New Article at Change the Game

Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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Capitalism and Black Entrepreneurship

By Chidike Okeem

Despite capitalism’s many blemishes and imperfections, it is the only system of economic development that has the proven power to lift people out of poverty. Given the state of the American economy and the fact that African Americans are consistently on the lower end of the socioeconomic totem pole, it is imperative that black people embrace capitalism and skillfully utilize the power of entrepreneurship.

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Posted: September 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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The Anti-Liberal Obsession of Mainstream Conservatives

By Chidike Okeem

If there is any principal identifying theme of mainstream American conservatives today, it is their complete opposition to liberals. While being on the opposite side of liberals is understandable, it should not be the most crucial element of a serious conservative worldview. It is deeply problematic when the primary concern of the conservative is to be seen as being on the opposite side of liberals, as this often leads to conservatives taking immoral positions on various sociopolitical issues that inadvertently harm the conservative cause.

Serious conservatives are not supposed to look at what positions liberals take on various issues and irresponsibly argue the other side. Serious conservatives should be confident in using a conservative analytical rubric to arrive at positions—irrespective of what liberals believe. Conservative analysis should be birthed out of organic and rigorous reflection—not a knee-jerk desire to be opposed to prominent liberals. The primary goal of the serious conservative should be to reason as lucidly as possible using a conservative ideological framework and best convey conservative principles to others. The primary goal of the hyper-partisan mainstream pseudo-conservative is to be opposed to the liberal—particularly for remunerative gain.

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Posted: September 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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The Second Amendment and the Pro-Life Pretense

By Chidike Okeem

Being both pro-gun and pro-life is not inherently oxymoronic; however, it can become contradictory when people put gun rights on a higher pedestal than life itself. Nowadays, being pro-life is generally limited to believing in the right of human beings to be born; however, an authentic pro-lifer cannot just support life vis-à-vis pregnancy and childbirth. An authentic believer in the sanctity of life must also affirm the right to life of all innocent people at every stage of life. The Second Amendment is intended to protect life—not to be an endorsement of the casual extirpation of life.

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Posted: September 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

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Mainstream Conservatives and Fraudulent Victimhood

By Chidike Okeem

Liberals use victimhood as a political tool. Liberal intellectuals and journalists enjoy making money by selling helplessness to poor minority communities. The liberal worldview is one in which reliance on government is encouraged and denouncing capitalism as a brutal system of cyclical oppression is standard. Mainstream conservatives enjoy lambasting liberals and their addiction to victimhood, but the sad reality is that mainstream conservatives are just as addicted to fraudulent victimhood. If mainstream conservatives are going to attack the liberal addiction to victimhood, then they must break their addiction to the same drug.

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New Essay at Hip Hop Republican

Posted: August 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Outside Essays | No Comments »

Can Conservatism Establish a Foothold in Inner Cities?

By Chidike Okeem

In order for conservatism to establish a foothold in inner cities, people on the political right need to do a better job of arguing why conservative policies are beneficial to the lives of ethnic minorities who dwell in these areas. Liberals have appalling policies that have caused devastation in America’s cities for several decades, but—at the very least—they have solidly presented the image that they care about the interests of ethnic minorities. More than anything else, politics is about optics. If a political party or movement has poor optics, policy ideas turn into nugatory thought exercises.

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