Individuality and Violence

One of the most important things in life is maintaining a sense of individuality.  It’s important to not only feel different from others, but also to be different.  One can establish individuality throughout a series of choices, actions, and thoughts that best pertain to that specific individual.  Without diversity, society would be stagnant.  There would be no new innovations or new ways of thinking if everyone always thought and acted in the same ways.  However, it is crucial to have certain limitations on the way in which people can exercise their sense of individuality in order to keep everyone safe and protected. Continue reading

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The NFL: A Socialist Empire

The National Football League logo.

“It is a form of socialism and it’s worked quite well for us,” were the words of National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell in his January, 2012 interview with 60 Minutes. The National Football League is the most popular athletic league in the country today. Revenues in excess of $9 billion dollars annually and popularity are at all-time highs under Goodell’s leadership. The question of how to monetize and maintain this popularity is very relevant, and as evidenced by Goodell’s quote, to do so the National Football League leverages a 19th century philosophy described by Karl Marx. Continue reading

College Athletes: The Proletariat

The NCAA makes about six billion dollars annually

The NCAA makes about six billion dollars annually

While watching the exciting Michigan vs. Villanova basketball game on ESPN last night I began to think about whether or not these players should be paid. The game was the championship of the Legend Classic tournament and was played at the Barclays Center in New York. Even though it was an early season game, it probably generated a good amount of money for both programs and for ESPN. The dispute over whether or not college athletes should be paid is a very complex issue with strong arguments for both sides and there is no clear-cut answer to the issue for most people.

However, it seems as though Marx and Engels would have a definite opinion on the issue. In the first chapter of the Communist Manifesto Marx and Continue reading

The Secret Life of John Stuart Mill

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”

Over the weekend I had the wonderful pleasure of watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. If you haven’t seen it, I HIGHLY suggest you drop what you are doing and watch it right away. The movie, starring Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig, encourages adventure and risk-taking. As if I didn’t already have a personal constant need for adventure, this movie took me over the edge (not to mention the soundtrack is killer).

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