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Man, face-palming

So, I was talking to a liberal who was disappointed by Joe Biden’s refusal to endorse the Impeachment of Donald Trump after the president tried to stage a coup against his own country.

I pointed out that this disappointment is something leftists have been feeling for years. It was my hope that this might help centrists understand why we’re so disillusioned with our liberal governments.

But then I got a reply.


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I’m autistic. I found that out earlier this year. I can’t speak for all autistic people, but I can tell you that I personally need to know the truth with a capital T. And I’ve read a lot of research on autism that suggests this is a fairly common trait among those of us on the spectrum. Living in a post-truth world is an endless source of anxiety for me. Every day, I’m bombarded with conflicting messages. Which do I believe? …


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In my last article, I told you to vote for the Green Party. I bet I seemed pretty sure of myself. The truth is this is a decision I’ve wrestled with. I’ve gone back and forth so many times. Here I am telling my friends Chris and Marie to suck it up and vote for Joe. Every time I’ve tried to make the case in favour of “voting the lesser evil” — every time — Joe Biden would say or do something that I consider to be reprehensible.

Here he is promising to give police more money. Here he is insisting that anarchists should be prosecuted. Stop right there, my liberal friend! I know you’re itching to leap to his defense and remind me that “He was clearly talking about violent criminals who set buildings on fire.” But that’s not the strong rebuttal you think it is. Best case scenario for you is that Joe Biden simply doesn’t know what the word “anarchist” means. Worst case scenario, he is deliberately conflating a peaceful left-wing ideology with violent crime. …


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I like Noam Chomsky a lot, and tonight, I listened to an interview he gave in which he waggled his finger at the Left and pointed out how our refusal to compromise will literally bring about the end of human civilization. Chomsky is a hard-core leftist, but there’s no denying that he’s making liberal talking points here. We have to remove Trump by any means necessary. By any means necessary. I’ve uttered those words myself at one point.

Quick question: how come “by any means necessary” doesn’t include Medicare For All? How come it doesn’t include a Green New Deal? If you need leftist support, and if these things would give you leftist support, then why don’t they fall under the umbrella of “any means necessary?” …


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The other day, I encountered something interesting. A leftist named Dave was talking about a friend that he was trying to bring over to leftist politics. For simplicity, we’ll call this friend Charlie. I don’t know his real name. Charlie has decided that he must distance himself from the Left for a variety of reasons. To name a few: apparently, he saw Vaush’s followers using racist Pepe memes. He encountered several leftists who engaged in what he calls “Clinton bashing,” but his biggest complaint was that leftists, in general, were too hostile.

Some of these are legitimate grievances. Vaush strikes again. This guy is the reason why we can’t have nice things. He is the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about, and one day, there’s going to have to be a reckoning. Oh, and note my use of the word “elephant.” That’s deliberate. Because Vaush is what I call “socialism for conservatives.” …


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Run an image search for single men. You’ll find nothing but dudes who refuse to look at the camera.

This is the third article in a series. You may want to start with Part 1 and Part 2.

Being single isn’t that terrible. Being celibate isn’t that terrible. Two weeks ago, when I wrote a piece on Incels, I wanted to address this point. Incels base their entire worldview on the idea that without sex, a man will eventually go insane and turn to violence as an outlet for his frustrations. But nothing could be further from the truth.

As a demisexual man, I’ve spent my entire life being hit over the head with this message. People told me that I would never be truly happy without a girlfriend, that my life would be incomplete. This never sat well with me. It’s not that I dislike sex or monogamous relationships — in fact, if you read my books, you’ll see that I’m something of a hopeless romantic — but I can only feel sexual or romantic desire for a very limited number of people. …


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Content warning: this article will contain examples of some of the worst misogyny you will ever see.

Incels are scum.

I’m sorry; were you expecting some kind of preamble to that? Maybe you thought I’d lead with a summary of last week’s terror attack. Perhaps you thought I’d retell the story of Alek Minassian, a misogynistic piece of shit who used a Chevrolet cargo van to kill ten people and injure fifteen more. Honestly, folks, you all know the story by now. So, let’s just get to the meat of the issue, shall we? Incels are scum.

To anyone who doesn’t know the meaning of the term, “incel” is short for “involuntary celibate,” which refers to a community of men who blame women for their sexual frustrations. While you may be tempted to write these creeps off as a bunch of lovelorn men who turn to the Internet to soothe their loneliness, you should know that the Incel Community is a hate group, one that targets women. …


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Bondsmith glyph by Isaac Stewart © Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC and used with permission.

This article is a follow-up to my first piece on toxic masculinity. If you haven’t read that yet, please do so. (Minor spoilers for Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer follow)

“The most important step a man can take is not the first one; it is the next one.”

So, you’ve looked within yourself, you’ve seen the ugliness in your soul. Now what? If you’ve really taken a good, hard look at the way you’ve treated women, you’re probably feeling a lot of guilt right now. That’s good. Don’t run from it.

Everything you’ve been taught is going to urge you to take that guilt and stuff it down deep until it doesn’t hurt anymore, but that’s how you got into this mess. Climbing out of the pit is going to require you to do the opposite of what got you into it. So, close your eyes. Take a deep breath. …


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A little spoiler-free scene to give you a taste of one of my favourite villains.

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The first thing Adren noticed upon waking was the chirping of birds and the damp, lumpy ground that he had used for a bed. Trees rose up all around him with green leaves that sighed in the wind. After thirty-six hours in this place, he no longer noticed the cold, clammy feeling of wet clothes.

Adren was lying in the dirt, curled up on his side and using his own forearm as a pillow. How very undignified. …


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“What happens when the robots develop feelings? What happens when they start wanting things?” Those were questions posed to me by Eleanor Goldfield of Act Out during a discussion at last year’s Zeitgeist Day in Brisbane. I’ve been talking about the merits of automation for quite some time now. When it comes to technology, I’m what you might call a cautious optimist. I believe technology has the potential to greatly improve the quality of our lives but only if we are careful enough to avoid the pitfalls of its misuse.

With tedious, low-wage jobs on the rise, automation looks like a godsend: a release from drudgery and a means to create true abundance. Some people are terrified by the prospect of machines taking our jobs, but I’m not one of them; as someone with a uniquely powerful intolerance for repetitive, monotonous work, I find a glimmer of hope in automation. Please! Let’s automate as many jobs as possible, that way I will never have to do them. …

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