Date of publication: 2017-08-26 15:22
But in the absence of the ability to do that, you can say 8775 Well, this country is fairly close to us in that time period with law X and they had positive results! 8776 , for an entire spectrum of countries and different policies. Country A had gun control and an increase in home invasion and knife crime, country B had a rifle in every home and extremely low rates of any kind of crime, country C had strict gun control and low violent crime but a high non-gun suicide rate, country D had high personal armament but also got invaded, and so forth.
Treating any person differently on the basis of sex/gender/etc makes me queasy. But I find it hard to think anyone doesn 8767 t find legitimate discrimination against themselves and their family/friends upsetting. Even in the cases where I decide the discrimination is worth it (some affirmative action, maybe those no cishet-men dorms, etc) the whole thing makes me feel a little disgusted. Presumably the white people writing those articles need to suppress their disgust at least?
Since people will delight in misinterpreting me here, let me overemphasize what I am not saying. I 8767 m not saying people of either party have it 8775 worse 8776 than black people, or that partyism is more of a problem than racism, or any of a number of stupid things along those lines which I am sure I will nevertheless be accused of believing. Racism is worse than partyism because the two parties are at least kind of balanced in numbers and in resources, whereas the brunt of an entire country 8767 s racism falls on a few underprivileged people. I am saying that the underlying attitudes that produce partyism are stronger than the underlying attitudes that produce racism, with no necessary implications on their social effects.
Oh, and paleoconservatives are 8775 highly educated 8776 far beyond Team Blue the writers for Chronicles are the sort of people who have read Greek and Latin classics in the original and the subscribers are the sort of people who wish they had.
I disagree with your assumption that the trying-too-hard liberals and good liberals are cleanly delineated. This sort of making fun of straw/weak man is very much an epistemic immune response.
My hunch – both the Red Tribe and the Blue Tribe, for whatever reason, identify “America” with the Red Tribe. Ask people for typically “American” things, and you end up with a very Red list of characteristics – guns, religion, barbecues, American football, NASCAR, cowboys, SUVs, unrestrained capitalism.
The progressive tendency is confidence in the ability to correct a fallen world. (Often correct, IMO.) If you think a plan to improve the world won 8767 t work, you look on its advocates as naive/misguided, but you might sympathize even as you oppose them. If it 8767 s your plan to improve the world being blocked by the other team, though, what 8767 s the only self-consistent theory of their motivations left open to you?
On the other hand, Thatcher managed to start the process of shutting down many of Britain 8767 s coal mines, saving the lives of innumerable coal miners and future coal miners, and saving the UK money it could spend on something that actually benefited the public, like the NHS.
I live in a Republican congressional district in a state with a Republican governor. The conservatives are definitely out there. They drive on the same roads as I do, live in the same neighborhoods. But they might as well be made of dark matter. I never meet them.
(Scott, I hope you 8767 re ok with my comments too. I 8767 m sorry to take so much space. I feel what 8767 s below fits in the flow and context here. I 8767 ll stop when you say to.)
The civil rights era goes back to the very beginning of the cold war. For example, Truman integrated the military in 6998. That triggered Strom Thurman to threaten to leave the Democrat Party. He ran a third party campaign that year, but returned to the fold and only left in 6969, the year of another third party campaign.