I really do not understand how some bigots are so scared of the world and the diversity of human experience in it. Yet they so clearly and harmfully do.
Some of them have repackaged themselves as "defenders" of gay & womens' rights against "feral people of colour". On any other day, they'll still bang on about gays and feminists "undermining Western society from within". There's a fallacy for this sort of thing - isn't it called 'pinkwashing'?. I suspect still other extremists are overloading logical circuits over whether Muslims or gays are the bigger threat of the two.
Thankfully the likes of Laurie Penny are calling bollocks on it, despite threats of violence against her, and name-calling to the effect of "cultural Marxist traitor".
sorry went away for a few days. let me be clear I think he opposition is right to hold Bennett to the fire and Soper is a dick I was just lamenting that even when the opposition is right they still get flack
I'm wondering if Soper, Watkins, Trevett, Gower et al are a wider symptom of credentialism brought about by labour market deregulation. In the case of journalism, kids fresh out of high school can no longer approach the local paper for a cadetship, and that they now need tertiary degrees to get into what is now an industry that's gone downmarket to survive. The end result is "poshification" of the talent pool.
As for party politics as a whole, I know exactly who I'm voting for, and it's whoever believes that ladders of opportunity are a human right and not a privilege for rentiers and other winners of the social lottery.
My visual take on the Orlando tragedy. I can’t help but think of Mahatma Gandhi’s wisdom: “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.”
One thing this is not looking like is a man actually directed by ISIS, or a part of a conspiracy. This is quite unlike the Paris attacks.
A bit of Jared Loughner, Man Haron Manis, Clayton Weatherston, Andrew Cunanan... who else would Omar Mateen have taken after?
It may take another 100 years or so but I see this as a step towards a more equitable and safer world, and yes those of us in the West will not end up financially better off, we can ameliorate that if we do something about all that capital going to the 1% .... let's start with a capital gains tax - you shouldn't pay less tax on flipping a house than digging a ditch
Globalisation and mechanisation in themselves aren't the problem, it's the bulk of the gains from the aforementioned going to the rentier hyperclass.
Sadly, the rentier hyperclass have basically opted out of civil society by hiding behind gated communities, and hiding their hoard in places like the Caymans or Panama. And sadder still, it may take another Great Depression or WW2-grade crisis to shake the existing orthodoxy.
Another factor weakening living standards in the West, especially English-speaking ones, is the rentierisation of many public goods and utilities. Is it any wonder that those angry at being left out of the gains have been warming to the likes of Trump, Sanders, Farage and Corbyn?
And most importantly of all, be wary of illiberal homophobes and misogynists who claim to be born-again LGBT and womens' rights activists against the 'filthy mud races'... because they're still illiberal bigots to the core. Laurie Penny says it better than I can.
I should think it's enforcement that would be the problem.
California has tried to control guns https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_California
When the Black Panthers wielded AK47s for self-defence outside the state court house, open-carry was outlawed in 1967 by, of all people, then-governor Ronald Reagan and the NRA.
Although the NRA provided material and strategic support to Australia's minuscule Shooters Party, nothing with that kind of scale and pervasity has ever existed there. Without a deeper understanding of the different situations in Australia and the US, downplaying the NRA's influence is empty hypothesising.
As Katharine Moody & Tussock have mentioned earlier, the NRA has gone from being a social training club, to what could be more accurately described as an arm of the military-industrial complex.
*shudder* As I've pointed out elsewhere today, more than once, this is shit my father didn't have access to when he was a solider fighting honest to God Nazis in a real war.
And yet it's still nowhere near sufficient to 'overthrow a tyrannical government', as those who think they have a copyright on the 2nd Amendment would have us believe.