Evolution is the process that defines life as it is. It shapes every living creature, and allows them to thrive in their environment by culling the unfit and poorly adapted from the population. This, in effect, cleanses the gene pool by depriving the weak the right to reproduce, and therefore allowing the species a better chance for survival. Homo sapien, like every creature before it, and most likely every creature after it, has been sculpted and whittled into a survivalist juggernaut by this very process. However, the human species has adapted to such a degree that the usually razor sharp scalpel of natural selection has been dulled… continue reading →
I opened my Facebook yesterday and was greeted by a flood of Kony 2012 faces all over my news feed. I watched the 30 minute documentary, and then thought about it for a bit. How did a 25-year-old conflict suddenly become so popular? How did the video go viral? Of all the documentaries I’ve seen, this was definitely nowhere near the top. And it’s not like Joseph Kony just abducted hundreds of children; he’s been doing it for a while now. Yet obviously, regardless of all that, it’s an amazing cause. It’s not like Invisible Children are greedy pigs. They unquestionably have good intentions, and while they do glorify themselves a bit too much, they are clearly trying to do good… continue reading →
In the course of the past twenty years, the Republican Party has fundamentally altered the basis of their ideological tenets, moving from a hands on, exceedingly progressive tax code under Eisenhower, to a laissez faire economic policy under contemporary Republicans. The party foundation suffered a paradigm shift so contradictory to the previous ideology, that there was a considerable exodus of moderate conservatives to the Democratic camp. This, in effect… continue reading →
Referred to as pot or weed, scientifically referred to as cannabis, and commonly known as marijuana, it is without a doubt the plant that draws the most attention to itself. Millions of Americans are willing to break the law in order to consume it, and thousands of them are jailed every year for doing so. The government invests billions of dollars every year to prevent its consumption and distribution. And as with any noteworthy topic, there are greatly differing opinions on the issues associated with it. But bizarrely enough, there are also major differences in the actual scientific data and information available from different sources – when studying marijuana, even facts are subjective… continue reading →
With the bloody conflict in Libya drawing to a close, Western media attention seems to be focusing on the situation in Syria. But while some revolutions have managed to gain the spotlight, others have been ignored. While blood flows on the streets of Damascus and Homs, anti-government protests continue in both Yemen and Bahrain, and both revolutions have been brutally suppressed. Yet when Gaddafi killed protestors on the streets of Benghazi, the violence was condemned, and before long, NATO had begun its operations in Libya. Is it then that the plights of the Bahraini and Yemeni peoples are less important than those of Libyans and Syrians? That is simply not true… continue reading →
For the past year, press reports have been ablaze with reports of the stagnation of the American political system. Even the most mundane issues are contested as a partisan affair. The floor of Congress has been degraded to something comparable to a primary school playground, with all of its petty rivalries, grudges, temper tantrums, backhanded compliments, and two faced agreements. Almost any player or bystander of the world stage will agree: America is quickly becoming a bastion of radical politics, some of which is outright ridiculous and others quite dangerous… continue reading →
I’ve lost count of the amount of times political commentators have uttered the phrase ‘Libya and the Middle East need democracy’.
Democracy, many of us would agree, is a popular and good thing due to the fact it is considered the moral and right way for a nation to be governed. Stemming from the Greek meaning ‘rule of the people’ the word democracy has been thrown around within political discourse to mean a variety of things and the simple fact is ‘rule of the people’ does not get us very far in truly understanding what democracy means in the 21st century. continue reading →