Month: July 2020

Moral Bankruptcy in Academia: Cultural Relativism

Moral Bankruptcy in Academia: Cultural Relativism

Cultural Relativism, the idea that morality is relative to culture alone, is worse than bunk: it’s dangerously stupid. This is an opinion that would likely be unpopular with the whole of Academia’s social science programs. There’s some firmly-grounded logical weight behind discarding cultural relativism, and yet it survives. It thrives. More perniciously, it infects the…

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Urban China: A Soulless Vacuum of Abandoned Culture

Urban China: A Soulless Vacuum of Abandoned Culture

A quick warning to readers: The following anecdote is graphic as well as true. The squeamish may feel free to skip this initial section. Date: 2013 Qianlingshan park, Guiyang, China A mother takes her infant child into Guiyang’s famed QianLingShan park, known colloquially as ‘The Monkey Park’. As advertised, there are monkeys aplenty. People get…

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Hate Speech and Intensifying Social Media Censorship

Hate Speech and Intensifying Social Media Censorship

In case you haven’t noticed, hate speech is a hot-button issue. Also, hate speech is usually stupid. It’s often the final vestige of an individual who’s either losing an argument or is too mentally deficient to parse out the factors that make certain groups of people do certain things. The definition of hate speech, however,…

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USA, #1: The Case for American Power

USA, #1: The Case for American Power

“With great power comes great responsibility”. It’s an oft-repeated platitude and, like many phrases that fall victim to overuse, devoid of much meaning upon first glance. If we can abandon our familiarity with this phrase, however, it’s easy to see how well it may apply to the contemporary United States. Many fall prey to the…

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Understanding Modern China: The Cultural Revolution and Now

Understanding Modern China: The Cultural Revolution and Now

I lived in China for 3 years. I speak the language conversationally, and I have a Chinese girlfriend. So, when people complain about China or refuse to do so under the banner of cultural relativism I feel compelled to throw my two cents into the ring. Doing as such without establishing a context (historical, sociological,…

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Slavery around the World: Historical Contexts

Slavery around the World: Historical Contexts

Most people today think of Slavery as an institution perpetuated by white colonialism, or that it was something as simple as whites enslaving blacks. Tragically, slavery has been universal to human civilizations and has taken many forms, as far back as we have managed to look into human history. It says something very troubling about…

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