The Tyranny of Midland Yard Sale Signs

Schools are out, the weather is almost predictably warm, campers can be seen driving down the roads, humidity rules the day, and there’s a massive amount of road construction. Looks like summer has finally come to Midland, Michigan! Along with all the other fun opportunities of the season, summer can’t really be complete without some…

The TTIP, TPP, TPA – Every T-rade Initialism Explained

Popular sources like Economix and John Oliver have been circulating misconceptions abound regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). These objections caught my eye not solely because TTIP, TPP and TPA are all confusing initialisms with a lot of capitals T’s, but because they were generally not…

Capitalism is not Exploitation

A main criticism of capitalism is that it is an economic system in which the rich gain their wealth through exploitation. Many people hold the Marxist belief that the wealthy class exists through the exploitation of the lower classes, and the huge disparity in income present today seems to validate this thought. After all, it…

A Future Lacking Automatized Channing Tatum

Can you imagine a world where athletes are automated within the next 20 years? What about actors? I, for one, cannot. After all, what would be the point of seeing a movie if all of its audio and video were not “real?” Furthermore, while I can potentially appreciate two gigantic robots straight out of Pacific…

Banned Books: A Violation of the 1st Amendment?

The 1st Amendment, as most people you meet on the street can tell you (at least, I should hope they can), can be summarized by the freedom of religion, press, assembly, petition, and, of course, the freedom of speech. But just how far does freedom of speech extend? Throughout US history, many levels of authority have tried…

Big Government Supports Big Business

One thing that consistently irks me is when small government advocates are labeled as “corporatist” or being “pro big-business.” This label usually comes from the political left and serves as a criticism to those who favor less government regulation. The belief that favoring less regulations means you are in support of corporations and big-business is…

Forever Cyborgs

Human beings are ingenious creatures. For all of history we have found ways to create tools that make our lives a great deal easier. These have varied from the first primitive bows to more complex items such as cars. For the most part, these mechanical enhancements have been outside of the “human form,” though some…

Looking Past What is Seen

One of the biggest concerns people have is the state of the economy, more specifically having jobs available. Whether it’s blamed on cheap labor in foreign countries or increased mechanization, many people are fearful of a declining job market. The concern for jobs has kept alive beliefs in harmful economic fallacies because people are focused…