Christian Patterson2019-05-21Underground Mall Recently, I learned a lot about how the Canadian federal government works. Yes, it took me long enough, considering I live in a country bordering Canada, but what I do know about Canada's still more than most Americans can say. Some of the differences between their government and the U.S. government are … Continue reading What’s better: American or Canadian Senate?
Christian Patterson2019-05-08Underground Mall It helps understanding conspiracy theories by comparing them to similar theories throughout the world. People who believe in conspiracy theories tend to believe their theories are restricted to the specific circumstance. For example, an Obama truther would say "There's no underlying ideology, ulterior motive, or wider cultural anxiety undermining my belief. It's … Continue reading Greater Bangladesh, India’s western conspiracy theory import
Christian Patterson2019-04-01Underground Mall The idea of Universal Basic Income has become more mainstream in the U.S. since Donald Trump was elected. It was first being suggested by DSA-style leftists. At the time, I figured it would never happen. However, the way dialogue has shifted about UBI, I'm a lot more cautious. There are many UBI … Continue reading A leftist critique of Universal Basic Income
In this short post, I wanted to highlight three common misconceptions about Marx. These aren't only misconceptions held by conservatives, but also by leftists. These ideas are based on other people's ideas that supplemented Marx's writing. So, they're not exactly wrong ideas in terms of how Marxism as historical force progressed, but they aren't ideas … Continue reading Misconceptions about Marx
Christian Patterson2019-03-08Underground Mall One of the most common arguments I hear from pro-capitalists is that capitalists earn their money, and they deserve all of the profits they get. In this post, I'll do my best to debunk that idea. On a surface level, it's easy to think "if you made that much money, then you earned … Continue reading Why Rich People don’t earn their Money
Christian Patterson2019-02-01Underground Mall The U.S. is currently backing an illegal coup d'etat in Venezuela. An equivalent in the U.S. would be if Nancy Pelosi declared that the 2016 election didn't count, Trump wasn't really elected, and she was now president, and then Russia and China agreed to recognize Nancy Pelosi as president. However, it's even … Continue reading Official ‘Underground Mall’ stance on U.S. Imperialism in Venezuela
Christian Patterson 2019-01-24 Underground Mall One of the keys to understanding Marx is understanding commodity. It's no coincidence that Marx opens Das Kapital dissecting the idea of commodity. It's also no coincidence that anti-Marxists don't often talk about Marx's commodity analysis, and subsequently have a terrible understanding of Marxism. In this post, I'll first analyze … Continue reading The Commodification of Commodities in the Consumer Goods Sector