appear they’re going for the slow drip (yawn). …


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You’ve heard it, I’ve heard it, we’ve all heard it: the cliche lament of the conservative/libertarian that they, “Just wish we could get someone in office that would run this country like a business!” It’s such a common refrain, I believe it should qualify as a cultural meme by this point.

Libertarians say the darnedest things, don’t they?

This meme is part of a faulty narrative that has been weaponized against the working classes by the neoliberal elite, who’ve managed to propagandize a significant portion of the population into believing Reagan/Thatcher-esque talking points, such as that all we need is business, the market will solve all our problems, and the government is the source of most of those problems. …


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Let’s face it, 2020 has been a wild ride. Things can seem totally insane, especially if you’re paying attention to the news and social media. This is leading a lot of us to ask ourselves: What the Hell is going on?

A really good documentary is one of the best ways to bring clarity to the chaos. There’s nothing like having books-worth of knowledge ladled into your brain while you munch on snacks on the couch, especially when that knowledge is what’s needed to make the wild and crazy world we see around us in 2020 finally make some sense.

That’s why I’ve put together my list of the top 5 documentaries that anyone who feels confused, befuddled, and bamboozled by the madness these days should watch. …


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“Why do you care whether there is a God, extraterrestrial life, reincarnation, or any of those things? What relevance does it have to your life?”

We’ve all heard this question, if you’re reading this blog you’re probably one who does think about these things. Personally, I have always found the mysteries of the universe irresistible, so this question has always been somewhat baffling to me. How could you really not care whether there is a God, afterlife, or extraterrestrial life? Such apathy toward the large questions of life seems unfathomable, to me.

So, like a fish trying to describe the ocean, for a long time it was difficult for me to articulate why these things mattered to me so much, when this question arose. However, simple questions like this can often lead us to reflect on our own assumptions, so I would like to share some of the realizations I came to trying to answer this question. Perhaps by reading this, you will have a better answer, or even a better understanding yourself of why these things matter to you. …


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Transhumanism is “an international philosophical movement that advocates for the transformation of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellect and physiology.”

In other words, a movement to go beyond our current physical limitations by “upgrading” ourselves via technological, and therefore physical means. It’s a movement to become cyborgs, or totally artificial beings.

The philosophical elephant in the room of transhumanism is it’s embeddedness in the assumptions of philosophical materialism; this is not surprising, given the ubiquity of the materialist worldview today, especially among academics and the intellectual subset of society. …

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