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Round-About-Bail-Out

     I heard in the news recently that the President wants to give each tax-paying American $1,200 to help “stimulate the economy” during the coronavirus outbreak.  What isn’t stated is that this is basically just another bail-out for the banks/corporations.  The government gets more in debt (to the banks) by borrowing money to give to us, and in turn, we will use that money to buy things (which helps the corporations) or pay debts (which helps the banks, as they weren’t certain that they were going to get those debt payments while many things are shut down and many people aren’t working).  We, the people, are just middlemen for the corporations/banks to get more money from the government―a round-about-bail-out!

     So when you hear the words “stimulate the economy,” economy = banks/corporationsStimulus = giving tax-payer money to banks/corporations.

 

Government as Savior

     More and more, people are starting to view government as their “savior,” especially with the coronavirus outbreak.  But even before the outbreak, people are becoming increasingly less religious/spiritual and more political, basically replacing their faith in God with a new faith in government.  People now defend their political beliefs as ferociously as people of the past used to defend their religious convictions.  Liberalism and Conservatism are the new religions in our modern world today, and government is god.  Rather than being suspicious of government, as the people who founded this country were (and continued to be for many generations), people now look to the government as their savior, blind to the many hypocrisies of their party, while both parties slowly erode our individual freedoms while we aren’t paying attention and we fight against each other.  When will people learn that the vast majority of politicians are only in it for themselves and that they don’t have our best interests at heart?

     As I read somewhere before, most politicians are interested in two things: 1.) How to get elected.  2.) How to get re-elected.  They will say and do anything they can to achieve those goals.  And the bigger politicians can’t even get elected without some form of corporate/banking money financing them, so they are simply puppets for the world’s wealthiest people.

     No, government won’t save us.  We need to save ourselves from government!  Man-o-man have we ever got it backwards!  Yes, the banks/corporations control the politicians, but the politicians are the ones who write/shape the laws, so it is Them we should hold accountable, and Them we need to save/free ourselves from.

     Come on, people!  Wake up!

 

Emergency Legislation

     Know this―any time the government introduces some sort of emergency legislation, they will use it as a power grab, each and every time.  Sure, the legislation may help some people, but hidden within will be extra legislation designed to help Them, the people in power (and their corporate overlords), and Them alone, at the cost of the taxpayers, and with a loss of personal freedom for the common people.  They’ve done it countless times before, and they’ll continue to do it, no matter which party is in power, and no matter who introduces the legislation; Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t matter.  They both have the same overlords, and they both want to maintain their power.  So don’t fall for these tricks.  If emergencies don’t happen on their own, They will invent some (false flag events) and use any opportunity to add to their own wealth and power. This history has repeated itself often enough.

Excerpted from Them and Us: A Philosophy of Freedom by Adam Soto

It’s Not an Accomplishment

     Here’s a topic that really shouldn’t even be a topic: the race/gender issue.  I think that it’s important that we don’t go around being “proud” that we’re white or straight or female or right handed, or whatever.  They aren’t accomplishments … we were born like this. There is nothing to be proud of or ashamed of.  But if I were to go around and “insist” that others view or identify me in a certain way, then I’m off track because how each person views things is up to them as individuals, and I have no right to force another person to feel or believe what I believe.  But that’s what’s happening in many ways these days.  I just think that too many people are too wrapped up in labels and wanting recognition for things that aren’t even accomplishments, and then using these labels to divide and “conquer” those around them.

     It shows how much people identify with things that eventually help to define them, and that these identifications can sometimes (or oftentimes) become attachments that eventually act as mental constraints in their relations to those around them.  People identify as addict, hurt, marginalized, superior, inferior, victim, and so on, along with their identifications and attachments with religion, race, political affiliations, or nationality.

     For those who feel a political or cultural divide between themselves and others, who put the political and cultural divide between them?  They, themselves, did (or their society)!  In their own minds, they identify as politically and culturally divided.

     What would happen if, in their own minds, they were to break free of these mental constraints and pre-judgments (prejudices) and see the world in another way?  That’s really what the majority of the division in the world comes down to.  And until the world unlearns this kind of thinking and learns how to see without self-constraining attachments and identifications, the world will continue to be so much less than its true potential.

