If often seems that our world is looking increasingly grim for those following the news. With the mostly negative news coverage and depressing headlines of our current affairs, it’s easy to be pessimistic. Pessimism of our modern society has come in the form of nihilism and the black pill meme. The black pill meme came from an offshoot of the meme inspired by the “red pill or blue pill” scene from the Matrix. The black pill encompasses a pessimistic attitude towards society, viewing it as beyond repair. Additionally, those who “take” the black pill are referred to as “Doomers” in internet circles. While the black pill is a pessimistic response in internet culture to society, a new meme makes an optimistic one: Clown World.
2018 marked the 150th anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment. In part, it says that, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
That sentence appears to be pretty clear — not a single individual should be given preferential treatment in the eyes of the law.
Yet, someone recently told me that they believe being gay is a choice, and therefore, sexual orientation should not receive protection under the law. In short, I was asked, “Why should gay people be afforded the same benefits in marriage as heterosexual couples?”
Ivan Misiura | United States
Ushering in the new age of progress, we as a society have an obligation to uphold the virtues of democracy, tolerance, and justice. In the past few decades, we have traversed a harsh political climate to pursue an inclusive and tolerant society. We have seen civil rights grant people of color a voice in our land. Currently, LGBTQQIAA+ activists are fighting for equal standing in society and are making progress; without a doubt, we are entering a new age.
In Captain Marvel’s first few weeks at the box office, it has performed incredibly well, grossing over $800 million worldwide. Generally, the reviews from the critics reflect its success, but some YouTube channels disagree. Criticizing the movie for its feminist motives, some believed that a radical agenda was ruining Marvel’s movie. In reality, it had more to do with Israel and Palestine.
In the world’s climate of division and hatred, the Alt-Right has found its perfect breeding ground. The Alt-Right is the name that various collections of white nationalists, “identitarians” and neo-nazis have given themselves. They are in no way run of the mill conservatives or Republicans. They are radical statists who fetishize the idea of a supremacist government with absolute power. It is the antithesis of libertarianism. Yet, there is a trend that is becoming more and more obvious; the so-called “Libertarian to Alt-Right Pipeline”.