Reading the Trump Card


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Donald Trump has amassed quite the voter base.

This doesn’t come as a surprise to those of us who understand the historical roots of racism in America.

For those who are in denial about it, it appears more difficult to grasp.

Let us remember that today, minorities suffer the worst economic hardships in America.

Public services are more than limited; and representation in politics is scarce.

Even then, the American people have resisted drastic political changes that might address our domestic inequalities. Furthermore, Americans are blindly obedient to media-disbursed narratives about our national security, which also ignore the complicity of America’s past century of foreign policy decisions that have made us the target of terrorists and provoked the rise of radicalism to begin with.

Donald Trump is exploiting the cultural paranoias afflicting the ordinary white man in America today who is too disillusioned with America’s apparent stagnation.

But the struggles of the white man are incomparable to those endured by the disenfranchised communities of minorities.

Progressivism itself has taken a halt due to the resilience of right-wing nationalism, which has crept into the left-wing too, via the likes of Hillary Clinton and that camp of centrist democrats.

But as previously mentioned this comes as no surprise.

The cultural revolution and awakening in America must address the grievances of immigrants and minorities as it does those of the average white American in order for change to be possible.

Bernie Sanders was unable to rally much of the minority communities, though his run remains impressive. His unconventional policies are ideal, but far from complete.

He hasn’t fully conceded yet, but the likely battle will be fought between Trump and Clinton.

Regardless, Clinton is better for the world than Trump, but she is worse than Bernie.

Our choices are not diverse; and our powers are limited.

Change must happen; but depending on political outcomes; it might get ugly before it gets pretty.

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Confronting Religious Extremism – Reza Aslan


Libertarianism


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In essence the rise of Libertarianism in America is nothing to be jovial about because it represents only one thing: the decline of an empire.

Libertarianism is intended to be the solution to America’s governmental and business intrusions into daily life but in reality, the rise of libertarianism is only the signal of the failure of the american nation to be united and the absence of culture in this country; slavery to a system of finite resources and power.

There are many economic and political inconsistencies with Libertarianism that are ignored by its adherents because it is easy to criticize something without an alternative. Libertarianism offers no solution; only criticism. “Perfectionism”.

Libertarianism is actually conservatism fully realized; “god is dead so we’ve got to appeal to the lowest instinct of man – hubris.”

Lot of Libertarians, like Ron Paul himself, don’t realize the fact that Ayn Rand believed the idea of God to be obsolete. How then, can a “christian” man identify with a godless philosophy? The Right-Wing Christians of the US used to claim that communism was the deification of the state. What then, is libertarianism, but the deification of the dollar? The deification of the self?


Don’t have time to waste on petty arguments and disagreements. People die because of injustice. The world is at war.

Iran & the West: The Showdown Continues


Instead of intensifying relations with Iran, perhaps the U.S. could focus its attention on more pressing foreign policy issues, like withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Many U.S. public officials – mainly Republican – have attacked Obama for being too soft on Iran. If we wait too long, they say, Iran may obtain nuclear weapons, which would threaten the U.S.’s closest allies, namely Israel, and its most precious interests in the region.

The U.S. should keep in mind however that nations like Israel, Pakistan, India, China & Russia flaunt their own lavish assortment of nuclear weapons, ones they’ve been harboring for years.

What is rather odd is that a nuclear-armed Pakistan seems much more threatening to international security than a nuclear Iran, considering the fact that most terrorists are trained in Pakistan.

But for Iran, a nuclear Israel is the real threat.

According to recent news in the Gulf, Iran is threatening to blockade the Strait of Hormuz, a major trade route in the Persian Gulf.

Recently, a U.S. aircraft carrier made its way into the Strait in response to threats by Iran to initiate the blockade.

According to an article by Farhad Pouladi from the AFP international news agency,  the Iranian government is ‘unconcerned’ about an oil ban implemented by the EU (link here: Iran ‘unconcerned’ about imminent EU oil ban).

According to an article by Reuters, economic sanctions on Iran have had adverse effects on the well being of the people. The price of staple foods has increased by 40% in recent months.

The idea is – I assume – that the Iranian people will grow so intolerant of their government that they will rise against it, but is that necessarily going to happen? Currently, the average Iranian is suffering, and the Iranian government is only growing more ‘bellicose’.

Furthermore, an oil embargo may further weaken the European economy as it struggles to dig itself out of a horrible economic crisis. Can the EU handle any more weight?

Ultimately, the question is whether the Iranian people are supportive of their government – or at least its position on the West – or not.

There is a chance that the Iranian people will rally around their government, and at a time when the West is trying to cripple the Iranian state, the prospect of a unified nation isn’t exactly a work in progress.