Author: Alex Hagen-Frederiksen

Ancient Origins of Socialism and the Progressive Movement

Progressives have always moved society forward, for better or worse. It has always been the label of political pioneers: Abraham Lincoln, Lyndon Johnson, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt to be politically progressive – though they were from different political parties – one for his abolition of slavery, another for granting African Americans the right to vote, and the third for establishing the welfare systems still used today. The rather interesting development has been the conflation of “progressivism” and “socialism”.  Socialism, in small ways, has not been an “avant garde” position in America since the creation of Social Security. It replaced...

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Will Bitcoin Boom Spell Environmental Gloom?

For the longest time, Bitcoin, the Internet’s largest cryptocurrency, slowly puttered along as essentially a libertarian thought experiment. That is, “why rely on the American Dollar, which is backed by a federal reserve, when a community can collectively create a separate currency?” Years ago, Bitcoin users were lucky to purchase pizza with their independent coin, but today the value of a single coin is equal to approximately $18,000, which is no small sum. There is much speculation today over whether this exponential value increase is a sign that the currency is gaining public traction, or whether it’s merely an...

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Washington is The New Versailles

In the dead of night, democracy died with a whimper. Withered husks of humanity, driven only by the demands of their monolithic donor base, voted to gut the middle and working class in order to transfer over a trillion dollars to the richest percentage of our society. These wolves, cloaked in the rhetoric of populism, are attempting to resuscitate the gilded age for their ceaseless masters. The bill was released with notes scribbled in the margins and entire pages crossed out, with byzantine levels of convoluted intricacy. And it was not Senators that penned the final changes, conservative lobbyists...

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Pipeline Spills Justify Protester Outrage

On November 16, TransCanada, the owners of the Keystone Pipeline, reported that a portion of the line had ruptured, spilling over 210,000 gallons of oil near the small town of Amherst in South Dakota. That currently ties it for the dubious record of the biggest oil spill of 2017 in the United States. The spill is also dangerously close to the Lake Traverse Sioux Reservation. The chairman for the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, Dave Flute, expressed concern that the oil could contaminate local groundwater. If you feel like you’ve heard this one before, it’s because you have. Time and...

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Take A Knee for Injustice

In August 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to sit for the national anthem before games, as a protest of police violence towards African-Americans. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told media. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” This small form of protest outraged some Americans who either...

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