Unpublished Fragments from the Past Three Years

Well, this evening I've decided to undertake a grand project in honor of keeping the blog open, despite what I said yesterday for April Fools. That's right, I am going to publish all of the unfinished posts I've been keeping in my drafts folder here on Blogger for the past three years. The oldest is only a few months younger than the Publisher itself, which will celebrate its third anniversary in just 29 days, on May 1st.

Why publish all these old fragments, one of which is only one sentence long? Well, I reason that, even though they certainly aren't complete posts, they all preserve old memories, unfinished arguments, and the desire to retrieve unwritten thoughts I may never end up remembering. After all, I've done this before, as you can see in the posts bearing the "catch-up" label. These fragments are just the ones that have still been abandoned - until now.

I'm going to proceed through these chronologically, giving the title and date of creation in bold and the whole post in italics, followed, of course, by commentary to give you some context and qualification. Although I may have changed these posts at different times after their date of creation, I promise that here they are just as they were in my drafts folder minutes ago, every word preserved and the unfinished sentences intact. Enjoy!
Challenging a Sacred Premise (19 September 2008) 
Many people, especially those who oppose our war in Iraq, seem to treat it as an obvious fact that our occupation and current fighting in Afghanistan are more important and justified than our actions in Iraq.
This post clearly came out of the discussions of the presidential election, where people like Obama spoke as if the mission in Afghanistan was all-holy while the occupation of Iraq was something to scale back. In my opinion, then and now, the difference between these operations - now and even when they were started - is not so great as many assume. If you want to be consistent, I think you should either support both the military operations to whatever degree you wish, or, like me, oppose them both entirely.
Approaching Libertarianism- From the Left (30 September 2008) 
All I remember of politics prior to the 2000 election was jokes about Clinton and Monica Lewinsky on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I can remember watching TV in 2000, first seeing the states gradually get colored in on election night and then listening to story after story about "hanging chads" ending in a tedious and depressing defeat that I hardly paid much attention to after the previous days of boredom. September 11th is clearly a landmark in my memory, but at the time I was in 5th grade and my mind had still not really begun to develop mature thoughts on the state of the world. It was in 2003 that my political opinions really started to form and strengthen, courtesy of the war in Iraq. My family certainly gave me a base of Democratic support from which I built my political thinking, but I was the one who took off and ran my own course, and an incredibly valuable and enlightening one at that.
Clearly this was intended to be a long history of the development of my political ideals. Now that I'm a bit older, I don't really see things so cut and dry. Should I really associate myself with words like "left" or "libertarian?" I think my current understanding of politics is far more skeptical of cookie-cutter categories, even ones as specific as those I was always finding for myself. Ultimately, I think politics should come down to priorities, supported by a few essential principles. Nonetheless, the post is pretty amusing anyway.
A God-Given Right? (26 October 2008)
Recently, that is as of a few seconds ago, I was on a webpage which brought up the following question:What can we do when our God-given right to self-defense is legislated away from us? This totally astonished me, but before going to my Bible to remind people of the whole life of Jesus (which is somewhat important for people of the faith) I decided to Google "Christian killing" and my browser went straight to this, which has some good points but is rather long for my taste and does not attack this fallacy right at the throat of it- that Christians can be justified in killing. I recommend reading the linked essay, but I will be more direct and employ that sacred idea of solo scriptura in making my point:Christianity and the acts of Jesus in no way justify killing in self-defense.

Obviously "as of a few seconds ago" is long, long gone, but I still think it's quite pertinent for the Christians of the world to be more regularly exposed to biblical arguments against warfare. Originally I had planned on drawing on a lot New Testament verses, but I think I've lost some of my biblical literacy in the last few years.
Justifying My Vote (2 November 2008) 
Yes, I voted for Ralph Nader in the Kayhi election. Not a single adult I've told that to looked favorably on me because of it. I was told by a variety of people that I was just wasting my time to support Nader in any way
Well, although I didn't get far with this post, I know that what I still believe is that voting for your top choice on the ballot, even if they're marginalized, is better than making a vote on calculated political outcomes. And, considering that I got to meet Ralph Nader last year - which was awesome - I am going to stick to my guns. Nader would be the best POTUS ever.
What is More Realistic? (8 April 2009) 
I am not afraid to claim the name "idealist." When it comes to my political opinions, many are based upon how I would like to see the world progress. Daydreams of the world's the utopian possibilities are frequent occurences in my thoughts. Often, my ideals are degraded as unrealistic, and to a large extent I understand this view. And yet, what about
There's not a whole lot to say about this post. I feel like I had something really great to say but then forgot it. Perhaps my point was going to be how ludicrous it is for conservatives to believe the market will solve everything, or that solving global problems doesn't require major changes in how the world works. I don't know, so I guess the idea will just be lost to time.
Theology in the Kitchen (17 July 2009) 
Just a few days ago my mother, brother and I engaged in a very interesting conversation - while standing in the kitchen.
There's even less to say about this post. Suffice it to say that my mother and I have had different perspectives on religion for some years, but I found our kitchen conversation very interesting, because I almost felt that my brother was going through the same development of thought that I had. Unfortunately, of the interesting conversation's content - besides it being about religion - I remember nothing.
Wage Slavery (30 January 2010)
Slavery still leaves a horrifying scar on history, but it is by no means eradicated. Blatant, oppressive, despicably evil human ownership still continues - in the sex trade, in human trafficking, in eastern dens and western brothels, in developing world factories with no windows, and in overdeveloped suburban houses with the curtains closed. These instances of the most cruel slavery are among the worst crimes committmed in the world, but today I would like to discuss another slavery. Although modern chattel slavery certainly does not get the attention it deserves, a much more widespread kind of slavery exists, and at times it may be just as evil as having all the doors around you locked. It is a slavery that ties you not by chain, but by need. It is a slavery that forces you to work to survive, and as with the locked doors, it gives you no way out. 
My recent thoughts about the importance of liberty have been that is a foundational human right, fundamental and absolute - excepting, of course, that it must be limited for the sake of justice and the security of other rights. So often when we think about liberty, we see government as imposing limits on it, and when government imposes more limits on our personal actions, especially economic ones, that too is taken as a violation of our liberties. In many ways it is. This, however, is a closed view of liberty. Our personal freedom is infringed upon in many ways, mostly enacted by other human beings, either through institutions or individually. Government is one of those institutions, but it is by no means the only one in today's world, and it is by no means the most flagrant. 
The slavery I wish to talk about is wage slavery. Throughout history, wage slavery has been employed at many times under different names in many different places, but I think it is in the present that wage slavery is more omnipresent than ever before. Let me explain.
Following the abolition of slavery in the Americas, 
Though this last fragment was most recent in my cache of drafts, it's still well over a year old or possibly even more, since I think I remember doing some major editing some time after starting it, which might have included updating the date. In any case, I know what I was going to talk about, but there are many times when continuing something that was written ages ago just doesn't feel right, especially when, at a volatile age like mine, one's writing style - as well as the nuances of one's opinions and tones - may rapidly change. That's what happens when you leave posts undone on the blog; I intend on avoiding that in the future.

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