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, […]