In an opinion published by National Geographic, Melinda Gates shared her view on the importance of providing women with contraceptives, and information about her her global partnership, Family Planning 2020, which has pledged to get 120 million women access to contraceptives by the year 2020. Gates’s plan is a truly selfless, philanthropic endeavor which serves no purpose other than to provide needy women with access to contraceptives to improve their lives. This is what plans about access to contraceptives should look like. Private individuals advocating for a cause they believe in, not taxation and government programs.
Protests at nearly every major airport have erupted in the last several days in response to President Trump’s immigration ban on seven Muslim majority countries. Protestors call the 90 day suspension of travel from individuals from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, and Libya a human rights violation that does not represent American values. Some have likened it as a first step toward policies like the internment of Japanese citizens during World War II. I only have one question for these protestors; Why weren’t you protesting when President Obama was bombing these nations, the reason why their residents are refugees in the first place?
This past weekend, in the wake of Trump’s inauguration, around half of a million people, mostly women, marched on the capital to protest Trump’s presidency as well as stand up for Women’s rights. Yes, these women liken themselves to Susan B. Anthony and other famous feminist icons who struggled in the fight for Women’s suffrage. Adorned in pink pussy hats, toting signs that say “pussy grabs back” and other meaningless slogans, these women marched on the capital to deliver the clear message that… hmm, this one is a bit of a mystery.
We’ve all been there. It is by far the most common criticism levied against socialism: without incentive, who would do the hard jobs? Who would work at all? After all, if the reward is the same, why should someone choose to work sanitation instead of being a painter, or be a farmer instead of a florist?
However this argument does little against many people including, notably, actual socialists. So let’s go ahead and assume, for the fun of it, that everybody goes on board with socialism. Meaning: people work jobs prescribed to them regardless of thought of personal gain, and people continue to innovate without hope of compensation.
Could it work?
Since I first heard of Instant-Runoff Voting (IRV), I’ve been a proponent of alternative voting systems. We’ve all seen first hand this election how having one and only one vote can mean the choice between the Giant Douche and the Turd Sandwich. To fix this problem with our current electoral process many different voting schemes have been proposed, the most popular and recognized of which is IRV, which recently passed in the state of Maine (and will be used in all of their elections, minus the president).
Anyone who has been reading headlines recently knows what’s up: Fake News. Whilst the idea of fake news isn’t news it certainly seems to be attracting an ever-increasing shitstorm of accusations, speculations, and memories of the cold war, where the Russians where under the bed of every child.
One of the main components of justice is holding people accountable for their actions. But what happens when somebody is falsely accused? That is why we have due process of law. So nobody can be deprived of their life, liberty, or property without just cause. Without due process of law, the State could find you Guilty for whatever crime for whatever reason, even if you were just doing things ‘they’ didn’t like.