Reflecting on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Reflecting on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

When a franchise is picked up again by new people years after it originally ended, there is a spark of worry. The new work might not live up to the expectations, or perhaps it is not true enough to the original. Maybe the weaknesses of the old work linger in the new work. Fortunately, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens did not disappoint in either of these respects.

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Quite frankly overkill

Quite frankly overkill

The United States government spends a vast portion of the tax dollars they collect on the military; they spend more on the military than they do on anything else and more than several other countries spend on their militaries combined. There is no nation in the world that even comes close to the United States' military prowess. America's excessive spending on military is thus quite irrational; one must wonder why the right wing is so paranoid that they need more weapons than one can shake a missile at. My suggestion is to use government spending to better lives rather than end them.

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God gets the help he needs

God gets the help he needs

Atheists like myself so often like to criticize "God" and all of "God's" flaws. Meanwhile, theists follow God blindly. However, neither group (as if atheists are a group) seems to think that perhaps God needs professional help. This is what Zach's Mind and I discussed on Twitter: How do we make sure God gets the help he so sorely needs?

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Democratic or totalitarian socialism and social democracy

Democratic or totalitarian socialism and social democracy

There is a famous quote which goes, "It is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism," a quote whose origin is somewhat mysterious. This quote highlights a common problem in our societies, found mostly among right-wingers: the fear and poor understanding of socialism and anything that is not capitalist. With this in mind, the following article will discuss democracy, totalitarianism, socialism, democratic socialism, and social democracy.

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The mental gymnastics of the Christian persecution complex

The mental gymnastics of the Christian persecution complex

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of America ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide; all states must uphold this decision. This was a major victory in the war against dogma, as I write about in my article "Love wins battle, war against dogma continues" (July 5, 2015). However, we all knew, I assume, that the battle was, indeed, far from over and that there still are right-wing theists who claim their religious freedom should allow them to oppress others. One such person is Kim Davis and another is an apologist I encountered.

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