Market Crash

     Every time the stock market/economy crashes, the world’s wealthiest people/corporations lose some money (in our most recent crash, fake, printed-out-of-thin-air inflated money) but eventually acquire physical assets through asset purchases, company takeovers (both/either physically or through stock purchases), and increased market dominance (less competition/bankrupt businesses).  This trade-off will pay more in the long run through greater monopolization and centralization of powers and the fact that they now own physical companies rather than paper money alone, which loses its overall value over time through inflation.  Add to that the fact that a crashed world economy weakens the independence of most/all countries through the forced emergency spending/borrowing of money/resources and it again increases the likelihood of manipulating/exploiting these countries for personal gain.

     I think that is the main reason the markets seem to crash every 10-12 years to varying degrees; it’s simply a way for the wealthiest people and corporations to eliminate their weaker adversaries, both corporations and nations, and add to their own wealth.

Excerpted from Them and Us: A Philosophy of Freedom by Adam Soto

Pennsylvania Property Tax

     Someone I know recently told me about some Pennsylvania official or representative who wants to eliminate property taxes and replace them with various other taxes.  My initial reaction was, “Would government ever consider doing something like this if they weren’t going to make more money in the long run?  They certainly wouldn’t do it if they were going to make less!”

     Apparently (though not explicitly stated), what they really want to do is collect all of the tax money into one big pot and redistribute it as they see fit, taking money out of wealthier communities and putting it in other less attractive communities, communities that everyone is leaving because of drugs and crime, decades of poorly elected officials, high taxes, and/or lack of quality employment.

     I’m not convinced that this will pass any time soon (I could be wrong), but it probably will someday.  We’ll be fooled again!

     I realize that, once in a great while, one politician or another will implement a so called “tax break.”  Usually that just means that they created a different tax somewhere else, or the supposed tax break will be put back in another four or eight years, or they promised the elimination of one tax in favor of another, only to have the eliminated tax be reinstated somewhere down the road.  We fall for it every time.  How rarely do we hear anything about the real problem—government spending!  That should be the focus!  Cut off all of the unnecessary spending and there would probably be no need to raise taxes to begin with!

 

A Losing Battle

     I was recently talking to someone I know who is very into all of the digital technology that is increasingly dominating people’s lives.  I, for one, am actually scaling back my use of digital electronics and media to what I believe to be a more moderate level.

     In any case, I was telling them that I recently disabled my “cookies” on my phone and am using only “private mode” now, which creates various problems (for myself) from time to time.  (Although most of you are probably aware of what “cookies” are, for those who are not, “cookies” are used by websites to track and store what you do when visiting their site, which they then use to better understand your likes, desires, and tendencies and also to sell to 3rd party companies to do with as they please.)  Many sites simply will not even load when the cookies are off, presenting a blank, grey screen.  When that happens I just move on to something different; they don’t get my business.

     The person I was speaking with said, “Yeah, it’s a losing battle.”  I didn’t say it at the time, but what I should have said was, “No, losing is to not battle at all.”

     And that’s the problem with so many people today.  People aren’t willing to battle at all.  They just accept whatever they are told to do or buckle to the slightest pressure, never standing up for anything whatsoever.

     I know that disabling my “cookies” is pretty small in the grand scheme of things, but at least it’s fighting back a little.  That’s what I am, a fighter; I know exactly what I want in life, and I fight the good fight in many little ways.  I want my freedom as much as possible, from as many things and people as possible.  I consider it a badge of honor to have to endure some inconvenience or hard work to achieve my goals.  It helps to give my life greater meaning, and therefore, much more joy, peace, and satisfaction.

     Sometimes I feel that the people in my life who are familiar with my fighting spirit only see what I’m giving up (like giving up the internet and cable at home, for example), but not what I gain (better use of free time, less television programming, more reading and writing, etc.), which is so much greater than what I’m giving up.

     So no, it’s not a losing battle.  Losing is to not battle at all!

Excerpted from Them and Us: A Philosophy of Freedom by Adam Soto

Trickle Down Taxes

     I recently read an article about France imposing a “Digital Tax” of 3% on the largest online marketplaces.  Their reasons, according to the government, was to ensure that large online corporations pay their fair share of taxes.  Apparently a small town bakery ends up paying more taxes than many of the giant online marketplaces, and the government wanted to fix it (or so they say).

