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Jonathan Maxwell is a professional writer. He holds an MA in English from Jacksonville State University in Alabama and a BA in English from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. He is the author of two books. His first one, Murderous Intellectuals: German Elites and the Nazi SS, received the 2011 Allbooks Review Editor's Choice Award in the Category of Best Non/fiction Book. His second one, Piltdown Man and Other Hoaxes, premiered early last year. For this work, he was nominated for 2013 Georgia Author of the Year (History Category). Maxwell is a twice-weekly contributor to Policy Mic, the online news organization.
On the Dark Side: An Uneasy Look at Rotten.com
Progressives adore the fact that the Internet remains a bastion of true free speech. Perhaps, they should rethink this long-held position. As every parent knows, the Internet is full of offensive, dark, and sinister material. Among the grossest offenders is Rotten.com, a long-lived website that profides authentic photographs of bloody crime scenes, suicides, and gruesome accidents. Maybe free speech does require limits?
Wednesday, February 5, 2014(5 comments)
Conservatives are Trying to Rewrite History, Part 2
Some conservatives are trying to convince people that revered historical figures like George Orwell and Martin Luther King, Jr., were a part of the conservative movement. That's not true. They are spreading these misconceptions to garner votes and political points. So far, this underhanded plan is working. However, a backlash looks imminent.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014(3 comments)
Conservatives are Trying to Rewrite History, and They're Getting Away With It
Some conservatives are trying to rewrite American history. They are doing it in their quest to make conservatism look always right and unassailable. They are also doing it to make "their" America (meaning white, Christian, and right-wing) to look equally correct and pristine. A few people are condemning them for such actions. Mostly, though, they are succeeding in their plans to bury the past.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014(4 comments)
Complaints about Left-Wing Media Bias Have Always Been Unwarranted
Conservatives have railed against alleged left-wing bias for decades. What solution did they find to combat this supposed leftist bias? They formed their own media sources that were overtly and defiantly conservative. They abandoned objectivity, fairness, and getting both sides of the story, all in the name of making conservatism look good always. Why can't conservatives see the hypocrisy in this?
Saturday, January 25, 2014(4 comments)
Meet Conservapedia, a Right Wing Encyclopedia at War with the Truth
Conservapedia is an online encyclopedia that presents information from a decidedly conservative point of view. Can an encyclopedia be both reliable and overtly political? Most experts believe that it can't be. That doesn't stop Conservapedia, though. It's often ridiculed, but it's still growing.
The Idolization of Ronald Reagan Is Undeserved
Many conservatives now idolize Ronald Reagan. Such a perception is unwarranted. Like all leaders, Reagan was a mixture of good and bad points. He made serious mistakes as President. Furthermore, the Reagan Era was no Utopia.
Saturday, January 11, 2014(9 comments)
Despite Scandal, Chris Christie Can Still Become President in 2016
Chris Christie is now engulfed in scandal. However, almost certainly, the clamor will die out, and he will be as strong as ever. In other words, Hillary Clinton will have to work long and hard to defeat him in the 2016 Presidential Election, and all that still may not be enough to defeat one of the most popular politicians in the nation.
Syria Explodes; Meanwhile, the World Looks Away
Obviously, no one wants to go to war yet again. However, hundreds of thousands of Syrians--many of them civilians--are dying in a brutal civil war. Is the world simply to look away as innocent people die?
Sunday, November 24, 2013(5 comments)
Republicans Partly to Blame for Obamacare Rollout Fiasco
It is now looking apparent that Obamacare is deeply flawed, as the Republicans have always alleged. They, of course, blame the Obama Administration. However, shouldn't they take some of the blame as well? After all, they have offered absolutely no suggestions to improve the healthcare system in America. At least the Democrats are trying to address the crisis.
Death of Impoverished Pennsylvania Professor Illustrates Plight of Adjuncts
The majority of college instruction in America is now provided by part-time workers. These professionals- called adjuncts- receive no benefits or security. Their pay is paltry. Their numbers are growing. Why are they treated so poorly? It's because college administrations realize that they comprise a cheap labor source. They are exploitated in the name of naked profit.