American mass murders and suicides do not exist in a vacuum and cannot be meaningfully addressed via targeting their means

In contribution to leftist and liberal debates over working class revolts, I must say once again that I do not think American large scale conflict will come down to small arms exchanges. The concept of natural rights to arms, which is the typical conservative argument, sets forward that is is the duty of the citizens to bear arms for the purposes of revolting against an unjust government. This is, of course, an incomplete concept of what modern armed insurrection looks like. …


In Every Way, One Man Exemplifies the Worst of Liberalism

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I know a lot of liberals. On the surface, they’re very accepting people, I think we can generally agree. A lot of people are, and while that’s great, it’s a little bit harder to be radically accepting when you’re being challenged, especially if there might actually be something you’re doing wrong.

Sounds like something Bill Maher might say, doesn’t it? Except in the case of Bill Maher, he’d probably be talking about liberals taking criticism from people like him, who tend to straddle progressivism and conservatism in a zone of…


One of the most accepting corners of the queer community has a problem accepting its own, and it shows.

Pictured: the nonbinary pride flag, usually recognized as a subset of transgender identities. (image source: www.genderwiki.com)

In discourse both commonplace and academic, the role of transgender people appears to be, inevitably, the exposure of gendered dynamics in our society that are as flimsy as the frontiers of gender itself. Where the common rebuttal to the very existence of trans men is often a histrionic fear that, “butch women are being pressured into presenting as men,” real debates occur below the surface of such a disingenuous claim; it may have escaped the notice of mainstream society that trans…


I’ve been part of a problem. We all have, and transgender people suffer for it.

Pictured: Natalie Wynn of the channel ContraPoints, performing in her latest video, “Pronouns.” (image source: youtube.com)

So, you think you understand gender better than a transgender woman who is older than you. Oh, my apologies, I’ve started off by speaking only to my transgender audience; I should, in fact, be speaking to all of us, because we’re all harming trans people on a near daily basis. For a basic idea of what I’m talking about, consider the role women occupy in our society. On the one hand, if you’re a woman people can be obsessed with, say, your appearance in a…


Pictured: the wicked witch of the west from the original film musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.

When I first encountered feminism, I was already an internet atheist. I watched a number of unprofessional YouTube atheist vloggers and was in love with the kind of worship that Hitchens and Dawkins never really deserved, having mostly succeeded within a small and undeveloped sphere of academic atheist thought. Now Hitchens has departed us and Dawkins spends his days making islamophobic or otherwise cryptic tweets.

Naturally, I didn’t accept feminism. I had no reason to look into what was programmed as inherently irrational feelings-based feminine slackivism, which was how this online atheist sphere portrayed feminism. The academic extent of feminism…


The overall impression most people who aren’t desperate to agree with Jordan Peterson find the man to be largely incoherent and obsessed with making baseless assertions in defense of his own values. For a sub-group of atheists, he’s the source of their greatest hypocrisy.

Pictured: a figure from “Maps of Meaning.” I have heard from Zen teachers that if we meet the Buddha on the road, we must kill him. If Peterson means, as is likely from the context, that this is the knowledge that the historical Buddha teaches us from his first enlightenment, then such must be the answer of the Buddhist to this.

When I first heard of Peterson, it was clear that he was a bog-standard fear-mongering anti-trans bigot. That might be the kind of response that sounds very weirdly specific, and you might wonder what the evidence is for such a claim. That he exaggerated the potential effects of a Canadian proposition to protect people from discrimination…


On the release of promotional materials for EA DICE’s “Battlefield V” or Battlefield 5 in May 2018, emotions about regarding the subject material: the second World War. In a time of upheaval in the American political landscape where Nazis march unmasked in the streets and enjoy the comfort of glitz-pieces in our corporate media, the political nature of Nazism and Fascism, inherent to WWII, seem anything but settled. This political charge is aided not at all by the presence of hate movements surrounding various artistic mediums often viewed as “low art” or the media refuge of geeks. But the view…


We here shall explore the irony of this image. (image source: standardmedia.co.uk)

The necessary subtext and background noise to outline in any conversation of hiring workers and searching for employment, and even the concept of employment itself, is the fundamental nature of the capitalist context of employment. First, however, we bring you a refresher.

Capitalism is the political and economic system (read: all economics being inherently political) which organizes itself for gains of capital, or finance, and where production in all its forms tangible and intangible is controlled by two distinct classes, known sometimes as the capitalist class and the political class. These classes, roughly speaking, constitute corporations and government respectively in…


Pictured: the charismatic Wesley Snipes as Blade. (image source: comicbook.com)

They call him “the Daywalker.” He is the true successor to the cult-hit vampire hunter Van Helsing, known only as “Blade.” For the purposes of this essay, the three films, Blade, Blade II and Blade: Trinity — in which the titular hero is portrayed by the stalwart Wesley Snipes — will primarily be used in reference to this character, but we would be remiss not to reference the character comic book origins for a few key insights. The first of these is, naturally, his origin. Blade was born to a sex-worker when the first film’s antagonist, Deacon Frost, attacked and…


Pictured: Bari Weiss, NYT editor, formerly of the Wall Street Journal. (image source: SheThePeople.tv)

On May 8th of 2018, the New York Times published an opinion from the editor by Bari Weiss, titled “Meet the Renegades of the Intellectual Dark Web.” While the piece was the subject of much derision at the time of publication, the titular phrase has gained traction both ironic and sincere. The opening paragraph of the piece states: “Here are some things that you will hear when you sit down to dinner with the vanguard of the Intellectual Dark Web: There are fundamental biological differences between men and women. Free speech is under siege. Identity politics is a toxic ideology…

Lauren Fry

Trans lesbian author, poet and social critic. Wife Material on YouTube. Violet Stellar & V.G. Stellar (pen names).

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