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The fear agenda
The machine needs you broken and compliant. But...
They want to govern you like children in preschool
You don't live in a free democracy when you're treated like an incapable 5 year old
You ain't free unless you care
Freedom to create
You can't be free if you aren't free to express yourself...
Liberal democracy free to a good home
Humanism isn't a total wash but it's less reliable than a Ford Pinto
This postmodern relativist defends your rights and freedoms better than you do
The missing ingredient to liberty isn't electing better politicians
The machines stole your freedom
When theory meets practice it's always a catastrophe
Writing stories in the age of reddit
Nobody ever did anything great by chasing the herd
Science fiction when you're skeptical of The Science
Not quite the contradiction you might think.
The man who destroyed the heroes (and why he's repenting)
Why Alan Moore believes The Killing Joke turned heroes into angsty anti-heroes
Hard-headed materialist Sam Harris endorses soft-brained California voodoo
Why is it that hardline Science Believers fall for the most shameless mysticism?
Why should SF writers care what philosophers think when you've got The Science?
There's a total breakdown between the experts and the artists... and you get to pay for it with sub-par stories
Is Disney's Star Wars Hotel a ripoff or a marketing masterclass for writers?
Shameless pandering it might be... but the keen-eyed will get a free education in selling to a hungry niche
Do you "trust scientists"?
You're supposed to trust "The Science"... but what is that and what makes it an authority?
Why worldbuilders need to grow up
Sub-created worlds are vital to speculative stories, but nerds ruin storytelling with obsessive worldbuilding
Wear a mask to help stop The Thing
What John Carpenter's cult classic shows about the futility of giving into fear and paranoia
How the "music meltdown" of the 90s made everyone miserable
Keep your head clean and clear with the inspiring music of 80s