Author: Ellie McFarland

Kamala Harris Is Not as Progressive as She Seems

Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

It’s been over two weeks since the Democratic debates in Florida and the nation is still reeling. Attention has not come off the candidates’ wins, losses, and scandals for a single second. The puff pieces and local news health broadcasts have practically nowhere to go. A “winner” of the second Democratic debate was US Senator Kamala Harris. The media and her supporters praised her take-down of Joe Biden and her stellar performance on the evening of the debate. Harris’ supporters think of her as a perfect progressive candidate in support of all the standard and fringe left economic and social issues. 

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Oil and Babysitting Money: What Really Runs the Economy

Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

After the mid-1800s, oil and its byproducts became a virtual necessity for manufacturing and transportation. American and foreign oil industries have caused wars, economic depression, and environmental disaster. The top four richest companies on the planet are either oil or car companies. In fact, oil and gas alone (not including their various byproducts) comprise around two to three percent of the world economy. It’s involved in most of the manufacturing of other goods, such as plastics, metals, transportation, and other machinery. This is on a worldwide scale, with most oil and natural gas coming from undeveloped nations. But in the first world, our economies are about split between oil money and “babysitting money”. 

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Tulsi Gabbard and Her Right-wing Supporters

Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

On the first day of the Democratic debates, candidate Tulsi Gabbard surprised the nation with her graceful and consistent speaking. On a roster of 25 other Democratic nominees, the competition buried her. Candidates like Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden stole the spotlight. But after the debates, Twitter, Facebook, and 4/8Chan were alight with the name “Tulsi”. In fact, she was the most searched candidate on the night of her debate. But what was really striking was the way those on the American political right jumped to support Gabbard. 

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Joe Biden: The Lone Democrat Against Marijuana Legalization

Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

Since the War on Drugs began in the early 70s, there have been people, interest groups, and politicians working to bring an end to it. As early as the 1990s, states were legalizing medical marijuana usage thanks to largely Democratic politicians. Pot legalization has been a contentious topic in all American elections since. Although Democrats spearhead the issue, more and more people on both sides are giving the go-ahead for pot legalization. However, Former Vice President Joe Biden starkly breaks with this Democratic consensus on weed. Continue reading “Joe Biden: The Lone Democrat Against Marijuana Legalization”

Reparations Have Been Paid, But The Subjugated Groups Were Still Alive

Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

Two days ago was “Juneteenth”, or June nineteenth, the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Confederate states in 1865. America has a long history of buying and selling human beings. Thus, the DNC has rolled out slavery reparations as a serious campaign issue. It’s undoubtedly going to be discussed in the primary debates. Indeed, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders have both already discussed their respiration plans in the hypothetical. An article for the New York Times examines the history of reparations in America and points out how, although rare, they are not completely unheard of.

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