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Libertarians Set To Win Knesset Seats In Israeli Elections

Israel’s libertarian party, Zehut, is set to pass the electoral threshold to win Knesset seats in next month’s Israeli elections, according to three consecutive national polls.

Polls conducted by Haaretz/Dialog Institute, Israel Hayom/i24 News and Israeli public broadcaster Kan all show Zehut winning 4 seats in the upcoming elections. While this is a small number, it marks strong result for a new political party, and in an election as close as this one, Zehut could well hold the balance of power between the right-wing nationalist and the center-left liberal camps.

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Libertarians Set To Win Knesset Seats In Israeli Elections

Israel’s libertarian party, Zehut, is set to pass the electoral threshold to win Knesset seats in next month’s Israeli elections, according to three consecutive national polls. Polls conducted by Haaretz/Dialog Institute, Israel Hayom/i24 News and Israeli public broadcaster Kan all show Zehut winning 4 seats in the upcoming elections. While this is a small number, … Keep Reading

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Establishment Sen. Richard Shelby: Chief Of Staff Mulvaney Is “Dangerous”

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), an establishment stalwart, reportedly described White House Budget Director and acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney as “dangerous”, according to a New York Times report on Friday. The remarks came during a check-in session briefing members of Congress on the status of budget negotiations. Shelby, an architect of the bi-partisan deal … Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Slams Ultimate Budget Deal As “Massive, Bloated, Secretive”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has expressed his opposition to the bi-partisan deal to keep the federal government open as a waste of taxpayer funds, as well as President Donald Trump’s decision to announce a state of emergency to acquire funds for a border wall. “I’m disappointed with both the massive, bloated, secretive bill that just … Keep Reading

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Massie Slams House Republicans For Leftward Shift

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) spoke out against House Republicans for shifting away from their principles and towards the ideological center, as a response to their Democratic counterparts embracing far-left ideas, in a tweet sent out on Monday. “Side effect of House Democrats embracing full bore socialism, no borders, 3rd trimester abortions, gun bans, & fiscal … Keep Reading

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Rand Paul: Trump’s Wall Deal Is “Big Victory” Over Democrats

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) praised President Donald Trump’s deal with congressional Democrats as a major concession by the opposition to Trump’s drive for border security funding. “I think in the end, Trump won a big victory here, because everybody else had folded,” Paul told Breitbart News. “At Christmastime, everybody else was folding, and just saying, … Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Votes Against Trump AG Pick

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) voted in opposition to President Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney-General, William Barr, on the grounds that the nominee would not do enough to safeguard the privacy of Americans from government surveillance. “I’m a no,” he told Politico on Monday. “He’s been the chief advocate for warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens. I … Keep Reading

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Rand Paul: Trump “Steadfast” In Support For Troop Withdrawals

Sen. Rand Paul firmly rejected reports that we are set to see a shift from President Donald Trump on withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan during Wednesday’s State of the Union address during an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer on Thursday. “I talked to the President last night and I think the President is steadfast … Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Slams McConnell On Afghanistan, Syria

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) had a scathing response to a resolution by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) rebuking President Donald Trump’s efforts to withdraw U.S. military presence from Syria and Afghanistan. “The United States faces continuing threats from terrorist groups operating in Syria and Afghanistan and … the precipitous withdrawal of United States forces … Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Feared Leftist Assailant Would Kill Him During Attack

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told the jury at the Warren Circuit Court during a testimony on Monday that he feared Rene Boucher, a left-wing extremist, would attack him during Boucher’s brutal attack on Paul last year, according to reports by the Associated Press and the Bowling Green Daily News. Paul claimed he was disembarking his … Keep Reading

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Rep. Massie “Very Proud” Of Nick Sandmann, Offering Him Internship

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has defended Nick Sandmann, the Trump supporting Covington High School student who was confronted by a left-wing Native American activist following this week’s March for Life. Sandmann is a constituent of Massie’s in Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district, where the school is located. “I’m very proud of Nick,” Massie said when asked … Keep Reading

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Rand Paul Attacker On Trial Next Week

Rene Boucher, the radical leftist responsible for the brutal attack on his neighbor, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is set to go on trial next week in Warren County Circuit Court, according to the Bowling Green Daily News. A Clinton-appointed judge gave Boucher a lenient sentence of a mere 30 days for the attack, which left the Senator … Keep Reading

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Massie Backs Steve King: “Not Ready To Censure A Man Based On A New York Times Article”

Libertarian-leaning Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has defended Rep. Steve King (R-IA) in the wake of racism allegations made against King following a controversial interview King had with the New York Times. “I know Steve King personally, I’ve known him for 6 years. In my presence he’s never said anything racist and I’m not ready to censure … Keep Reading

