The Case for Police Abolition
Sep07

The Case for Police Abolition

  The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has successfully brought police brutality, rampant since time immemorial, into mainstream political discourse. Pre-empting the “where are your demands” nonsense, BLM has released a thorough policy platform. One proposal, however, should be given more attention: “Direct democratic community control of… law enforcement agencies.” A police that serves the public,...

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The Nonsense of “Common Sense” Gun Control
Aug20

The Nonsense of “Common Sense” Gun Control

It’s easy to see how “common sense” gun control has become a common liberal buzzword. With annual deaths from firearms averaging over 11,000 in the US, and the recent mass shooting in Orlando’s LGBT nightclub, calls for increased gun control have resumed. Predictably, gun rights advocates (and Trump) have responded with the old trope that more armed citizens would’ve prevented the shooting. Of course, this is an awful argument – there was an armed guard and an off-duty police officer on the scene.

But you don’t need to be a gun shill to oppose the catch-all term “common sense” gun control. The three main forms of gun control proposed by liberals are discriminatory and ineffective.

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How Not to Defeat ISIS
Jan26

How Not to Defeat ISIS

  Lo and behold, the “Presidential ritual” continues; as journalist Glenn Greenwald points out, every President in the last 30 years has bombed Iraq. Like with the Iraq War in 2003, the mainstream US media has largely featured pro-war voices in its coverage of the conflict against ISIS. Opposition to US foreign policy in Iraq and Syria based on moral grounds has always been too easy – we helped install Saddam Hussein’s...

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The 3 R’s (Resist, Reform, and Rebuild)
Sep27

The 3 R’s (Resist, Reform, and Rebuild)

Recently, environmentalists organized the People’s Climate March (PCM) in NYC, drawing nearly 400,000. Political commentators on both the left and right wrote off the March as ineffective, claiming that it did little to solve climate change. But starting the conversation is, unfortunately, still necessary. Even now, Pew and Gallup polls show that the majority of Americans neither believe in anthropogenic climate change nor see climate...

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American Amnesia
Sep11

American Amnesia

  September 11th, 2001 is a day no American adult can forget. The day 2,977 people perished at the World Trade Center is still etched into American consciousness, as we observe a moment of silence on every anniversary of September 11th. Last year, I wrote about how American foreign policy breeds the resentment that ultimately led to 9/11. This year, I again urge you to look past simplistic notions of patriotism and understand...

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War Crimes in Gaza
Aug26

War Crimes in Gaza

  In my previous posts, I debunked some myths and laid bare the pretexts surrounding the Israeli assault on Gaza. Despite the awful carnage, some good news has emerged out of the Gaza Strip: There is a new, longer-term but indefinite ceasefire, and Hamas has declared support for an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of war crimes. Hamas may be implicated for its practice of launching rockets at Israeli...

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