Checkpoint

So, we’ve been at this new format for a few months now. I’ve had enough time to see what needs to change as we continue.

So this month, we’re going to take a break, and discuss tone, subject matter.

1.) Tone. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to start charging towards Blowback talking about suicide and criminal justice reform, does it?

So we won’t.

Next month we will update 2016’s Lethal Ignorance, and 2017’s Improvement. We will discuss the latest in regards to the obesity epidemic, Crossfit, and all forms of weightlifting.

In June, we will lead into Blowback with a quick discussion on free speech. From the shadowbanning happening on major platforms, to the sudden relative silence of Antifa, to how the “major” platforms are essentially giving their competition all the ammo they actually need to grow rapidly. We will, of course, briefly touch on Blowback itself as well.

The point of both will be to lighten the tone of the Run going into Blowback. Admittedly, we’ll be dealing with much graver subject matter on the other side.

2.) Subjects. Looking over the second half of 2018 one theme stands out.

Our culture, to be frank, finds whatever reason it can to dispose of or destroy people. Whether it’s essentially hiding the homeless though “hostile architecture” (rather than helping many of them not be homeless), making felons of drug addicts (as opposed to getting them treatment, or at the very least reasons to stay sober), and absolutely refusing to allow people to move on from an extremely checkered past (or even a single errant social media post); our culture will do whatever it can to either decimate or conceal anybody for just about any reason.

Except, that’s not actually helping anything but a mob’s own self-aggrandizement.

In the second half of 2018, we’ll examine quite possibly some of the hardest subjects in the Run’s history. We will, of course, update Debt (with an article that is currently 2,000 words long). But in addition to criminal justice, we will discuss drug addiction. Specifically, we will look into the opioid crisis, rehabilitation programs, and how the weightlifting/powerlifting community is helping in its own way.

In November, just prior to the annual Stand Down, the Run will go through just about every major article and update it. The reason for this came about while doing research on Iniquity. It became clear rather quickly that I was nowhere near getting deep enough on the subject of sex/human trafficking to do the topic justice. In addition, about two months after Blade was released, a spike in knife crime in the UK led to London’s murder rate matching that of New York City. This, frankly, serves as evidence above all else that it is never the weapon, it is always the person. As we have discussed numerous times here, a person too violent to be trusted is a person too violent to be released.

The longer-form articles are spread out as once-a-month updates. Blowback will, of course, serve as July’s.

But the new format is working well, and in all honesty is considerably more interesting from a writing perspective. It’s honestly very likely the way the Run should have always been.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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