Book Review: The Cleanest Race

The Cleanest Race (cover)Since North Korea’s inception in the late 1940s, the rogue state’s history has been inseparable from mystery and misconceptions. Known as the Hermit Kingdom due to its sequestered nature, it remains an incredibly bizarre, anachronistic nation that seeks unification—by force, if necessary—of the two Koreas. Its continued secrecy has guaranteed a lack of access to information concerning the worldview of many North Koreans. Thankfully, B.R. Myers’ The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters serves as a thorough guide that spans the pre-WWII Japanese colonization of Korea to the closing chapters of Kim Jong-il’s reign. Continue reading “Book Review: The Cleanest Race”

Same-Sex Marriage & Sophistries

appeal to natureOne of the most quickly progressing social issues in America today is same-sex marriage. Societal attitudes toward the practice are shifting dramatically, and this change has helped contribute to the legalization of same-sex marriage in 19 states. This is, I think, a step in the right direction, and I hope it continues to the point where same-sex marriage is legal in every state. That said, I do have some reservations about this growing support. While I am a proponent of same-sex marriage, I am more of a proponent of being right for good reasons—sloppy reasoning, as seductive as it might be, should never be a shortcut to moral progress. Sadly, I see very poor arguments being championed by either those for or against same-sex marriage. It’s time to nudge the discourse in a more productive direction. First, let us explore some numbers. Continue reading “Same-Sex Marriage & Sophistries”