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Perhaps more than any other country in the world, the US has managed to fabricate a false identity.

We brand ourselves as the country that spreads democracy around the world, when in fact we are the opposite. In reality, we are brutal imperialists. We have intentionally toppled countless democracies and democratically elected leaders.

We’ve sowed war in countries that were on a trajectory towards peace, simply to punish them for veering too closely towards socialism.

We’ve done this under the guise of “spreading democratic ideals” or “self-defense.” …

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Throughout history, the Bible has been used to justify all kinds of movements and ideologies — from the Crusades, to anti-oppressive liberation theology, to the abominable Westboro Baptist Church and its fierce opposition to homosexuality and reproductive rights.

The Bible contains such a wide array of ideas that it can be invoked to advocate for drastically different belief systems. It essentially serves as a Rorschach test that people project their beliefs onto.

That’s why Christians run the gamut all the way from Trump-loving quasi-fascists to radical lefties.

And, as anyone who has actually read the entire Bible may have noticed…

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If you’ve spent any time on the internet, you’ve probably heard some disturbing justifications for pedophilia. Some claim it’s just another “sexual orientation” that deserves to be added to the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Others claim that it’s a harmless source of pleasure.

And yet others use a historical justification — they point to Ancient Greece, where sexual relationships between young men and older men were highly idealized.

And yes, it’s true that such relationships were extremely common in ancient Greece. But is it accurate to call them pedophilic?

Sure, Greek “pederasty” involved practices that are usually frowned upon today. After all…

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While I was driving on I-75 a few days ago, I saw a cop racing down the highway across the median at over 100 miles an hour. He made an illegal, sloppy U-turn over the median and accelerated into my lane. My heart pounding, I had to swerve into the next lane to avoid a tragic collision.

This was not aberration from what I and many of my friends often witness on the roads — cops driving recklessly.

Sometimes I give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they’re speeding for an important reason related to their job…

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Disclaimer: This article discusses relationships in a highly heteronormative manner, simply because the “women prefer jerks” trope is primarily applicable to heterosexual relationships.

I recently saw an exchange on Reddit that truly encapsulated our culture’s toxic conventional wisdom about “women preferring jerks.”

A 29-year-old woman shared a lengthy post lamenting her tendency to date jerks. She wanted advice to figure out how to break the cycle. She said this at the end of her post:

Obviously the brunt of the responsibility here lies with the douche puddles I have dated, but I want to know what I can do to…

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For someone with absolutely no expertise in astrophysics, Elon Musk’s plans to colonize space are — to put it nicely — ambitious. I’ve heard people describe them as admirable or even inspirational. But others like me (such as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson) are rightfully skeptical of his delusions of grandeur.

In his grandiloquent descriptions of humanity’s SpaceX-enabled future in space, Musk has outlined some concrete visions.

By 2026, only five years from now, he envisions that humanity will have created real infrastructure and a permanent habitable society on Mars that is dependent on consistently receiving resources from Earth.

By 2050…

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It’s no secret that the Western world has a sordid history of criminalizing and punishing homosexuality.

Homosexuality was only decriminalized in England as late as 1967.

In the US, Illinois was the first state to invalidate its laws against same-sex intercourse, or “sodomy,” in 1961. And it was only in 2003 that the Supreme Court deemed it unconstitutional to prohibit same-sex intercourse in all 50 states.

The West also has a record of literally pathologizing homosexuality — for most of the 20th century, American psychiatrists officially classified homosexuality as a mental illness. …

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On June 8th of this year, Asheville, NC’s City Council voted to appropriate $2.1 million dollars from a land deal and funnel it towards reparations for black residents. These funds will be redirected from the proceeds raised from selling city-owned land on South Charlotte Street in downtown Asheville. The land was sold for about $3.7 million, and more than half of that will be allocated toward reparations.

According to Sheneika Smith, an Asheville City Council member, these funds will be an incomplete, albeit helpful, start in addressing the needs of Asheville’s black community.

“We know we have a great understanding…

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In recent months, criminal justice activists in New York State have been advocating for a bill that would clear the criminal records of thousands of ex-felons and ex-offenders who committed misdemeanors.

Since there are currently 2.3 million New York residents who have criminal records, this would affect an astronomical number of people. It’s called the Clean Slate Act, and the bill was first introduced in the New York Senate in January of this year.

The bill has been ardently supported by advocacy groups such as Clean Slate NY, whose mission is to “strengthen our communities by ensuring that New Yorkers…

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Co-written with Stephen Amorino

In 1977, a man named Kevin Baugh declared an “independent micronation” of 1.28 acres in Dayton, Nevada. He called it the Republic of Mollossia, and it’s a de facto dictatorship because it has at most one or two residents.

This may go down in history as the most inane attempt to declare independent nationhood. But unlike Mr. Baugh’s self-declared state, there are many real movements for national sovereignty that involve millions of people.

In this article, I will only include current or former members of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO). The UNPO was formed…

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