Just as there are no zombies, there are no nazis. There are people who dress up as zombies. For the same reasons, there are people who dress up as nazis. Maybe in Argentina there are two or three old old men who are nazis, or were nazis once. But except for these, there are no nazis. Contemporary society would be healthier if we limited the dress-up to Halloween. People talk about killing zombies, but they don’t actually go out and assault people because they’re dressed in a deliberately provocative costume and groaning about “brraaains.”
Possibly related, there are several alternatives to “right”.
Here’s an interview with James Damore, the guy Google recently fired.
It’s surprising that Scott Alexander of Slate Star Codex and Father Dwight Longenecker reach related conclusions: The Catholic Priest in When the Benedict Option Is the Only Option; The practicing psychiatrist Neutral vs. Conservative: The Eternal Struggle.
Or maybe their conclusions aren’t all that similar. Anyway, it’s interesting to read one after the other and consider both.
I think there is a big divide in society between people who use reason and argument to find out what is true, and people who use the trappings of reason to win arguments. These two men are on the same side of that divide.
UPDATE: I took the time to read Stanley Fish’s Why Can’t We All Just Get Along, and Joseph Moore’s blog post about Fish’s article. It was time well spent.
If you set God and reason in opposition, you get either Islam or far-left progressivism.
Alex Jones isn’t a conspiracy theorist; he just plays one on the radio.
You can’t have both the right to choose your career and the right to a living wage.
And one question answered
How come flag burning isn’t hate speech? To paraphrase a quote I saw somewhere and can’t now find: The violence of the left is speech, and so must be protected. The speech of the right is violence, so violently preventing it is justified self-defense.
Then how about a little music instead:
We should talk more about remittances sent from the U.S. to other countries, like when Pierre sends money back to his family in Quebec. When I buy stuff in a neighboring state, I am obliged to pay a tax to the state in which I live, to offset the loss of sales tax revenue. Maybe something like that is in order for remittances. Should people be able to shield their income from state sales tax by sending it across the border?
After Priggery – What? (On Wicked Journalists) by C.S. Lewis Doodle:
“So, if I understand this right – unlikely, I admit – one set of Socialists used their nefarious yet l33t hacking chops to make sure another Socialist was defeated by an elderly New York Liberal in the primaries so that she could lose to another elderly New York Liberal running as a Republican in the general election, thereby advancing the Russian agenda, which has long been to turn the US into a Socialist country – via keeping a Socialist from winning the election. Kind of a Lao Tzu meets Machiavelli in Byzantium and starts plotting with Odysseus sort of thing.” — weather report
That’s just what they want you to think.