     So how did the online marketplaces respond?  They raised their seller fees 3%, naturally!  The sellers, though not explicitly stated in the article, will no doubt raise their prices 3%.  So in the end, the “Digital Tax” is really just another tax on consumers.  The government gets their 3%, it’s a washout for everyone in the middle, and the consumer pays 3% more.

     And guess what?  This is how it works every time government thinks up a new tax.  The largest corporations either wiggle out of the new tax through tax loopholes or they pass it down until, eventually, it trickles down to the everyday working people of the world.

     Government knows this.  They know that they would have to close tax loopholes if they really want to make the corporations pay more taxes, but they can’t do that because:

  1. The corporations may move to another country
  2. The government may be closing tax loopholes that they (the politicians) as individuals benefit from
  3. The corporations wouldn’t finance the politician’s election/reelection.

     So the next time you hear that government wants to find a new tax to impose on corporations or “rich people,” get ready to open up your wallet, because you’ll be the one paying it!

 

Pointless Rioting

     I heard a conversation today between two guys talking about some rioting that’s been happening in France.  I haven’t been following the situation closely, but apparently the everyday people are feeling cheated in one way or another by the government due to a decline in living standards and the introduction of even more taxes.  (As one of the most socialist countries in the world, France already has some of the highest tax rates of any country.)

     In any case, the one guy on the bus said that he thought the protesters were doing a good job so far by burning and destroying luxury cars to draw attention to their movement.

     I don’t think that burning and destroying luxury cars is a good thing!  What does that solve?  All that it shows to me is that the protesters don’t stand for much at all if they’re going to take their frustrations out on wealthier people’s property with random acts of destruction.

     To really get things done people need to follow the examples of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Government knows how to deal with violence—simply strike back with more violence.  Non-violence is harder for them to justify the use of force.

     But government has gotten smarter over the years.  They now have a technique of infiltrating non-violent groups with their own government agents who impersonate actual nonviolent protesters and whose real job is to incite violence, thereby giving government an excuse to crush them.

     One thing government can’t fight against very well is a good old-fashioned boycott or strike.  Gandhi was able to bring the entire nation of India to a standstill by declaring days of “prayer and fasting.”  On these days, no one would go to work, businesses started losing money, and that brought about results against their overlords, Great Brittan.

     That’s why the “Occupy Wall Street” protests not too long ago were a joke.  They had no organized message and no plans for boycotts or strikes.

     Anyways, it probably matters very little.  Most Americans are far too comfortably numb to care about protests, boycotts, and strikes.  Sadly, these movements usually only happen after people have nothing left to lose.

Excerpted from Them and Us: A Philosophy of Freedom by Adam Soto

Very Different Reactions

     I literally blew someone’s mind today!  I know we hear that phrase a lot, but this was the first time that I ever really saw someone’s mind blown.  This man had a very shocked, unsettled look on his face and his mouth was hanging open.  The guy is twice my age, but on multiple occasions now I’ve turned his world completely upside down.

     This occasion was in reference to an article about a group of NYC Fire Commissioners calling for a reopening of the 9/11 World Trade Center investigation, citing “overwhelming evidence” that the towers were brought down by “controlled demolitions,” not fire and jet impact.  My friend had never heard anyone question the official government version of 9/11, and as I proceeded to provide more details about alternative views of how the towers fell, he was literally beside himself.

     I think what made it harder for him is that I had already gained credibility in his eyes a few months prior when I convinced him (with plentiful evidence) of the “man made climate change” hoax.  That was also a shock to him.  Add to that the new information I presented to him about 9/11 and the look I saw on his face was of someone who had just come to the realization that much of what they think they know in life is a lie, that there really is a group of people sadistic enough to kill thousands of people (and deceive billions more) for their own personal gain.  Unfortunately, I had to leave at that point, but it will be interesting to see if he has anything else to say about it when we meet next week.  (I won’t bring it up to him; I’ll wait to see if he brings it up again.)

     Oh, and I almost forgot; when I emailed him the article about the NYC Fire Commissioners, he said, “I didn’t see this in the news!”  Ain’t that the truth!

     A couple of hours later I had the same conversation with another person.  I presented it the same exact way and got a completely different reaction.  This man was in complete denial.  He said (and I quote), “I simply cannot believe that!  I don’t want to believe that my government would kill thousands of innocent people for personal gain!”

