Politics and Empathy


Ethan Gach

I write about comics, video games and American politics. I fear death above all things. Just below that is waking up in the morning to go to work. You can follow me on Twitter at @ethangach or at my blog, gamingvulture.tumblr.com. And though my opinions aren’t for hire, my virtue is.

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  1. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    ” I will go out on a limb and say that Bush Derangement Syndrome is to Obama Derangement Syndrome what a sore throat is to the Ebola virus.”

    I guess if you stayed in a nice echo chamber from 2000 to 2008, you could conceivably think that.

    “To my conservative pals: That people change or modulate their speaking style depending on the audience and occasion is…”

    is, when conservatives do it, considered racist/classist/patronizing/badbellyfeelword.Report

  2. Avatar Koz says:

    Good link. Without specifically getting into whether ODS or BDS is worse, it is a very unfortunate fact of our political culture that libs in general have given themselves very cheaply to raw hatred for conservatives, Republicans, and even apolitical people who in some circumstance happen to be thwarting their political aspirations.

    This poisons our culture and eats away at the fabric of trust we all use and need.

    This is why, for me at least, the margin of victory that Romney wins by (if in fact he wins) is critically important. America will be able to dial down the trauma in the aftermath of the election much better if Governor Romney wins by 55-44 than if it’s 51-48.Report

  3. Ethan,

    I just got around to reading this article, and I like it a lot.

    To state things indirectly and without disclosing more than I’m comfortable disclosing, I’ll just say I’m not unfamiliar with the sentiment behind the phenomenon that Bissell mentioned, about his fellow liberals hoping the surge would not work and what not working would mean in practice. To the degree I am familiar, I regret it very much, and Bissell’s article reminds me why.Report