I think you've nailed why I've not entirely rejected violence in the political arena.Andy McDandy wrote: ↑Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:45 pmThe problem is that if a reasonable person and an edgelord (because that's what it is) have a debate, the edgelord will quickly paint the reasonable person as a weakling, unsure of themself, a flip flopper and so on.
Add in a media that thrives on spectacle. That's why Farage gets on Question Time so much - in the hope that he'll be controversial. As John Sopel said, that was one of the things that fuelled the rise of Trump. Given a choice between showing 5 minutes of dull and worthy, or 5 minutes of WTF, the news editor knows what will pull in the ratings.
Edgelord - One who takes up a deliberately extreme position in the hope of condemning anyone not measuring up to them as weak or backsliding. Common on all parts of the political spectrum, from neo Nazi incels damning people as cucks to the twat at the local Labour party meeting shouting you down because doing something about the potholes is nothing compared to what's going on in El Salvador, man.
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Quick - try to think of something Johnson accomplished at the Foreign Office. There is nothing
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Andy, have you ever read Satre on anti-semitism? I've been thinking a lot about it, and public discourse, lately.The problem is that if a reasonable person and an edgelord (because that's what it is) have a debate, the edgelord will quickly paint the reasonable person as a weakling, unsure of themself, a flip flopper and so on.
Voltaire left me rather cold and I suspect that our teacher threw him in just because he had to. Camus, on the other hand...
It (or key ideas) was in mine, along with Philosophy for Children and the story of Harry Stottlemeir. But the National Curriculum and Ofsted stopped all that thinking nonsense.
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