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1   Patrick   ignore (1)   2018 Aug 9, 7:31am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Thanks @georgeliberte excellent article.

What they were getting from these lectures and discussions, often lengthy and often on arcane subjects, was perhaps the only sustained argument against identity politics they had heard in their lives.

That might seem like a small thing, but it’s not. With identity politics off the table, it was possible to talk about all kinds of things—religion, philosophy, history, myth—in a different way. They could have a direct experience with ideas, not one mediated by ideology. All of these young people, without quite realizing it, were joining a huge group of American college students who were pursuing a parallel curriculum, right under the noses of the people who were delivering their official educations.

Because all of this was happening silently, called down from satellites and poured in through earbuds—and not on campus free-speech zones where it could be monitored, shouted down, and reported to the appropriate authorities—the left was late in realizing what an enormous problem it was becoming for it.
2   Quigley   ignore (0)   2018 Aug 9, 7:33am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

It’s sad when discussion of ideas is banned by promoters of ideology. Last time it was this bad was the Spanish Inquisition.
3   Patrick   ignore (1)   2018 Aug 9, 8:58am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

That was Europe centuries ago.

In the Islamic countries in the present, discussion of ideas is banned by promoters of ideology all the time, with the threat of extreme violence to back it up. Saudi Arabia is a prime example. See the case of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raif_Badawi
4   APHAman   ignore (8)   2018 Aug 9, 9:21am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I’m not sure it’s a rational response, but right wing identity politics is the answer, sadly.

It’s been going on for years. Try talking about or doing scientific experiments with health, wellness, and plant based healing. The Right will do everything in their power to silence you.

The Right Wing Government and their Food Pyramid and subsequent market distortion through subsidies and disinformation leads to Worst Practices in farming and overproduction oc corn and soy, which now leads to Solyandra-esque payment to cronies, and overconsumption of crops that cause a multitude of health issues, leading to runaway costs, and malnutrition, which harms cognitive ability effectively rendering people dumber.

Or that Cannabis exists for wellness, and the criminalization of its benefactors is as UnAmerican as it gets. Especially with all the costs of the Failed War, not to mention the harm the Right Wing Government inflicts on the economy. Wealth Creation and jobs in the sector.

Promoting these ideas in the public sphere will literally get you killed by the Right

The Founding Fathers were mostly hemp farmers, America was built on Hemp and Cannabis, and they would certainly take up arms against The Right for their crimes against the country

The Right is censoring these ideas so prominently as to the Republicans Chairman of the House Rules Committee has killed the last 37 hemp/cannabis Amendments from even reaching the House floor for debate. Deplorable. And not one single Republican/Libertarian has taken him to task. Disgusting

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