Faced with the avalanche of despicable and unrelenting boot-licking propaganda from the John Birch Society (JBS) and its local disciples, you might believe that cops were not 53 times more deadly to Americans than terrorism. You might believe that 960 Americans had not already been slaughtered by the American Gestapo in 2016. … Read this article
I have spent many years involved in politics despite knowing that it was ultimately pointless and perhaps even counterproductive. My inclination to DO SOMETHING about problems has always been very strong, and politics offered (or appeared to offer) a ready-made opportunity to take on the enemies who make our lives miserable. … Read this article
Drunk driving is not what most people believe. An exceedingly common occurrence that goes entirely undetected in more than 99 percent of cases and remains victimless in more than 99.9 percent of cases, it has become a massive revenue-generation scam for the state which bilks individuals out of billions of dollars every year in fines and penalties which are then gobbled up by the increasingly militarized police state. … Read this article
1,208[i] people were killed by the cops in America in 2015. The number was 1,111[ii] in 2014. With 624[iii] killed so far in 2016, we're on track for 1,168 by the end of the year. Based on an average of 1,160 people killed by police per year in America, let's look at your odds of being killed by a cop relative to some other common (and not-so-common) things that might kill you. … Read this article
The facts are undeniable. Black people are disproportionately stopped, detained, arrested, charged, convicted, incarcerated, abused, and killed by the criminal (in)justice system in America. These statements aren't just my opinions, they're mathematical facts that hold up even when adjusted for income levels (though poor people also suffer disproportionately in the system.) These facts are why it is so important to admit (even to ourselves) that Black Lives Matter. … Read this article
Contrary to what some people believe, I don't hate police, but I do believe that individuals employed as police officers routinely engage in immoral behavior and thus I find it unwise to trust them or to consider them allies. The following are four ways in which the actions of police officers constitute immoral choices. … Read this article
The American criminal justice system is truly one of the world's worst. Not only does research show that the average individual unwittingly commits three felonies a day, but more than 90 percent of those charged with crimes never see a jury, instead they are bullied into pleading guilty—even when they're entirely innocent. … Read this article
I dislike politicians on principle, but Donald Trump is particularly offensive to me. His arrogance and buffoonery are insulting, his racist remarks about Mexico, China, and the Middle East are revolting, and his policy positions are truly terrifying.
Approximately 50,000 individuals have been sentenced to life without parole in the United States. 2,500 of them received this sentence for crimes committed as juveniles.
Such a sentence deprives the offender of any hope and offers them no incentive whatsoever to seek to reenter society. … Read this article
My wishlist for 2015 (and beyond):
- Reduce / eliminate the coercive theft of property from those who own it and its redistribution to those who do not.
- Reduce / eliminate coercive (i.e involuntary) taxation.
- Reduce government spending.
- Reduce / eliminate government funding for healthcare.