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Hope is Warranted
While there’s no doubt that mankind is facing challenges today, the reality is that human welfare isn’t at its low point in 2019; it’s at its zenith. Testing Orthodoxy produces videos that statistically examine the current state of human welfare, how it compares with the levels of the recent past and what we can do to continue improving life in the future. Don’t despair. The world is in a much better state than the media wants you to think. Don’t pray for Armageddon. Embrace the optimism housed in your DNA.
PART 2. Many immigrants have been a tremendous blessing to this country and, when analyzed as a whole, immigration does lead to economic growth. However, when the immigrant population is broken down into demographics and analyzed, it becomes clear that not ALL immigration is good. People love to make the blanket statement “immigration is good for the economy,” but many economists are skeptical about whether raw growth in GDP translates into higher levels of GDP per capita. Some economic research has suggested that GDP per capita either remains unchanged or decreases due to immigration.The reality is that highly skilled and productive immigrants pick up the slack for low-skilled and non-productive immigrants. Some immigrants are highly skilled and contribute more to the economy than they receive in government benefits. On the other hand, some immigrants lack all but the most basic skills and contribute far less to the economy and to the tax base than they consume in government services. As the percentage of low-skilled immigrants increases, the likelihood of lower GDP per capita levels increases. Not all immigrants contribute to the fiscal and economic health of America equally. Assimilating immigrants into American society is expensive and it requires a great deal of resources. America’s national debt continues to soar. Neither political party has solved the looming debt crisis. Frankly, America cannot afford to continue to support the current state of immigration policy. There is a high cost to cheap grace.
Many immigrants have been a tremendous blessing to this country and, when analyzed as a whole, immigration does lead to economic growth. However, when the immigrant population is broken down into demographics and analyzed, it becomes clear that not ALL immigration is good. People love to make the blanket statement “immigration is good for the economy,” but many economists are skeptical about whether raw growth in GDP translates into higher levels of GDP per capita. Some economic research has suggested that GDP per capita either remains unchanged or decreases due to immigration.The reality is that highly skilled and productive immigrants pick up the slack for low-skilled and non-productive immigrants. Some immigrants are highly skilled and contribute more to the economy than they receive in government benefits. On the other hand, some immigrants lack all but the most basic skills and contribute far less to the economy and to the tax base than they consume in government services. As the percentage of low-skilled immigrants increases, the likelihood of lower GDP per capita levels increases. Not all immigrants contribute to the fiscal and economic health of America equally. Assimilating immigrants into American society is expensive and it requires a great deal of resources. America’s national debt continues to soar. Frankly, America cannot afford to continue to support the current state of immigration policy. There is a high cost to cheap grace
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” America had already been in existence for 127 years when poet Emma Lazarus’ words were etched into the Statue of Liberty’s lower level. Many act as if this poem is on par with the historical and patriotic significance of the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, or even the Gettysburg Address. This is absurd. The Founders envisioned a pluralistic society where people from a wide array of backgrounds could become part of the American dream by assimilating into American society. They believed a strong set of values and a shared culture are necessary to preserve order and to ensure unity. Hence our national motto: E Pluribus Unum, “Out of many, one.” The greatness of America is enshrined in its institutions, its Constitution and its protection of freedoms, which empower the individual with his or her own sovereignty. These elements empower diversity. Diversity, in and of itself, has nothing to do with America’s greatness. It is a symptom of America’s greatness. Furthermore, as evidenced by Europe’s immigration nightmare, a high level of diversity without a shared set of values and culture is a recipe for disaster.
Oedipal Mother definition: “A mother who cares more about NEEDING her children to NEED her than about preparing them to be successful in life.” Last week, the Democratic presidential candidates faced off against each other at the first 2020 Democratic Presidential Debates. Most of their policies and statements supported a meta-narrative, an overarching theme. The crux of this meta-narrative lies in the alleged cause of Americans’ current predicament. The candidates made it clear that ‘good’ people in America have been taken advantage of by bad people; their plight is a consequence of the ‘bad’ peoples’ actions. If Americans believe the Democratic candidates and view their plight solely as a consequence of ‘bad’ peoples’ actions instead of their own, then they’re never forced to examine how their actions might have led to their current predicament, or at least contributed to it. These Americans are being taught that they’ve been dealt a bad hand in life and, therefore, they need a benevolent third party (the state) to intervene and correct the imbalance of power. They’re being taught that their choices don’t matter… The candidates’ policies and personalities conjured up images of the archetypal Oedipal mother. Just like her, the Democratic candidates seem to care more about offering services that their constituents will become dependent on, rather than about making their constituents self-sufficient.
