“All power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The more I’ve learned, the less I believe it. Power doesn’t always corrupt. What power always does is reveal. When a guy gets into a position where he doesn’t have to worry anymore, then you see what he wanted to do all along.”

-Robert Caro, Interviewed in Esquire, 12/16/09

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene recently came into power, having been elected to office in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 14th district in 2020, and subsequently sworn in in 2021. And what is Representative Greene doing with this power? …


West Virginia is well known for a lot of things. One of those things is Joe Manchin, but another is the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, the world’s largest fully-steerable radio telescope, one of the most successful projects of the National Science Foundation, and a massive contributor to radio astronomy since going live in 2000. It’s also a tourist attraction. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? That’s right. Jobs.

robert c. byrd telescope. credit GBO/AUI/NSF

But hold up. Who was Robert C. Byrd? He was a United States Senator from West Virginia from 1959 until 2010, whose seat is now occupied by Joe Manchin. I…


Image credit: Desiree Ho for the Innovative Genomics Institute

Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti hosted Bret Weinstein, of intellectual dark web fame, in an absolute farce of journalism and conspiracism. This disgraceful, softball session of an interview is hosted at The Hill’s YouTube channel, here:

To set the scene, so-called journalists, Ball and Enjeti, play a clip featuring an interview with Trump’s CDC director, Robert R. Redfield. They do not bother to mention how the Trump administration was documented doing everything it could to pin responsibility for COVID-19’s damage in the United States on China, that Redfield routinely parroted biased, unscientific talking points on behalf of Trump on…


Jacobin Magazine has long trucked in anti-antiracist rhetoric. They correctly point out that there are deficiencies in the antiracist industry, and reference data showing the inefficacy of the much-decried corporate antiracist training emerging from the likes of Robin DiAngelo. But they go far beyond this. Some contributors, such as notorious trust funder, Walker Bragman, see images of a white supremacist militiaman’s home and equate it to poverty, neglecting to even consider the presence of the Confederate flag, the expensive pickup truck, how costly it is to acquire and train with militia equipment in the first place, and how millions of…


Bret Weinstein was called out on social media for using “woke” as a pejorative. Which, so that we are clear, any white person who uses this word this way is, without a doubt, engaging in a racist action. Given that an action is either racist or antiracist, a white person electing to use this term this way is unequivocally the former. Here is the video in which he defends his usage of the term:

His defense starts off right, that the positive usage of this term has a long and honorable history. But, everything after that is wrong, especially…


Before we get into the list of why cancel culture is good, let’s first accurately convey what it is. For that, we turn to the Wikipedia entry on cancel culture, specifically the opening section that describes it:

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Reason One: It’s a Boycott

Cancel culture is just a boycott. Fundamentally, that’s all it is. As a canceler, I withdraw support from individuals and companies by way of not buying from those who do things like place ads in white nationalist media outlets. As a consumer, I can choose to spend or not spend money, or criticize companies or venues, for any…


The IDW trades in right-wing rhetoric. It masks this behind a veneer of academic intellectualism and liberalism, never minding that several of its members are disgraced academics or explicitly anti-intellectual, anti-academia, or full-on conspiracy theorists, but it is a right-wing movement that draws from far-right distortions of discourse in an attempt to score points against the left. It is not centrist, and its adherents cleave cleanly to Randian, reactionary politics. The very politics that many high-school Libertarians put in the rear view mirror the moment they took their first college-level political science course.

Despite their claims to be in support…


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People working all night long to count votes are generally wage workers or volunteers. They are overwhelmingly working class. In most states, there are strict procedures where workers are drawn from both parties, with transparent chains of custody for ballots as they are processed. In some cases, the counts are even live-streamed, so you can watch it yourself.

Make no mistake about it; painting these workers as suspect or incompetent is class warfare. Showing up with guns and amassing outside a place where workers are trying to do their jobs is class warfare. These workers are normal people performing a…


The argument that we should “keep politics out of sports” and therefore that LeBron James should “shut up and dribble” or Colin Kaepernick has a right to protest just “not that way” is garbage. Not only is it brazenly reactionary — calls to keep politics out of sports are noticeably absent from white supremacists when the politics being advocated are not explicitly anti-white supremacist, such as when Kaepernick or James speak out against police violence against Black people — it also ignores that the owners of sports teams have long intertwined sports with politics. …


source: electoral college heat map at ballotpedia.org

The U.S. Elections have captured the attention of an enormous portion of the electorate in 20202. How do I know? Because of the ballots already being tabulated at one of the most useful resources for following what’s happening: The U.S. Election Project. This site, run by University of Florida political science professor, Dr. Michael McDonald, has early-voting data from every state where early voting is in effect. As of this writing (October 21, 2020), the site indicates that 42,143,836 ballots have already been cast in the 2020 elections, with 11,900,154 of those being in-person votes, and the rest mail ballots…

Benjamin T. Awesome

Just the facts: Writer. Gamer. Feminist. Educated in Astrophysics. Professional Gambler. Student of Language. Satanist. Anarchist. He/Him.

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