One More Solution to School Shootings

Author: Mike Sonnevedlt
The latest tragedy has become the focus of the 24/7 news cycle, and it will be until the next major issue wipes it off the map. Politicians once again are grandstanding about their tried-and-true solution that, if implemented, would have prevented the entire catastrophe. The past couple of days, the latest school shooting in Texas has left families mourning and crying out. It shook an entire nation (once again) and left people casting their eyes to the ground in sadness. It's also encouraged the cadre of politicians eager for a poll hit or who have an exaggerated sense of authority to offer up their solution that should be oh so obvious to the general public...if only the other side would accept their wicked responsibility for the shooting. In fact, we at Self-Evident weren't… read more
 

Liberty Demands Consent

Author: Paul Garner
Can we talk about consent for a few minutes? The #MeToo movement has truly brought the idea of consent to the foreground of public discourse in the recent past. Lunatic activists and opportunists aside, millions of American women have a legitimate grievance that men are not respecting their “no”. Millions of men are violating the consent of women, applying force and coercion to overcome the resistance of women. The only right and proper rule is that men should NEVER touch a woman without out absolute and unequivocal consent from each woman they meet. This applies to women we are married to, in a relationship with, women we are only acquainted with and women that we don’t even know. This means that a woman who is intoxicated cannot give consent. If she cannot drive, she… read more
 

Is Excellence a Dirty Word Now?

Excellence is now a word that turns many people off. We imagine the over-striving classmate sitting next to us, frantically redoing her entire paper before it's due because she misspelled a word and fears it's not perfect. We picture the student who gets upset with the 98% he just received, despite the rest of the class scoring 70% and below. The idea of excellence has been shunned, and replaced with the more palatable sense of "satisfactory." You've witnessed the pushback against standards, and it reeks of something more dangerous than we admit. By not upholding high standards, we give ourselves an easy excuse to take it easy and do just enough to get by. In fact, the idea of standards has become racist, sexist, homophobic, and whatever slam you want to lay on it. We've lowered… read more
 

Ban Meritocracy! It's the Only Way!

War has been declared on meritocracy. Just in case you didn't know, meritocracy is using talent, skill and competition as the means to determine achievement, success, leadership and opportunity. In contrast, socialism, communism and progressive thought tends to build from an idea called "equity." The NACE, or National Association of Colleges and Employers states, "The term "equity" refers to fairness and justice and is distinguished from equality: Whereas equality means providing the same to all, equity means recognizing that we do not all start from the same place and must acknowledge and make adjustments to imbalances. The process is ongoing, requiring us to identify and overcome intentional and unintentional barriers arising from bias or systemic structures." In other words,… read more
 
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