History in the Media

Ancient Aliens aren’t Real

Largely thanks to the internet and a drive for ratings by the History Channel, so-called “Ancient Astronaut Theories” have resurfaced in the public imagination. Originally popular with New Age/Hippie types in the 1970’s, they found a renewed popularity among conspiracy theorists, and of course among their original demographic as well. However, these are works of proven liars […]

Five Reasons the 1990’s Actually Kind of Sucked

Clickbait websites, most notably Buzzfeed, are full of “articles” replete with pictures of 1990’s fads. A large component of the most internet saturated among us grew up during this decade. Seeing images of Kid Pix, Tamagochi, and Capri Sun juice packets give the reader a whiff of nostalgia for their childhood. Dangerously however, nostalgia is […]

Why I’m Not a “Feminist”™

One who can define their entire political belief system in a single word is likely a simplistic and ideological minded person, lacking in nuance and intellectual curiosity. This blog has perhaps been somewhat hard on Libertarians; such as when it contended they live in an upside-down nonsense world. Nevertheless, there are still certain issues this […]

The Folly of Libertarianism IX: Other works, as told by Ayn Rand pt. 1: The Little Match Girl

Note: this is part Nine, parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, and Eight may be found here. Most terribly cold it was; it snowed, and was nearly quite dark, and was evening– the last evening of the year. In the cold and darkness there went through the street a disgusting little scrounger, bareheaded, […]

Why are Conservatives so Terrible at Satire and Political Humour?

Humour is a basic element of the human experience, few of us can go through a day without laughing at least once. According to Ron A. Martin’s The Psychology of Humor, certain apes, including chimpanzees and bonobos, have been observed to laugh in situations analogous to those of infants and toddlers; these include playing and […]

A Comparison of ISIS and Mahdist Sudan, 1885-1899

A frightening Islamic militant organization sweeps across a vast swathe of contested territory, participating in widespread violence and atrocities; and considered a reaction to Western intervention and appeared insults to their religion. Despite the shocking portrayals in the press, they are quickly and utterly defeated by vastly superior military technology. This story would be just […]

The Folly of Libertarianism, pt. VIII: The Non-Aggression Principle Justifies A Lot of Aggression

Note: This is Part Eight, Parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, and Seven may be found here. A cornerstone of the Libertarian ideology is the so-called “Non-Aggression Principle” (NAP). Stating, nobly enough, that any form of violence, aggression, or coercion is inherently immoral; aggression being defined as an affront to property or to “self-ownership” […]