John Laurits https://www.johnlaurits.com Insurgent journalism. Poetry. Weaponized Mathematics. Fri, 15 Jun 2018 22:03:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i2.wp.com/www.johnlaurits.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/cropped-jl-site-icon-vaporwave-colors.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 John Laurits https://www.johnlaurits.com 32 32 117611412 Brand Marketing a Political Party: Inside the Democrats’ Fake Opposition https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/brand-marketing-a-political-party-inside-the-democrats-fake-opposition/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/brand-marketing-a-political-party-inside-the-democrats-fake-opposition/#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2018 05:46:48 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9775 Brand Marketing a Political Party: Inside the Democrats’ Fake Opposition

For the past 17 months or so, much of the US has been steeped in a continual ebb-and-flow of outrage over whatever mess was made most recently by Trump’s administration. This is partly because most US-Americans (like people anywhere else) are halfway-decent people who instinctively reject antisocial behaviors like tearing families apart and spiteful resorts to […]

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In Defense of Political Extremism: ‘Us Versus Them’ Versus Neoliberal Ideology https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/extremist-politics-neoliberalism-ideology-us-vs-them/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/extremist-politics-neoliberalism-ideology-us-vs-them/#comments Wed, 23 May 2018 06:41:36 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9698 In Defense of Political Extremism: ‘Us Versus Them’ Versus Neoliberal Ideology

The term ‘black and white’ is often used to label ways of thinking that are considered dismissive, narrow-minded, or simplistic. Informing someone that “the world isn’t split into black and white” is often used to suggest a person has failed to think outside of the box or is trapped in a false dilemma. Though black-and-white, […]

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Voter Registration Is Voter Suppression: Low Turnout by Design in the USA https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/voter-registration-is-suppression/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/voter-registration-is-suppression/#comments Tue, 08 May 2018 23:05:09 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8584 Voter Registration Is Voter Suppression: Low Turnout by Design in the USA

A look at the voter registration system in the United States; why the US has such low voter turnout; how opt-in, individual self-registration is equal to voter suppression; why automatic voter registration rules

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The Russia Narrative Is Nonsense: Anti-Social Media Censorship & McCarthyist Democrats https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/russian-troll-bot-media-propaganda/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/russian-troll-bot-media-propaganda/#comments Sun, 29 Apr 2018 09:12:29 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9430 The Russia Narrative Is Nonsense: Anti-Social Media Censorship & McCarthyist Democrats

The article you are about to read is 100% pure Russian propaganda, written by some shill to deliberately mislead you with false information on what is obviously a fake news site. That, at least, is the story being used to foment mistrust of divergent views and discredit independent news-media, educators, and journalists. Thanks to the normalization of […]

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How Much Do Tomahawk Cruise Missiles Cost? A Receipt for Trump’s Syria Attack https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/cost-of-tomahawk-missiles-trump-strikes-damascus/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/cost-of-tomahawk-missiles-trump-strikes-damascus/#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:30:03 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9541 How Much Do Tomahawk Cruise Missiles Cost? A Receipt for Trump’s Syria Attack

Last Saturday, as most are surely aware, the prime ministers of France and the UK assisted failed meatpacking-entrepreneur Donald Trump in violating all the most important international laws by attacking Syria in Damascus and Homs. For whatever reason, the US-led coalition thought it was a good idea to get revenge against Syria for an alleged gas-attack […]

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North Korea in Context: Laurits on Radio Sputnik + Robust Opposition [Audio + Video] https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/north-korea-nuclear-talks-media-analysis/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/north-korea-nuclear-talks-media-analysis/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:36:05 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9447 North Korea in Context: Laurits on Radio Sputnik + Robust Opposition [Audio + Video]

For readers who missed my talk with Lauren Steiner on the history of the US-military presence in Korea on The Robust Opposition last month, I am posting the video below. After my recent post (North Korea Talks Are a Major Step But the Media Lies About Why) on US media’s blatant revision of the history behind North […]

