The Free and the Brave

Posted: 2017/01/31 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Links/Articles/Video

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President Trump recently signed several executive orders, decrees that can be easily repealed by the next president. They are meant to quickly fulfill all of Trump’s promises, but some of the more controversial and dysfunctional ones are already inflaming the very tenuous relationship between at least half of the nation and the government.

Obviously the most damaging policy introduced, and one that everyone but the President immediately began undermining is the closing of borders to those from seven nations, all of them primarily Muslim.

Let’s start with a problem that most people don’t notice, except apparently Justin Trudeau and/or his advisers. For those of you who aren’t aware, Trudeau is the Prime Minister of Canada. He pledged to take in those stranded at airports around the world. Except… Canada had nothing to do with the border closing. It’s great that a head of state is taking a stand against such…

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Rights and Wrongs

Posted: 2017/01/26 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Links/Articles/Video

Excellent analysis + dark humor = brillant and effective 😀

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When I say religious fundamentalists, what comes to mind? The Taliban? The Westboro Baptist Church? Watching the news in France, I saw an exposé about a certain ultra-fundamentalist Church School in the U.S.A. You know the type, where evolution is a theory, not a Theory (more on that later).  The problem with this was not they were disseminating information not in line with the scientific consensus, that is their right. The problem was that the main person in charge then said she wanted her religious liberties to be upheld by forcing all other schools to fall in line with her values.


She wanted the defense of her religious rights to include the destruction of the religious rights of everyone she didn’t agree with. There’s a word for that: Jihad.

This isn’t hyperbole. I used the word Jihad instead of Crusade because the former tends to be more shocking, but…

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Let’s talk about Oligarchy

Posted: 2017/01/23 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Links/Articles/Video

Excellent short assessment of the new admin.

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I’ve heard it thrown around that Trump is a fascist. That may be true, but his government is much more likely to resemble an oligarchy.

The word oligarchy comes from the Greek words ‘Oligoi,’ few, and ‘Arkhein,’ to rule. In it’s most basic form, Oligarchy is defined as “government by the few.” Trump was seen as a populist up until the election, throwing around soundbites about ‘draining the swamp’, and calling Clinton corrupt.

Trump’s cabinet decisions are contrary to his stated goal, here are a few of the most concerning.

For Secretary of State, Trump chose Rex Tillerson, a recipient of the Russian Order of Friendship, ex-CEO of Exxon corporation as of December. In 2011, he began drilling oil fields in direct violation of Iraqi law, the same year we finally brought soldiers out of the nation. His actions might have destabilized the entire relationship between both…

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Let’s Talk About Image. (Pt 1)

Posted: 2017/01/22 by Punkonomics (@dearbalak) in Links/Articles/Video

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When I say ‘Image’ what do people think of? Photographs? Television? The kind of image I want to discuss is the image that people cultivate for themselves in order to be, well, worshiped.

Consider a Kardashian. I won’t talk about my personal opinion of them, but a person close to me is a fan of their show, which ‘documents’ their lives. In this show, each of the stars is ‘A Something’. One of them is the mean one, one of them is the dumb one, one of them is the promiscuous one. This trend can be seen across most types of media, and even in day to day lives.

You might wonder, aren’t I just talking about personalities? What if that’s what they’re actually like?

While that may be true, I have another example. Youtubers. You might not keep up with them too much, but you probably know the template…

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