Yellow Journalism: True Crime versus Sympathy for Criminals

One of my fellow Charlestonians was a man who ran a successful campaign against a congressional candidate on the basis of said candidate’s Judaism in the year 1980 and was able to do the same two years earlier on the basis of his opponent being treated for teenage depression. He was a master, more thanContinue reading “Yellow Journalism: True Crime versus Sympathy for Criminals”

An Experiment in Human Nature

                One of the great fundamental questions of philosophy is whether humans are fundamentally good or evil. In the waxing hours of my adolescence I participated in what was probably the closest thing to a test of that question. That was Occupy Wall Street. It was the first major protest I had done, although IContinue reading “An Experiment in Human Nature”

Worse than Deadly Disease: Lessons from an Aspie in the face of Medical Pseudoscience

               Being on the spectrum, one has to contend with many problems that neurotypicals can’t begin to imagine and one of the consistent foes of my people becomes a glaring threat to humanity in times of pandemic. Being on the high-functioning end of the spectrum, it is yet moreContinue reading “Worse than Deadly Disease: Lessons from an Aspie in the face of Medical Pseudoscience”

Sociology of the Apocalypse: A Story of Politics, Bullying, and Autism

Jackson Hamilton Community (This content is not subject to review by Daily Kos staff prior to publication.) Monday December 23, 2019 · 3:18 PM EST By Jackson Hamilton          Bullying is a hot topic but it is too often treated as the monolith that it isn’t. There are multiple forms of bullying with different psychologicalContinue reading “Sociology of the Apocalypse: A Story of Politics, Bullying, and Autism”

The Unsaid Struggle of a Disability: Vigilantism in Politics and Society

               Being autistic can be terror because when one violates social mores, even minor ones, people get offended and the vigilantes come out. If one commits a social misdemeanor, in an age of rampant vigilantism, hundreds and perhaps thousands of pitchforks may come to pierce the horizon. It’s theContinue reading “The Unsaid Struggle of a Disability: Vigilantism in Politics and Society”

Trolls and the Human Spirit: Keeping the Love in the this Cycle

It took the Emmanuel Nine survivors a week to forgive Dylann Roof, Taylor Swift still hasn’t forgiven Kanye West. It is one of the most shocking aspects of the human condition that murderers are forgiven by the families of the victims while the heartbroken of high school relationships will still burn their exes in effigyContinue reading “Trolls and the Human Spirit: Keeping the Love in the this Cycle”