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In Topic: The Far Left Has "Flat Out Lost Its Mind"

24 September 2019 - 09:56 AM

I find where you have taken this discussion to be quite genuinely disheartening though not surprising.

In Topic: Minimum Wage Thread

24 September 2019 - 09:36 AM

View Postindy, on 24 September 2019 - 07:14 AM, said:

We aren't happy to have enough, we are only happy (to whatever extent that is) when we think we have the ability to have more than somebody else. There are literally thousands of studies that show this dynamic.
But we are also quite insistent about a general concept of fairness too:

In Topic: The Far Left Has "Flat Out Lost Its Mind"

24 September 2019 - 09:31 AM

View PostLFC, on 24 September 2019 - 03:30 AM, said:

I imagine people being able to grasp the difference between a classic stage production and Donald Trump rather than being in a constant state of being offended by everything. Too much to ask I guess.
The experience I was outlining was most certainly not an experience of "being in a constant state of being offended by everything" it is being in a state of worrying about where you fit in within your community. I am reflecting the lived experience of people I know, their genuine feelings, not made up outrage.

The lack of empathy being displayed here is disappointing.

In Topic: The Far Left Has "Flat Out Lost Its Mind"

23 September 2019 - 09:52 PM

I imagine myself as one or the few, maybe the only family of colour in a Montana community, where I have over the years had to tolerate many slights, mostly small, some large, from a community I love but always feel a little on the outside looking in on. I imagine myself hearing that the community theater program is thinking about doing Othello and figuring that it probably means someone is going to perform in blackface. I imagine myself thinking about the kids in town that threw a banana in my yard one day, the ones that made monkey noises at my kids when they were walking down the street and popping by the coffee shop to see LFC, to just let him know that I am concerned that a public display of blackface like that might embolden the few bad people in our town that act out in these ways. I imagine myself suggesting that maybe they could do "A Midsummer Night's Dream" instead, or "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" - or at least thing about it - and he said:

View PostLFC, on 23 September 2019 - 10:33 AM, said:

No. HELL no.
Too much to ask I guess.

In Topic: Republican Party has ‘flat out lost its mind’

23 September 2019 - 09:21 PM

View PostMSheridan, on 11 September 2019 - 01:50 PM, said:

Good piece over at The Bulwark by Thomas Firey:

Departing the Shining City: Michael Anton’s “Flight 93 Election” wasn’t just a call to oppose Hillary Clinton; it was a full-throated rejection of Goldwater–Reagan conservatism.

I depart from Firey in that I was not then and am not now in retrospect a fan of Goldwater-Reagan conservatism. Not even a little. However, I can say that, bad as I believe it is and was, there are even worse things. Trumpismo is one of them. Firey makes a good conservative case, although I suspect his audience is quite limited. Aside from social conservatism, conservatism as an ideology (as distinct from a brand) is nearly defunct in the US.
Firey gives Anton altogether too much credit, Anton's essay was an argument about tactics, not strategy. I.e. I read the original essay as "we're all racists here, let's get more explicit about it and Trump is the perfect vessel you sniveling milquetoasts" and Firey is rewriting that as, "Conservatives (Reagan, Goldwater et Al.) haven't been racist enough, Trump will take us there and it will be glorious".
I read it as self-protection by someone fully invested in the old status quo.