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    Quote Originally Posted by Muizer View Post
    the American situation. I am sure it has its own ideosyncracies..
    Indeed.

    Quote Originally Posted by antaeus View Post
    Wealth and education tend to align with progressive views
    Not exactly...one thing is sure, in the paper Brahmin Left versus Merchant Right Piketty shows that the right-wing allegiance of the wealthy is as universal as it is uncontroversial. Now and before.

    In his paper Piketty shows that in the early postwar decades, social democratic and affiliated parties represented the low-education and the low-income electorates, whereas conservative and affiliated parties represented high-education and high-income voters. These party systems have gradually evolved toward "multiconflictual” or "multi-elite" party systems in most Western democracies, in which higher-educated voters vote for the “left,” whereas high-income voters still vote for the "right"

    Difference in political parties’ vote share between top 10% of voters
    (most-educated or highest-earning) and bottom 90%




    Last edited by Ludicus; June 07, 2022 at 07:16 PM.
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    Every human society must justify its inequalities: reasons must be found because, without them, the whole political and social edifice is in danger of collapsing”.
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    A growing number of “family friendly” drag queen story hours and dance performances open to children are becoming a mainstay of June pride month celebrations.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news...ents-children/


    The trend isn’t just another example of being so open minded the brain falls out. It’s also an indication of the toxicity of luxury beliefs and the way they function.
    We feel pressure to display our status in new ways. This is why fashionable clothing always changes. But as trendy clothes and other products become more accessible and affordable, there is increasingly less status attached to luxury goods.

    The upper classes have found a clever solution to this problem: luxury beliefs. These are ideas and opinions that confer status on the rich at very little cost, while taking a toll on the lower class.

    It’s possible that [people] don’t always agree with their own luxury beliefs, or at least have doubts. Maybe they don’t like the ideological fur coat they’re wearing. But if their peers punish them for not sporting it all over town, they will never leave the house without it again.

    https://nypost.com/2019/08/17/luxury...ich-americans/
    If one were to ask the average parent whether they’d be ok taking their child to see a bunch of half naked men perform sexually suggestive dances in front of a sign reading “it’s not gonna lick itself,” the answer would probably be no. One might even suppose any parent subjecting their child to that sort of thing ought to be jailed. But a bunch of drag queens doing the same thing? Well, we’re not bigots, after all - right? If you’re not a homophobe, you’re not just ok with that, you celebrate it, right? Brag about it on social media so everyone can applaud such dizzying heights of progressive enlightenment…..

    Sexualization as defined by the American Psychological Association is “the inappropriate imposition of sexuality… through objectification, overvaluing or emphasizing appearance and/or sexual behavior,” regardless of the presence of physical sexual assault. As the number of sexual incidents involving children grew alongside popularized sexual imagery, the quiet taboo against voicing detrimental effects of sexualization began to melt under the burning scrutiny of researchers, feminists, and politicians. Although research conclusively linking sexual content exposure to harm is limited due to restrictions on conducting experiments with young subjects, there is solid evidence for mental health harm caused by early sexualization.

    https://hir.harvard.edu/all-about-se...and-education/
    Wealthy parents won’t have trouble affording psychological treatment for children deliberately exposed, up close and personal, to this kind of wanton degeneracy. They’ll have more resources to mitigate the consequences of any negative behaviors that might result. But poorer households whom the liberal elite have socially pressured or conditioned to participate in this farce aren’t so lucky. It doesn’t matter. The moral purity spiral demands acquiescence on pain of being branded a bigot or worse. After all, it’s pride month. Get with the times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ludicus View Post
    No, we don't care about your libertarian "evidence".
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    The latest fur coat of compelled speech from the liberal elite: The Flagellants are back.

    George Brown College, a public institution in Toronto, recently required students and faculty joining a Zoom meeting to agree to a long mea culpa: “This land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat, Mississaugas, Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee. . . . As settlers . . . we benefit from the colonization and genocide of the Indigenous peoples of this land. . . . It is imperative we constantly engage in acts of awareness and decolonization.”

    Another common theme involves pseudo-pagan tributes to the tribes’ functioning in the natural order. My own university’s statement begins by giving “greetings and thanksgiving to these Potomac River life sources,” an oddly spiritual incantation in the overwhelmingly secular atmosphere of the university. Native tribes are commonly called “caretakers” or “stewards” of the land, fetishizing Native Americans more than any athletic mascot could.

    It’s no coincidence that these land acknowledgments are proliferating at formal ceremonies, even as such patriotic rituals as the Pledge of Allegiance and the playing of the national anthem are under attack. They replace a concise affirmation of national pride with a dense confession of national original sin.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/land-ac...rs-11654876804
    It does seem things are accelerating:

    Quote Originally Posted by OP
    I suspect that deep down, most know that none of this catechism makes any sense. Less obvious is that it was not even composed with logic in mind. The self-contradiction of these tenets is crucial, in revealing that Third Wave Antiracism is not a philosophy but a religion.

    A white version of this would be blithely dismissed as racist. I will be dismissed instead as self-hating by a certain crowd…America’s sense of what it is to be intellectual, moral, or artistic; what it is to educate a child; what it is to foster justice; what is to express oneself properly; what it is to be a nation—all is being refounded upon a religion.

    However, there is nothing correct about the essence of American thought and culture being transplanted into the soil of a religious faith. Some will go as far as to own up to it being a religion, and wonder why we can’t just accept it as our new national creed. The problem is that on matters of societal procedure and priorities, the adherents of this religion—true to the very nature of religion—cannot be reasoned with. They are, in this, medievals with lattes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ludicus View Post
    No, we don't care about your libertarian "evidence".
    “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” - God Emperor Teddy

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    Here's some more interesting polling related to the themes being discussed:

    Spoiler Alert, click show to read: 


    Journalists significantly overestimate their own performance relative to the public perception.



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