Upcoming posts and new blog

Most of my future blog posts will likely be based on current events and whatever is going on in the world. I tend to react to events instead of anticipate them – then again, who beyond Nate Silver does any different? Having said that, I’m currently working on a series of posts that will be less reactionary.

For my next trick – commonly held myths about American politics! Hurray! *cue sound of crickets*

The basic gist is that my own liberal and anti-religious biases are frequently inflamed by what I deem to be morons in the media and public life. Many people tend to believe amazingly dumb things about the state of our world, and I wish to fan the flames of that anger…  err… I mean, attempt to influence the debate. In all seriousness, I have no delusions that I will change people’s minds. However, when I see egregious myths and misconceptions propagated in the media by otherwise well-meaning people, I want to counter them.

I’m going to write a series over the next few weeks (and likely months) dedicated to countering the worst (primarily right-wing) myths, lies, and errors regarding politics. Most of this has an American bias, as that is the country I am from and have the most working knowledge. My expertise outside of North America is sadly lacking, though I will occasionally leak what little knowledge I have out onto the page about topics like Ukraine, Taiwan, and India – to name but a few areas of international interest.

In the meantime, here are the primary topics I will be covering shortly. Firearms policy will likely be the first topic covered, as it is constantly a major talking point of both the American right, and the non-elected American left.

Commonly held political myths to be refuted:

*Individual possession of firearms is a long-standing American right.

*More guns equal less crime.

*The American budget deficit is a dire and pressing issue.

*Social Security is in danger of insolvency.

*Illegal immigrants pose a serious threat to American safety and/or prosperity.

*Socialism exists in any meaningful way in the American political system.

*America was founded as a Christian nation.

*The size of government is a pressing issue.

*We need to “fix problems on Earth before venturing into space.”

 

That last one is a little less ideologically-based than the others, but it nonetheless important to refute.

Many of these are pretty obvious to the politically-aware, but they persist widely enough that it doesn’t hurt to counter the spread of such foolishness. I will attempt to get into the history of these myths, and explain the facts, as straight-forwardly as possible. I am not immune to bias, of course, but I believe I can logically explain myself in such a way that contributes to the debate, rather than drags it further into the mud.

Oh, and beyond politics, I am going to restart my boxing blog soon! Hopefully in the next day or two I will have the URL up and my old Blogger posts loaded. New content will likely be less frequent than this blog, but there will be some boxing talk forthcoming.

Update:

Here’s the link to the new boxing blog:

http://hunterboxing.net/

All my reposts from Blogger and Facebook have been uploaded and the blog is ready to go.

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About hbreck

Writer, debater, contrarian, storyteller, occasional troublemaker. I'm mostly just making things up as I go.
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