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  • Originally posted by kthx
    Yeah but we hate like.. 90% of those people.
    Are you using the royal "we," or admitting you're a slave to fashion and identity politics, incapable of thinking for yourself?

    4/pol/ is antithetical to everything """we" stood for back in the day. 2004-2006 those boards were about having fun. It was about freedom. Apolitical, anarchic, absurdist. No bedtimes, no rules. From that, """""""we""""" helped form what is now worldwide culture.

    Now? It's a hugbox. Deviate from the norm and like every other section of society, you are shamed.

    But hey, it's always the job of the so-called normies (a modern coinage) to homogenize and conform everything to particular social standards, I guess. It's just a shame to see that kind of discourse disappear. Because people like yourself insist that there is a "we." And so one comes into existence. And what's there that's good and worthwhile and free vanishes into thin air, and in its place we are left with hard ideologies lacking any sense of mirth. Exactly what is needed out of you by those you claim to hate. Good slave!
    "You're a gentleman," they used to say to him. "You shouldn't have gone murdering people with a hatchet; that's no occupation for a gentleman."
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    • We don't give a fuck what you think Qan, you can't even circle shit correctly.
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      • Anyways, Qan you think that by saying we that I am actually homogenizing an entire voting base instead of just saying that in general most of us would agree on these issues based on the fact that I have been a part of said group since its existence when Trump announced his run. You are absolutely wrong here.
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        • OK, fair enough. Sounds like you're not in too deep. Maybe you haven't succumbed to the idea of being on the Purple Team, waving the glorious yellow flag, etc.


          This polarization of politics is encouraged by the MSM because it's profitable, is encouraged by the US government because it leads to stability of existing power structures. If you're addicted to feeling angry or superior to the enemy team, you'll consume news media that provides that feeling, and this in turn drives advertising markets. If you're too distracted with punching "Nazis" or LARPing against "SJWs," you won't question how the government functions.


          At the core of this polarization is identity politics: "we." Holding allegiance to a group, adhering to a set of principles that you can put any name to (any -ism, party, movement, etc.), believing a political candidate... These are all unworthy of any active and independent mind -- at least, in my opinion.


          That doesn't necessarily mean you have to be a moderate. Or be apolitical. You can and should hold views, and those views should be constantly changing and evolving with new information and experience. Rational people are always willing to listen to others and consider what they have to say. They also bear analysis of what they believe, admit when they're wrong, and adapt. I don't see much of that on any side of any argument anymore. Makes me sad. Do these voices still exist in a world addicted to feeling smugly superior?
          "You're a gentleman," they used to say to him. "You shouldn't have gone murdering people with a hatchet; that's no occupation for a gentleman."
          -Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

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          • I just want Jerome to admit that socialism is retarded.
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            • Originally posted by kthx View Post
              I just want Jerome to admit that socialism is retarded.
              Most countries are a blend of capitalism and socialism, the US being one of the most prominent examples. Taking away Social Security is about as unthinkable as disbanding the NYSE at this point. I don't think there's anyone pushing to remove SS. But if they were "real" capitalists, they would of a necessity, because that's big government sticking its nose where it doesn't belong.

              Pure capitalism is pure plutocracy, rule by the affluent/powerful (same thing), and utter tyranny. Pure socialism/communism is quickly captured by a Leninist-style elite ("well, sheeeeeit, this dictatorship of the proletariat ain't gonna lead itself"), usually by people who were rich before the inevitable violent revolution needed to institute said "pure" socialism, and who invested a lot of capital in order to get that "revolution," aka de facto coup, to take root.

              Both are idealistic in the extreme, one ascribing some truth or beauty or godlike quality to a perfect "market" which has never existed and never will exist, the other assuming the good nature of human beings -- something which is extremely naive if you're any student of history. In practice the two must somewhere meet. The balance can be debated, and the implementation. But for the most part, a blend of socialism and capitalism is the only real form of modern governance, and probably will be so for the foreseeable future.
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              • Nah, socialism is for starving faggots
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                • Originally posted by qan View Post
                  That doesn't necessarily mean you have to be a moderate. Or be apolitical. You can and should hold views, and those views should be constantly changing and evolving with new information and experience. Rational people are always willing to listen to others and consider what they have to say. They also bear analysis of what they believe, admit when they're wrong, and adapt. I don't see much of that on any side of any argument anymore. Makes me sad. Do these voices still exist in a world addicted to feeling smugly superior?
                  As I've mentioned several times in this thread, politics isnt something i just started diving into recently, and this forum bears proof of my constant re-evaluations of my own positions spanning a decade. i'm very familiar with conservatism and libertarian economics, and quite frankly i'd be willing to wager i know more about macro and micro than kthx will possibly ever learn. In 2004 I was cutting Ron Paul articles to use for debate rounds, in 2008 I had the chance to vote for him, as Louisiana was one of the few states that had a third party put Paul on the ticket. I used to do weekly politics threads and I'd love to see even one post where kthx sat down and wrote something like this

                  anyways that thread is proof that i've been hyper-critical of the NYT and "the mainstream media" for AT LEAST a decade, so idk its hard to take kthx seriously when he accuses me of getting all my news from CNN or whatever

                  but you're right that people just don't argue/debate anymore, they just sort of throw statements at eachother and never really engage with the ideas themselves.