     I tried to explain a little more, but he shut me down.  The conversation was over.  Apparently he would rather live in denial, believing that those in power are good, kind-hearted people, incapable of anything so heinous.  I guess that makes him feel better.

     Two different people―same subject, same presentation―two very different reactions.

     For me, personally, I don’t care how much it hurts; I want to know the cold, hard truth!

Excerpted from Them and Us: A Philosophy of Freedom by Adam Soto

Accountability

     We all have a responsibility to ourselves to take accountability for our lives and our actions, and not make excuses or blame others for our own poor choices or work ethic.  Sometimes we are put in less than desirable conditions, but if we remain positive and work hard, we can improve our condition over time.  (If this weren’t true, there wouldn’t be so many examples of people bettering their lot in life.)

     As the saying goes, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  If people aren’t willing to explore the world around them and figure out the forces that are working for and against them, then it’s really nobody’s fault but their own.  The world is our oyster, after all.

     Many people choose the easy way because the examined, successful life takes a lot of hard, hard work. It means not giving in to every whim or desire. It takes sacrifice, determination, will-power, and a desire to become the best that you can be. That’s my take, anyways.  I’m not perfect by any means, but I’m also not afraid to call it like it is. Any faults I have are my own. I’m responsible for them. That’s the truth.

 

Won’t Work For Free

     I went to a certain supercenter grocery store today to pick up a few things (we don’t really have small, local grocery stores anymore), and as I went to check out I passed by (as usual) all of the self-checkout isles (which were full of people checking out their own groceries) until I came upon one of the isles that had a real live human cashier.  The cashier was standing out in front of the checkout isle, waiting to check people out.

     For the record, there have been times that I’ve stood in line for twenty minutes waiting to check out, refusing to “work for free” in the self-checkout lines, so I was quite happy to not have to wait this time.

     As I unloaded the groceries from my cart, I commented to the cashier that I couldn’t believe that all of those people at the self-checkout machines would work for free checking out their own groceries while she stood there, getting paid, waiting to check people out.  The cashier’s reaction was not at all what I had expected.

     “I check my own groceries out, too,” she said.

     “You do?” I responded, incredulously.  “Why would you work for free like that?”

     “I don’t like the way cashiers bag my groceries,” she responded.

     I then proceeded to tell her how recent articles stated that the family who owned this particular superstore market makes $70,000 every minute, $100 million every day, and that I couldn’t understand how anyone would volunteer their labor to such already rich people, especially when it means that less people will have a job because of it.

     “It won’t matter anyways because soon all checkouts will be self-checkouts,” was her flippant response.

     “Because everyone keeps going along with it…”

     “They can’t keep any workers anyways,” she continued.  “Hell, they even pay them $11 an hour to start out!  More than I ever made!”

     I tried to explain to her that the store would be able to keep workers if they paid higher wages, but it was falling on deaf ears, so I shut my mouth.

     But I am glad that I talked to her.  I always find it interesting to get insight into another person’s thought processes.

     So think about it the next time you volunteer your labor for a corporation that makes 100 million dollars a day.

Excerpted from Them and Us: A Philosophy of Freedom by Adam Soto

How to Live

     I see freedom as an essential part of society. Without freedom, especially the freedom to choose how to live one’s life (religiously/spiritually, socially, and economically), human beings can never truly be content or at peace, within themselves or with others.

 

The Biggest Problem in the World

     The majority of people practice no kind of philosophy in life whatsoever.  If people had a more philosophical perspective towards life, I believe that people would be happier.  That’s what I see as the biggest problem in the world.

     Without a guiding philosophy in life, people wander from one attachment to another, finding happiness only in whatever provides external stimulation.  Most things in life have as much power as we give them.  Income, for example, can increase or decrease our overall happiness to an extent, but if each person had a more philosophical (and I think realistic) outlook on life, they would find happiness in the things that really matter.

     I, personally, practice spirituality, and find that it adds great value to my life.  But if spirituality isn’t for you, then at least practice a philosophy composed of logic, morality, love, and freedom.

     Logic, morality, love, and freedom―exactly what the world is in need of!

 

Government Spending Can’t Fix It

     A friend of mine always wants the government to step in and fix what he sees as the greatest problems in the world.  One of the problems that really concerns him is child obesity.