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Massie Bravely Resists Efforts To Pay Bureaucrats For Doing Nothing

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) was one of 7 Congressmen to vote on Friday against the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which ensures back pay for federal bureaucrats after the end of the ongoing partial government shutdown. “When you pass a law to pay ALL FUTURE government salaries regardless of whether the government is funded or not, … Keep Reading

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Pompeo Publicly Backs Syria Withdrawal: Troop Presence “No Longer Makes Sense”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demonstrated his loyalty to the President by publicly backing Trump’s Syria withdrawal, despite reportedly privately disagreeing with it beforehand. “The U.S. efforts under President Trump in Syria have had extraordinary success. We’ve taken away more than 90 percent of the ISIS caliphate. … We will continue to keep the homeland … Keep Reading

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Trump Signs Major Criminal Justice Reform Bill, Wins Praise From Black Leaders

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President Donald Trump has signed the groundbreaking FIRST STEP Act into law, and the black community is elated. At the signing ceremony, former Obama aide Van Jones hailed Trump’s success and praised the movement for freedom behind Trump. “The freedom of the people who are trapped in a broken system, the freedom of people who are trapped in addiction, the freedom of people who are trapped in poverty, those are the people that your opportunity zones are targeted at, your opioid policies are targeted at, and your criminal justice policy is targeted at,” Jones declared. “And when you’re trying to…

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Did Justin Amash Want Brett Kavanaugh’s Life Ruined By Leftist Witch Hunt?

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While Republicans everywhere were cheering and pounding brews following Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court last week, the Queen Cuck of the Never Trumpers – Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) – was whining alongside the liberals. The former Ron Paul revolutionary turned sniveling Jeff Flake Republican took to Twitter to whine following Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The Republican establishment actually found its backbone and stood up for due process against a leftist witch hunt that would have shocked George Orwell himself, but the self-centered Amash is crying about being overshadowed. The GOP Establishment has been more powerful and more dominant in the…

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Rand Paul’s Wife Calls Out Democrats For Leak Of Senator’s Private Cell, Aggressive Harassment

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The wife of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Kelley Paul, has called out Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) for his recent vocal endorsement of aggressive intimidation of Republican politicians by left-wing activists, in an op-ed for CNN. “I now keep a loaded gun by my bed,” Mrs. Paul wrote. “Our security systems have had to be expanded. I have never felt this way in my life.” She reminded readers that her husband has been the victim of two left-wing assassination attempts last year, including a mass shooter at a congressional baseball practice, and a local brute who left Sen. Paul hospitalized for…

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Opinion: Christine Blasey Ford May Have Type 1 Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder causes mood swings that vary between depression and mania. Those with type 1 bipolar disorder will have very extreme manic episodes that may be accompanied by psychosis. If anyone has had experience with an adult family member who developed bipolar disorder type 1, they would know of the issues associated with how it may cause a person to hallucinate things happening, or even believe things happened from the past that never occurred. This is prevalent in people who go untreated for their disorder or those who will refuse to regularly take their medication. Recently, with the controversy over…

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Can Populism Be The Savior Of Conservatism?

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Raucous cheers of “USA, USA, USA,” flowed through the crowds at President Donald Trump’s Saturday-night rally to support Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. The speech was quintessentially populist, or rather, “Trumpian,” free flowing, direct, braggadocious, and sometimes quite humorous. Trump then took time to critique a recent piece by Peggy Noonan which ridiculed his demeanor and deemed it as not “presidential.” Trump mocked Noonan’s concept of what it means to be presidential. The enthralled crowd chuckled as Trump imitated a stiff, tight-lipped, rank-and-file politician.  Noonan, Trump added, “is writing like I’m some kind of Neanderthal.”

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Buybacks Are Better Than Dividends

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Retail investors are in love with dividends more than they should be with significant fan followings and discussion forums online dedicated to the worship of dividend stocks. Clearly, dividends are seen as important because public companies love to brag about how consistent their dividend payments have been and how much they’ve raised them. Dividends are beloved because they give investors the allure of safety. Retail investors feel that a dividend payment is secure which means the investment is secure. However, in the financial crisis, dividend stocks fell about the same amount as the S&P 500. To be clear, dividend payments…

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Monetary Policy Doesn’t Follow GDP

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The Fed funds rate is a hotly debated topic because it’s the main policy tool the Fed uses. There is economic data which can be interpreted to support every argument. Furthermore, after the metrics are taken into account, the goals are subject to interpretation. Just because the core inflation rate goes above 2%, doesn’t mean the Fed needs to hike rates, as we have previously discussed. The Fed could determine that its mandate of creating stable prices is hit when the core inflation is 3%, as an example. We’ve seen the Fed ignore the data in 2017 because it felt…

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Wakanda Forever!

