Articles by Justin Robbins

Cowboy Versus Alien

By Justin Robbins Time is fleeting as we fast approach a May 25 special election to fill Montana’s lone congressional seat, vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke; already famous for forgetting his Metro pass on the first day at his new job. Following the Montana…

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Tolerence for a Paradox

by Justin Robbins A short time ago, I was unhappily compelled to rise in defense of snow-colored flake Richard Spencer after he was caught on camera slamming his face into the elbow of an anti-Nazi demonstrator. If social media shares and comments are any indicators,…

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Time To Pay The Pander?

by Justin Robbins Since his initial free-form announcement of his presidential bid, celebrity statesman impersonator Donald Trump cobbled together policy ideas the way comedians settle on the best jokes; with an applause meter. By the time anyone took him seriously, it wasn’t the anyone who…

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In Defense of Freedom…and Nazis

by Justin Robbins It became clear on the morning of November 9, 2016, the future would contain ample fodder on which people like me, the chronically righteously indignant, might focus our ire. Readers of this blog will recall it took me little time to assail…

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In Defense of the Unconventional

by Justin Robbins There has been, and will undoubtedly continue to be much debate about how Americans…“real” Americans…should react to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. The gambit seems to run from elation at the rise of a genuine man…

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Last Chance Power Drive

Readers of this site may have noted a conspicuous absence of content from this author since shortly after the elections. In part, this (perhaps welcome) silence has been a product of an effort to maximize holiday time with family; however, it must be admitted that…

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Putting the White in Whitefish

by Justin Robbins

I don’t intend this post to do much beyond inform and educate. I almost hesitate to use the term “educate” because it implies I may have knowledge that has been in some way denied to others. That is by no means certain.

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The Country We Deserve

By now, most people are aware 7 defendants in the Mahleur refuge standoff were remarkably acquitted of federal charges that they conspired to interfere with federal employees in the performance of their duties. I say remarkable because the standoff was largely live-streamed in real time…

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The Dangers of the Divine

by Justin Robbins

He who can be made to believe absurdities, can be made to commit atrocities – Voltaire

Ever since our species (Homo sapiens) crossed whatever the threshold was between an instinctual level of consciousness and being cognitively self-aware, we have invented mythologies to explain the things we otherwise cannot. This seems true of every culture or societal construct we now know, or have ever known.

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To Serve Or Collect

by Justin Robbins

Many people of substantial means (read “obscene wealth”) tend to be collectors. Some gather art, or sports memorabilia, or maybe classic cars. Some seem to collect unusual or unconventional items with no apparent rhyme nor reason. Greg Gianforte appears to be in this category.

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DeHaven’s Deferred Decorum

by Justin Robbins

There’s a certain inevitability to the gradual decline of print media. Television, radio, Internet and mobile technologies provide an array of choices by which interested persons might consume the news of the day, any time of the day. Newspapers simply can’t keep up; leaving little for them to do, save to choose the amount of grace with which they exit.

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The Myopic Tyranny of Big Oil

by Justin Robbins By now, you may have still not heard of the Standing Rock protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which hopes to transfer oil produced in the Bakken oil fields to Illinois and beyond. Without speculating on motive, I’ll just say it hasn’t…

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The Moral Cowardice of Reactionary Politics

by Justin Robbins There is really nothing that need be added to the recent piece in the Billings Gazette highlighting the fear-laden policy vortex that is the Greg Gianforte campaign. Everything the alert reader needs is right there. Should one wonder, for example, whether the candidate believes…

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New Money, Old Story

by Justin Robbins As near as I will ever be able to tell, when a man’s material wealth surpasses the combined savings of every other citizen in his current state of residence, he starts to lose perspective. It’s a rough idea at this point, but…

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