Neocon Revenge: I talk neocons, left merger on RT’s ‘CrossTalk’

Earlier this week, I published an article on titled “Neocons and Left Both Want War.” I talk about how the neoconservatives and the left have converged over the last six months…but the neocons’ influence has been immense in both parties for years.

Here is my appearance on Russia Today’s “CrossTalk”:

Here is also an excerpt from my piece:

War seems to be an addiction for some and a simple political tool for others. Both philosophies were put on full display last week as neocons and liberals alike converged for their own purposes. It has been an interesting time in U.S. politics in the months following the 2016 presidential election. Over the last half-year, Trump Derangement Syndrome has been ubiquitous in the media landscape and in political discourse. The hysteria over both President Trump and Russia has been comical, but also troubling, as American lives may be at jeopardy over these ridiculous accusations.

In today’s hostile political environment, if you aren’t bashing President Trump and demanding impeachment all day on Twitter, then you’re not only a Trump apologist but a puppet of the Kremlin as well. Whether you’re watching the Counterfeit News Network or reading The Washington Com-Post, you’re inundated with the opinions of ideologues and pundits who continually purport that Russian President Vladimir Putin is LITERALLY HITLER. If you disagree with them, then you’re just like the Nazi apologists of the 1930s, dontcha know.

Last week, the American people witnessed the convergence of neocons and liberals, both of which have an interest in launching a war against Russia.

An Economic Look at New Startup Brandless

A new startup has launched called Brandless, a company that aims to tackle the $2 trillion consumed goods market by marketing itself as brandless. It is a great concept, and anytime a consumer can save money on pasta tongs, toilet bowl cleaners or cookies then it should be celebrated.

What has been bugging people like myself is the way it is being reported on. Just because you’re calling yourself brandless, it doesn’t mean that you’re a brand. You are still a brand.

Plus, there’s nothing to be ashamed of to be called a brand.

I wrote about this on in an article titled “‘Brandless’ Club Seeks to Fight Name Brands By Being One.” Here is an excerpt:

Brandless customers may think they’re escaping the iniquitous free market system, but they aren’t. One of the reasons why the idea of branding is powerful is because it holds the companies accountable.

If you head over to the grocery store today, you will notice several different brands of ketchup. If Heinz provides an inferior product, then you can buy French’s – and vice versa. Ditto for Brandless. If Brandless is selling delicious ketchup then customers will continue to purchase ketchup from that brand. On the other hand, if the Brandless ketchup tastes awful, then those customers will go elsewhere.

Moreover, brands act as quality assurance agents because customers do not have the complete information about product quality at the point of purchase. The name reminds someone if something is worth buying or not.

What many fail to realize is that brands serve a necessary market function. Cynical shoppers say they are paying a higher price for brand-name goods than other products that do not have a well-known identity. This idea is what prompted the Soviet Union, following the Communist revolution in 1917, to scrap brand names as well as factory production markers altogether. What transpired afterward was a marketplace supplied with low-quality items and many dissatisfied consumers.

I also talk about the article in an interview with Scott Cosenza. You can watch it below:

A New Trend: No Longer Using CNN as a Source for Content

A new trend has been occurring over the last several months: more and more people don’t want to use CNN as a source. Whether it is because CNN has lost all credibility or because it constantly reports fake news, issues retractions or makes big mistakes, many clients of mine refuse to have a CNN link in their content.

Every month, I work with dozens of clients producing content. The content ranges from blog posts to white papers to journalistic articles. These clients all have the same thing in common: they want in-depth, supported and well-written content.

But many, not all, of my clients are now making an interesting request: do not use CNN. They’ve never said that about any other website or publication before.

Ostensibly, clients don’t want it in their work because the Counterfeit News Network isn’t necessarily a legitimate news source anymore.

I’ve really been surprised by this new development. I have been professionally writing for about a decade ago and this is something completely new to me.

My New Piece at The Conservative Institute

Remember when I said in my last post that my workload has piled on in recent months? I was not kidding.

You can find me on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at The Conservative Institute, a new conservative media outlet. Its mission is to avoid clickbait articles and focus primarily on real conservatives news analysis.

Today, I published my first piece entitled ” WATCH: U.S. City Makes Veteran Take Down American Flag on D-Day.”

Here is a brief excerpt:

Come the Fourth of July, you may need to think twice before raising more than one American flag on your property after an incident took place in a Sacramento suburb. On June 6, the D-Day anniversary, Galt officials told Navy veteran Ronald Raeta and his wife, Sherri, to remove one of their two flag poles or be fined for violating city code.

The Raetas had installed two flag poles on the front lawn of their home and raised two American flags. Soon afterward, a complaint was made to city hall and a representative paid a visit to the Raeta residence.

Think Liberty: A New Weekly YouTube Channel

Despite my workload expanding and free time being limited, I have decided to launch a new weekly YouTube channel called Think Liberty.

Every week, I will post one five- to seven-minute video talking about three international issues, and dissecting each of those topics from a libertarian perspective. The first episode of this new endeavour covered the U.S. war on cash, Calgary’s bid for the 2026 Olympics and Argentina’s 100-year bond.

I’m a writer. Therefore, I’m not much of a raconteur like Orson Welles or an orator like Conrad Black (only in my dreams). But I will try my best in communicating effectively and outlining libertarian viewpoints on specific matters.

Here is Episode 1 of Think Liberty: