[–] shwanky 0 points (+0|-0) interesting take on a life that is rather extreme and fringe among the right. We now need an article on someone who grew up in an super progressive far left. Anyone know of such an article I'd like to compare and contrast the similarities of what leads people to extreme ideologies. interesting take on a life that is rather extreme and fringe among the right. We now need an article on someone who grew up in an super progressive far left. Anyone know of such an article I'd like to compare and contrast the similarities of what leads people to extreme ideologies. permalink source
interesting take on a life that is rather extreme and fringe among the right. We now need an article on someone who grew up in an super progressive far left. Anyone know of such an article I'd like to compare and contrast the similarities of what leads people to extreme ideologies.
It was interesting, but I expected the author to present a case for why he no longer holds the ideas and values that he used to hold.
It was mainly anecdotes about a few crazies in right-wing groups, and his assertion that he came to embrace progressive liberalism as part of becoming more "mature". His path from one to the other was summed up with little more than 'it's hard to connect the dots of how I got from there to here'.
It kind of seems like this is a man leading a life that is too unexamined, who thinks that the views he holds now must be better for everyone because he holds them when he is older.
I think his experience was one that probably wasn't the healthiest for a child. But I also think it is obvious that a citizenry should have suspicion of their government and media authorities, and that any in-group should advocate for their own interests. There are wise and stupid people on both sides of the political spectrum, but I've met too many mentally deficient liberals and too many stable and well-rounded people who hold right-wing perspectives to accept that progressivism is a natural outgrowth of maturity. It's certainly not a natural outgrowth of experience - given that older generations tend to always be more right-wing and conservative than younger ones, on average.
But it is a good example of what a culture based on paranoia and combativeness can lead to.
Kannibal is a leftie bullshit spammer. So there you go.
It's absolutely intoxicating to indulge in your paranoia, to let this grow inside of you. Everybody that isn't exactly like you is an enemy and you need to deal with them. It's insane, literally indicative of mental illness.
In church of all places. This activity has no place in a church. None.
"The gunman, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley of nearby New Braunfels, killed 26 and injured 20 others. He was shot twice by a male civilian as he exited the church. "
This wasn't even a year ago.
"He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.” The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.” “That’s enough!” he replied.
They are most likely not afraid of the japenese, buddhists, janaists, sikhs, chinese, shinto, taoists, celts, druids, pagans, zoroastrians.... you get the point, yes? That's ethnicities and religions from all over the world they're most likely not afraid of and it's not a complete list.
I'm confident that the list of ethnicity and religions they are afraid of is much smaller: Jews, blacks and islam.
It's a manipulative strawman argument to say that they are afraid of everyone who isn't exactly like them and possibly indicative of a simplistic worldview ignorant of the multitude of non-islamic religions, ethnicities and cultures that exist in the world.
First of all, this was at the last supper. Jesus knew the events that would transpire. Serious crap was about to go down and he meant to prepare them. That said, he didn't walk in with a crate of swords. Advising people to take up arms against a clear known enemy and using the Church as a training grounds are two drastically different things.
I don't see how that ties in here. They never pointed at an enemy outside of the government itself, it wasn't really an ethnic or race thing.
I would argue it's less about being OK with them than it is either not being aware or simply not caring. Would you say they'd be accepted if they were making more inroads into society? Don't misunderstand me, I don't think Islam--which is the enemy of the day--is a good thing for society. What I'm saying is that non-whites wouldn't be "accepted" regardless. Asians are only half way there and they make most of our stuff.
Yes. I believe that if there were a massive migration of buddhists they would melt right in, at least after a generation or two. The political left has a point when it talks about the cultural melting pot. We did melt together into just "white people" or to a large degree even just "americans"/"europeans" but we once fought war with each other and even made racially charged propaganda about each other. I've heard leftliberals drawing comparisions with the current refugee crisis:
I can even see why they draw the comparison, but I think it only works in a free market environment (because people who seek employment have to integrate at least well enough to get employed and that is quite a lot (muslims not learning the local language or refusing to work together with women at work would probably starve or fly to another country under a true free market. ). I'm convinced that the free market fosters voluntary integration whereas forced wealth redistribution fosters resentment and fragmentation.)
In that case wouldn't it had been more accurate to say that they consider the government and possibly it's supports as enemies? Because you said that "Everybody that isn't exactly like you is an enemy and you need to deal with them." which to me suggests to be against everything foreign.
There has been a recent church shooting that comes to mind where guns would have helped the congregation.
Are you saying black on white crime is not under reported?
I'm not saying you shouldn't have concealed carry in a church, that much seems to be advisable nowadays.
You say this like it's indisputable fact. I won't change an existing belief like that without some evidence. That said, it's going to be damn hard to prove either side of that one. The absence of evidence does not prove the point, though.
Why would this be hard to prove? The FBI has kept these statistics for years.
A quick search came up with this. https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-09-29/race-and-homicide-in-america-by-the-numbers
Read and think about how many more Whites live in America than blacks.
I accidentally posted that comment before I was ready... whoops.
Naturally. Everybody else are dumb sheep, blindly following. Only we know the truth. You should follow us and do what we said, and don't ask questions.
seems like he is still following that path, just with a different group.
On the other hand you have the people who watch massmedia and who've been convinced that women are so oppressed that they get payed 1/3rd less for the same work and that the russians implanted a president like in a shitty cold war novel and even more paranoid believing for an entire year that Trump is a madman who will start ww3 tomorrow either with north korea or russia.
That's at least on par when it comes to being paranoid, in my opinions it's far worse. I can't imagine what it must be like believing that everyone is oppressing you or that ww3 could start any moment, it must be really stressful and tiring.
Agreed, though I wouldn't say its worse. The antithesis is not that everybody is oppressing you, but that everybody is out to get you or what you have. Two sides of the same coin if you ask me.
The best place tends to be somewhere in the middle, as with most things. There's a balance to be struck between mental health and awareness.