opinion

Opinion pieces from the left, right, and everyone in between.

  • Anthony Chan
    Published about 2 hours ago
    Oh No! Some Workers May Not Want To Return To Work?

    Oh No! Some Workers May Not Want To Return To Work?

    Oh No! Some Workers May Not Want to Return to Work?
  • Devin Nassar-Reis
    Published about 19 hours ago
    Is Fascism An Ideal Of The Right Or The Left?

    Is Fascism An Ideal Of The Right Or The Left?

    Nowadays, you can be called a fascist for just about anything that you say that is in favor of the Republican party. If you say that you voted for Donald Trump to a classmate or that you agree with stricter immigration policies to a colleague casually, chances are that you will be called a fascist. Since the 1970's, everyone from former president Richard Nixon to the late Arizona senator John McCain has been labeled a fascist because of their party affiliation. But do the people that call you that actually know what they are talking about? The answer to that is most likely a big, fat "no." So here's a history lesson. Who conceptualized this horrific ideology? "His name is Giovanni Gentile. Born in 1875, he was one of the most influential philosophers of the first half of the twentieth century. Gentile believed that there were two 'diametrically opposed' types of democracy. One is liberal democracy, such as the United States, which Gentile dismisses as individualistic-too centered on liberty and personal rights-and therefore selfish. The other, the one Gentile recommends, is 'true democracy', in which individuals willingly subordinate themselves to the state.", author Dinesh D'Souza states in a 2017 video for Prager University, titled "Is Fascism Right Or Left?". So what was Gentile's ultimate goal? D'Souza also states, "Like his philosophical mentor, Karl Marx, Gentile wanted to create a community that resembles the family, a community where we are 'all in this together.' It's easy to see the attraction to the idea. ... It was another Italian man, Benito Mussolini, the fascist dictator of Italy from 1922 to 1945, who turned Gentile's words into action. In his Dottrina del Fascismo, Mussolini wrote, 'All is in the state and nothing human exists or has value outside the state.' He was merely paraphrasing Gentile." So what does this have to do with the right or the left? The answer might actually surprise you. Gentile was actually a leftist. D'Souza supports and concludes this argument with, "The Italian philosopher is now lost in obscurity, but his philosophy could not be more relevant because it closely parallels that of the modern left. Gentile’s work speaks directly to progressives who champion the centralized state. Here in America, the left has vastly expanded state control over the private sector, from healthcare to banking; from education to energy. This state-directed capitalism is precisely what German and Italian fascists implemented in the 1930's." (Source: Prager University, "Is Fascism Right Or Left?", Dinesh D'Souza, December 4, 2017, https://www.prageru.com/video/is-fascism-right-or-left/) Contrary to what the media portrays, fascism is a leftist idea. From the anti-Semitic rhetoric by leftist government officials to indoctrination on university campuses, Gentile's infamous ideas didn't go away. They evolved in ways that are not only easy to disguise, but easy to adopt by people who can't think for themselves.
  • Mireya Bailey
    Published 6 days ago
    Unmasking the Trickster

    Unmasking the Trickster

    Have you noticed how language is being weaponized and used against us!? Well I thought I’d just reframe a few of these words to more accurately reflect their true meanings...
  • Alex Kashko
    Published 7 days ago
    Coronavirus will not change the world

    Coronavirus will not change the world

    Once Coronavirus no longer threatens to profits corporations will reduce costs by requiring home workers to keep working from home and cancelling leases on expensive offices.
  • Scotty Roberts
    Published 8 days ago
    Oh, The Humanity

    Oh, The Humanity

    Ronald Reagan was the very first president I helped elect into office. Twice. Much to the chagrin of my Minnesota DFL (Democratic Farm Labor) relations, and my died-in-the-wool Liberal, Communist grandfather, I was the family’s token black sheep; the young turk Conservative. Call me the “Alex Keaton” of my family, the tie-wearing, church-going, Reagan revolutionary. For me, Conservatism was the political manifesto of God, and as a bible thumping, ministry-bound seminarian, I laced my speech and actions with the finer points of Reaganomics, and lauded the presidential pink-slipping of striking air traffic controllers. The 1980s was most definitely the Age of Conservatism, with its military build-up that bolstered the Reagan version of Roosevelt’s “walk softly but carry a big stick” philosophy, and the unfettered growth of corporate America, who proved to me over and over again that greed – in it’s proper perspective – was indeed good.
  • Kt Anderton
    Published 10 days ago
    Is now the time for identity politics?

    Is now the time for identity politics?

    I am a working-class, northern, female, who attended an academy education.
  • MINDSOCKET
    Published 12 days ago
    1924

    1924

    Maybe I’m obsessed with validation and purpose. A needle is in my stomach. It pokes me periodically. Where are you from, poke. What is your purpose, poke. Who is your family, poke poke. I asked Them, the two relatives who would know family history, for a deeper understanding of the bodies, beings, minds, occupations, preoccupations, histories of my family. I asked Them for traditions. I asked Them for ethnicities. I asked Them for hometowns and cultural practices and stories. I want flesh and blood. I want answers. I want identity.
  • Peter Rose
    Published 12 days ago
    Secrecy of labor unions and capitalist bankers

    Secrecy of labor unions and capitalist bankers

    Secrecy of Labor unions and capitalist bankers
  • Kat King
    Published 15 days ago
    There's Nothing Wrong With Being Political

    There's Nothing Wrong With Being Political

    “There’s Nothing Wrong With Being Political”
  • Tom Guyton-Day
    Published 15 days ago
    The State Withdraws: The volunteers move in.

    The State Withdraws: The volunteers move in.

    We're often told by the left that we require the overwhelming state to provide nearly every public service in society on these fair shores. We simply can not live without the Government - it is impossible and every retreat of that state, in all its mighty glory, will automatically equal yet another child in poverty.
  • Gareth Seagull
    Published 22 days ago
    Can you be a Christian and a Liberal?

    Can you be a Christian and a Liberal?

    Being a christian liberal is like being a conservative atheist. It's almost an oxymoron...
  • Michael Grube
    Published 23 days ago
    Crumbling Walls

    Crumbling Walls

    I have come across a recurring theme in cinema and music over the past few years that has really changed the way that I view authoritarian systems. The most recent viewing that drew this thought process from the back of my skull is the anime adaptation of the manga 'Attack on Titan'.