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Marx + MMT: Socialism Through a Self-Managed Federal Job Guarantee (Modern Money Systems, Part 2) https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/mmt-marxism-modern-money-part-2/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/mmt-marxism-modern-money-part-2/#comments Wed, 04 Apr 2018 06:32:48 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9047 Marx + MMT: Socialism Through a Self-Managed Federal Job Guarantee (Modern Money Systems, Part 2)

Is modern monetary theory (MMT) compatible w/ Marxism? Part 2 of Modern Money Systems looks at how the macroeconomic reality described by MMT fits into the framework of class struggle described by Karl Marx & compares the idea of a worker self-managed federal job guarantee to Marx's 'armies of labor'

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Literally No Evidence Russia Is Behind the Sergej Skripal Poisoning https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/sergei-skripal-poisoning/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/sergei-skripal-poisoning/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:11:03 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9293 Literally No Evidence Russia Is Behind the Sergej Skripal Poisoning

Note: To those arriving via the Weekly Standard’s so-called ‘fact-check,’ I challenge you to read the argument below because Holmes Lybrand misrepresents it in several ways and fails to draw the crucial distinction between evidence in general and evidence for a specific conclusion. The argument isn’t that evidence in general doesn’t exist (it does) but […]

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MMT, Social Class, & Marxism: John Laurits + Real Progressives’ Steven Grumbine [video] https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/marxist-mmt-modern-money-socialism/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/marxist-mmt-modern-money-socialism/#comments Mon, 12 Mar 2018 05:38:23 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9114 MMT, Social Class, & Marxism: John Laurits + Real Progressives’ Steven Grumbine [video]

Earlier today, I had a great live talk with Steven Grumbine of Real Progressives about how the ideas of Karl Marx — and the tradition of Marxist theory that grew from those ideas — intersects with the insights of modern monetary theory (MMT). Steven graciously worked with me behind the scenes and put up with […]

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North Korea Talks Are a Major Step But US Media Lies About Why https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/north-korea-nuclear-talks-trump-media-propaganda/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/north-korea-nuclear-talks-trump-media-propaganda/#comments Sat, 10 Mar 2018 05:44:55 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9086 North Korea Talks Are a Major Step But US Media Lies About Why

Did you hear the news? In what Mother Jones labeled a “stunning announcement,” South Korean officials stated that North Korea is willing to talk with the United States about ending its nuclear program, which CNN reported as a “remarkable development.” It almost seems — as both Fox News and the Atlantic speculate — as if Donald Trump’s […]

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The Middle Class Myth: How Social Class Actually Works, Explained Simply https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/middle-class-myth-social-classes-explained/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/middle-class-myth-social-classes-explained/#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2018 09:01:46 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=9049 The Middle Class Myth: How Social Class Actually Works, Explained Simply

Alongside the classic jingles and fuzzwords like “freedom” and “hardworking Americans,” US politicians love the term “middle class,” which is smart politics in a nation where about 60% believes they are middle class. The middle of a group, however, is defined (in statistics, at least) as a section with equal numbers on both sides and […]

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Modern Money Systems: Understanding the Monetary Mechanics of Value https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/mmt-modern-money-system-explained/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/mmt-modern-money-system-explained/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:35:39 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8945 Modern Money Systems: Understanding the Monetary Mechanics of Value

Introduction to modern monetary theory (MMT); history of value, money, coins; the state theory of money; how modern money - that is, fiat currency issued at a flexible exchange-rate - works; why the debt doesn't matter and why deficit spending is good; how inflation works vs 'devaluation' & debasement

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Jesus Was a Proto-Communist Jewish Hobo Who Criticized the Rich https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/jesus-was-a-jewish-proto-communist/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/jesus-was-a-jewish-proto-communist/#comments Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:17:17 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8941 Jesus Was a Proto-Communist Jewish Hobo Who Criticized the Rich

The fact that white evangelical and born-again Christians act as one of the cornerstones for failed beverage-retailer Donald Trump’s base of supporters is unsurprising and, at the same time, cartoonishly odd. It is unsurprising because the right half of the neoliberal-capitalist binary cycle is often branded as a revival of allegedly traditional Christian values, while the “left” half […]

