Student Loan Crisis or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Debt Slavery

The cumulative total of American student loans hit $1.5 trillion earlier this year, spread out across a little over forty-four million people.  According to Forbes, this makes loans for university count for the second highest form of consumer debt in the country, with only house mortgages beating it out.  It should come as something of a surprise to hear that the sum total of all the car loans in the country still can’t even hold a candle to the borrowed expenses of the now mockingly-labeled “higher education” in this country. Continue reading “Student Loan Crisis or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Debt Slavery”

A Quick Update on Upcoming Projects, QNUW’s Status, and a Few Thoughts on Academia

In the coming months, I will be uploading a series of pieces on the landmark 1835 & 1840 works of Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America.  This project is a bit of a lengthy one that I’ve been ruminating on for quite some time.  These works will be something of an unprofessional guidebook to help synthesize Tocqueville’s ideas and truncate his study using chapter summaries.  His body of work remains fascinating both in thought and in writing style, so I highly encourage everyone to go out and read his magnum opus at some point.  But for those of you who have actual lives and can’t commit to a sixteen hundred-some page long tome, there will be instead QNUW. Continue reading “A Quick Update on Upcoming Projects, QNUW’s Status, and a Few Thoughts on Academia”

Korn’s Lyrics Are Better Than Slam Poetry

So let’s say you’re fourteen, bullied in school, have a relatively easy home life, don’t have much need to work yet, and your biggest worries include how to get that one girl to notice you in class, how to get a passing grade in the gym class you keep skipping, and how you’re going to afford the next Call of Duty game when it comes out.  You’re probably a nerd, and if the year is 2003, then you’re a nerd that might be listening to nu metal as a form of adolescent rebellion. Continue reading “Korn’s Lyrics Are Better Than Slam Poetry”

Slam Poetry Sucks and All These Self-Entitled “Poets” Should Throw Themselves Off of Bridges

When did shouting obscenities, insults against anonymous caricatures, and empty aphorisms constitute poetry? When did it become less about substance and more about volume? Actually, when did substance turn out to mean “what incendiary, hateful remark can I rhyme with the last single-syllable insult that I said two seconds ago and can I chain it into this outdated statement on racial dysphoria that my professor would approve of?” Continue reading “Slam Poetry Sucks and All These Self-Entitled “Poets” Should Throw Themselves Off of Bridges”

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