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Marvel’s Black Panther is smashing box office records left and right, due in no small part to the mainstream media’s dogmatic marketing campaign, while triggering strong emotions left and right, if you catch my drift. There has been much talk of the politics of this movie and yet they cannot be overstated. Set in an “Afro-futurist” world unencumbered by white influence or oppression, but somehow light-years ahead of the Western world in technology and sophistication, the isolationist nation of Wakanda is led by King T’Challa, also known as the Black Panther. It exists beyond an invisible barrier or wall separating…

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Metal-import Taxes Will Make America Rusty Again

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President Trump deserves applause for boosting the prospects for this county’s forgotten manufacturing workers, notably in steel and aluminum. Democrats lately have neglected these Americans. Hillary Clinton barely campaigned among them in Michigan in fall 2016, and she thoroughly ignored them in Wisconsin. Alas, Trump is doing this all wrong. He likely will hurt the very middle class that he has championed since his escalator ride onto the political stage. Trump aims to protect U.S. metal makers with new taxes of 25 percent on foreign steel and 10 percent on overseas aluminum. “Tariffs” is just a jumped-up word for taxes on…

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Against Free Trade Dogmatism

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President Donald Trump announced last week that he plans on slapping a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. Everyone seemingly lost their minds in response. Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, and the mainstream media all had the same reaction: they universally opposed it. Where’s the other side to this story? The fact that no mainstream media outlet, politician, or think tank “economist” is willing to even mention the other side of the story will raise questions in every critical mind. Clearly the political and media establishment are all on-board for free trade. But…

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Manufacturing Cyclical Weakness Coming?

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In the financial media, it’s easy to see what the economists and analysts think about the current economy because usually they propose more of the same when asked about the future. It’s simple to extend the current trend indefinitely, but that’s not always a good idea, nor is it realistic. Even during economic expansions, there are mid-cycle slowdowns. While a slowdown doesn’t mean a bear market is coming for the overall market, it could mean a correction is coming in at least a few sectors. Therefore, it should affect how you allocate capital.

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Trade Wars: Two Sides To Every Story

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The purpose of this article is to objectively examine trade policy and its impact on the economy. While there will be discussion of government policy, our review is not negatively nor positively inclined towards any particular administration. During the presidential campaign trail, then Candidate Trump stated that he’d renegotiate trade deals to stop other countries from ripping America off. Following the election, for the first year of his presidency, it appeared there wouldn’t be any trade wars as promised. This belief existed because Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping last May in which he negotiated a deal to open…

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Student Loans – A Generational Disaster

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One of the biggest generational differences which causes a disconnect between baby boomers and millennials is student debt. Many baby boomers are confused why college graduates don’t immediately move out of their parents’ house like baby boomers did. The issue is that once a student graduates, they become debtors. It’s a vicious cycle which turns compound returns against borrowers. For example, say you graduate with $40,000 in debt and you owe a 4% interest rate for 15 years. While the federal government expects the loans to be paid back in 10 years, it takes the average Wisconsin graduate 19.7 years…

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There Are Fewer School Shootings Now Than During The 1990s

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Now that I have several children, I’m often in the company of other parents who talk about the way things “used to be.” When the issue of child safety comes up, I hear parents sadly shake their heads and say things like “it’s not like it was when we were kids … the world is so much more dangerous now.”  Usually, the sentiment behind this idea is that there are more murders now than there used to be.  Now, I’m not exactly known for being a Pollyanna, but I am willing to admit when things are not, in fact, getting…

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Correlation/Causation With Interest Rates, Inflation, And Stocks

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Investors are trying to get a reading on where inflation will go in the next 12 months because it’s a key variable for forecasting asset prices and the Fed funds rate. As you can see from the chart below, the year over year core CPI will hit near 2.5% in late 2018 if the month over month increase is 0.16% in February and 0.19% going forward.

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The Myth Of America’s “Stingy” Welfare State

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According to the usual news sources, Donald Trump’s new budget proposal “envisions steep cuts to America’s social safety net” and will “gut social programs.” Most of the cuts were proposed to pave the way for more Pentagon spending.  In truth, Trump’s proposal doesn’t matter, and Congress will set to work piling on more deficit spending for both social programs and for the Pentagon.  But, the debate of “gutting” social programs will no doubt be used to perpetuate, yet again, the myth that the United States is ruled by libertarian social Darwinists who ensure that no more than a few pennies are spent via…

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10 Year US Treasury Vs Stocks: Does Historical Correlation Matter?

