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Kink at Pride

Every year, certain platforms like Twitter have a conniption over kinky gear/clothing at pride, although it seems to have come early this year with pride month a few days away. I won’t delve into each tweet as there have been many from earlier this week; just search kink and pride for a host of fantasticContinue reading “Kink at Pride”

Drugs

With marijuana laws changing at a breakneck pace in the US at the state level, whether it be full recreational use (indeed as I write this, New Mexico just legalized it) or at the very least decriminalization, it’s a good time to revisit our national drug policy. Drugs are not an easy thing to dealContinue reading “Drugs”

Give parents a choice, but also destroy gender roles

In response to critiques against child allowances, mostly due to the newly expanded child tax credit under Biden, Elizabeth Bruenig wrote a piece about allowances, specifically around notions from the critics that it supposedly both reduces employment and reinforces the traditional gender role of stay-at-home mothers. While there are controversies around the particular people sheContinue reading “Give parents a choice, but also destroy gender roles”

On wealth

Matt Yglesias wrote a post recently tiled “Wealth isn’t what matters.” The title is a bit misleading, but I won’t divulge too deeply since this is behind his subscriber paywall (which I think is worth it if you read other Substack newsletters). The crux of his argument revolves around wealth – broadly one’s assets minusContinue reading “On wealth”

Nordic vs US spending

Editor’s note: Had to republish since the original post incorrectly contained an earlier draft which had numerous errors. Please refer to this amended post instead. Apologies for that. I briefly touched on social spending in a post way back comparing France and the US specifically. So here’s a different question: how do the Nordics, thatContinue reading “Nordic vs US spending”

A welfare society

I recently wrote about the military budget, and yet again I witnessed more deceiving tweets from a few leftists regarding the federal budget of the United States. One quirk many don’t realize is that the budget has both mandatory items alongside discretionary items, the latter of which is subject to regular adjustments annually by eachContinue reading “A welfare society”

A welfare timeline

Hopefully you’ve learned by now I never stop thinking or looking at anything related to the welfare state. As such, I was perusing through the Family Fun Pack proposal at People’s Policy Project again, and in particular I reviewed the little timeline near the end of the document showing the various proposed benefits over aContinue reading “A welfare timeline”

War is hell

Tony Benn was an influential labor member of parliament in the UK as well as a prominent socialist. Below is his ever prescient reaction to a resolution that would allow the 1998 bombing of Iraq (prelude to the 2003 invasion) to transpire the following December: War is easy to talk about; there are not manyContinue reading “War is hell”

Equality should be the goal

I’ve been thinking about an older article where I deliberated my own ideological thoughts. I figured I’d revisit them and give a few updated thoughts on capitalism as well as clarifying why I think equality on the whole is a worthy goal for society. Egalitarianism As an egalitarian, my principle belief can be summed upContinue reading “Equality should be the goal”

This ain’t it chief

The left seriously pisses me off sometimes. Not enough for me to ever shed my socialist label, because any ideological camp contains “those people” given ideas like socialism, liberalism, and conservatism are so broad to begin with. What troubles me this time around is this: I’m not affiliated with any organizations except for loosely beingContinue reading “This ain’t it chief”

Policy for wonks

For those who are wonky like me and want a comprehensive summary of the main policy points of any social democratic toolkit, check out Trevor Chow’s blog post. He elegantly bundled a bunch of tweets from a few people I also follow, most notably James Medlock who frequently posts about social democratic policy and includesContinue reading “Policy for wonks”

Olof Palme

Born Sven Olof Joachim Palme, but Olof was his common name. He’s the man in my profile picture, and he was a Swedish statesman in the middle of the 20th century. Before sadly being assassinated in 1986, Palme was prime minister of the country during the 70s and into the 80s. As with many socialContinue reading “Olof Palme”

More queer thoughts

Riding on my previous post, I figured I might tie in policy this time to connect a lot of what I’ve written before about the welfare state and other social democratic policies and how they can be a force for change for queers. It took several decades of fighting (to say the least) since StonewallContinue reading “More queer thoughts”

Queer thoughts

Taking a break from the usual policy to talk about something that I feel like shouldn’t have to be said, but unfortunately it does. Elliot Paige came out as trans and non-binary yesterday, which is fantastic in terms of a) another individual feeling confident in their identity, and b) increased visibility among the trans communityContinue reading “Queer thoughts”

The Senate strikes again

The 2020 presidential election was such a unique election, being in the middle of a worldwide pandemic and all, that trying to find a pattern or hard lesson is frankly next to useless. One thing is for certain though, the Senate continues to be an undemocratic institution. Stephen Wolf on Twitter noted that, assuming Georgia’sContinue reading “The Senate strikes again”

American Rule

Just finished a new book released back in September called American Rule: How a Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People by Jared Sexton. Spent several weeks slowly listening to the audio version on my commutes to work, and I have to say that while I was skeptical of such overarching takes on USContinue reading “American Rule”

Article III

The recent death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg certainly set off a storm in every direction. I’m not here to lay all of the reactions as you can find them in any article or magazine at this point. What I will point out briefly that seems to keep flying under the radar is what the constitutionContinue reading “Article III”

Nauseating

The Republican Party of North Dakota updated its platform recently for 2020. Take a gander at their opposition to “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Bills” (or SOGI as they abbreviate it) on pages 20 and 21: WHEREAS: Proponents of SOGI bills ask us to abandon basic biological principle in accepting that sexual orientation isContinue reading “Nauseating”

Two quick thoughts

A Record 5.4 Million Americans Have Lost Health Insurance, Study Finds As expected unfortunately. Once again a slam dunk against employer-sponsored health insurance. We simply cannot continue this unsustainable model in the middle of a pandemic without significant reform. Even if we keep a loose attachment to employers such as in the Swiss or GermanContinue reading “Two quick thoughts”

Wither the Senate?

