John Laurits https://www.johnlaurits.com Insurgent journalism. Poetry. Weaponized Mathematics. Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:20:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 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 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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To My Readers, RE: Taking a Short Break https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/john-laurits-hiatus-update-1/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/john-laurits-hiatus-update-1/#respond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:01:39 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8653 To My Readers, RE: Taking a Short Break

Readers, patrons, & friends — I’m writing to let you know I intend to take a quick break from publishing articles so that I can focus on a few long-term projects over the next few weeks or, at the most, a month. Since 2016’s ‘democratic’ primaries, I’ve written ( and made artwork for ) about […]

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Dialectics & the Mechanics of History: Marx’s Repair Manual to Fix Our Future 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 Dialectics & the Mechanics of History: Marx’s Repair Manual to Fix Our Future

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 the 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 the 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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Antifa Is Good, Nazis Are Bad: Confusing Free Speech w/ the Right to a Platform https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/antifa-nazis-free-speech-platforms/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/antifa-nazis-free-speech-platforms/#comments Wed, 06 Sep 2017 23:39:18 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8486 Antifa Is Good, Nazis Are Bad: Confusing Free Speech w/ the Right to a Platform

Is antifa shutting down free speech by punching neo-nazis & fascists? A comparison of free speech rights & the privilege to a platform

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Beyond Protest: Could Alternative Elections Bypass the Rigged System? https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/blockchain-voting-rigged-elections/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/blockchain-voting-rigged-elections/#comments Fri, 25 Aug 2017 06:40:09 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8238 Beyond Protest: Could Alternative Elections Bypass the Rigged System?

Could a blockchain-powered, alternative election simultaneously contest the authority of the rigged system & build a democracy to replace it?

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Socialism: Economic Democracy to End the Suicidal Profit of Capitalism https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/socialism-definition-economic-democracy/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/socialism-definition-economic-democracy/#comments Sun, 06 Aug 2017 04:31:14 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8243 Socialism: Economic Democracy to End the Suicidal Profit of Capitalism

It is the Age of Malfunction — an age in which the social structures, governing mechanisms, and economic systems inherited by humanity have produced a civilization at the brink of catastrophic, systemic failure. Despite the production of unprecedented wealth, economic inequality is more obscene than ever before. Resources wasted by human economic activity irreversibly damage […]

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The (Un)Natural Rights of Corporations: How Money-Worship Corrupts Our Humanity https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/un-natural-rights-corporations-money-worship/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/un-natural-rights-corporations-money-worship/#comments Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:59:24 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8237 The (Un)Natural Rights of Corporations: How Money-Worship Corrupts Our Humanity

In 2010’s Citizens United v the FEC, the US Supreme Court decided that corporations have the same right to free speech as any living, breathing human being. Not only did the decision enable big businesses to flood our elections with vast amounts of capital unavailable to peasants ( or any individual, really ), but it […]

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Did Russia Influence the 2016 Election? Trick Question, US Election Results Don’t Exist https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/russia-influence-2016-election-putin/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/russia-influence-2016-election-putin/#comments Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:25:47 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8217 Did Russia Influence the 2016 Election? Trick Question, US Election Results Don’t Exist

Did Putin really influence voters in 2016? And what do unicorns, US election results, & a really good light beer have in common?

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Protests No Longer Work in Today’s USA: Change Will Come But We’re Losing Control Over How https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/protest-marching-activism-ineffective-us/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/protest-marching-activism-ineffective-us/#comments Sun, 16 Jul 2017 05:13:08 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8151 Protests No Longer Work in Today’s USA: Change Will Come But We’re Losing Control Over How

From the fight for women’s suffrage to anti-war & civil rights movements in the ’60s to the global protests against the Iraq War in 2003, Occupy Wall St, & the political revolutions’ 2016 march on the DNC, activists have trusted that protest had the power to change society. The central hypothesis is that elected officials […]

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North Korea in US Propaganda: How the Media Distorts Your View of the DPRK https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/north-korea-icbm-propaganda-dprk/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/north-korea-icbm-propaganda-dprk/#comments Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:05:30 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8112 North Korea in US Propaganda: How the Media Distorts Your View of the DPRK

