Gender issues have been a mainstay of conversation in our society. This began in the early 1900s with the Women’s Suffrage movement, starting the “waves” of Feminism. Now we’ve reached the third wave of Feminism. They focus on the issues of sexual assault, sexual liberation, reproductive rights, and the gender pay gap. Critics of the wave feel it is possible the feminist movement has gone overboard in the quest for equality. Some will even argue they have already reached it. While on the other side Men’s issues rarely receive mainstream attention. Some in the Feminist movement will even view them as actually a women’s issue. This has caused a sense of disenfranchisement within men, leading to them forming their own organizations to solve their issues.
By Indri Schaelicke | United States
Since the passage of the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, the War on Drugs has destroyed countless lives. This campaign often oversteps constitutional restrictions to searches and seizures without warrants or probable cause. Worse than this, however, is the pain it inflicts upon families. For mere use of an illicit substance, the state takes people away from their loved ones.
Millions of Venezuelans escape a country destroyed by bad government and coercive collectivism.
The border of Colombia and Ecuador is full of Venezuelans who are doing their earnest to escape the clutches of a coercive regime in search of free markets and better opportunities. Common tourists, amongst the droves of Venezuelans, must wait hours and hours in a line that wraps around the immigration office here in Ipiales, Colombia. During peak days, it can take over 24 hours to cross the border between Colombia and Ecuador.
The border crossing’s elevation is 2898 m (9500 ft), which makes the experience a rather cold one as nighttime approaches. Individuals in line are able to stay warm with the help of vendors selling coffee, hot dogs, and empanadas.
Most South American countries have no choice but to allow free movement of these refugees due to treaties signed by UN member states. The strain of this situation hampers economic stability and the free flow of goods and services due to long lines at the border.
While in the line, one can also learn of the tragedies affecting the people of Venezuela and understand why they are leaving their beloved homeland. Men and women full of fond memories and past success, now crushed by coercive collectivism. Doctors, welders, and professionals of all sorts are throwing away their experience to land a job in a neighboring country, hoping to make the minimum wage of $300 per month in favorable countries such as Chile and Peru. Ecuador and Colombia are not desirable, and Brazil’s language barrier makes the destination unattainable.
To date, an estimated 4 million Venezuelans have left the country. Hyperinflation is the sole reason these people have left. “There is a lot of work, but there is no money.” The minimum wage is currently 2,000,000 Bolivars per month which equates to $3 USD per month. That is $36 per year. The price of a kilogram of beef in Venezuela is $3 dollars and the price of shampoo is also $3.
To make matters worse, the Venezuelan government instituted new currency controls on money entering the country through financial institutions. In order to send money to your family members stuck in Venezuela, you must have a bank account in both Venezuela and an outside country. One refugee believes this policy is “choking the people.”
The current administration’s new constitution would completely eliminate the ability to own private property. This market uncertainty makes investments impossible.
The people who are working to stay in the country are almost at the end of what seems to be the brink of collapse. Schools are functioning, but they have no food to feed their students. Most of the faculty members leave the schools in search of new opportunities. Revolutionaries like the violin playing patriot and Oscar Pérez have become heroes to Venezuelans trying to take back their country.
The Venezuelan regime is continuing to provide a box of food to each family in accordance with its collectivist agreement. This box is called CLAP and contains two packages of flour and rice along with powdered milk “if you are lucky.” The frequency of these food distributions is about once every 5 to 6 months according to a refugee waiting in the 24-hour line.
One wealthy Venezuelan had a stable career for over 15 years. He had a house, a car, and “a whole complete life.” He went on trips with his family inside and outside the country. Right now he is busy moving groups of Venezuelans to more favorable environments scattered throughout South America. He understands the attraction of collectivism and believes “the Venezuelans have to learn the lesson.”
A Colombian bus driver passes and asks, “are you going to Cúcuta?”, a town on the border of Venezuela and Colombia, 32 hours in the opposite direction from this particular crossing.
