Writer, Activist, Leftist.

#1: There’s no such thing as a good Republican.

On January 6th, 2021, as Congress was in the process of certifying Republican President Donald Trump’s defeat, thousands of Republicans attacked the capital resulting in a lockdown, delay, and four deaths.

For months prior to this, Republican politicians openly supported the idea of contesting the election results to prevent Trump…

Human nature is ours to decide

“If we’re going to be damned, let’s be damned for what we really are.” — Jean-Luc Picard

We live in a time of crippling awareness. Though our ecological footprint is increasing, our knowledge of the damage we’re causing has far outpaced it. Every American alive has been exposed to some…

Break them before they break us.

During the last semester of my senior year I took a political science course covering the world wars. One day, to illustrate a point about command structures, my professor asked the class to imagine that we were commanding a nuclear submarine and received an order from the president to launch…

An Absurd Philosophy

In the past, I’ve written a fair amount about individualism. My last article on the subject (adapted to video by Second Thought) explored how difficult and problematic it is to try and explain the world in individualist terms — essentially: does anyone really believe that the poor freely choose suffering?

What else could we be right about today?


In October of 2001, a stunning 90% of Americans supported Bush’s invasion of Afghanistan.

Two decades later, as Biden has finally ended America’s military occupation, we can tally the final cost of this disaster. The AP estimates ~150,000 casualties of the war, at least 1/3rd of which were civilians. They…

Matthew Barad

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