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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar matoko_chan
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    Dude, how boutchu just man-up and tell the base that racism is WRONG, homophobia is WRONG and neocon interventionist meddling is WRONG…..and throw in survival of the greediest(aka capitalism) is WRONG.
    Get some nads.Report

    • Avatar E.D. Kain in reply to matoko_chan
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      How about – instead – you quit repeating yourself over and over again? Maybe that would be better.

      Quit thinking one-dimensionally about everything and, well, grow up matoko. This juvenile nonsense is getting old, and quite frankly is starting to break our commenting policy.

      I’ll say it once again: shape up or ship out.

      P.S. How exactly based on my writing would you ever get the notion that I might decry capitalism? Do you even read the posts around here before you add your two cents?Report

      • Avatar matoko_chan in reply to E.D. Kain
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        I’ve been banned by waaaay better then you.
        The truth is, until you recover your honor……you will just continue to drive off youth and the college-educated and minorities in revulsion.
        Have a nice extinction.Report

        • Avatar E.D. Kain in reply to matoko_chan
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          Matoko – do you realize what your suggestion amounts to? “Tell the conservative base that they’re homophobic racists.” What then? Voila, all is well? How about you go tell the vast majority of Muslims in the world that their religion treats women like crap. I’m sure that after you tell them that, suddenly Islam will be all peaches and cream. Subtlety really has no place in your repertoire of ideas, does it?Report

          • Avatar matoko_chan in reply to E.D. Kain
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            Actually al-Islam doesn’t treat teh XX anymore like crap than xianity.
            Cite, chattel slavery of women and children is still a strong WEC theme.
            Cite, denial of reproductive rights and sex education.
            Cite, Manzi’s small distributed jesusland federalism.
            Also, too. How al-Islam treats treats teh XX is NOT YOUR BUSINESS, WEC.
            The conservative base is your bidness. al-Islam has ZERO to do with your extinction problem.
            What about doing the right thing for once?
            The honorable thing, the noble thing.
            Tell the base is is wrong to be racists and homophobes.
            It is wrong to try to force creationism on other peoples children.
            I don’t see Charles Johnsons traffic dropping off.Report

            • Avatar E.D. Kain in reply to matoko_chan
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              Are you saying that how Islam treats people isn’t my business but how conservatism is formed and operates (or Christianity for that matter) is your business? Because you’re constantly rambling about that, regardless.

              Also – did you just call me a WEC? Do you have amnesia or something? Since when have I ever identified as evangelical?

              Really, try to think past your emotional response and actually analyze whether simply telling people they’re wrong (or racist or whatever) actually works. Charles Johnson is preaching to the choir. He is not changing the hearts and minds of the conservative base.

              One day you’ll wake up and realize that all you are is the reflection of things you despise. An evangelical preaching your own narrow beliefs.Report

              • Avatar Jaybird in reply to E.D. Kain
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                “That’s different.”Report

              • Avatar matoko_chan in reply to E.D. Kain
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                Are you saying that how Islam treats people isn’t my business
                Yes.
                And yes, you are a WEC.
                You just evangelized christianity over al-Islam in treatment of women.
                And yes I am entitled to crit both christianity and “conservatives”.
                I am a fourth-generation republican.
                I was raised republican and catholic. I am in revolt against the horrorshow ugliness and dishonesty of my grandfathers party.
                The last thing he said to me was always vote republican.
                Never again.Report

              • Avatar E.D. Kain in reply to matoko_chan
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                Actually I never once said a thing about Christianity vs. Islam. You really do need to start reading before you write.

                Anyways, I’m pretty much finished here. Like I said, shape up or ship out. We have a commenting policy and you’re in violation of that policy. If you have nothing to add, well – here’s the door. Don’t let it hit you on the way out, as the saying goes.Report

            • Avatar E.D. Kain in reply to matoko_chan
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              Here’s the deal matoko. You can improve in one of two ways or you can find another blog to comment on.

              You can either grow up and start using actual grammar, correct spelling, and proper formatting in your comments like someone not living in the stone age days of the internet (no it’s not hip to type like a fifth grader) – or you can start acting polite. Your choice. If neither of those options is to your liking, then you can find new stomping grounds.

              Capiche?Report

              • Avatar Dave in reply to E.D. Kain
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                Shouldn’t matoko be off playing Counterstrike or something?Report

              • Avatar matoko_chan in reply to E.D. Kain
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                why would i want to?
                ’tis pointless.
                Conservatism has sold its soul to the villagers with the pitchforks and torches for power. The Honorable Stewardship of the rights of the Noble Yeomen Farmers was to lead them to greater good, but you only seek to exploit their base passions for political gain.
                Have a nice extinction.
                You deserve it.

                While you cause a granular universe to persist in your awareness, you are blind to movement. When things change, your absolute universe vanishes, no longer accessible to your self-limiting perceptions. The universe has moved beyond you.

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              • Avatar Jaybird in reply to matoko_chan
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                It’s not pointless, actually.

                This is a written medium. As that Canadian dude said, “The Medium Is The Message”. (Watch the Heritage Minute here: http://www.histori.ca/minutes/minute.do?id=10226 )

                We use the medium of words here… moreover, with the exception of the Pinstripe Mafia members, we are limited to the written word.

                The medium of the written word is one that carries with it many, many connotations. When someone writes with poor grammar and poor spelling, it communicates poor thought. Indeed, when someone consistently uses poor grammar and poor spelling, the communication can get entirely blurred after a tipping point within the signal:noise ratio.

