According to a blog found on RE Factor Tactical, a company founded by veterans which sells tactical products and provides special operations with solutions for unconventional battlefield issues, violence can, and has historically been, the answer to major conflicts. In their blog, they state: “Those who say “violence is never the answer”, most likely never stared death in the face or encountered some of the greatest evil that plagues our society. In reality, violence often solves some of life’s greatest issues”. Thinking back to our World Wars, revolutions and the current conflict in Venezuela… they may actually be right. On today’s episode, we have a conversation about pacifism and violence, and their respective effectiveness in resolving escalated social conflict.
When it comes to decisions about how to spend federal funds, there is almost always vast differences in opinions on what the country should prioritize. According to a recent survey of U.S. adults by the PEW Research Center, about 72% favored increasing spending on education while 28% suggested decreasing assistance to the needy across the world and 23% suggested decreasing spending to help those who are unemployed. On this episode, we explore the use of tax revenue across a number of public issues and programs, and share our opinions on how the government should prioritize spending.
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer, recently testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee about his involvement in the 2016 election and hush money paid to Stormy Daniels, among other proof which incriminates President Trump. Cohen’s testimony also has us all wondering: is our democratic republic is failing (so much that it has enabled a bad actor like Cohen to exploit our democratic system and defraud the American public)? Or is it a clear indication that while our democratic system is not perfect, it is nevertheless functioning?
Two years have passed since Britain voted on Brexit, but the split has proved more difficult than originally promised. Pro-Brexit arguments ranged from more rational immigration policies to the EU strangling the UK with burdensome regulations. However, big businessmen and current residents are now worried for their immediate implications with possible tariff and border changes. Ology Research Group weighs in on the parallels between Britain and the United States and how "emotionally charged policies” create rash decisions.
Over the last few years, we have seen several social movements arise, which all deal with relevant, contemporary social issues. On today’s episode, we reflect on some of these modern acts of solidarity, social movements of decades ago, and compare them - all to answer the question: are modern protests effective?
Earlier in June, President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, a multi-nation agreement within the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change, to deal with the issue of greenhouse gas emissions. The withdrawal led to outrage from environmentalist organizations and other groups on all sides of the political spectrum. Considering America’s historical influence in the global community and as a hegemonic power, what is America’s role in encouraging global cooperation on climate change?