Why More War?: An Analysis of Motives and Intentions

In my initial post reacting to Donald Trump’s election as president, I stated that I would take a wait and see approach before offering any type of analysis of his policies. I am going to hold firm to that position and give him the standard “100 days” before I really delve into any serious critique.  … More Why More War?: An Analysis of Motives and Intentions

The Only Thing We Have to Fear is….Artificial Intelligence?

Yesterday, one of the world’s wealthiest people, technological investor, Elon Musk, who is/was associated with companies like Tesla Motors and X.com (which merged with PayPal), stated at a conference in Dubai that, “over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence…It’s mostly about the bandwidth, the speed … More The Only Thing We Have to Fear is….Artificial Intelligence?

Unsustainability: Could Western Institutions Benefit from “Eastern” Insights?

Friday was a tough day.  It was difficult not to be concerned with what Donald Trump’s presidency might mean for not only America, but the rest of the world in general.  Trump had littered his presidential campaign with numerous promises of what he would do upon election; some of them seemed attractive, even to me … More Unsustainability: Could Western Institutions Benefit from “Eastern” Insights?

Happy Holidays, Bill: A Case Study in How Ideological Inconsistencies Lead to Political Decay

Well, no sooner did I praise Bill O’Reilly for his insightful comments in a recent interview with Newt Gingrich then he goes and makes me look foolish. The guy is like Beetlejuice; if you say his name three times fast, he’ll show up anywhere and ruin the party.  On a recent O’Reilly Factor, in his … More Happy Holidays, Bill: A Case Study in How Ideological Inconsistencies Lead to Political Decay

Any Colour You’d Like: How Racism and Historical Misconceptions are a Continual Problem even in an Era of Unprecedented Access to Information

Those of my friends and colleagues who know me best could tell you that one of my biggest pet peeves is purposeful ignorance to generally accepted notions of our historical past. In the Information Age in which we live, there is little, if any excuse for not having a general grasp on basic concepts of … More Any Colour You’d Like: How Racism and Historical Misconceptions are a Continual Problem even in an Era of Unprecedented Access to Information

How the Colonial Doctrine of Vacuum Domicilium Continues to Influence American Foreign Policy

When the first European visitors to the North American continent landed upon the shore there were two immediate impressions made upon them; first, and most obvious was the presence of Native Americans and the richness of the land.  Second, was the shocking differences in which Native Americans interacted with their surroundings vis-à-vis Europeans, especially the … More How the Colonial Doctrine of Vacuum Domicilium Continues to Influence American Foreign Policy

Living in a Post-2016 Election World: A Leftist’s Take on Why Donald Trump’s Election may not, in fact, be the end of America

  Before I delve into the nuts and bolts of this article, I want to lay my own biases out on the table. Ideologically speaking, I am one of the more leftist people I know.  My emotions last night ran from surprise, to intrigue, to shock, to fear, to disgust, and then, finally, to outright … More Living in a Post-2016 Election World: A Leftist’s Take on Why Donald Trump’s Election may not, in fact, be the end of America

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The 2016 Presidential Election as a Window into Contemporary American Political Culture

I am currently thirty-four years old and I have been an active voter since 2000. No matter which side of the political spectrum my family and friends fall on (and I have many which can be fit into any conceivable political distinction) there seems to be a general discontent with the contemporary state of American … More Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: The 2016 Presidential Election as a Window into Contemporary American Political Culture