Hate Speech is not a legally recognized term in the United States. Hate Speech (speech that is hateful) is protected under the First Amendment (unless the hateful speech happens to be a type of non-protected speech, such as libel or slander). Put another way, the only way for hate speech to be considered ‘not protected’ is if it happens to take the form of a non-protected form of speech. The term, however, has been hijacked by the left in an effort to censor speech and weaken the First Amendment. Don’t be fooled by hyperbole and hysteria. Rest assured – the feelings hurt by ‘hate speech’ pale in comparison to the evils that are prevented by the protection of the freedom of speech.
The book of Genesis contains and illustrates some of the most profound truths in the entire Bible. Unfortunately, due to historical and cultural revolution, its true meaning has been obscured by warring religious and socio-political tribes. Most people who read the book of Genesis, both believers and atheists alike, completely miss the meaning of the narrative. Genesis has nothing to do with science and it must be understood within the context of when it was written and who it was written for. In this video, we briefly summarize the story of Genesis in 7.5 minutes and then shed some light on the meanings of this often-misunderstood document. There are many more lessons to be found from Genesis, what do you think they are?
Pro-choice sympathizers and abortion rights activists offer one of their most intellectually lazy arguments when they say, “if you don’t have a uterus, you don’t get to have an opinion.” If you’re a person that makes this argument, you should be ashamed of yourself.
Pro-choice sympathizers and abortion rights activists often dismiss the arguments of those that oppose abortion simply because pro-lifers are “hypocritical religious zealots.” It’s a petty mess of ad hominem attacks and bad-faith logic. This argument is riddled with logical fallacies, which render it completely unconvincing. Some pro-lifers are certainly hypocrites… but that has nothing to do with the strength or validity of their arguments against abortion.
The argument that a woman’s right to bodily autonomy guarantees the right to an abortion is fatally flawed. All human civilizations have placed value on bodily autonomy but have also limited bodily autonomy when the actions of certain individuals infringe on the rights of other people. A man’s right to choose what happens to his body ends when he decides to assault someone and break the law. The consequence of his decision include the mandatory forfeiture of his bodily autonomy – he’s going to be incarcerated. The only people that have complete “bodily autonomy” are serial killers that manage to evade law enforcement. In the case of abortion, the infant’s rights are being infringed on. Pro-life activists view the limits on a woman’s autonomy that abortion restrictions impose as a necessary protection of the rights of the infant. It’s the same moral safeguards that prevent men from raping women at will.
“A fetus isn’t an independent, sentient and unique person and therefore it doesn’t have a right to life.” The goal here is to state the argument in its most convincing forms. Straw-manning an opponent’s argument is a logical fallacy that should always be avoided. However, the argument is easily destroyed without ‘straw-manning.’
Pro-choice activists have 10 ABORTION ARGUMENTS. In this video, we begin to examine whether or not the arguments are LOGICALLY VALID, are FACTUALLY ACCURATE and are free of any LOGICAL FALLACIES.
The pro-choice movement in the United States has its roots in feminist activists, such as Margaret Sanger and others before her. While progressives and liberals today like to tout the social justice cause that drives the campaign for “abortion rights,” the history of the movement is much darker than they’d like you to know. The truth about the history of abortion reveals a moral problem that cannot be ignored. America has chosen convenience and utility over morality.
Atheists love to hate religions and love to blame all of the world’s evils on religion. What they fail to realize is that they are religious too.. and, quite often, they are more religious than the most overzealous of the faithful.
Liberals have a problem – they don’t know how to talk about morality. They don’t have one stairway that leads to truth, to lady justice; they have many. The liberal doesn’t care about the process of moral judgment. Their only concern is whether or not one of two outcomes are achieved: equity and/or tolerance. Morality involves the application and interpretation of systems of moral principles through the application of reason. That’s where objective morality comes from – a universal standard applied equally and systematically to all moral agents. Those on the left want to reduce morality to the totalitarian adherence to two ideals: tolerance and equity. The ultimate moral aim of the liberal is to show tolerance to EVERYONE and to ENFORCE equality of outcomes, meaning that everyone should be as equal as possible. They believe that everyone should be tolerated and instances of intolerance and inequality automatically produce a moral imperative that moral agents must address and resolve. To the liberal, fairness is equity. There are rarely conditions for equity. Liberals believe in “cheap grace,” grace that is unconditional.
