“History is the autobiography of a madman” – Alexander Herzen, father of Russian Socialism James Foley, an American photo journalist, was recently beheaded and the video of which appeared online. ISIS appears to lay blame for the execution at the feet of the United States government. I’m sure the partisan side of my brain will kick in later on – as it already has for other pundits across America – for now, one major theme swirls to the top. How America as a unified society, a quintessential product of the Enlightenment, comes to terms with a group of radicals...Read More
Author: Taylor Smith
In September, I wrote an article about the Syria situation prior to the Russian led resolution, and much of it is still extremely relevant today. I argued that dispassionately studying the context surrounding those pursuing anti-American policies can not only provide clarity for the resulting situation, but also produce rational foreign policy moving forward. The current Ukraine Crisis demands this sort of appraisal, yet many seem content with assessing foreign policy from their Lay Z Boys. Context. Possessing a deep knowledge of the relevant contextual landscape is the single most vital factor when assessing issues related to foreign policy....Read More
In my last article, I discussed the detrimental effects of giving politicians who commit major fraud a pass by declaring that “all politicians lie.” If you missed this primer on our political thought process then I suggest you catch up here, because now it’s time to build on our prior knowledge… and apply it as tough love for both liberals and conservatives! Cognitive Dissonance Theory, in addition to explaining why we devalue the information put forward by our opponents, also conversely explains how we react to information that we already agree with. When we encounter information that we agree...Read More
Ok guys, it’s midway through January – are your New Years Resolutions still on track? I say this with the most amount of sarcasm as possible because, seriously, I don’t care. As I scrolled through Facebook and attended holiday gatherings I realized there is nothing that generates less enthusiasm and more eye rolling than friends and family boldly proclaiming their brand new lifestyles full of virtue. It’s not that I think it’s bad you’re trying to improve your life, it’s just that I don’t believe you actually will, because, unfortunately, 88% of those who make resolutions end up failing....Read More
President Obama recently attempted to shift the media narrative to economic inequality, calling it the “defining challenge of our time.” I’m glad our President has such a focused drive, because I thought he might take a little time off after single-handedly fixing the other greatest challenge of our time with the Affordable Care Act. Changing topics is a common tactic liberals employ whenever news negative towards Democrats ramps up. The “War on Women” emerged at the beginning of 2012, just after the investigation into the Benghazi attacks was just beginning to heat up and our deficit was breaking $16...Read More
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