Dishonesty

Lying is a sin. Thou art God, for good or for ill.  If I am to respect that, then I must respect that your will is your own.  The choices you make are your own.  We make our choices based on our understanding of the Real.  If I tell you lies, I am shaping your […]

The Martyrs of Portland

They were the first to fall. Their names are Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, Ricky John Best, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher. They are heroes. They are martyrs. Two of them died, and the third was critically injured, defending two Muslim teens from harassment in Portland, Oregon, widely regarded as one of the most “liberal” cities in the […]

Ableism and Spongebob

There has been a meme making the rounds recently, featuring a screenshot of an episode of Spongebob Squarepants.  Briefly, the purpose of the meme is to mock an idea by juxtaposing someone expressing the original idea with the image of Spongebob making a funny face and, comic-style, repeating the original idea uSiNg aFfEcTeD wRiTiNg. It seems […]

The Difference

What’s the difference between intolerance of hate and intolerance of Islam? Why is it alright to be against racists but not against black people? Why do we say it’s okay to punch Nazis but not okay to punch trans people? The answer is simple — dehumanization. Intolerance of race, religion, gender and sexual identity, neurodivergence, […]

Taxation isn’t Theft

Since the emergence of the species, humans have been coming together for mutual benefit. For as long as there have been people, they have understood that there is safety in numbers. A single person can feed himself, clothe himself, build a rudimentary shelter, take down small game — but if he gets sick, or injured, […]

Burnout

It occurred to me the other day that I’ve been eating, breathing, and shitting progressive politics for almost two straight years. Ever since Bernie declared his candidacy I have been Facebook-activisting as hard as I can. Two years of sharing articles. Two years of reading thinkpieces. Two years of arguing with faceless morons on the […]

The Guns of August

No parables today. No allegory. Just some real talk. According to NBC, the United States just launched a Tomahawk missile strike at Syrian Army emplacements in Syria.  This act of war against a sovereign state has a high potential risk of killing Russian personnel in addition to Syrians, meaning we might very well have just […]

The Garden of Souls

In each of us, there is a garden. Its soil is the clay of our bodies, given to us by our parents. It is watered by our Wellspring and warmed by the Light. When we are born, our garden is a bare plot, devoid of growth — but it is fertile.  Whatever is planted there […]

Priorities

“At least if Hillary were elected, Planned Parenthood would be safe.” This was something said to me in discussion earlier today by someone who simply doesn’t believe in Hillary’s crimes and misdemeanors.  (Crimes?  Why yes!  Mishandling of classified data, benefiting from the DNC’s fraud, interfering with the GOP primaries by colluding with the media to […]

Facebook is Becoming a Problem

So it turns out that allowing a private company to manage all of your social interactions has some drawbacks. A friend of mine on Facebook recently posted an account of all the times she has been sexually abused in her life. She is still a young woman, younger than me, and yet the list was […]