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We’re going to dedicate another article to re-discovering the relationship between the 10 year bond and the stock market. With bond yields skyrocketing in the 4th quarter of 2017 and the first 2 months of 2018, it’s more important now than ever to understand the relationship. The confusing aspect, which started during the correction in early February 2018, is that the financial media headlines blame yields going up for the stock market decline, but the yields and stocks often act in correlation. In a previous article, we discussed that historically when the 10 year bond yield gets to 5%, stocks…

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US Debt Becoming A Problem For The Dollar

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Some analysts speculated if the Fed would try to keep rates low to support the government’s spending binge. However, instead of worrying about the debt, the $400 billion spending plan and the tax cuts are being used as an excuse to raise interest rates and let the government bonds on the Fed’s balance sheet expire. At a conference on February 27th, which was right after Powell’s first Congressional testimony, Yellen and Bernanke were asked about the biggest risk factor facing the economy. Bernanke said geopolitical events and Yellen worries about how the Fed balances growth versus inflation. While these are…

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Best & Worst Real Historical Returns: Where To Invest?

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With the first stock market correction in over a year, having occurred in early February, there were many media narratives about what caused the selloff. We think it was driven by the unwind of the short VIX trade. Buying protection wasn’t considered important with the VIX at record lows in 2017. However, when nobody thinks there’s a need for protection, it’s probably a good idea to buy some especially since it’s cheap. Shorting the VIX is shorting protection. The stock market was like a car driving 80 miles per hour where the riders were betting against the need for air…

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US Housing Is Becoming Unaffordable

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We’ve discussed the price to income ratio of housing in a previous article. This gave us an idea of how expensive housing has become. We’ll discuss some of best points why real estate is too expensive and then provide the counterpoint explaining why housing isn’t in a bubble.

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CPAC’s Foes Hurl Fake Racism Charges At Right’s Venerable Gathering

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American Conservative Union communications director Ian Walters, ACU chairman Matt Schlapp, and the ACU-sponsored Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are being accused of racism due to Walters’ comments at last Friday’s Ronald Reagan dinner. These phony charges deserve rejection and scorn. I attended that banquet and watched Schlapp invite Walters to the stage for an unexpected honor — a sort of lifetime-achievement award that startled Walters and surprised the crowd. Visibly stunned, Walters observed that conservatives struggled to respond to Obama’s election in 2008. “That was a hill we got over,” Walters ad-libbed, “and it was something we were all…

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What’s Next For Gun Policy Reform?

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With pressure on both the administration and congressional leaders to move forward with gun policy reforms, it was no surprise that Monday’s White House Press briefing received a myriad of questions regarding President Trump’s position on various gun policy proposal. President Trump has met with students and parents of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, state Governors, and NRA leader Wayne LaPierre to discuss the initiation of safer schools and communities. According to Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, the goal of the administration is to “protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, while keeping guns out of the hands of those who pose a…

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Profit And Pleasure: The Tragedy Of Human Trafficking And The Power Of Pornography

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“The problem of child sex slavery is 100 percent the societal consequence of our pornographic world,”

It was a small solemn room in which many were seated with serious expressions. Around me sat clergy of many faiths, from Nuns to Coptics to Evangelicals. All gathered to hear a panel at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference in DC centered around on a little recognized epidemic. The daunting discussion was on the Human Sex Trafficking of young women, girls and boys across the United States and the world, paramount to a new sexual slave trade ensnaring millions. The stories shared brought shock or sadness to some and seething anger to others. A Coptic Orthodox Priest with a…

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Where Are All The Right-Wing Intellectuals In Academia?

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You might have had the privilege of taking a course on Friedrich Nietzsche or Martin Heidegger in the Philosophy Department here at Cal – or perhaps you had the good luck of studying H. P. Lovecraft or D. H. Lawrence in an English course. If you were lucky, you might have heard tell of Arthur Schopenhauer or Oswald Spengler’s influence on these writers and philosophers. Undoubtedly their politics came up in passing – and certainly you heard them dismissed as racist, nativist, sexist, and every other slur under the sun. But did your professor or graduate student instructor have you…

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Annihilation Movie Review: Has The Left Officially Ruined Science Fiction?

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Believe me: I’d love to write a movie review of director Alex Garland’s brand-new sci-fi flick Annihilation where I could address its retro-futuristic score, kaleidoscopic graphics, and thought-provoking ideas – but instead of judging the film based on its artistic merits, I’m forced to take a skeptical look at its politics. Alex Garland had shown himself to be something of an ‘indie’ director with his debut film Ex Machina (2015), which was well-received by critics for its exploration of the subject of artificial intelligence. So I wasn’t expecting a radical departure from his independent cast of thought and an excessive…

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