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The Emancipation Proclamation

The 150th Anniversary

Written by Gregory Smith
 

This New Year’s Day past, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Perhaps we casually noted it more than celebrated it. The Proclamation is not the liberation raison d’etre it was posited to be in simplified elementary school presentations. It is a legal document reflecting the severely troubled political times it was crafted in. The Proclamation’s significance has waned in latter years as critics have thoroughly debunked it’s preeminence as civil rights legislation. Antiquated though it may seem, the Emancipation Proclamation continues to have great significance for the modern man.

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Barack Obama

The World’s Most Dignified Awards

Barack Obama

Awarded by The Dignified Devil
 
In an age of noise, flash, and hype, the truly dignified things often go unrecognized. We’re here to remedy that. Starting this year, the Dignified Devil is setting out to spotlight those people, products, and phenomena that rise above the rest with The World’s Most Dignified Awards.
 

Regardless of your political persuasion, you’ve got to hand it to Obama. Just when you think his opponents have him on the ropes, he knocks them out. They always seem to make the same two fatal errors: they mistake his calm affability for weakness and his moderate liberalism for radicalism. This year he deserves our special recognition because he came out in support of gay marriage, showed how a competent leader handles natural disasters, signed new laws supporting returning veterans, and ran the most sophisticated campaign in the history of politics.

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A political Future

7 Political Predictions

What Will 2013 Bring for the Modern Man

Written by Gregory Smith
 

Tis the season for predicting the year ahead. Today the Dignified Devil joins the fray, giving the modern man a glimpse at the 7 issues he will be thinking, reading, and talking about in 2013.

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Silence on Gun Control

Our Damned Silence

The Right Day for that Discussion

Written by Gregory Smith
 

Addressing a grieving nation on Friday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney uttered a terrible cliché, “I don’t think today is that day.” The question confronting him was about gun control. Whenever we are stricken by violence perpetrated against ourselves we rush to this lamentable refrain, pushing aside the most important of discussions as if ignoring it somehow honors the victims. When natural disasters strike we talk about improving infrastructure. When planes crash we talk about improving technological and mechanical safety. When a disturbed man shoots children in cold blood, we talk about deepest condolences, prayers, and sadness. The day to talk about the larger social issues is now and we are not shying away from the conversation.

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Steve Jobs and Apple Computers

The World’s Most Dignified Awards

Business: The House that Steve Built

Awarded by The Dignified Devil
 
In an age of noise, flash, and hype, the truly dignified things often go unrecognized. We’re here to remedy that. Starting this year, the Dignified Devil is setting out to spotlight those people, products, and phenomena that rise above the rest with The World’s Most Dignified Awards
 

Apple is the Roman Empire of technology. In 2012, Apple became history’s most valuable company, and it did so by meticulously maintaining its brand and product quality. Despite small setbacks faced by any large organization, it is a model that business schools and corporate historians will be studying for a long, long time. Jobs may be gone, but his legacy lives on.

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Five Thirty Eight

The World’s Most Dignified Awards

Politics: Five Thirty Eight Blog

Awarded by The Dignified Devil
 
In an age of noise, flash, and hype, the truly dignified things often go unrecognized. We’re here to remedy that. Starting this year, the Dignified Devil is setting out to spotlight those people, products, and phenomena that rise above the rest with The World’s Most Dignified Awards
 

New York Times Five Thirty Eight blogger Nate Silver proved in 2012 that he is the political Nostradamus of the information age. Before the election, when Silver predicted a decisive win for Obama, numerous pundits said he just had to be wrong, that he was just an egghead who didn’t understand the mysterious, unmeasurable forces that would launch Romney to the White House. Silver simply replied, Look at the numbers. Now those pundits have egg on their faces, and Silver is the go-to person for interpreting political statistics.

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Fiscal Cliff by Cory Michael Skaaren

The Fiscal Cliff

The Art of Not Making a Deal

Written by Gregory Smith Art by Cory Michael Skaaren
 

Absent a deal, the American economy will dramatically change on January 1, 2013. A package of tax increases and spending cuts totaling $607,000,000,000 kick in and everyone in Washington D.C. will run around with their hair on fire. Of course, this is only if there is a world after December 21 when the Mayans may or may not have decided we will cease to exist. Betting on there will be a thing called December 22, it might be worth the modern man’s time to know just what’s at stake and why getting a deal done to prevent this calamity is no sure thing.

