PROGRESSIVE INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM: “Hillary Clinton Got a Reality Check in Wales” / The Humanist Report / Mike Figueredo ☮

Hillary Clinton recently made a visit to Wales to accept an honorary doctorate from Swansea University, and she didn’t receive the reception she’s used to receiving at home. Not only did a student yell “Bernie would’ve won” at her, but she was also interviewed by a reporter that wouldn’t allow her to dodge questions easily.

INTROVERSION: “Making it as an Introvert (feat. Simon Baxter)” / Sean Tucker ☮

As an introvert I have always found it challenging to compete in the freelance photography world, but I’ve learnt some tricks which have helped. On a recent trip to Lindisfarne I made this video to talk about looking after yourself, choosing your photography genre, and some business tips as well when selling yourself to clients, all without having to fake extroversion. I also had a great time sitting down with photographer Simon Baxter to hear about his experience as a solo woodland and landscape photographer.

APHORISM: On Patriotism

By Madison S. Hughes (08.14.2011), Updated (09.22.2011)

Patriotism is a form of false pride for those who have nothing of their own of which they can be proud. It is little more than a tribal characteristic of banal instinct that provides a gratifying sensation of self-worth.

How can one be proud of being born within a particular geographical area of which they had absolutely no input? Clearly, reflective thought is not a part of this end. Reflective thought would require one to objectively evaluate the actions of their country, and the effect those actions have on them and the world as a whole. If one were to honestly do so, one, as I, would realize a great desire to expatriate to a less religious, more equitable country as one would find in Scandinavia and Western Europe.

In contemporary America, the Tea Baggers base their definition of what it is to be an American on geography and ignorance. They are not cosmopolitan by any stretch of the imagination, nor do they show any sign of cultural curiosity. They are simply demonstrating territorial instinct, as do others with similar cerebral deficits.

Patriotism to one’s country is understood, and need not be expressed. If one feels inclined to overtly express such, then one is expressing nationalism, not patriotism.