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Politics for Dilettantes

Kawaii -- Wednesday, October 08, 2003 -- 10:08:43 PM

Apathetic? Uninformed? Don't even vote? Have your bread and want your circus?

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Sterling Dingleberry -- Thursday, February 02, 2017 -- 05:37:59 PM -- 5742 of 5761
Jesus loves liberals. However, the rest of us know they are complete assholes.

LinkedIn has begun to become political.

Those who have been posting such stuff explain it by saying one cannot separate business environment from the political environment and that each drives the other.

These posts, and the posters, are usually met with admonitions to stop posting political material.

Many times, the admonitions turn in to flat-out abuse and ridicule.

Nicholas Kronos -- Thursday, February 02, 2017 -- 05:57:45 PM -- 5743 of 5761
Quoting the actual words of Trump is an unfair tactic because he inevitably sounds like an idiot about any subject on which he speaks.

I didn't even know LinkedIn had an area for posting things.

I just get notices from them nagging me about stuff ("congratulate so-and-so on hir/her new job").

(Deleted message originally posted by pseudoerasmus on Thursday, February 02, 2017 -- 06:14:05 PM.)

pseudoerasmus -- Thursday, February 02, 2017 -- 06:27:22 PM -- 5745 of 5761

Facebook is completely insufferable, I don't know how people use it. Of course I used to say the same about Twitter and now I use it, but it's also becoming insufferable mostly because everyone in my timeline seems to think civilisation is coming to an end.

sapphirerose -- Thursday, February 02, 2017 -- 07:45:53 PM -- 5746 of 5761
Hot like a hepatitis-induced fever from a thirdhand heroin needle - Nicholas Kronos on the appeal of Russell Brand

I'm still on Facebook, but I've had to "unfollow" a lot of people. The ugliness has gotten much worse.

Ricky Ricardo -- Thursday, February 02, 2017 -- 09:26:14 PM -- 5747 of 5761

I would be interested in an ideological analysis of Facebook. My feed is wild with histrionics and hysteria.

David Campo -- Thursday, February 02, 2017 -- 09:45:38 PM -- 5748 of 5761
"Dissent Is the Highest Form of Patriotism" - Howard Zinn

The closest I do to social media are forums.

However...OF COURSE people are hysterical. We have a madman (or several) running things. Remember how all of you loved Dubya to death? Now you ridicule him. This Trump thing, whatever the hell it is, won't end well. It can't. Anyone who thinks otherwise should voluntarily commit themselves.

Sterling Dingleberry -- Thursday, February 02, 2017 -- 10:45:49 PM -- 5749 of 5761
Jesus loves liberals. However, the rest of us know they are complete assholes.

"Anyone who thinks otherwise should voluntarily commit themselves."

I'm committed to ridiculing the idiocy of your posts, Crack-po.

Are you back on drugs? If so, are they legal or recreational?

Nicholas Kronos -- Friday, February 03, 2017 -- 06:28:00 AM -- 5750 of 5761
Quoting the actual words of Trump is an unfair tactic because he inevitably sounds like an idiot about any subject on which he speaks.

Bad lip reading of the inauguration--one of the better in the genre:

www.youtube.com

The dancing is the best part.

CalGal -- Saturday, February 04, 2017 -- 03:49:35 AM -- 5751 of 5761
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

My facebook feed is pretty mild; I have a number of TPWers who are handwringers, some friends and of course STEP alumni who are rabid. But I also lived in Saudi Arabia and went to school with many folks now living in Missouri and have working class family from Pennsylvania, so it feels reasonably balanced.

I try not to respond, but every so often I play provacateur.

Sterling Dingleberry -- Saturday, February 04, 2017 -- 04:30:10 AM -- 5752 of 5761
Jesus loves liberals. However, the rest of us know they are complete assholes.

My FB and Twitter feeds are just like here, except it's under my real name.

I've got 600+ "friends" and and a somewhat equal number of "followers" on FB. They all have a ravenous appetite for entertainment and I deliver with aplomb -- but in a somewhat measured manner.

