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baw1064

Member Since 14 January 2012 - 05:28 PM
Offline Last Active Aug 18 2019 03:25 PM
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In Topic: Sullivan on Being a Conservative vs. a Reactionary

18 August 2019 - 03:14 PM

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But what are “permanent and natural limits” to transformation? Here are a couple: humanity’s deep-seated tribalism and the natural differences between men and women. It seems to me that you can push against these basic features of human nature, you can do all you can to counter the human preference for an in-group over an out-group, you can create a structure where women can have fully equal opportunities — but you will never eradicate these deeper realities.


He's too much of a social scientist for my taste. The truly fundamental limits have to do with the size and resources of the Earth, not with human nature, which over a sufficiently long time period is malleable. If it becomes a sufficiently compelling survival advantage for humans to become less tribal or define gender relations differently, then it will happen--in the same way that bipedalism, writing, agriculture, and cities came into being. All of these things were at least as disruptive to the existing order of society at the time as anything we're talking about now.

The most fundamental choice in my view, is between fearing the future, and embracing it (with some degree of trying to guide it to happen in a minimally-disruptive way).

In Topic: Donald Trump Wants to Buy Greenland

16 August 2019 - 08:08 PM

He probably thinks that if Denmark won't sell to him, somebody else will. I mean, that works for golf courses and hotels.

In Topic: Donald Trump Wants to Buy Greenland

16 August 2019 - 03:42 PM

"There's no such thing as global warming. Why, since I became President the amount of ice cover in the U.S. has increased a thousand times! We've got a Yuuge ice sheet, you wouldn't believe how big it is!"

In Topic: Immigration in the Trump Era

14 August 2019 - 03:11 PM

It seems a good time to post this article on what immigration was like a century ago. The more things change...

https://www.newyorke...etention-center

In Topic: Domestic Terrorism, Trump, and the Republicans

14 August 2019 - 03:00 PM

View PostLFC, on 14 August 2019 - 11:25 AM, said:

Another Trumpy spews white nationalist crap ... and then makes it worse. Of course he thinks he's misunderstood. Anybody still trying to defend this administration as not being white nationalists is an idiot, ignorant, a liar, and/or just kneejerk defends their "team."
And to think, he almost became my governor six years ago.