                Moreover, when the content of the post is sifted by people determined to give the thoughts obscured by the medium of poor grammar and poor spelling a fair reading and the content seems to be more or less independent of the post or comment to which it was addressed, it becomes very, very easy to reach the conclusion that the person behind the poor grammar and poor spelling is also a poor thinker… someone to be pitied rather than engaged as a peer.

                Indeed, it was only in the last few months that the suspicion that English might, in fact, be your first language had started sinking in. When I stopped saying “her English is better than my Japanese”, I began to feel sorry for you.

                Whether avoidance of my pity is something that provides a point to, you know, typing like you have actually received an education is a point is still up in the air, of course.Report

              • Avatar Dave in reply to matoko_chan
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                Before you grace us with your absence, can I get a hug?Report

            • Avatar Koz in reply to matoko_chan
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              “I don’t see Charles Johnsons traffic dropping off.”

              I do. I don’t care so much about his flame wars but the upshot of all of it is that he has no influence with any significant political or demographic element. IIRC, you are the only one who’s cited him in the last couple of months or so, which should tell you something.Report

    • Avatar Kyle in reply to matoko_chan
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      I actually find this critique somewhat incompatible with your repeated assertions that WEC is a demographic dinosaur, assuming that premise is correct, why waste the time, resources, and clout?Report

      • Avatar matoko_chan in reply to Kyle
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        Kyle, Rush and Beck are cheerleaders for homophobia, racism and con-serf-a-tism. The GOP leadership and soi-disant intelligentsia are ENSLAVED to the WEC base.
        I repeat…..
        Have a nice extinction.Report

    • Avatar North in reply to matoko_chan
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      Capitalism is wrong? My goodness, what precisely are you seeing as the alternative system? Even modern liberals for the most part are embracing markets with at least one arm, usually two. Say what you will about the republicans (and I say a lot) but they successfully moved the dialogue a long ways to the right in terms of economic thought.Report

  2. Avatar Koz
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    I hesitate a little bit, for fear of turning into the photographic negative of matoko_chan. It is true this conversation is more or less exhausted, in the direction it’s been going. But that’s not the only direction to go.

    From what I can see, there’s two things about the dissident Right which have gone unremarked. Much of the energy behind it comes from personal antipathy toward President Bush and his Administration more than substantive disagreements with the mainstream Right. Second, the dissident Right partakes, even more than the average bear, in the general sense of hopelessness and despair permeating the culture. Neither does anything useful for anybody.

    Given that, the answer is actually pretty simple. Get over Sean Hannity and hook up with the mainstream Right for the benefit of the US as a whole. We, the mainstream Right, can get America out of the hole it’s in, and it looks to me that we’re the only ones who can.Report

    • Avatar North in reply to Koz
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      Well considering ya put it in in the first place there’s an intuitive merit to the idea that only the conservative right can get it out again. That said, there’s also merit to the idea that with the conservative right having screwed things up royally the other side now gets to try and clean up the mess first.Report

    • Avatar Bob in reply to Koz
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      “We, the mainstream Right, can get America out of the hole it’s in, and it looks to me that we’re the only ones who can.”

      Maybe, but first you gotta get the Republican Party out of the hole it’s in.

      But, I’d like to see a few bullet points of the plan the mainstream Right has to offer.

      Number one, tax cuts.Report

    • Avatar historystudent in reply to Koz
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      “From what I can see, there’s two things about the dissident Right which have gone unremarked. Much of the energy behind it comes from personal antipathy toward President Bush and his Administration more than substantive disagreements with the mainstream Right. Second, the dissident Right partakes, even more than the average bear, in the general sense of hopelessness and despair permeating the culture. Neither does anything useful for anybody.”

      I disagree. It wasn’t a personal dislike of the man, Bush, that was the motivating factor. It is the irresponsible policies he undertook and the consequences for our country. His actions did then affect how many felt about him, but he personally was not originally a target of acrimony. That distinction is important.

      And as for “hopelessness and despair,” such a characterization suggests a misunderstand. Very conservative people (I don’t label myself or others with whom I share at least some agreement as “dissidents”) are certainly worried about the state of our country. But I think it is fair to say that at least many of us believe firmly that it is still possible to steer this nation back on solid ground if we can rally enough people to properly focus on the most important issues, the most looming threats to our republic. We are trying our best to look honestly as what is really happening and not stick our heads in the sand about what could potentially hit us. That is simply facing up to actual conditions around us and what could be coming down the pike — and it is a necessary prerequisite before anyone can decide to work to change the underlying causes.Report

  3. Avatar Bob Cheeks
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    ED, tell me you’re not going to kick our sweet desert flower off the site?
    Re: reform, I’ve got the feeling that those conservatives that left by the droves in the previous election will either vote 3rd Party conservative or ‘real’ conservatives in the GOP, no more neocons, no more RINOS and go from there.
    I think the commie-dems are going to provoke the unwashed, eventually, when the bill comes due or grandma passes away ’cause she smoked back in the 60’s and can’t get health care. My goodness, might end up in a little gun play…one never knows.
    Then there’s the “Oath Keepers.”Report

  4. Avatar E.D. Kain
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    Bob – I appreciate your input. I may be wrong on this, of course. I’m just in no mood to actually be wrong at the moment. My patience has been tried.Report

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