I maintain my Twitter follower numbers as small as possible, as this is where I really amp up the vitriolic provocative shit-posting. I'd prefer to not have a large number of people be exposed to such strong language, as most of them are quite sensitive to this sort of thing.

If somebody tries to follow me on Twitter, I check out their profile. If they appear to be serious people, I will block them -- Dem, Repub, left, right doesn't matter. They do not need to be following me. Heh heh.

Henry Jones -- Sunday, February 05, 2017 -- 01:01:15 AM -- 5753 of 5761
Fate is an asshole.

A good friend of mine just ditched FB because of the political stuff. Not even my conservative Friends used to post as much crap as the live do now.

I still like it for keeping up with friends and family who I don't see much. Hey

theDowager -- Sunday, February 05, 2017 -- 02:35:36 AM -- 5754 of 5761
Oy.

What drives me crazy is when people - particularly those who really ought to know better - post these wild-eyed memes that are readily proven inaccurate with about five minutes worth of research.

CalGal -- Monday, February 06, 2017 -- 02:08:08 PM -- 5755 of 5761
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Yeah, Henry, FB got me back in touch with family and people I used to live with in Saudi Arabia. That's all I use it for anyway. And unlike most people on FB, I'm used to a wide variety of opinions.

Henry Jones -- Wednesday, February 08, 2017 -- 08:33:10 PM -- 5756 of 5761
Fate is an asshole.

How the ctrl-Left drove me away from American liberalism

Pretty good. His description of the Seattle area is spot on, especially the Dino Rossi election fraud.

Pincher Martin -- Wednesday, February 08, 2017 -- 10:07:53 PM -- 5757 of 5761
"We are now so stultified in our thinking and so priggish in our expressions that it becomes unavoidably offensive to tell the truth." -- Johann Georg Hamann

Henry,

That guy sounds a little out of the ordinary. A Mormon Democrat married to a black woman who voted for a third party over Obama in 2008?

He seems mostly uninterested in the ideas that drive politics and instead has replaced ideas with some weird mixture of identity politics. For example, he says he was originally a Democrat because he was in an interracial marriage. Okay, I get that. I don't believe in it for myself, but I get that many others do.

But then he's upset that some Democrats look askance at his wife because she's a black woman who voted Third Party over Obama in 2008?

Nicholas Kronos -- Thursday, February 09, 2017 -- 06:22:18 PM -- 5758 of 5761
Quoting the actual words of Trump is an unfair tactic because he inevitably sounds like an idiot about any subject on which he speaks.

uninterested in the ideas that drive politics and instead has replaced ideas with some weird mixture of identity politics.

But is that really "out of the ordinary"? Even if the majority of people are influenced by ideas rather than identity (which I'm skeptical is true), enough are motivated by identity that it should at least be considered an ordinary stance.

Consider: "Yes, anyone not a gun-toting, heterosexual, Jesus-loving cracker is screwed."

Followed by: "You forgot 'white'"

Especially among dilettantes (this thread) I would think identity politics prevails, partly (but not entirely) because of the MSM. It's easier to talk about women, Latinos, blacks, working-class whites, etc. than to frame the discussion in terms of ideas.

Pincher Martin -- Thursday, February 09, 2017 -- 06:37:00 PM -- 5759 of 5761
"We are now so stultified in our thinking and so priggish in our expressions that it becomes unavoidably offensive to tell the truth." -- Johann Georg Hamann

But is that really "out of the ordinary"?

You're right. It's not out of the ordinary. Most people think that way.

It is, however, a little out of the ordinary for a man to write a several-thousand-word essay on his political beliefs and evolution and not deal substantively with any political ideas.

Most of the people primarily influenced by identity in their politics wouldn't go to that much trouble. Except perhaps women writers.

Henry Jones -- Monday, February 20, 2017 -- 06:25:47 PM -- 5760 of 5761
Fate is an asshole.

From one of the awesome commenters at Althouse:

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Nicholas Kronos -- Monday, February 20, 2017 -- 06:33:58 PM -- 5761 of 5761
Quoting the actual words of Trump is an unfair tactic because he inevitably sounds like an idiot about any subject on which he speaks.

I like a man's ass that is like a woman's ass that is like a young boy's ass:

I even like an ass's ass!

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