The Senate is an unrepresentative monstrosity. This discussion may not even be happening if the 17th Amendment were never a thing. Given that many nations either kept a unicameral (one chamber) system or abolished/neutered their upper chambers long ago, the amendment may have, if anything, breathed enough life into it to sustain itself into theContinue reading “Wither the Senate?”

Ideologue?

Am I radical? Am I partisan? It’s easy for me to say that I don’t quite think so, but I inevitably will be to some regardless of where I stand. I identify as a socialist because it’s where my ideas gravitate towards in terms of my policy preferences. And for readers who follow me, I’mContinue reading “Ideologue?”

Additional reading

Below are various “explainer” articles and papers I chose that provide a concise overview on a compendium of topics ranging from socialism to government debt to taxation. As it did for me, hopefully they deliver a worthwhile crash course for those interested in a particular subject before delving further. Except for a few where noted,Continue reading “Additional reading”

Or does it explode?

“What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry uplike a raisin in the sun?Or fester like a sore—And then run?Does it stink like rotten meat?Or crust and sugar over—like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sagslike a heavy load. Or does it explode?” Langston Hughes wrote this poem in the 1930s. It was aContinue reading “Or does it explode?”

Castle Swimmer

Taking a break from politics for a minute…well sort of…kind of…alright not really, since it involves queer things! Politics from the social side instead, I suppose. Anyway, I am not one to watch or read much LGBT+ material, let alone being a comic person. Nothing against any of it; I just in general don’t watchContinue reading “Castle Swimmer”

Post Office woes

The United States Postal Service has only months to survive but for truly dumb reasons. The agency used to be directly funded, but changed in the 70s after reforms by instead using postage as their main source of revenue. Then in 2006, the Bush administration tied their hands further by requiring that they prefund theirContinue reading “Post Office woes”

Welfare myths

In light of my recent writing discussing welfare, here is a quick debunking of a few myths: Minorities mostly receive it. Not only is this aggravatingly racist, it isn’t true based on demographics alone. White Americans make up the majority of the country. In 2011, 46 million Americans fell below the poverty line. Based onContinue reading “Welfare myths”

Trump, the non-fascist

The ongoing pandemic has probably provided one of the most vindicating rebuttals to the “Resistance”, the mainstream reaction against Trump, in that he would strip us of our democracy, or worse, finally send us into fascism. The global response to the novel coronavirus currently involves a suspension of civil liberties across many nations, including thoseContinue reading “Trump, the non-fascist”

Rent

Not the musical. By rent, I mean tenants in a house or apartment unit exchanging payment for needed shelter. The economist J.W. Mason testified before the Jersey City council last autumn on the subject of rent control. It’s a fascinating read, and calls for revisiting the policy that mainstream economics basically deems evil. Even IContinue reading “Rent”

Inequality and the poor

In this post, I want to talk both about the distribution of income and wealth in the US using information from The Triumph of Injustice by Saez and Zucman (recommended read!). The book is purely about our tax system, but I am going to focus on how they present income. Using that as a steppingContinue reading “Inequality and the poor”

The US spends just as much on social needs as France

But how? France has always been a big spender on welfare and other social programs, even outpacing countries such as Finland and Sweden. Check out this data from the OECD which shows public social expenditures (welfare, healthcare, social security, job training, etc) as percentage of GDP: The US and France are highlighted green while theContinue reading “The US spends just as much on social needs as France”

TriCare?

As private insurance barrels toward collapse, not even Medicare-for-All would be able to save the day since it would take an enormous amount of time to reform Medicare. The crisis of swift and mass unemployment, in combination with no good replacement for insurance, is coming to a head. An increasingly attractive idea was floated inContinue reading “TriCare?”

Reading list

Here is short list of what I typically read: electoral-vote – Daily blog written by two gentlemen, a computer scientist (Votemaster or V) and a historian (Zenger or Z). I do not always agree with them, but they write nearly every day providing analysis on current events and are part of my morning routine. TheyContinue reading “Reading list”

What do I think?

“Who am I? Where am I?” – Admiral James Stockdale on October 13, 1992 in the vice presidential debate against Dan Quayle and Al Gore Note: I meant to finish this before the world went to hell due to COVID-19, but that does not change the original content of this post. If anything, it reinforcesContinue reading “What do I think?”

Corona insurance

What an unbelievably startling statistic today in light of the current pandemic: over the past two weeks, a record 3.3 million Americans filed initial claims for unemployment insurance. This is mind-boggling considering it is nearly quadruple the record set in 1982. There is simply no precedent for such a shock. In light of my firstContinue reading “Corona insurance”


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