Opinion

Perhaps one of the most lied about eras of American history (though there are many) is the Gilded Age. The title for this era was given because on the outside it looks golden but on the inside it is said to be corrupt and horrible. But, I take the position it was all golden. The Gilded Age launched America as a global power and made us incredibly important worldwide. We now more wealth and resources and quickly made our way to the top of the chain globally. Besides this, wages grew for everyone, and while you can reference the trope that “the rich got richer and the poor got poorer” this claim has no merit to it. Wealth and capital were given to many and resources were no longer hard to achieve as they had been in the dark ages. As Andrew Carnegie says in his essay “The Gospel of Wealth”, “The poor enjoy what the rich could not before afford. What were the luxuries have become the necessaries of life. The laborer has now more comforts than the landlord had a few generations ago. The farmer has more luxuries than the landlord had, and is more richly clad and better housed. The landlord has books and pictures rarer, and appointments more artistic, than the King could then obtain.” The claims of how terrible it was are made without warrant whatsoever but simply a hatred for those who produced the mass amounts of wealth in the first place. Read Full Article

In a time where nationalist groups like the Aryan Brotherhood, and the KKK exist how in the world could nationalism be an ideology based on any sort of merit? While these groups may exist, the average nationalist is not a white supremacist, nor are they apart of some hateful cabal that wishes to see every person of color expunged from their nation. The ordinary nationalist just cares for their country, and countrymen, they care for the wellbeing of their “family”.

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The problem with the modern, progressive perspective is the overlooking of limited resources in the grand vision of expanding human potential. There exists an idealistic agenda to satisfy the needs and wants of every human through a complete restructuring of the current social/economic system, despite the fact that there are dire limitations to human ability and resources.

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Possibly one of the most pressing issues right now is how automation might (keyword: might) tear apart the economy.  Many studies have arisen showing that automation is going to be take out millions of manufacturing jobs globally. In response, even people on the right such as paleoconservative pundit Tucker Carlson and libertarian political scientist Charles Murray have come out saying we need to either heavily regulate it or find ways for the employed to be secure. The issue has started to bring people together. Read Full Article