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originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
I suppose they came closest with the pink-hats. I'm not a violent or mean person, ever. I'm not selfish, or greedy, and I don't care if someone likes boys or girls better, or wants to wear a dress or a haircut. I don't care.
I don't care if they want to go to church. But I do care when they abuse their kids, malign good citizens with hatred, and vote for ridiculous nincompoops.
When matters didn’t go quite so smoothly, and when some groups in these liberal societies were in fact harmed by these developments, a degree of backlash was inevitable. It didn’t help that elites in many liberal countries made some critical blunders, including the creation of the euro, the invasion of Iraq, the misguided attempt to nation-build in Afghanistan, and the 2008 financial crisis. These and other mistakes helped undermine the legitimacy of the post-Cold War order, open the door to illiberal forces, and left some segments of society vulnerable to nativist appeals.
You're welcome, folks. Do try to educate yourselves more accurately about what liberal progressives are really about.
...but traditional structures are already dead. Humanity just hasnt come to terms enough to really acknowledge it
As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic. It has unsettled — even surprised — me from the moment I first read it in graduate school. The passage is from the part of the dialogue where Socrates and his friends are talking about the nature of different political systems, how they change over time, and how one can slowly evolve into another. And Socrates seemed pretty clear on one sobering point: that “tyranny is probably established out of no other regime than democracy.”