Coordinated Troll?

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I don’t really like to comment publicly on abortion because I’m one of those evil, horrible people who thinks it should come down to the question of personhood and that abortion should ultimately be unregulated and de-stigmatized.

But something to think about: Suppose this is a coordinated troll on the part of the GOP designed to force the Supreme Court to rule on the question of at what point a fetus “should” be protected?

What these state legislatures are doing has the potential to greatly damage the GOP on the national level.  And the GOP knows this.  Bad Orange Man knows this.

So, yeah, I think they are trying to establish national abortion criteria that can’t be overturned by the whims of partisan legislatures.

I think it’ll come down to a ban on aborting “viable” fetuses, but how viability is ultimately defined (In terms of gestation?  What if it’s an anencephalic or otherwise unable to survive outside the womb?  What about quality of life considerations?) will likely become a separate battle altogether.

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The Two Core Problems

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‪I think the two greatest problems Western Civilization is now facing are the fetishization of victimhood and the infantilization of grown adults who are fully capable of making their own life choices.‬

‪We’d rather look down on people instead of looking up.  We favor pity over admiration.  And look where that’s led us: We’ve built an intersectional caste system out of other people’s past misdeeds and imaginary grievances.‬

The barbarians aren’t at the gates.  They’re right in here with us.  Western Civilization isn’t going to fall to outside invaders — it’s crumbling from within.

[DISCORD] Philosophical Struggle

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You can’t get through to the ones who are that far gone — the ones who don’t simply deny facts, but actually fail to see what’s right under their noses.

The ones we need to get through to are the ones on the fringes.  The ones who aren’t so fully gone that ideology is able to supersede reason.

And there are a lot of people who have remained willfully ignorant, simply because they despise the churlishness that often accompanies political arguments.  We need to reach them too, because they need to realize that what’s ultimately going on here isn’t a political struggle but an philosophical one.

Are we going to let racism and brutality dictate our future?  Are we going to discard science and medicine because we’re afraid of hurting people’s feelings?  Is truth whatever each of us chooses it to be, or do we live in an objective reality?

Politics comes second to all that.

Anti-Zionism, Pro-Israel

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I don’t like Zionism.  I don’t like any form of nationalism that’s based on to whom (or where) you were born.  I also don’t like Judaism — or any other religion, for that matter.

I think indigenous rights arguments are stupid because as far as I am concerned, being born in a place makes you as “native” to that region as someone whose family has lived there for generations.  And most Israelis who are alive today are indeed native-born.

I’ve said before that I think it was a terrible idea to establish a Jewish state smack-dab in the middle of such a hostile area, but what’s done is done.  Israel is there, and it isn’t going anywhere unless its neighbors succeed in their ambition to push the Jews into the sea.

I like Israel because it is a Western-style democracy and a close ally to the United States.  I have tremendous respect for what the Israeli people face on a day-to-day basis.  I can’t even imagine what it must be like knowing that you are surrounded on all sides by people who quite literally want to genocide you.

Overall, I think Israel is pretty goddamned badass.  So yeah, I’m anti-Zionism, anti-Judaism, pro-Israel, and only anti-Semitic at family gatherings.

[Facebook] Anti-Z, Pro-I

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Most of the time Anti-Z is simply code for Anti-S, and the one follows from the other.  Most of the time — but not always.  I don’t understand why you keep insisting the two are equivalent, unless you are deliberately being provocative.  (In which case I support you 100%.) 👌

And for the record, it is perfectly possible to be opposed to Zionism yet still be Pro-Israel.

I don’t like Zionism. I don’t like ethnicity-based nationalism period.  I think national identity is properly derived from the values of it people, rather than people deriving their the values from any fixed ancestral or cultural identity.

I couldn’t care less about these “indigenous rights” arguments you’re always having.  Whether or not a Jewish state SHOULD have been established smack dab in the middle of a very hostile area is a moot point — Israel is there, and as far as I’m concerned, anyone who was born there (which at this point is probably the majority of the population) has just as much right to be there as someone whose ancestors have lived there for centuries.

 

The Silver Lining

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If there is any silver lining to be found in what’s occurred over these past few weeks, it’s that so many men have been able to come out and tell their stories — of sexual abuse, of false accusations, or both.

I think we’ve awoken something big.  People are finally starting to realize that men are on the fast track to becoming second-class citizens, and that is definitely not okay.

It’s up to us to make sure people don’t slip back into their complacency once the Kavanaugh thing blows over.  I have a young son, and I don’t want him growing up to be denied opportunities or victimized on account of his gender.