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Mitt Romney Blows it

A Lesson in Self-Destruction

How the Republican Party Lost the 2012 Election

Written by Gregory Smith
 

This was supposed to be a referendum on the failures of President Obama. Political leaders do not survive high unemployment, financial crises, divisive policies, and soaring deficits. But Barack Obama did just that. Americans reelected a president they were not entirely sure of because they are certain about the Republican Party. For the majority of America, the party in its current form is just not a viable option. Mitt Romney will be remembered for losing this election, but his party shoulders most of the blame.

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Honest Abe Lincoln

The Smart Man’s Vote: Abe Lincoln

The Melancholy and Pessimistic President

Written by Jon Eckblad
 

The rugged individuality that we males hold as a cultural ideal is something we deny our presidential hopefuls. We expect our leaders to be perfect—which is another way of saying generic. We want them to come down to a genial, middle-brow median. God forbid they should show moments of melancholy or mental brilliance. But it wasn’t always this way. There was a time when a presidential candidate could suffer a couple of nervous breakdowns, write poems about madness and suicide, take the unpopular view that America was to blame for her own problems, and use complex language to describe complex ideas. The man I’m speaking of is Abraham Lincoln—who could never get elected today.

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the silent majority

The Silent Minority’s “Vote”

America’s Disenfranchisement Problem

Written by Greta Young
 

In the midst of a closer-than-expected race for the presidency and less than one week remaining to cast our ballots, every vote matters – except those of 5.85 million Americans who are forbidden to vote due to a past felony conviction.  As our society becomes increasingly carceral, with racial minorities the overwhelming majority of victims of disenfranchisement, the political motives behind this injustice are grotesque. For many modern men, this is an invisible issue, having no direct impact on their daily lives. We cannot remain willfully ignorant of the injustices in the system.

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Marcus Junius Brutus

And You, Brutus?

The Man, the Play, the Political Implications

Written by Jon Eckblad
 

A broken, bloody band of soldiers reaches the top of a wooded hill. Their leader, a man in his forties with fiery eyes, looks distraught but not frantic.

Someone suggests that they flee. “Yes indeed,” the leader replies, “we must fly, but not with our feet, but with our hands.” And he falls on his sword.

The time: October 23rd, 42 B.C. The place: Philippi, Greece. The man: Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger, better known simply as Brutus.

You may remember Brutus as being the object of the famous accusation “Et tu, Brute?” in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. In that play, Shakespeare tells the story of the conspiracy against, the murder of, and the eventual avengement of the death of the title character. But the real protagonist of the play is Brutus.

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Political Joke

A Political Joke: A Voter’s Folly

Campaign Promises and Election Realities

Written by Gregory Smith
 

Monday, October 22, 2012 – the finale of a three-part debate series between challenger Mitt Romney and incumbent President, Barack Obama. The first act saw Mr. Romney resuscitate his campaign with a stunning upset against a disengaged opponent. In the second, the President brought a sudden halt to the momentum threatening to sweep aside his reelection hopes. Now we have the final act, a rare night when the election seems up for grabs with precious few weeks left before Americans fulfill their Democratic duty at the polls. Today we skew somewhat more devilish and conclude our debate coverage with a timeless parable. Choose wisely, men.

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The Lost of Presidential Respect by Cory Michael Skaaren

The Loss of Presidential Respect

Disrespecting the Office to Spite the Holder

Written by Gregory Smith Art by Cory Michael Skaaren
 

The President and former Governor Mitt Romney put on the most entertaining presidential debate in recent memory last night, directly engaging each other on multiple occasions. The substance of plans and policies remained secondary to jostling to control the narrative, but the night gave us the rare spectacle of the de facto heads of the two dominant parties verbally jousting. There was much to be learned from the festivities, but the biggest concern for the modern man might be the referendum on the state of political affairs in America. Have we lost respect for the Office of the President?

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obama and romney debate

The Woe of Aftermath

Gentlemen, We Have a Presidential Race

Written by Gregory Smith
 

Leading up to last week’s Presidential debate, the polls were trending towards a decisive victory for President Obama in the upcoming election. Much to everyone not named ‘Romney’, the debate proved a dramatic win for the Republican candidate. With a listless President refusing to press Mitt Romney on the veracity of his unsubstantiated claims, appearing more disinterested than engaged, Romney was free to rewrite the narrative. The polls show a sharp tightening of the race, Romney’s campaign is gaining positive media momentum, and the President is scrambling to limit the damage. Brace yourselves, America; this election is now within the dreaded ‘margin of error’.

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