     The poorest people are often seen eating fast food, which costs at least twice as much as cooking at home.  (I suppose the Dollar menu may be the exception.)  No amount of government spending can undo the natural laziness that goes along with the large majority of people who just don’t care about themselves or what’s in their own best interests … even the health of their own body!

     It’s extremely unfortunate that the children of these kinds of parents are raised in the kinds of conditions that contribute to their obesity.  As they become adults though, they then need to take responsibility for their own health, diets, and exercise.

     All of this is unfortunate, but I don’t see how much the government can really do.  Children may not know what’s healthy for them, but adults do.  When I see the people I work with stop at Sheetz, Burger King, and McDonald’s and get fast food everyday and chase it down with a giant sized soda, they all know that it’s unhealthy for them.  They simply don’t care, and would rather indulge their insatiable desire for the taste of fast food and the desire to avoid cooking.  Government spending won’t fix it, and more education will go in one ear and out the other (in my opinion).  Bleak as it may sound, this is free-will and all that accompanies it.  As I’ve said many times, with freedom comes responsibility.

     And a side note on all of the recent ideas on taxing everything that’s unhealthy for us: of all the people who I went to school with who smoked, not one of them who did quit did so because of the cost.  All of them knew (and still know) that smoking is bad.  If they did quit, they quit because they wanted to become healthier or out of their own sense of self-worth and self-responsibility.  Education (or lack thereof) wasn’t the issue.  And tax increases didn’t deter them in the least.

     People have a right to live how they want without government interference.  That’s what freedom is all about!

Excerpted from Them and Us: A Philosophy of Freedom by Adam Soto

Government Sanctioned Theft

     Mark my words: Socialism will catch up with every one of the countries (who practice socialism) eventually, especially if they allow massive immigration (which will result in massive changes in culture).  One of the fundamental core values that I’ve learned from the philosophy of Stoicism is the idea of “living in harmony with nature.”  Socialism is completely against the laws of nature.  In nature, we reap what we sow.  I’m all for “voluntary” wealth redistribution (also known as giving to “charity organizations”); but INVOLUNTARY wealth redistribution (through taxes) is legalized theft, plain and simple.  For someone to vote to redistribute another person’s property is immoral.  If it’s not freely given, then it is forcefully taken (through taxes, with the threat of punishment or imprisonment if refused).  That’s not love.  That’s not neighborly.  That’s not freedom.  That’s theft―government sanctioned theft, plain and simple!

 

Need, Convenience, and Self-Interest

     A show I watched recently (Undercover Law) had this line in it:

“Most people are motivated by three main things: need, convenience, and self-interest.  Everything else is pure romanticism.”

     This quote from an article I recently read sums it up perfectly:

“…There’s been a striking shift in how corporations see themselves. In normal times, corporations serve a lot of stakeholders―customers, employees, the towns in which they are located. But these days corporations see themselves as serving one purpose and one stakeholder―maximizing shareholder value. Activist investors demand that every company ruthlessly cut the cost of its employees and ruthlessly screw its hometown if it will raise the short-term stock price.”[4]

     The ugly truth of the matter is, it’s dog-eat-dog out there.  Power and success go to the ones who devise the most ruthless strategy to dominate their adversaries; and if they don’t, someone else will do it to them. 

     In all honesty, most people aren’t quite that bad, especially on a personal level.  But take the “personal” out of it, where the victim becomes a faceless, nameless, abstract entity, and the game seems to change quite a bit.

     For instance, most corporate owners and their shareholders have no idea of the conditions in the factories in China where most of their products are made, and they don’t want to know.  It’s called “willful ignorance,” and is necessary for them to be able to sleep soundly at night.  They are probably pretty decent people in their everyday life, but have cut themselves off from any moral responsibility they may feel, and hide the truth from themselves.  Deep down I think that most people who benefit from the unfair labor of others know that they are living out of harmony with conscience, and maybe they even do some extra philanthropy work because of it, but that’s as far as it goes.  And so the world turns…

     I see absolutely no way for this to change―now, or in the future.  Governments can’t force corporations to become more “moral.”  (Anyways, that would be the pot calling the kettle black!) 

     Confucius taught that the citizens will either consciously or unconsciously follow the examples of the people in power.  When, in the past, the people in power seemed to have more morals (when those in power were more openly Christian, for example, and actually practiced their religion more), we, as a society, had more morals.  Now, those in power (governments, corporations) seem to be almost completely morally bankrupt; it’s no wonder our country is the way it is!