It is truly a sad state of affairs for the people of Venezuela who slowly lost their grip on freedom and their country. Experts believe it will take 30 years to bring this country back to its former self. Many Venezuelans will most likely never return to their homeland, which is but another civilization lost to socialism and coercive collectivism.
By Joshua D. Glawson | United States
Too many people pick college majors that they hope will give them the most out of their investment, while neither being good at nor enjoying their future career of choice.
There are many websites that can help you find careers relating to your major. Here are two:
However, many employers do not concern themselves with your particular major if that career does not require a specified area of study.
The best way to determine which career path you should take starts with self-assessment. Get out a piece of paper, or multiple pieces if necessary, and on one side or one sheet, write out a list of things you enjoy doing and could do on a daily basis. On the next list, write out a list of things you are good at doing. On each of these, do not concern yourself with career tasks you enjoy doing or are good at. Try to write as broad of a list as possible. It will also help you speak to your relatives and friends and ask them to give you a few things they believe you are good at.
Once you have a completed both lists, begin giving a hierarchical scale to each side. So, if you enjoy speaking the most, on your list, write a ‘1’ beside it. If, under the list of things you are good at, you see yourself as being the best at fixing things, write a ‘1’ beside that. Continue through the entire list, and if you have a few that share the same number, that is okay.
Next, take these now numbered lists and begin searching for careers that may or may not include your major. Once you begin finding career paths that encompass the things you love doing and what you are good at, find people in that field to speak to and pick their brain. They will most likely be happy to speak with you and tell you the pros and cons of their field while providing advice for a successful career. This may even spark a good relationship with someone who can act as your mentor to success. This could prompt you to make a change in your major, as it did for me.
If you are willing to go to college, as it is a great idea to help better your chances of landing your dream career, at least take the time to write out this list and find what best fits you as an individual rather than what your parents or others tell you to choose. You should be good at your work and also enjoy it. The most successful people are those that took their own path, not the path forced upon them.
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By Jack Parkos | United States
It’s fathers day, and in spite of what some feminist may tell you, it is an important holiday. Why? Because fathers matter. We all know mothers matter, too. But fathers never get the same respect. The truth is both parents matter. Studies show boys need a proper father figure in their life. This does not mean a single mother is a bad parent. It just means a boy needs a father to teach him how to become a man.
Numerous studies have shown what happens when there is not a father present in the home of a child. When a father is not present children are more likely to engage in crime, be incarcerated, take drugs, and be poor in their own adulthood. Meanwhile, when a father is present the likelihood of all this drops. There also are some other positives. Girls are less likely to become pregnant as a teen with a father in the household. Romantic relationships for these girls will also be more positive. And of course, boys with a good father will be more likely to be good fathers themselves.
The lack of fatherhood does a lot of damage to children, and this is seen at its worse in the black community. Lack of fatherhood is a problem for all communities and has increased majorly in the United States, especially in the black community. Radio Show host Larry Elder cites that out-of-wedlock births increased in the black community from 25 percent in 1965 to 73 percent in 2015, while also increasing among whites from 5 percent to 25 percent across the same time period. Overall, the percentage of American children who grew up without fathers increased from 5 percent in 1960 to 41 percent in 1995.
One reason for the increase in single motherhood is the massive welfare state. With all the welfare offered for single mothers, the state is encouraging men to leave and encouraging mothers to be single. Whether intentional or not, this is a consequence of a massive welfare state.
Another reason for fathers leaving is cultural. The cultural war on fathers. There is a cultural shift from neo-Marxist feminists trying to destroy fatherhood. They claim that recognizing the importance of fatherhood is part of “the patriarchy” in America and that fatherhood is not needed. There was a hashtag #endfathersday going around. While this was started as a hoax on 4chan and only some of them were actually serious, feminists are still trying to change the holiday. Could you imagine the outrage if someone suggested we make mothers day a “Men’s day”?
The solution to the war on fathers will be more a cultural movement and not based on government policy. (However, ending the massive welfare state that encourages single motherhood is essential). If you’re lucky enough to be with your father today, and he is and was a good dad, remember to thank him!
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