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Capitalism Is Defined by Concepts of Property, Not the Free Market https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/capitalism-free-market-private-ownership/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/capitalism-free-market-private-ownership/#comments Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:53:37 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8920 Capitalism Is Defined by Concepts of Property, Not the Free Market

Many people use the word capitalism to describe economic systems based on competition in a more-or-less “free” market and the word capitalist is often used by free-market enthusiasts to label their beliefs — but all these uses are wrong. Markets are often highlighted by capitalist systems but the market does not define them as capitalist and […]

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The State vs. Government: Opposing Concepts of Authority https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/difference-government-state-authority/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/difference-government-state-authority/#comments Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:36:15 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8847 The State vs. Government: Opposing Concepts of Authority

Much of the US political debate seems to ultimately break down into a meta-debate between what people call “big” vs. “small” government — but how can such a big pile of ideas fit in a word as small as government? The answer is — it can’t. In fact, it is completely nuts to expect one […]

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Alienation 2.0: Commodification of the Soul In Late-Stage Capitalism https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/alienation-labor-soul-commodification/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2018/alienation-labor-soul-commodification/#comments Sun, 07 Jan 2018 12:44:36 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8782 Alienation 2.0: Commodification of the Soul In Late-Stage Capitalism

Alienation. Noun, the state of being an outsider — a feeling of separation. The sensation that a familiar person, place, or thing has become unfamiliar, strange, or distant — like passing through a neighborhood where you used to live. Or maybe it’s you who are the stranger now — like walking by somebody you used […]

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All Cops Are Bad: How Modern Policing Negates Moral Responsibility https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/all-cops-are-bad-how-modern-policing-negates-moral-responsibility/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/all-cops-are-bad-how-modern-policing-negates-moral-responsibility/#comments Wed, 20 Dec 2017 05:32:28 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8780 All Cops Are Bad: How Modern Policing Negates Moral Responsibility

Anyone following the news is probably aware that body-cam footage of Daniel Shaver’s murder was released earlier in December right after the officer who murdered him walked away with no conviction. A day after the video’s release, Oklahoma prosecutors chose not to file any charges after a deaf man walking with his cane was killed […]

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If Work-Hours & the Value of Automation Were Distributed Fairly Today https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/work-hours-distribution-automation-labor/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/work-hours-distribution-automation-labor/#comments Thu, 07 Dec 2017 04:43:49 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8752 If Work-Hours & the Value of Automation Were Distributed Fairly Today

The issue of wealth and income inequality is one of the central debates in US politics today and experts believe this is due to the fact that most of the country is sick of being poor. Inequality and poverty are not new problems, of course — but it is strange that they are problems for the […]

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Working Class w/ No Living Wage: The Absurd Math of US Income https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/us-income-wages-working-class/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/us-income-wages-working-class/#comments Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:49:13 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8735 Working Class w/ No Living Wage: The Absurd Math of US Income

As the stock market gleefully claws its way to more record-breaking highs, Forbes reports a full 56% of US Americans now have less than $1,000 to their names — and 25% have less than $100. But the economy, as they say, is booming. Even with 165 million on the breadline and an hourly minimum wage of only $7.25 […]

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Marx’s Dialectics & Mechanics of History: A Repair Manual for Society https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/dialectics-history-marx-repair-manual/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/dialectics-history-marx-repair-manual/#comments Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:20:36 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8244 Marx’s Dialectics & Mechanics of History: A Repair Manual for Society

Marx's most important ideas explained -- from dialectics, class, ideology, & history to materialism & the base/superstructure view of society

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Private Property Is a Police State: Real Libertarianism Is Anti-Capitalist https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/private-property-police-state-libertarian/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/private-property-police-state-libertarian/#comments Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:18:11 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8581 Private Property Is a Police State: Real Libertarianism Is Anti-Capitalist

Liberty is a persistent theme in the ongoing story of humanity. 2,000 years before the Statue of Liberty was raised over New York Harbor, liberty was worshiped as the goddess Eleutheria in Greece and Libertas in Rome. But after thousands of years of worship and statue-building, the list of rules and institutions to enforce them seems […]

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