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  1. sorethumb

     /  August 4, 2018

  2. sorethumb

     /  August 4, 2018

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  August 4, 2018

    Well this is awkward…. Fox News anchor Shep Smith systematically destroys trump’s Minister for Propaganda and co-host Sean Hannity. Smith reveals Hannity’s lies at every turn: Fake-News Hannity, enemy of the people.

    • sorethumb

       /  August 4, 2018

      I haven’t followed “Trump’s collusion with Russia” much. I have been waiting for it “to come out in the wash”. Even if Trump’s team did (get caught) colluding I doubt it made much difference. The Dems can’t accept they are out of touch and American is divided beyond redemption
      How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration
      In the past decade, liberals have avoided inconvenient truths about the issue.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  August 4, 2018

        The Democrats are living in the future while the Republicans concentrate on the past

        • Patzcuaro

           /  August 4, 2018

          Make America grate again is just trying to relive the past.

      • sorethumb

         /  August 4, 2018

        While diversity does not necessarily increase inter-ethnic hatred,
        “… inhabitants of diverse communities tend to withdraw from collective life, to distrust their neighbours, regardless of the colour of their skin, to withdraw even from close friends, to expect the worst from their community and its leaders, to volunteer less, give less to charity and work on community projects less often, to register to vote less, to agitate for social reform more, but have less faith that they can actually make a difference, and to huddle unhappily in front of the television. Note that this pattern encompasses attitudes and behavior, bridging and bonding social capital, public and private connections. Diversity, at least in the short run, seems to bring out the turtle in all of us.” (Putnam 2007: 150–151).
        The findings are also true regardless of poverty, economic inequality, or the affluence of a community (Putnam 2007: 153, 157). Even though some differences exist, they are generally true even with respect to men and women, liberal and conservative people, whites and non-white people, and even young people and older generations (Putnam 2007: 153–154).

        Increasing diversity per se always seems to have the same negative effect (Putnam 2007: 153).
        Most notably, the negative effects of diversity are very clear and significant amongst liberals as well (Putnam 2007: 154), despite the widespread myth that liberals love diversity.

        And even amongst young people the somewhat more receptive attitude to diversity may be nothing but a passing phase of life (Putnam 2007: 155).

        Though Putnam does not discuss the issue, it seems rather obvious that greater diversity is more likely to destroy the chances for a democratic socialist society, a vision so beloved by the left.

        If anything, democratic socialism requires a high trust and hence highly homogeneous society. Diversity is more likely to reduce people to atomised, isolated people, disconnected and distrustful of the people around them.

        Another issue not in Putnam’s paper is this: do the negative consequences of diversity also include a lowering of the birth rate? Maybe it does in some minor way or maybe not, but it is an interesting question, nevertheless.

        Putnam’s liberal spin on all this emerges from p. 159 of the paper.

        In the long run, Putnam contends, America will be able to overcome the terrible, divisive effects of increasing ethnic diversity. At first, he appears to endorse the melting pot assimilation model of liberal nationalism as the solution (Putnam 2007: 160–161).

        http://socialdemocracy21stcentury.blogspot.com/2016/09/robert-putnam-on-negative-effects-of.html

    • sorethumb

       /  August 4, 2018

      enemy of the people
      ……
      what people? In multicultural society you have a Hobbesian situation where they all push and shove for resources

  4. sorethumb

     /  August 4, 2018

    Jordan Peterson’s advice to the West. Tidy your (own) room before you become “white saviour”?

    • Gezza

       /  August 4, 2018

      Can you give me a link to the video where he says that please?