What you missed this week: May 17th-21st

In case you missed it this week, I:

Make sure to tune in this week for:

  • A refutation of the idea that we’re founded on Judeo-Christan principles;
  • An exposition of what’s (apparently) really important in politics;
  • The Pope getting tantalizingly close to the truth;
  • A blitz on free speech; and
  • More comedy… kind of

All this next week!

What you missed this week: May 10th-14th

If you didn’t catch it, this week I:

You missed all of that! Make sure you don’t miss this week when I:

  • Give you a better definition of racism;
  • Update you on the burqa ban;
  • Talk about some super-keen women’s rights violations;
  • Pick on China; and
  • Show you a hilarious religious morality play.

So make sure you stay tuned!

What you missed this week: May 2nd-7th

If you weren’t paying attention this week, I:

Be sure to tune in this week when I:

  • Talk about why “colour blindness” is a very bad idea;
  • Break character for a moment to talk about something dear to my heart;
  • Talk about some things that make me happy;
  • Highlight the rising number of interracial marriages; and
  • Show you some cartoons!

So make sure you tune in, because you don’t want to miss all the good stuff!

Free Speech, Religion, and Liberalism

CLS over at Classically Liberal has written an incredibly well-thought-out and eloquent essay on the importance of free speech and the separation of church and state.

The forefathers of modern libertarianism, the classical liberals, first campaigned for freedom of conscience. They wanted to limit the power of the state because the state was the instrument by which intolerant church policies were imposed on the public. The church, preferring to not have blood on its hands directly, left the killing to the state. So the state imposed theological order at the point of the gun—or more accurately at the time, at the point of the sword. Transgressors would be identified and executed, often at the stake. But what the state was doing was entirely at the behest of the church. The church is pretty much a toothless dog when it doesn’t have access to state power. It can bark but it can’t bite.

It brings me great comfort to find smart people who agree with me. Considering the nonsense going on in the United States right now, it’s nice to know there are at least some rational minds still at work.

The foundations of the manifesto

After many years of absence, I am returning to the “blogosphere”. Those of you who have known me for a while may remember that for a couple of years, I collaborated with a friend of mine named Poromenos to create “Porocrom’s Crappaper”, a mostly humour-based blog that lasted for about 2.5 years. Sadly, Porocrom ran out of steam as Poro and I shifted gears and started doing different things with our lives.

I have come back because I have a bone to pick with the world, and things seem to be getting worse. I’ve had the name “Crommunist” since I was 12 years old, and have enjoyed the shit out of it. That being said, it puts me in a linguistically advantageous position, as now I get to rail against a contrary sociopolitical system: Crapitalism.

Crapitalism (n): a social and political system centred around the exchange of intellectual currency for worthless crap.

Far too often I see the great minds of our age turned towards meaninglessness as a substitute for depth. Far too often I see the commoditization of the human condition, where people are treated as market segments and herd animals rather than rational, thinking agents. Far too often I see people living up to this. NO MORE, I say! I say again NO MORE!

In writing here, I hope to challenge you, and myself, to reach for a higher level of functioning rather than performing downward comparisons ad nauseam until our brains become little more than vestigial organs. There will be no punches pulled, there will be no compromises between right and wrong, and not even the sainted narrator will be above scrutiny. If I say something you disagree with, I hereby challenge you to call me on it and discuss it like human adults, rather than cowering behind thin excuses and fear of confrontation.

Now that the overblown rhetoric is done, here’s what this blog is really about. I have a lot of ideas. I think my ideas make sense. I think that if more people think, the world will be a better place. I am going to do my best to show you, through my writing; through links; through whatever means I can think of, how I arrived at my conclusions in the hope that I will persuade you. However, I think that debate is crucial to refining ideas and making them better.

All that said, here are my two hopes for this blog.

  1. That people will actually read the thing, and
  2. That people will comment, disagree, argue, contribute, discuss.

So here goes The Crommunist Manifesto