The secular revolutions of the twentieth century were quite similar to the French Revolution. They lacked the American Revolution’s grounding in the Judeo-Christian conception of man being made in the image of God and they also lacked the Lockian notion of a state tasked with preserving the rights of its citizens against the abuses of mob rule. Sadly, mankind didn’t learn from the lessons of the 18th century. It took hundreds of millions of lives before we learned the lessons of impulsive revolutions. These lessons have been largely forgotten by many Americans and, most disturbing of all, the younger generations seem to have never learned them in the first place…
There is a harsh, but necessary truth that we all have to stop ignoring. There are certain cultures that espouse values that are fundamentally at odds with Western morality and principles. If moral relativism continues to gain support, this politically correct orthodoxy will prevent anyone from trying to protect human rights in the name of objective moral values. PART 3 EXAMINES THE THREAT THAT STRAINS OF ISLAM POSE TO WESTERN CIVILIZATION. THE EROSION OF WESTERN INSTITUTIONS AND PRINCIPLES, SUCH AS FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF RELIGION, HUMAN RIGHTS, SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE AND DEMOCRACY, BY THE ENEMIES OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, HAS BEEN EXPEDITED BY MASSIVE WAVES OF IMMIGRANTS POURING INTO EUROPE FROM MUSLIM-MAJORITY COUNTRIES. WE MUST DECIDE WHAT WE STAND FOR: TOLERANCE OR HUMAN RIGHTS?
Over the last hundred years, this relativist view has gained considerable acceptance among academics, intellectuals and the public. A moral relativist sees the cultural and social context of a moral action as fundamentally relevant to whether the action is morally right or wrong. PART 2 EXAMINES THE PRACTICE OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM) AND HOW IT IS RELIGIOUSLY AND CULTURALLY LINKED TO ISLAM
Put in the simplest terms possible, moral relativism is the belief that there are no objective moral statements – it’s the belief that all moral viewpoints are equally valid because they are subjectively based on a person’s or people’s culture, environment, life experiences and other contextual variables. PART 1 EXAMINES THE HISTORY OF CULTURAL RELATIVISM & MULTICULTURAL PHILOSOPHY
There is no Western race; only Western values. DEMOCRACY, INDIVIDUALISM, CAPITALISM, SCIENCE, RATIONALITY, HUMAN RIGHTS…. Western intellectual products have enriched the world. Nevertheless, Western values and culture are under attack. The assault is coming from multiple angles. It’s time to stop the obsession with guilt and take pride in the culture & values that created the greatest levels of prosperity & human welfare in history.
Virtue-signaling occurs when a person declares allegiance and/or support to a concept, group, cause or belief that his or her affiliated social networks hold in high esteem. Humans want so badly to be part of a grand cause, something greater than themselves, but just as powerful, is the need to make other people believe that each of us is a virtuous and consequential person. However, like many natural impulses, the urge to virtue-signal can cause destruction, especially when mob mentality amplifies the madness.
There are two sacred cows that politicians, celebrities and many other claim are the gateways to a just society: Equality & Empathy. In part 1, we examine Equality. The meaning of Equality has shifted since America’s founding. This evolution is a dangerous one. The common belief that equality is the only measure of societal health is unfounded.
There are two sacred cows that politicians, celebrities and many other claim are the gateways to a just society: Equality & Empathy. In part 2, we examine Empathy. Empathy has been elevated to a level of sanctity that is religious in nature. This has caused reason to take a back seat to emotion, with respect to moral decision-making. Morality is about rationality, not instinct. The common belief that empathy is the only way to moral outcomes is severely misguided.
Conspiracy theorists are fascinated by far-fetched stories of Bigfoot, aliens, Obama’s birth place and the alleged faking of the moon landing. They want to believe these ludicrous stories so badly. Fortunately, most (but not all) of these imaginary boogeymen aren’t widely believed to be real. Sadly, there is one societal boogeyman that is zealously defended by the politically correct establishment. The ‘Gender Pay Gap’ is a false idea that has been widely adopted by presidents, celebrities, politicians and the public at large.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IS THE PROMOTION OF EDUCATION FOR GROUPS THAT PREVIOUSLY WERE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST. Would you like it if society held you to a lower standard than your fellow peers? Would you find that liberating or insulting? The solution to the problem (education gap between whites and minorities) that affirmative action has unsuccessfully attempted to solve is not politically correct. IT’S TIME TO BE HONEST ABOUT THE PROBLEM.
Modern Social Justice Activists have turned away from the vision of MLK. The Civil Rights Movement has never been monolithic. Over the past hundred years, vastly different viewpoints from MLK have emerged, such as those of Malcolm X, the Black Panthers and the Nation of Islam. While MLK never failed to inspire unity, even in the face of abject horror, some other branches of the Civil Rights Movement were (& are) more divisive.
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Irreverent Ramblings Podcast #1: Was Jesus a Democrat or a Republican?
Irreverent Ramblings Podcast #2: Depression & Political Correctness Go Hand-in-Hand
Irreverent Ramblings Podcast #3: Beware of the RACISM WORMHOLE
Irreverent Ramblings Podcast #4: NO ONE is NOT Religious
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