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I've used the example in #5 many times, but it makes not a dent in a liberal. They just reflexively say 'no they should be treated the same' without thinking about it at all. Yet it is the liberal argument that they're NOT the same. If all homosexuals are born that way, are an actual separate sex from male, then they SHOULD be treated differently and appropriately. But I don't expect any leftist of any stripe to actually think. They feel, therefore they are. Collectively, too. Plato's ant-like communism was prescient, we see the hive mind at work today. Join up, and one never need think again. All questions are answered, so no more questions are ever needed. Must be comforting in some ways, but no thanks.
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Elliot Rodger and the Left

Renaissance Nerd Wrote: Jun 03, 2014 4:12 PM
If we ever actually reached this mythical paradise of perfect equality, it wouldn't last five minutes. One guy would sit down and drink a beer, another would pick up a hoe and start gardening, and another would start trading his beer for other goods he wanted. One guy would end up with fifty women, and others would end up with fewer, based on nothing but personality, because we'd all have to look exactly the same too, be the same height, weight, etc. This is such ridiculous nonsense that the mind boggles, yet supposedly educated people can believe it. There is no cosmic equality; there never has been, there never will be. Justice is an approximation of equality before the law, and that's as far as human beings can get. The awful world Dworkin envisions is one he has no desire to visit, seeing as he has one of the most highly paid jobs in the world, compared to the labor he has to perform to earn his pay.
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Censorship Last Liberal Shot

Renaissance Nerd Wrote: Jun 02, 2014 1:31 PM
That is what science is SUPPOSED to be. It is not. It is a priesthood, and heretics must be dealt with. Almost any new paradigm you care to name had to wait for the last generation to die off before it became widely accepted. There are exceptions, like eugenics/racism; after WWII the scientific world fell all over itself to pretend that they never believed in such things, even though there was a time that racism was THE scientific theory, and anyone who disagreed with it was either a religious nut or a hillbilly. Reminds me of another scientific theory that holds the same pride of place today...
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Censorship Last Liberal Shot

Renaissance Nerd Wrote: Jun 02, 2014 1:27 PM
When one side wants to shut down debate, it's not because they're confident in their position. I was born a Mormon, and when I was 11 years old my dad told me I should study other religions and learn as much as I could before become a Deacon at age 12. I started then, and decided to continue as a Mormon until I reached a conclusion. By the time I was 15 I had read the Quran and 5 different versions of the Bible, about ancient philosophy and myth, black magic and Darwinsim, and many others. I'm still a Mormon, these 30 years later. My dad demonstrated his confidence in his beliefs, and after probing and testing, I concurred. How many sincere Muslims are there in the world? We'll never know, because they'll be killed for asking a question, never mind joining another religion. That is the position of ultimate weakness: if you have to kill or silence people to keep them from apostatizing, you have NO confidence in your beliefs.
I think another good one is "KKK Rock-star" Margaret Sanger. It hits them on so many levels: abortion, racism, etc. Mention how she used to go to KKK rallies and whip up support for her plan to eradicate through abortion 'human weeds' like blacks and the mentally ill and 'idiots and imbeciles.' Then mention that Hillary Clinton is the proud recipient of the Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood. Ever wonder why the Democrats dropped the KKK like a hot rock? Between the news media terrifying blacks and intimidating rivals, and Planned Parenthood ending 2.2 out of every 5 black pregnancies through abortion, what need for lynchings and castrations? The black population is plummeting thanks to these more modern incarnations of the KKK: from 20% in 1900 to 13% in 2000, despite millions of immigrants from Africa and the West Indies.
"Law is his religion, and he is its priest. You never get anywhere arguing religion with a priest." --H. Beam Piper, "Little Fuzzy"
Which cements yet again the likelihood that our next president will be fighting a four- or five-front war, all of them relatively low-intensity, but requiring serious commitment and plain ole guts. When I look at the current field, I don't feel all warm and fuzzy. Sigh.
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Don't Stigmatize Murderers!