Excerpted from Them and Us: A Philosophy of Freedom by Adam Soto

Free Trade

     I think that what we know as “free trade” is quite misleading; what it really is is trade that is shaped to help the largest corporations “trade for free.”  It’s set up to help the largest and wealthiest people and corporations bypass countries with strong unions or work forces and manufacture in places where they can pay a dollar a day to wage-slaves (no offense intended) who are happy to get even that little bit of income, then ship their products around the world for free, making the corporations unfathomably rich in the process.  Real free trade would resemble a system where our country’s interests are put first, not multi-national globalist corporations who only care about profits (not people), and who have no loyalty to any country, just their own corporate interests.

     It’s true, we’ve gotten cheaper goods in the U.S. because of what we call “free trade,” that’s indisputable; but the loss that “free trade” has created in the middle class has hurt families, local and state governments, and the Federal government monetarily through the taxes those higher wages generated, leaving ghost towns full of failing roads and infrastructure, and a growing number of people on government assistance to try to pick up the pieces and make ends meet with low paying service jobs.  All the while, the largest corporations have less and less competition to contend with as more and more businesses close, as only the largest corporations can profit from “free trade.”  Add to that the extra advantage of these corporations not having to pay American wages or health care to their employees (since they now manufacture outside of the U.S.), and it’s a win all around for those rich enough to shape our laws (through lobbying) to what we call “free trade.”

     Like nearly everything affiliated with government, it benefits THEM (politicians/corporations), not US (hard working citizens)!

 

How to End Poverty

     I, like everyone, personally know a few people who live in relative poverty.  It’s not “America’s” fault that they live in poverty.  A large majority of them simply refuse to go out and get a job.  That’s it.  Period.  They could get up every day and go to work like everyone else, but they choose poverty instead.  They choose to sleep in and watch tv and play on their phones while everyone else goes to work.  (I’m not talking about those who are truly disabled.  That’s something altogether different.)

     All of the people who I know who do not live in poverty go to work every day.  I’m pretty sure that’s how you end poverty (if you live in poverty) … go to work!  Get a job, live responsibly.  Problem solved.

Excerpted from Them and Us: A Philosophy of Freedom by Adam Soto

White Privilege Conference

    I recently read a promotional op-ed article about something called a “White Privilege Conference.”  I must say that I take great exception to the existence and promotion of such a conference.  I am white and come from a town of mostly white, hard-working Americans.  My direct ancestors came to this country with barely two nickels to rub together, worked and toiled in coal mines, on railroads, and in factories until they could get enough money together to send for their wives and children.  They didn’t have much but learned how to live responsibly and frugally, going without many luxuries and no “safety net” to save them when things got tough.  They worked unbelievably hard and earned every penny they made.

     My entire life, most of the people I’ve known have gotten up every day and went to work in the hot, dirty, dust-filled factories in my hometown, as did most of their parents before them.  Everything they have, they worked for.  Although some in my family have been more successful than others, most have made an effort to live responsibly and within their means.  I was never lacking of anything, but I was also not spoiled.  I began working when I was 15 years old and have worked ever since.  I’m currently a janitor.  I didn’t get my job because I’m white; I got it because I showed up every day, worked hard (part-time until I was hired full-time), and showed that I could be an asset to the organization.  In fact, I can’t think of anything that I’ve gotten in this world that either myself or my family didn’t work for.

     To me a “White Privilege Conference” is extremely counter-productive; it goes completely against Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of being judged not by the color of our skin but by the content of our character.  In fact, our society seems to be increasingly obsessed with highlighting race, gender, or sexual orientation whenever the opportunity presents itself—at times even going out of its way to do so.  (That’s my experience, at least.)

     I could go on and on about the problems and challenges of those who struggle around or below the poverty line—and offer some possible causes and solutions—but for now I only wish to say that a “White Privilege Conference” isn’t, in my opinion, part of the solution; it only adds to the problems.  It divides and separates us, and in the end creates an environment ripe for negativity to flourish.  It creates, in my opinion, a false narrative that can then be used against certain persons or groups of people in numerous negative ways, creating new wounds in the process.

     All of us, regardless of race or gender, deserve better.

Excerpted from Them and Us: A Philosophy of Freedom by Adam Soto