Why You are better off than the Richest Man in Human History

According to Business Insider, the richest man of all time was John D. Rockefeller. Adjusted for inflation, he had a net-worth of over $300 billion. If he traveled to some lifeless rock in the Pacific Ocean and declared sovereignty today, he would replace oil rich Venezuela as the 37th richest country in the world, with even some European countries and Middle Eastern oil emirates falling behind this one man. He grew his wealth by buying oil companies left and right until he eventually owned 90% of all the oil in America.

And yet the richest man in the history of the world could not buy a microwave oven. For $60 I can go on my Amazon app and have a microwave delivered to my door, something Rockefeller could not do with his $300 billion.

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Being a Veteran does not confer Special Status in a Democracy

I spent a few months shy of five years in the US Army, during which I twice deployed to Iraq. We as a country have decided that merits special treatment in certain circumstances. Some businesses provide discounts. Every Veterans Day I even get free meals. And my local supermarket has designated parking space for veterans.

But in a democracy, my military service gets me the same one vote as everyone else.

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Starbucks shows there’s no way to escape Social Justice Warriors

Starbucks is a proudly progressive company. 90% of Starbucks’ political donations go to Democrats, according to opensecrets.org. A few years ago, the coffee giant urged its employees to start conversations about race with customers until they realized customers just wanted, you know, coffee. More recently, Starbucks has committed to hiring 10,000 refugees by 2022.

None of that prevented Starbucks from being lambasted as racist and boycotted for a single incident before all the facts were even known.

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U.S. and Allies bomb Syria. Good. What’s next?

Last night, President Trump announced joint air strikes with Britain and France against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad in response to his repeated use of chemical weapons against Syrian rebels and civilians. This is an important step for American national security and the world order we helped establish, but it is only a start. The real test comes next.

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Debate Bad Ideas

Most explicitly political articles I read are conservative, but I frequently like to escape my bubble and read the left as well. Occasionally a liberal makes a valid point that changes my mind about something (it’s rare, but it happens). The best writers on the left at the very least help me refine and improve my conservative beliefs by forcing me to consider them again and again at new angles. Even poorly reasoned garbage from popular liberal organizations helps me understand the other side so I am better equipped to debate them.

Today I read some poorly reasoned garbage from Huffington Post that was informative. In a piece entitled Bad ideas aren’t worth debating, Noah Berlatsky argued conservatives are dumb and evil, therefore they shouldn’t be hired to write by mainstream publications and those smart people on the left shouldn’t bother reading or debating them. Unlike Noah, I understand that even stupid, unAmerican ideas like his are worth understanding and refuting.

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A Never Trumper’s Take on One Year of President Trump

During the 2016 primary and general election, many conservatives, myself included, said they could never vote for Trump. After a tweet from Erick Erickson, these conservatives collectively became known as Never Trumpers. A year into Trump’s unexpected presidency, it is time to review and update my position.

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The Good Kind of Racism

There is a large swath of the American public, mostly on the left, that believes Trump is a racist and that alone should exclude him from public life. Maybe he is a racist, maybe he isn’t. There’s evidence for both arguments, but it’s hard to tell if some of what he says and who he associates with is because he believes in a racial ideology, or because he will use whatever excuse or insult is close at hand when dealing with someone he doesn’t like. Personally, I’m inclined towards the latter, although I don’t think it is as much of a defense as others do.

But there is also a large swath of the American public, mostly on the left, who openly support and advocate for racist policies and believe doing so makes them morally superior.
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