On Tuesday, the White House confirmed that, for the first time, North Korea — whose actual name, by the way, is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — successfully tested an inter-continental ballistic missile capable of hitting the US ( or part of Alaska, at least ). With his usual grace, Donald Trump responded swiftly […]

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Your Human Right to Revolt: When is it OK to Overthrow Your Government? 4th of July Edition, 2017 https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/4th-july-revolution-overthrow-government/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/4th-july-revolution-overthrow-government/#comments Tue, 04 Jul 2017 09:00:15 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8102 Your Human Right to Revolt: When is it OK to Overthrow Your Government? 4th of July Edition, 2017

Every year in the United States, the toppling of the illegitimate British regime is celebrated on the 4th of July and most of us assume this was a basically good & necessary act. The irony of celebrating the rebels’ disobedience to their government by reciting pledges to obey the flag of another seems to be entirely lost. Of […]

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Crowd-Sourced Science: Open Call for Research Volunteers from the People’s Math Front https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/crowd-sourced-science-open-call-research-volunteers-peoples-math-front/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/crowd-sourced-science-open-call-research-volunteers-peoples-math-front/#comments Sun, 02 Jul 2017 02:46:33 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8086 Crowd-Sourced Science: Open Call for Research Volunteers from the People’s Math Front

This post is an open call for volunteer researchers to assist with a new People’s Math Front study! ( there is a volunteer form at the end of this post ). What is the People’s Math Front? During the 2016 elections, several colleagues & I founded a grassroots research-collective which we dubbed the People’s Math […]

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“Socialism? But Look at Venezuela!” Debunking Anti-Socialist Propaganda w/ Actual Logic https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/venezuela-socialism-propaganda-logic/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/venezuela-socialism-propaganda-logic/#comments Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:13:19 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=8008 “Socialism? But Look at Venezuela!” Debunking Anti-Socialist Propaganda w/ Actual Logic

If you want an online socialist to feel exasperated, one of the best ways is to ask them “so, what do you think about Venezuela?“ Then — before they type a response — say “checkmate!“ That will usually do the trick. Any socialist or leftist with enough patience take up the cause on the interwebs has […]

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No Justice, No Peace: Some Difficult Truth About Violence the United States Needs to Hear https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/no-justice-no-peace-violence-usa/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/no-justice-no-peace-violence-usa/#comments Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:27:25 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=7975 No Justice, No Peace: Some Difficult Truth About Violence the United States Needs to Hear

Something interesting happens after every shooting or bombing that occurs in the United States. First, the politicians rush to the nearest media-outlet to tell the country about how deeply the event affected them & that they will be praying or thinking or something about the families of those involved. Then, the violence is condemned in […]

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US Kills Mosul Civilians w/ White Phosphorus Chemical Weapons (Should Trump Bomb a US Airbase?) https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/us-white-phosphorus-chemical-weapons-mosul-civilians/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/us-white-phosphorus-chemical-weapons-mosul-civilians/#comments Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:14:57 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=7957 US Kills Mosul Civilians w/ White Phosphorus Chemical Weapons (Should Trump Bomb a US Airbase?)

“On Tuesday, Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians […] It was a slow & brutal death for so many… No child of God should ever suffer such horror. Tonight I ordered a targeted military strike on the airfield in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched” -Donald Trump […]

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Capitalism & Mental Illness: Reflections on the Human Costs of Profit https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/capitalism-mental-illness-alienation/ https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/capitalism-mental-illness-alienation/#comments Sat, 10 Jun 2017 18:59:38 +0000 https://www.johnlaurits.com/?p=7883 Capitalism & Mental Illness: Reflections on the Human Costs of Profit

Protected by the largest military in all of human history, the economic empire of the United States has grown into the most advanced capitalist system that ever existed. In spite of a relatively high standard of living & unprecedented wealth, the US has also managed to develop the world’s highest rates of mental illness. In 2009, […]

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