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November 21st, 2017

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Max’s Views: Sour Grapes: ***1/2

Most people agree that wealth inequality is a serious problem. The large and growing wealth gap isn’t just unfair, it is a danger to the stability of our regime. Politicians like Elizabeth Warren and especially Bernie Sanders are popular, above all, because they are seen as advocates for the people against the rapacious rich. The problem is that po...

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1945: The Savage Peace: ***

“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” -Jesus, about the people killing him The way we treated the Japanese during World War II is unfathomably heartless. We all apparently agreed that it would be great if every Japanese person was shot, burned, or blown up. Yes, a few hundred Japanese soldiers attacked Pearl Harbor. But Pearl Harb...

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Max’s Views: Suburbicon: 1/2*

Once upon a time, George Clooney was great director. Three out of his first four films were outstanding. (“Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Good Night and Good Luck,” and “Ides of March”). those days are gone. Clooney’s latest bomb, “Suburbicon,” is terrible. Epically terrible. It’s the kind of film that only a great star filmmaker can make. If a...

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New on Netflix: Tokyo Idols: ***

One of the strangest aspects of our society is that it’s normal for young women to fanatically obsess over pop stars. From the Beatles to the Backstreet Boys to Bieber, young women have been screaming together at concerts for our entire lives. And we all just shrug our shoulders and accept it. I’m not ready to accept it. It is collective madness. F...

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Bobby Sands: 66 Days: ***1/2

Northern Ireland could have been a lovely place to live in the 1960s and 70s. It enjoyed relative peace and prosperity. It didn’t have any problems that cooperation and togetherness couldn’t solve. But no such luck. Of all the many virtues of the Irish people, togetherness has never been one of them. This was the time of the Troubles. The Troubles...

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Max’s Views: Vanguard of the Revolution: ***1/2

The official textbook version of the Civil Rights Movement goes something like this: Dr. King led a movement of non-violence in the South. This inspired enlightened white politicians to force naughty racists to enforce integration. And we all lived happily ever after. I have three big problems with this official narrative. First, it has an unearned...

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American Made: ***1/2

By Max’s View There is a frightening force of evil and instability in the world. This organization doesn’t acknowledge borders, doesn’t respect democracy, and doesn’t care about human life. This organization even successfully influences foreign elections. If only we had a leader who would stand up to them. But no such luck. Certain presidents are a...

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Second Hand Smoke and the Power of Collective Brainwashing

We have an ugly habit of judging people of the past as dumber, simpler, or more gullible than us. We look, for example, at people of the 17th Century who burned witches and we shake our heads. “How could they be so worked up about a threat that doesn’t even exist?” we ask ourselves. We are in no position to judge. Humanity has a problem. I call it...

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Max’s Views: Project Censored: ****

“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” -Noam Chomsky We’ve heard a lot about Fake News recently. But “Project Censored” exposes an even bigger problem than Fake News: Real News. The news is pure trash. The only possible way that...

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Offshore Incorporated: *** A few years back, Conservatives believed in the positive power of the free market. Their fundamental mission was to keep meddling government out of the way of business. Meanwhile, Liberals believed in the positive power of government. Their fundamental mission was to use the power of the State to keep naughty corporations...

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