                  Originally posted by kthx View Post
                  Anyways, Qan you think that by saying we that I am actually homogenizing an entire voting base instead of just saying that in general most of us would agree on these issues based on the fact that I have been a part of said group since its existence when Trump announced his run. You are absolutely wrong here.
                  the wording is a bit vague here so i can't tell if you're saying trump voters dont really agree on much else besides a "trump is god" personality cult, or if you're saying you're all obedient sheep who follow the party line with no deviation because critical thinking is hard. neither of these are a good look

                  Originally posted by qan View Post
                  Most countries are a blend of capitalism and socialism, the US being one of the most prominent examples. Taking away Social Security is about as unthinkable as disbanding the NYSE at this point. I don't think there's anyone pushing to remove SS. But if they were "real" capitalists, they would of a necessity, because that's big government sticking its nose where it doesn't belong.

                  Pure capitalism is pure plutocracy, rule by the affluent/powerful (same thing), and utter tyranny. Pure socialism/communism is quickly captured by a Leninist-style elite ("well, sheeeeeit, this dictatorship of the proletariat ain't gonna lead itself"), usually by people who were rich before the inevitable violent revolution needed to institute said "pure" socialism, and who invested a lot of capital in order to get that "revolution," aka de facto coup, to take root.

                  Both are idealistic in the extreme, one ascribing some truth or beauty or godlike quality to a perfect "market" which has never existed and never will exist, the other assuming the good nature of human beings -- something which is extremely naive if you're any student of history. In practice the two must somewhere meet. The balance can be debated, and the implementation. But for the most part, a blend of socialism and capitalism is the only real form of modern governance, and probably will be so for the foreseeable future.
                  A blend like that might be referred to as "social democracy" or "democratic socialism" (though the more hardcore leftists will find a million nuances to bitch at me about for saying that) and I absolutely agree that at the moment it's quite an ideal form.

                  I take issue with the classic "human nature" argument against socialism: it's hard for an ideology to assume "humans are naturally good" when a main tenet of that ideology is that an entire group/class of people are actually pretty shitty and bad :P socialism is about reigning in those bad tendencies. Capitalism is about exploiting those bad tendencies: if you're greedy, producing goods for people is a great way to get rich, so theoretically everyone benefits. Personally, however, I see a world where profits are increasingly becoming separated from the general standard of living, and I've come to the conclusion that capitalism is no longer a net benefit to the masses. For every bill gates out there, there's like five martin shkreli's.

                  Of course I do subscribe to the more radical notion that capital may yet one day be abolished. Is it likely in our lifetime? No, but I do think that we will be seeing the internal contradictions of capitalism become more obvious, severe and pronounced in our lifetime. Increasingly destructive recessions, falling wages (when adjusted for inflation), and an organized effort to influence the government in ways that will benefit the elites at everyone else's expense. These are things I began noticing, and *then* someone told me to read Marx, and I was blown away to see how clearly he saw this future at a time when markets were revolutionizing and improving society at a staggering rate.

                  gonna end this wall of text post with an article i read recently that i found interesting, because it highlights the weird contradictory new ideology that trump - and i guess, by extension, kthx - seem to subscribe to. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/11/t...mind-interview
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                  • going to continue to jerk myself off here, because how many of you have ever had this happen

                    The Phase > what version of ssc are you guys running?
                    Criminal> idk whatever was on the first google result for "piece of shit spaceship game from 96 free download"


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                    • No Jerome, I am just saying that on the communities online that I am a part of, most of us hold the same common core of beliefs in the way things should be but we almost to the point of satire make comments calling Trump "god emperor" and all the other stuff. The fact that people take it seriously speaks more on them than ourselves.
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                      • Anyone who is a Trump supporter needs serious help. Anyone who is a republican in this day in age who doesn't make at least $500,000 a year needs serious help. Anyone who makes over $500,000 and wants tax cuts is a selfish prick and needs serious help. I blame todays right wing in all its current forms for the fleecing of America. Long gone are the days of true conservatism. Sad times these days .. the progressive liberal backlash is gathering its strength. How it plays out is unknown but it will be a fight one way or another. Virginia's election gave me some hope. The south needs to rise up and very well may be on its way to doing just that.
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                        • Why would a Trump supporter need serious help?
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                          can we stop and wonder in amazement at the fact that we play a VIDEO GAME that has "generations"???

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                          • Originally posted by Jones View Post
                            Why would a Trump supporter need serious help?
                            Because he is an obvious pathological liar and an unstable manchild.
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                            • Originally posted by Jessup View Post
                              Anyone who is a Trump supporter needs serious help.
                              Literally coming from someone who is having a gender crisis. Your opinion is invalid.
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                              • There is no such thing as a gender crisis, its a fucking mental disorder. We need to stop playing make believe with these lunatics.
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