Edward Carney

Contributor

A freelance writer begrudgingly residing in the Rust-Belt town of his upbringing, Edward imbues most of his work with a strange blend of unapologetic cynicism and uncompromisingly positive idealism.

Throughout his adolescence he had designs on writing professionally, and sought a formal education principally as a way of developing a background on which to draw in so doing. Driven on by an early passion for the most fundamental questions and an interest in understanding and reconciling different points of view, Edward double-majored in philosophy and religious studies at New York University. It’s unclear whether his academic curriculum deepened his tendency toward constant analysis or simply justified it, but either way Edward is not much inclined to take things lightly.

He is emphatic that the skills demonstrated by his educational background could have had excellent career applications. While studying a famously stigmatized subject, Edward was always able to answer the trite question “what are you going to do with that?” with a laundry list of industries and positions to which a capacity for problem-solving and a multicultural perspective ought to be relevant. Those lists were regularly concluded with the assumption that at the very least a prestigious college education would make it possible to get some sort of decent-paying, though menial, job.

Instead, Edward was unfortunate enough to graduate into the start of a severe recession and find his education to be always a liability, never an asset. He spent three years moving amidst a complete lack of employment and a series of meaningless, part-time retail and food service jobs paying barely over minimum wage, relocating along the way from New York City to Boise, Idaho, to Seattle, and finally being dragged by the skin of his tightly gritted teeth back to Buffalo, NY, and the land of no opportunity. More than three years after his graduation, he decided to throw caution to the wind and become a freelance writer and editor on a full-time basis, not so much as the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, but instead because it had become absolutely clear that there was nothing else that he could do professionally. He now writes for a variety of clients, developing web content, press releases, business correspondence and so forth, as well as blogging professionally, editing for other writers, and working in fits and starts on fiction and personal essays.

Edward’s overall experience, particularly the financial and existential hardships of his post-graduate life, have reinforced and elaborated his highly liberal political and social views, which seem to be mainly grounded in a focus on empathy for the downtrodden and a conviction that virtually every public action should serve the end of developing society into a better version of itself. And as far as Edward is concerned, this progressive impulse should govern not only political policy and legislation, but also personal behavior and the content of art and media. He hopes that his writing for AND Magazine will do well to convey a philosophy along these lines.

As of September 15, 2017, Edward's 24 articles like "Fred Phelps is Dead" have totaled 2.9M views and shares.

Edward's 24 most recent articles:

MAR 21 2016
AND Magazine
Columns

Your Unsecure Privacy

Companies lose your data, and you pay.
"They charge you to have it, and they charge you if they blow it."

MAR 14 2016
AND Magazine
Columns

the Effects Of Ms-13

One of the most notorious and violent gangs, and you.
"Terror and bloodshed aside, the effects of MS-13 elevate Hispanic street gangs to a new level."

MAR 21 2014
AND Magazine
Columns

Fred Phelps is Dead

If God hated any living man, it was him
"Apart from marking the end of a truly hideous life, Phelps' death can, and ought to be, a milestone."

SEP 20 2013
AND Magazine
Columns

The Son of an Ashrafi

Amir Emadi reflects on the legacy of a murdered father
"He was an Iranian. He was a member of the MEK. But he was an Ashrafi. It was his home."

MAY 08 2013
AND Magazine
The Left

Gender Hysteria

Defending California's notorious bathroom bill
"If you accept one form of discrimination, you have to accept both"

FEB 20 2013
AND Magazine
Culture

Ethical Eating

Is soy and Tofu big business, ethical eating, or both?
"It's up to you to decide what further efforts your conscience demands."

FEB 15 2013
AND Magazine
The Left

Class Warfare at Last!

Obama's second term just might really fight for the poor
"The villain is not any wealthy American; it is the very existence of poverty."

OCT 30 2012
AND Magazine
Columns

Save Halloween from X-mas

In five easy steps
"Even when I was a small child, Halloween wasn't about getting candy."

OCT 17 2012
AND Magazine
The Left

Romney Said "Poverty"!

But there's still no dialogue about social class
"The dirty secret in American politics is that poverty exists."

SEP 01 2012
AND Magazine
Culture

Yahoo suing Facebook

A perspective of reality
"Yahoo was suing Facebook for utilizing similar ideas... more successfully"

JUL 11 2012
AND Magazine
The Left

When is a Tax Not a Tax?

Obamacare as government giveaway to private insurers
""A tax and not a tax" seems to be exactly what the Obama administration wanted to institute."

JUN 27 2012
AND Magazine
Entertainment

Taken 2

Liam: One of my favorites. The sequel: Not so much...
"I was surprised to see that both films were written by the same two screenwriters"

JUN 18 2012
AND Magazine
Columns

Is Iraq better off now?

With Saddam gone, how much has the country changed?
"The new Iraq has frequently just put its own spin on the old familiar terrors."

JUN 10 2012
AND Magazine
Columns

Bath Salts Basics

What you should know about the latest designer drug
"Bath salts are shockingly capable of killing even first-time users."

MAY 27 2012
AND Magazine
The Left

Equality in Words Only

Gay rights needs more than a statement of support
"Fessing up when it becomes convenient to do so does not suddenly make a person's remarks laudable."

MAY 20 2012
AND Magazine
Columns

Majority-Minority

Demographic terms demonstrate racial bias in media
"As demographics shift away from white-dominance, "majority" becomes an increasingly loaded term."

MAR 26 2012
AND Magazine
Columns

Half-Hour Activism

Kony 2012 and the flaws of modern perspectives on change
"The fact is that things don't get better just by virtue of people knowing what's wrong."

MAR 26 2012
AND Magazine
The Left

Innovative Pandering

Mitt Romney on Why Not to Build a Better Light Bulb
"It's 2012. We aren't going to re-invent the light bulb."

FEB 28 2012
AND Magazine
Culture

No Test Good Enough

Standardized Testing Persists Despite Growing Opposition
"Teachers in New York State desperately want to teach and to teach well."

FEB 13 2012
AND Magazine
The Left

Universal or Inconsistent

Health care battle makes the case for shift to single-payer
"I suppose they're satisfied that they can wash their hands of what they disapprove of, like Pilate."

FEB 12 2012
AND Magazine
The Left

Either Used or Forgotten

Poverty is often ignored by both parties.
"...everyone in politics today pronounces his focus to be entirely on the middle class."

JAN 23 2012
AND Magazine
The Left

Not a Dollar More

For Romney, Bare Minimum is Best
"He didn't merely justify his unusually low tax rate; he explained it in a self-congratulatory way."

JAN 14 2012
AND Magazine
The Left

Working for the Enemy

The innate hypocrisy of small-government politics
"Why take on responsibility if you think your capacity for creating solutions is strictly limited?"

JUL 13 2011
AND Magazine
The Left

Just Don't Look

Glenn Beck's Coming Media Empire and the Need for Rebellion
"Sensationalism and vociferous debate sells advertising, just as long as it doesn't go too far..."

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