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About karnok

A legendary ninja.

Language Myths

I recently listened to an audiobook version of Steven Pinker’s The Language Instinct (1994). It was interesting but also set a personal record for Most Frustrating Book I’ve Ever Heard. Let’s break down some of the myths he presents. Myth … Continue reading

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Social Darwinism

I am a social Darwinist. How’s that for a controversial start? But let me explain. Perhaps the most famous example of “social Darwinism” is Adolf Hitler and “die Endlösung der Judenfrage” (The Final Solution to the Jewish Question). The Nazis … Continue reading

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Freedom vs. Entitlement

Freedom is perhaps my favourite ideal when it comes to economics and politics. But I’m not planning on explaining exactly why just yet. Partially, that is because the very meaning of “freedom” seems to be quite frequently misunderstood or lazily … Continue reading

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The Rules of the Game

Ever since my “political awakening” of a little over a year ago (when my brother recommended Thomas Sowell to me), I’ve engaged in a number of online discussions on various topics with mixed results. These took place on sites like … Continue reading

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Fascism vs. Communism

Communism seems to be accepted as being on the far left of the political spectrum. But it’s always struck me as odd that fascism is considered by some to be an extreme of the right-wing since I find it so … Continue reading

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“Unpaid” Work

In discussions of women’s pay in the workforce, the subject of “unpaid work” is sometimes brought up, the point being that women do more than their “fair share” of the work at home. Yes, on average, women do more housework … Continue reading

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Gay Marriage

“Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” This is the question being asked of Australians in a plebiscite currently occurring (September 2017). As one person on Facebook astutely pointed out, it’s meant to be a private poll, … Continue reading

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