Renaissance Nerd Wrote: May 29, 2014 7:06 PM
I once worked with a guy who was at some point diagnosed as schizophrenic, but I never knew it until after he left the company. He seemed a little odd to me, but not in a way that made me feel uncomfortable or anything. I considered him a friend, and helped him with homework and things like that, and my reward was that later he accused me of 'religious harassment,' probably for helping him with his comparative religion class. It was not taken seriously, because it came with a barrage of other similar accusations against everybody he had worked with. He was not ever fired; just the third time he walked off the job and quit, they wouldn't take him back again. I spoke with him after that, and felt astonished at how different he seemed, so completely paranoid, and my instinct was to reason with him, which of course was completely stupid, but fortunately did no harm that I know of. Later he got into an argument with a friend and they ended up betting $100 on who was toughest. My friend got the worst of it, but he didn't have $100. So when this other guy came to collect, he was shot, but not killed. When the cops came they inexplicably decided to force their way in, and he shot three, killing two. Then he killed himself. The paranoid mindset that comes to some schizophrenics is truly out there, and it can't be reasoned with, because it is not reasonable. He was also off his medication, and his family couldn't do anything about it. They begged, they pleaded, so did his psychiatrist, but they could literally do nothing more to force him to take it. He did not show any particularly violent signs beforehand--I went shooting with him once, at a shooting range near our workplace, and it didn't give me a moment's worry to hand him my rifle, and shoot his Romanian AK47. He actually had an application in to become a policeman, though that was clearly (to everyone else) not in the cards. Some are trying to read a greater social ill into Rodger's rantings, but as Ann says they're rife with the kind of paranoia that is clearly delusional. He sees what isn't there, and sees everything as a personal attack because he's the center of the universe, so everything anyone does is aimed at him, though they are in fact oblivious to his existence, which, if possible, is an even greater insult. He should've been removed to a safe place, but what could his family do? They begged, they told the cops, but only an asylum could've saved his victims.
I doubt you can find anybody in America who disagrees with the basic tenets of early feminism. That '1st wave' accomplished all its goals and disbanded; what has followed has been of a completely different nature. The follow-on fascists and other socialists pretending to be feminists make arguments from Marx, not Stanton or Anthony. The 1st wave addressed real injustice, such as those you mention. The following cadres care only for 'rich people problems' or scheme to kill off the poor and minorities through abortion, while ignoring the very real plight of women outside America. Sanger was a rock-star in her day...with the KKK. My heart bleeds for the wealthy women who couldn't be members at Augusta, really it does. If feminism wants its cachet back, it's simple enough: start campaigning against real injustice again. You'll find a vast majority will support that. So long as we're talking about things like Augusta and fake pay statistics and speech codes against 'bossy', it's going to continue to be considered what it has become: male chauvinism in drag. All feminism does today is ensure that rich old men enjoy plenty of fresh young meat.
One other little thing, there are men who are jerks to other men, who are not jerks to women, or least 'their' women. Those jerks who pay no heed to intellectuals or nerds, or pay too much heed, may be kind and gentle to a wife or girlfriend. Even many Nazis were devoted to their wives and children, and no doubt some of them decided to steel their guts and do what they were ordered for no other reason than to protect their families. I disagree with that kind of thinking, but it's easy for me to say, as I don't yet live in a horrible fascistic state like they did. Point is, outward appearances of jerkiness do not necessarily carry over into all areas of life. It's rare that any of us sees more than the tip of the iceberg--in a fog--when evaluating another person.
Fop goes all the way back to the 15th century. It means a man who is excessively concerned with his appearance and with fashion. Synonyms are dandy, coxcomb, popinjay, swell and dude. Fop is SUCH a good term for your garden-variety politician today. Used in a philosophical or political sense it could mean a perfect weathervane, who is continually and constantly swayed by the winds of public opinion and seeks always to be perfect on their focus-group tested opinions.
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