2018/09/07: I don’t want to accept this idea that certain words that are problematic, especially for Americans to make peace with their past, should be banned.
Instead of banning every word out there, we should make the mental effort to do better than the political correctness movement that stops at the surface.
So, let’s call it master-slave, and instead make a call for US, where a sizable black population is very poor, to have free healthcare, to have cops that are less biased against non-white people, to stop death penalty. This makes really a difference.
For instance Europeans that are a lot less sensible to political correctness, managed to do a much better job on that stuff.
Moreover I don't believe in the right to be offended, because it's a subjective thing. Different groups may feel offended by different things.
To save the right of not being offended it becomes basically impossible to say or do anything in the long run. Is this the evolution of our society?
A few days ago on Hacker News I discovered I can no longer say "fake news" for instance.
2016/11/20: In a capitalist democracy, the party of the left has one essential reason for existing: to speak for the working class. This delicate balance ended in the 1990s. Many blame Reagan and Thatcher for destroying unions and unfettering corporations. I don’t. In the 1990s, a New Left arose in the English-speaking world: Bill Clinton’s New Democrats and Tony Blair’s New Labour. Instead of a balancing act, Clinton and Blair presided over an equally aggressive “new centrist” dismantling of the laws that protected workers and the poor.
Enough examples should by now be common knowledge. Bill Clinton signed the final death warrant of the Glass-Steagall Act (itself originally signed into law by FDR), removing the final blocks preventing the banking industry from gambling away our prosperity (leading to the 2008 recession). Bill Clinton also sold us on the promise of free trade.
it is crucial that our cultural elite, most of it aligned with the New Democrats, not be allowed to shirk their responsibility for Trump’s success.
Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism by James Burnham
Negli ultimi trent'anni gli effetti del cosiddetto "parent involvement" sulla scuola e sulla vita dei propri figli sono stati catastrofici, malgrado tutte le convinzioni che abbiamo nutrito per anni l'unica soluzione è che lascino il campo agli insegnanti e al loro lavoro
di Benedetta Frigerio "Sono di sinistra perché credo davvero nella libertà e nei diritti delle donne. Non ho cambiato le mie posizioni, se mai è la sinistra che le ha tradite". è così che l'intellettuale Claire Fox, inglese, libertaria, già militante del Partito comunista rivoluzionario, spiega a Tempi perché ha deciso di scrivere il libro
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As a much-needed reckoning happens in the workplace, look to college campuses for a note of caution.
C'era una volta un signore di nome Guy Fawkes, il 5 novembre del 1605 provò a far saltare in aria il Parlamento Inglese insieme al Re d'Inghilterra perché gli stava sulle balle che il Re non fosse cattolico e che dividesse il potere con della marmaglia che non aveva ricevuto nessuna investitura da Iddio Onnipotente
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A mob of students at a Washington state liberal-arts college confronted a professor and demanded his resignation for writing an email questioning the propriety of a race demonstration in which white people were invited to leave campus for a day.
A dean at Yale University has been put on leave after her sneering and sometimes racist comments on Yelp were exposed by students.
Meet Clay Routledge, a social psychologist and Professor of Psychology at North Dakota State University. Professor Routledge studies such things as intergroup relations and how people create meaning in their lives. He has over 90 scholarly papers and has authored the book "Nostalgia: A Psychological Resource." I discovered Professor Routledge on Twitter, where he tweets interesting observations about the state of orthodoxy on campus and in the broader culture. I thought it would be useful to capture some of his insights in a more in-depth form - what follows is an interview with Professor Routledge for Quillette. Hi Clay, thanks for chatting to Quillette. Before we get into other topics, what do you research and how did you become interested in that area? I mainly study psychological motives. And much of my work is on the meaning motive. A considerable amount of empirical research indicates that perceiving one's life as meaningful is important for psychological, social, and physical health. People who feel meaningful are happier, more motivated, more productive, less vulnerable to mental illness, better able to cope with
I'm not like them But I can pretend The sun is gone But I have a light The day is done But I'm having fun I think I'm dumb Or maybe just happy - Kurt Cobain, Dumb My typical
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