“To make them put in black letter what they do control is also to make them put in black letter what they don’t control.” When Cody Wilson told me this, I was at first confused. I knew he had to be onto something, because his company, Defense Distributed, is still fighting the battle for gun rights even now that he’s left. But now I understand, and it’s all because of the shenanigans gun makers in California are engaging in to skirt prohibition.
Looking back on the 20th century, we can clearly understand that Marxism was a failure. Yet, still today many find themselves advocating for the same Marxist systems that caused the deaths of millions. Is it leaps of logic that allows for such justifications, or is Marx’s prophetic utopia of the proletariat truly right around the corner?
Log onto Instagram, and you will surely see story posts about the Sudan Meal Project. Online do-gooders see the representations of the Sudanese tragedy in the media and their hearts move. They pray that they can help in whatever way they can. Thankfully, it’s easy to feed starving children. All anyone must do is share a screenshot on their Instagram story. But this seems a little too good to be true, doesn’t it?
In the wake of the Virginia Beach Shooting, we once again see calls for change in the world of guns. Why that never happens is a different story, but we once again hear a ruckus in favor of adopting the ‘Australian Model.’ It seems to be a tried and true example of mass gun reform that has concrete results, right?
Well, not exactly. The facts tend to be skewed around this method of gun reform, and whenever that happens it poses a threat to constructive discussion. To find out what to do about the Australian model of gun reform, we should first see what it actually was, see what the results are, and lastly figure out if it would work in the United States.
With the turn of the century, humanity has been left to reflect on the consequences of the preceding 100 years. The colossally abhorrent regimes of Hitler, Mao, and Stalin leaves us with many questions about the nature of the world. Why do bad things happen? Will this happen again? Is there anything transcendent to such evil men? As science grows and the traditional ways of religion fall into the background, we wonder: what is the meaning of all of this? Why is a life worth living if such terrible and evil things happen? How do we find meaning in this world? People look for meaning in many different misguided places, one of which is income equality.