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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Brief observation on tonight and then I'm resuming my break on: November 08, 2017, 12:14:44 am
I'm glad to see such a strong anti-Trump headwind across all levels of government (there was a local LEFTSLIDE on my Greenfield Town Council, although my own precinct's conservative hack incumbent defeated his write-in challenger. Not ideal!). It does perturb me, though, that it's being built up from the strengths of the Obama-Hillary playbook rather than breaking new ground or consisting in a ressourcement of the Democratic Party's class-based roots.

Obviously neither what I'm saying nor my use of a mid-century Catholic theological buzzword to say it will surprise anybody here, so the real reason for this post is to leave some record on the forum that I'm doing okay, I do still follow and care about politics, and I wish, as ever, peace to forumites of goodwill.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I'll be away for a while on: June 19, 2017, 11:45:47 pm
Coming back for a moment to clarify that this isn't intended to be permanent. It may be long-term, but not permanent.
3  Forum Community / Forum Community / I'll be away for a while on: June 19, 2017, 10:34:13 pm
Iím going to take another break from the forum and Iím going to try to hold myself to this one for as long as possible.

There was a time when I took breaks because of personal difficulties in my life such as emotional lapses or having a difficult time at school. This time, however, my life is actually going quite well. Iím taking a break instead because of a psychological inability to think through or accept the consequences of current political events. I do this so that I can focus on living my life and so that if (when) the catastrophe catches me I will be caught unawares. Itís the dread that I canít live with.

I would be able to accept current events as the logical, inevitable, and in the final analysis bearable consequences of living in a democratic society, in which people I disagree with occasionally hold the levers of power, if I had some understanding of why these people were behaving as they did. During the Bush administration, and in periods of Democratic rule on subjects on which I disagree with the Democrats, it was at least possible to understand why, within the context of the rulersí own worldviews, they were making the decisions that they were. Now, though, first with the decision to leave the Paris agreement and now with the progressively more maniacal decisions being undertaken in the rush to ram through the AHCA, Iíve lost the ability to understand why it is that these things are being done. Iím at a loss as to how significant numbers of people could be so vividly motivated by, or even merely unconcerned with the appearance of being motivated by, spite and contempt towards those weaker than themselves.

If I believed that these people were like that one pope in the Divine Comedy who was so evil that heíd fallen into hell while still alive and demons had indwelt his body, even that would be okay. I would know why this was happening, and I would be able to bear it.

But I donít. I donít believe that. These are men and women of flesh and blood and bone.

Iíll see you when I see you.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The TrumpCare comes back from the dead (...and lives!) thread on: June 19, 2017, 09:50:34 pm
Okay. That's it. They actively hate the American people. If Democratic gains in 2018 don't at least equal Democratic gains in 1932 then there's no hope for this place and the cause of freedom will just have to start over again somewhere else.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Should the government get more oversight over military/law enforcement? on: June 19, 2017, 08:48:50 pm
Why is this a question
(yes, both)
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: GA-06 Predictions Thread (June 20) on: June 19, 2017, 08:27:34 pm
Not going to post numbers and I'm sick unto death of this race in general, but

I think a lot of people are chicken littling, and I still think Ossoff is narrowly favored, though of course a Handel win is possible.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Kalwejt Foundation for the Promotion of Atlas Hilarity on: June 19, 2017, 08:25:32 pm
Eventually we will be taken care of cradle to grave by corporations. We will be born in corporate hospitals, get health care through the corporation, live in corporate homes, be driven by corporate cars, retire on corporate pensions (again). Our thoughts, friendships, behavior patterns, relationships, both individual and collective, will be monitored, understood, and predicted by the corporation. The corporations will establish a paradise on earth, with no murder, rape, loneliness, addiction, car accidents, or anything. Our data-driven lives will be healthy eating, healthy living, healthy socializing. And it will be better. It will actually be better than what we have today.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Corbyn's proposal for Grenfell victims on: June 19, 2017, 08:08:20 pm
Also, coming from anybody hand-wringing over the abstract ideological implications of this proposal in the face of the human suffering it's meant to address, I'm never going to take insinuations about left-wing ideas being "great in theory, but..." or utopian exercises divorced from reality seriously ever again.
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of having 'Like' post feature on Atlas? on: June 19, 2017, 07:59:08 pm
Absolutely not. For goodness' sake. Atlas's old-fashioned setup and the use of emptyquoting are quirks that give us a unique character, not bugs to be dispensed with in favor of Web 2.0 generica.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Corbyn's proposal for Grenfell victims on: June 19, 2017, 07:42:11 pm
Massive freedom idea. Legitimate ownership consists in doing something with one's property that's of some use, ideally to others but at the very least to oneself. (This isn't even a specifically socialist concept; it appears in some form in both Aquinas and Locke.) If these were National Trust properties, or even properties that were already being rented, my perspective might be different.


RFayette, I have a lot of respect for you, but it's dismaying that you've (in my view) over-committed to right-wing ideology to the point where you're criticizing folk heroes from eight hundred years ago for not being loyal Reaganite drones. You don't see me saying King Arthur is "bad too" for being a non-constitutional monarch.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Did you know that in Vienna ... on: June 19, 2017, 05:20:10 pm
And what even is a "Dirndl"? I'd rather not get put on a watch-list for searching it.

