Author: Alex Christy

The Limits Of Believing In Science

As Hurricane Irma slammed in Florida, the thoughts and prayers of the nation were focused on those whose lives were impacted by the massive storm. However, some took the opportunity to politicize the storm.  One of those was scientist and hurricane expert comedian Michael Ian Black who had a few thoughts to tweet. As a massive hurricane bears down on us, please remember that one American political party literally does not believe in science. — Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) September 9, 2017 This is a common refrain on the left: We over here on the right side of the aisle...

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The Hard Truth About North Korea

North Korea, it seems, cannot stop provoking the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the hard truth is that the rest of the world has no idea what to do about it. The Latest Conflict On August 29, the rogue nation fired a missile that flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido.  On September 3, it upped the stakes yet again by testing a hydrogen bomb. Both events culminated in the usual displays of outrage from all the relevant parties. How did we get here? Some say that it’s because America has been too weak. Others tout the need for a diplomatic solution (whatever...

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The Worst Brings Out The Best

Following the daily ins and outs of politics can be tiresome and exhausting. It seems as if our political disputes have become less and less substantive, and more and more absurd. For all the talk about how divided this country is, some have wondered if there is any reason for hope. Then, Hurricane Harvey slammed into Southeastern Texas. Harvey dumped massive amounts of rain on the Houston area, leading to severe flooding. Images such as this one show I-610 transforming from a freeway to what looks like a series of rivers with misplaced traffic signs. These pictures and videos...

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Trump’s Afghanistan Strategy: The Good, The Bad, and The Unknown

On Monday night, President Trump delivered an address to the nation on Afghanistan and what America’s future there will look like. Trump’s proposed strategy is a mixed bag. It as some good qualities, some not so good elements, and some unknowns. Because of how many parts there are, it’s worth breaking his speech down and examining several pieces of his plan in turn. The Good: Refusing to Withdraw The first good thing Trump did was to not follow through on his initial instinct to withdraw. Perhaps being in the big chair changed his mindset. No President wants to be known...

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Conservatism: The Antidote to Charlottesville

After seeing the events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, it is natural for normal people to ask how to prevent such events in the first place. Ultimately, you cannot legislate a person’s heart. Even if banning so-called hate speech were permitted by the First Amendment, you would still not eliminate the hate. That would require something beyond politics. Still, there are some ways to ensure that the fringe elements of society remain on the fringe. Unfortunately, many appear to be taking the direct opposite approach. Understanding Modern Nazism First of all, Nazism is a collectivist ideology.  The full...

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