All posts by Joe Hurley

About Joe Hurley

Bike Messenger, Entrepreneur, Cab Driver, College Student, Lover of Humanity.

Politics of an Automated World

That our world is becoming more and more automated is a reality that cannot be denied.  As companies seek to make themselves more competitive, the inevitability of a fully automated workforce becomes more certain with each passing year.

An automated production line can be run twenty-four hours a day.  Machines do not agitate for better working conditions – nor do they demand a higher wage.

Our generation is very close to witnessing an economy where all traditional blue-collar jobs (and many white-collar jobs) will be eliminated by the use of new technology, automation, artificial intelligence, and robotic workers.

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Feminist Heresy?

Recently, noted feminist author, activist, and speaker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was interviewed on BBC’s Channel 4 about equality and feminism.  During the interview she was asked by anchorwoman Cathy Newman to clarify where transsexuals fit on the feminist spectrum.

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Of Course There’s Voter Fraud

New York Voting MachineIt’s election year again – and that means another series of articles and cable news reports claiming that voter fraud is simply a myth that’s promulgated by Republicans intent on violating people’s right to vote.  It doesn’t matter how many cases of voter fraud are actually exposed – the Democratic Party and their pals in the media continue to push the narrative that voter fraud either does not exist, or that it’s so rare that it’s inconsequential.  Of course voter fraud exists.  And like every other election cycle in the modern era, we need to point out the evidence ourselves rather than simply rely on the media to do it for us.

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This is Donald Trump’s Election to Lose

Donald_Trump_by_Gage_Skidmore_2-701x467Donald Trump made a horrible misstep when he diluted his position on deporting illegal aliens.  It’s been one of the primary reasons that he’s been as successful as he has as a first-time candidate.  He seems to have corrected course (mostly), but he’s done his brand some lasting damage.  I don’t believe that he can withstand making that mistake again.  No matter what the media and the two political parties tell you, this election is all about the specific issues that Donald Trump has put forward — it’s not about the likability or popularity of either candidate.

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Demand an Open Convention or Lose the Election

Bernie and HillaryMany people on my side of the aisle are celebrating the release of Democratic National Committee emails that show that they were in the bag for Hillary Clinton all along.  This is unsurprising to anyone who pays attention to politics.  It’s been the disgust with the corrupt ruling elite that has fueled the candidacies of both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.   The emails confirm that both of these candidates were completely correct – the system was rigged against them.  Trump was adept enough to decimate a field of 16 candidates, despite the wishes of his party’s ruling elite.  Sanders was not as fortunate — and that is partially his own fault.

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Trump vs. Hillary and the Global Elite

Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, June 18, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

For years, the two-party system has been failing the American electorate.  On one side, we have the Democratic Party who’s packaged itself as the party of the people.  They claim to be for higher taxes on rich people and greater benefits and services for everyone else.  They’ve been the natural home for progressives, socialists, communists, and leftists of every stripe.  They call for greater government powers, more regulation, and bigger budgets.

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It’s Time to Dispense With Paul Ryan

Paul RyanWho does Paul Ryan think he is?  He’s not royalty.  We shouldn’t need to court him like some reluctant school girl in order to get him to support the Republican nominee.  He just came out and pointedly refused to support Donald Trump… again.  For God’s sake, he’s the Republican Speaker of the House!  Someone needs to explain to him that the #NeverTrump crowd has lost — and they were never a significant portion of the Republican Party in any case.  He’s just an elected representative, not some sort of potentate.  If Ryan can’t enthusiastically support Trump as the Republican nominee then he needs to be removed as Speaker — he is not representing the will of the Republican voting base.

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That’s a Man, Baby!

I’m a “live and let live” type of guy.  I don’t care who you sleep with, what you wear, or what affectations you’ve decided to adopt.  I am unconcerned with other people’s sexual proclivities.  As long as you aren’t attempting to bed children, I couldn’t care less about your sex life.  That doesn’t mean that I approve of every behavior a person could adopt — I just don’t care.

If a guy wants to dress up like a woman, I am not interested in preventing him from doing so.  If a woman wants to wear a suit and call herself Charlie, it doesn’t matter to me.  I might think that they’re odd — but once again, it’s none of my business.  I don’t care.

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Why This Conservative is Voting for Bernie Sanders

Bernie surprisedI have been an enthusiastic supporter of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul for years now.  They have both proven themselves to be principled conservatives rather than tools of the Party establishment.  I started off this election season as a fierce Cruz supporter and dreamed of a Cruz/Paul victory ticket in November.  But then Donald Trump showed us that a populist could break the accepted rules and knock the presumed nominee out of the race.  He electrified the race in ways that we hadn’t seen on the Republican side in decades.

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