State of the Discussion

The posts in play...

So What Should Be Done?
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Language & Politics
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A culture war truce?
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On Certainty & Doubt
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Playing games with the deficit
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Whose Warmest Heart Recoiled at War
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“The Perfect Stride”
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Comparing the Faiths of Presidents Washington and Obama
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Don’t Set The Doomsday Clock Ahead Quite Yet
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Thursday Art Walk
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The comments...

Francis
+ If you google "health care spending percentage gdp" you can get thousands of useful links. According to this site, the Medicare trustees calculated that [. . .]

I skill can't get anyone to join me in Radical Moderate. :-/

Jaybird
+ No, not at all. The more eugenicist wing of the Progressives did find Hitler to have a handful of things worth saying... but I stand by [. . .]
Steven Donegal

I guess we know what to get you for Christmas--label-maker..

+ For the record, I agreed with what you were saying up there- although, you know, my great-grandparents were very public members of the left in [. . .]
+ This is a great piece, thank you. As a fellow doubter, I'm quite interested in the transpartisan movement. I believe it is a viable way forward [. . .]
Koz
+ "I despise collectivism, but it’s simply a gross failure to carefully observe the world to think that the left is more authoritarian-leaning than the right." It [. . .]

Okay, help me here. Pete Seeger took way too friggin long to denounce Stalin, which proves that 'the left worshipped Hitler'?

MadRocketScientist
+ I think something like this should be sent to every registered voter, with links to all bills & proposals (not just the quick blurb). Have [. . .]
+ > We speak in cudgels, which is perhaps natural in this context, since > politics is inherently violent. I love this line. Although I would have used "bludgeon", [. . .]
+ As for Grossman's assertion that Marshall's been 'ignored' by academia, Marshall has not been ignored so much as discredited. That's not to say Marshall's focus [. . .]
+ I've often used the term Progressive Conservative for myself (although I stop sub-labeling after watching all of ED Kain's self-labeling acrobatics ). It makes sense. [. . .]

I'll give you a clue: he wrote "This Land is Your Land, Hitler Baby".

DensityDuck
+ “Alberto told me, ‘It’s imperative that you believe completely in what we’re going to do,’ ” he recalled, “ ‘because it will be completely different [. . .]
Jaybird

Pete Seeger?

No, wait, it'll come to me...

+ Will a payroll tax holiday or “checks in the mail” boost the economy? Except at the margins, I mean? Or will it boost [. . .]
+ There's a line to be drawn somewhere, but I think we're in the territory of the many conceptions of conservatism and degrees of radicalism. And [. . .]
+ Rufus, I like the direction you are heading in. My response would be to quote Disraeli (which I'm quite sure I have done before here [. . .]
Koz
+ "Koz: If you forebear from calling me a folk Marxist, I won’t call you an ignorant fascist sociopathic plutocrat." I sympathize with you a little [. . .]
+ William, your point on power as deriving more from institutions than ideologies is really interesting. As for conservatives, I think that most conservatives, if not [. . .]
+ I ask about Martha, Jon, because in some periods of history women tend to be the religious backbone of the family while men would rather [. . .]
Boegiboe
+ Both the Right and the Left in US politics have authoritarian leanings. The Right wants to preserve their particular personal, bodily and spiritual virtues and [. . .]

Yeah, Jay, don't you forget. "This machine kisses fascists". Satan too.

Jason Kuznicki
+ The reason this "myth" has been passed off as truth are several. First, it's been replicated by other studies. Second, it dovetails well with other results in [. . .]
+ Bob, you think everything that's not religious came out of the Enlightenment. More specifically, you think that everything that came out of the Enlightenment is [. . .]
+ I do? Geez, I could swear that the point I was pretty clearly making was that there was no rush. Now, if you want [. . .]
+ Prof. Hanley, "using violence to enforce the social/political hierarchy is authoritarian" It seems to me that "authoritarian" also implies a centralizing motion, but to go any further [. . .]
Francis
+ Koz: If you forebear from calling me a folk Marxist, I won't call you an ignorant fascist sociopathic plutocrat. The fact of the matter [. . .]
Scott
+ Sorry, you sound like Hillary spouting some nonsense that the sky will fall if the treaty is not rushed through the Senate. Didn't Obama [. . .]
Heidegger

And don't forget, Jaybird---the Left WORSHIPED Hitler until he invaded the USSR--Operation Barbarossa.

Jaybird
+ Golly, you must really sympathize with the folks who say that Dubya wasn't really a Republican then, huh? Here's my problem with the "Of *COURSE* Stalin [. . .]
Heidegger

Mr. Hanley, James Scott was a great, great, ragtime pianist and composer--I applaud you on your good musical taste! Finally.

North

Maybe it's me, but that head looks rather overlarge.

Jaybird
+ "What does the American left want? Gay marriage, abortion rights, and legalized drugs." The American left ought to hang out with the libertarians! They can complain to [. . .]
Heidegger
+ Robert, Perhaps Professor Hanley thought the benevolent Stalin was actually just running Fat Farms in Ukraine. They certainly worked--to the tune of 20,000,000 [. . .]
Heidegger
+ Well, thanks Mr. Cheeks. And just love your posts--smart, and very, very funny! Here's how crazy and off the rails Mr. Hanley [. . .]
+ Actually S.L.A. Marshall has been pretty thoroughly debunked, starting more than twenty years ago. It isn't just his methodology that's been discredited, it's his conclusions [. . .]
James Hanley
+ William, Authoritarian doesn't mean "total authority." That would be totalitarian. Yes, using violence to enforce the social/political hierarchy is authoritarian. I make no apologies for [. . .]
Anna
+ What? Libertarians should accept laws barring people from enjoying activities that enhance their lives but do not impose on anyone else (yes gay marriage among [. . .]
Michael Heath
+ Jason P:If he avoided talking about religion, I’d say he wanted to be private. Actually there are other possible speculative conclusions, e.g., religion was not [. . .]
+ Prof. Hanley, I've got to object to the way you use the word "authoritarian," both here and in anti-South comment thread on your previous post. It seems [. . .]
Heidegger
+ Sadly, Mr. Cheeks, it appears The Nutty Professor is having a complete breakdown before our very eyes. I knew it was inevitable--just [. . .]
Jon Rowe
+ Martha seemed more conventionally Christian. George had THEIR correspondence burned. I'm not as aware of the literature of her correspondence with other people, [. . .]
ThatPirateGuy
+ I'm merely describing the people the south elects. People like Jim Demint who wants to make it so that gay people cannot be school [. . .]
+ If he avoided talking about religion, I’d say he wanted to be private. But if he uses religious and philosophical rhetoric in his private letters [. . .]
Robert Cheeks

Bravo, Heidegger, bravo!

Robert Cheeks

Fascism/communism/socialism are the denouement of the Enlightenment and modernity.

 
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