the position of ALL Leftists?
That’s why they listen to a stupid high-school dropout kid! Right?
They will use ANYTHING that gives them power and money! Have you failed to understand that, yet?
Democrat word of the day: Venal.
In a word, it is because I am, at heart, an empiricist. I am interested in what works and in what has been shown to work. And of course, that means what systems in the past have been successful. And what aspects of systems in the past have worked. I value function first and foremost.
Leftists are virtually always rationalists at heart. Their focus is on how much a theory “makes sense” to them. In other words, how closely a theory matches their thoughts and desires, how “beautiful” it is. How much it makes sense to them. Their focus is on form.
As an empiricist, I don’t want to argue about what political theory makes the most “sense,” I want to argue about what works the best. A Conservative is all about function. And of course I naturally have to look in the past to make that determination.
And yes, there is some deviation on both sides–let’s not be rigid, here. But the main “current” for both are indisputably as described. And it not that one approach is 100% good and one is 100% bad–let’s not retreat into black-and-white thinking.
Also, this aspect in generally transparent to both those on the Left and those on the Right. So the argument develops as over a certain policy, but in actuality we are talking about two very different worldviews. We need to make the transparent visible.
Gun restriction is perhaps the sine qua non of this idea. It makes logical sense that if there were no guns there would be no gun crime. But empirically gun control utterly falls apart. It is indeed “beautiful” as a theory, but in real life it simply doesn’t work, and is in fact counter-productive.
So YOU may generally value form over function. And in that case, you are a rationalist–and a Leftist. But for me, I generally value function over form, so I am an empiricist–and a Conservative.
Lefties ever get tired of being wrong? They seem to have a very high tolerance for it!
It seems that being a gullible naïf is a necessary condition for being a Democrat! Maybe not sufficient, but certainly necessary.
homelessness is so prevalent in California. Actually, I think there are several reasons that act in concert to make it worse, but I think that this one alone is causally sufficient to explain what we are seeing.
… the article argues persuasively, California and other left-leaning states tend to have the nation’s most egregious levels of homelessness because they have made it extraordinarily difficult to build enough housing to meet demands.
… “Liberals have stated preferences that housing should be affordable, particularly for marginalized groups … But local politicians seeking to protect the interests of incumbent homeowners spawned a web of regulations, laws, and norms that has made blocking the development of new housing pitifully simple.”
strategy of the Left is to paint anyone who disagrees with them as a “conspiracy theorist” and therefore “crazy.” In short, someone they don’t have to takes seriously or even pay attention to or make a cogent argument to. How conveeeeenient!
BUT, just what IS a “conspiracy theory?” Lefties, it may not at all mean what you think it means!
For Lefties, I think that most of the time, describing someone as a conspiracy nut is just intellectually empty and psychologically defensive name-calling.
Democrats of yesteryear were made of FAR sterner stuff! MOST people would just be embarrassed!
to say: Red-Pilled.
LOTS of thinking people are getting red-pilled. In fact, MOST thinking people are.
Mainly (but not totally) it’s the psychologically rigid “Democrat Dead-Enders” who are still unconscious and in the thrall of a strategically cloaked Leftism. And these folks lead a TON of bleating sheep!
But it is getting pretty dang obvious now, to even the dullest among us, what is actually going on. The Democrats have gotten amazingly extreme. It’s not like it was 25 yeas ago.
This is NOT your father’s Democrat party. They have changed, and you never left them, they left you.
It’s time you directly confronted that FACT.
Don’t be a dog-collar Democrat!