The Wise Sloth

The United States of America has always been a country of the most heated contention, beginning even before the country's inception in 1776. The British, and subsequently the allies of England, fought back the revolutionary tides of the American colonists at its roots and through the years leading up to the formation of the United States. Without missing a beat, the U.S. is embroiled in just about every global problem to arise during the current and previous presidential administrations. Less cautious Americans might call this a classic example of poking one's nose where it does not belong.

Naturally, the American government receives contemptuous responses from all walks of life, and from all over the world. The most vociferous of these responses belong to the Americans themselves, most of whom have become disenchanted with their government as of late. Many of the new parties gaining momentum in the country are those parties which address the "uselessness" of the current administration. Amidst economical collapse, a corrupt and exceedingly wealthy upper class with a vice grip on politics, and the type of social revolution not seen since the 1960s in the U.S., new parties are quickly gaining ground.

An example of one such opponent to the current system of government and politics is today's blog feature: The Wise Sloth. Though the site lacks a thorough About page (see the link to understand what I mean), I had trouble knowing what it was exactly at first. It becomes more clear after reading a few of the posts he makes (the majority of which, at least recently, are political comics), but he could definitely use a purposeful About page, in my opinion.

As for the style, there's something to be said for simplicity. These days, the minimalist design is all the rave, and for a good reason: cluttering something with fancy baubles does not intrinsically make it better, and in fact can have the opposite effect on many sites. I give kudos to the author for sticking to a simpler layout. I do, however, dislike that his comics, which are really quite long, are not shrunk to an appropriate size to allow for easier browsing of posts. With only a few front-page posts at a time on his blog, it is still a huge and laborious page.

At any rate, his content is definitely good. It brings up a good many issues in the current political structure of the United States, and offers suggestions for fixing the problems. While I may not entirely agree with his opinion, and find many of his statements to be hyperbole, the author raises excellent questions. If you have any interest in the country, then The Wise Sloth is definitely a blog to bookmark.

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