It's the archetypal Oktoberfest-y Alpine women's traditional dress. I've heard that it's as low-cut as it is today because of Nazi obsession with Aryan women's fertility or something, but I can't substantiate that.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Legislative Election 2017 on: June 19, 2017, 04:39:33 pm
I don't view Macron as a traitor to 'my cause' as he's never been an advocate of 'my cause'.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is Emmanuel Macron a "centre-left" politician? on: June 19, 2017, 04:35:05 pm
You're right that motive is more important than method in determining these things, and there are leftist and/or Keynesian reasons to enact austerity measures--iirc the Attlee government did so to pay for getting the British welfare state off the ground--but that doesn't make it any less disingenuous to present Macron's motives as some sort of bold "reformism" rather than the same old sh**tty center-right orthodoxy in a new, young, allegedly-hot package.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Why are U.S. citizens ignoring the 6% gain on GDP, by not nationalizing health c on: June 19, 2017, 04:30:55 pm
1. Pure ideology.
2. Implementing single-payer would require some heavy-duty logistical heavy lifting in a country this size and with this byzantine a private insurance system, especially since we're not a unitary state. (Note that I still agree that it should be done.)
3. Shouldn't this be in US General or Political Debate?
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Is Emmanuel Macron a "centre-left" politician? on: June 19, 2017, 01:38:06 pm
He's only left-wing to the kind of lefties and liberals who wouldn't be hurt by his policies.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Technocratic Timmy on: June 19, 2017, 01:51:05 am
Atlas tradition is not to speak for yourself in threads like this. Voted HP for that reason.

Come on man. I don't think it's a tradition to not respond at all. Just don't derail the thread into Petty bickering with everybody who dares vote HP. Which in my humble opinion he's done fine thus far here.

I've actually revised my opinion of Technocratic Timmy upward by quite a bit in the past few months, although not for this reason.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is more deserving of a permaban? on: June 19, 2017, 01:31:45 am
18  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Legislative Election 2017 on: June 19, 2017, 12:43:55 am
I'm surprised there's any genuine enthusiasm for Valls even on this forum. I'd have thought trashy amoral fat cats like jaichind would prefer to take their neoliberalism straight, rather than adulterated with the icky trappings of softcore post-social-democracy.

We do, but we take what we can get (we're fat cats after all).

You haven't posted much until recently so maybe you're not aware of how uniquely repulsive jaichind is yet. If you are, you taking a comment about people like him to include you is...concerning.
19  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: What happened to Jesus of Nazareth? on: June 19, 2017, 12:38:52 am
I mean, there was no preexisting Jewish tradition that a Messiah would be divine or immune from death. King David is granted the title "Annointed One" (Literally Messiah) and he was neither of those things. He was the powerful and successful king who seized Jerusalem and made it the capital of the Israelite kingdom...which is more or less what the ancient Jews were expecting their Messiah to be: a descendant of David who would seize Jerusalem and the Holy Land and start a new holy Kingdom ruled by the line of David.

Christianity changes the story dramatically because it claims Jesus was not only the Messiah of the Jews, but, more importantly, was the Son of God and, by extension, Savior of all Mankind. To the Christian, Jesus not establishing a kingdom in Israel is irrelevant because he rules over a more important Kingdom of Heaven, and Jesus' death is a sign of success, not failure.

It's just worth keeping in mind that that perspective, the Christian one, is very much a flipped script and a radical departure from the traditional concept of what a Messiah would look like (and a massive departure from the idea of what a Messiah would look like that Jews are still waiting for).

This post helps prove my point: If the Muslim Jesus doesn't fit the Jewish definition of the messiah, and he doesn't fit the Christian definition of the messiah, then why do they call him the messiah?

This doesn't really answer the other questions the Muslim account of Jesus raises, but the obvious answer is "because He fits the Muslim definition of the messiah".
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Illinois budget deadlock may force shutdown of Powerball and Mega Millions on: June 19, 2017, 12:35:46 am
Illinois could makes its first great contribution to US politics since the Haymarket riot by becoming the first state to place a moratorium on its dystopian lottery.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Rachel Dolezal vs Caitlyn Jenner on: June 18, 2017, 11:22:36 pm
Is transracial really a thing now?

No, but Dolezal still beats Jenner easy.
22  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Legislative Election 2017 on: June 18, 2017, 10:24:06 pm
I'm surprised there's any genuine enthusiasm for Valls even on this forum. I'd have thought trashy amoral fat cats like jaichind would prefer to take their neoliberalism straight, rather than adulterated with the icky trappings of softcore post-social-democracy.

You don't seem to account to those like myself who strategically choose to be neutral/fly-on-the-wall bystanders and who find that this hand-wringing over Valls (in either direction) to being a boring sausagefest by the sorts of poli-sci twerps and dorks who'd rather geek out over Game of Thrones in their off-time.  (And I *do* mean sausagefest--like, figuratively speaking, I'd be like the fair lady who tells them all "you're all creeps".)

You and I know very different types of women.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Who is more deserving of a permaban? on: June 18, 2017, 04:54:39 pm
jfern is a disingenuous hack for a sh**tty worldview. evergreen went off the deep end and started throwing around personal attacks and apologetics for political violence. You're right that it's no contest.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK Liberal Democrats leadership election, 2017 on: June 18, 2017, 04:46:27 pm
I'm not sure why but I kind of like the vibe I get from Lamb.
25  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: Gnosticism, or mainstream Catholic/Orthodox/Anglican/Protestant Christianity? on: June 18, 2017, 04:44:49 pm
Eastern Orthodoxy is where it's at, y'all
I prefer....Messianic Judaism

Most actual Jewish people would take issue with that.
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