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  1. Comment on IMO, Trump 2020 is better than a non-progressive Democrat in ~talk

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    I don't have enough time to give a deep and thoughtful response, but I would like to point out how distressing it is that no one has pointed to climate change as a huge reason why a...

    I don't have enough time to give a deep and thoughtful response, but I would like to point out how distressing it is that no one has pointed to climate change as a huge reason why a non-progressive Democrat is a better option than Trump.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on What re-recording or variation of a classic song do you believe beats the original? in ~music

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    I love Cake's cover of War Pigs. It's closer to the original than their cover of I Will Survive but it still has that distict Cake sound.

    I love Cake's cover of War Pigs. It's closer to the original than their cover of I Will Survive but it still has that distict Cake sound.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    I'm not quite sure we're all on the same page here. Clearly, you believe that violent opposition is not off the table, but to what extent? Is it the last resort in which there is no other way to...

    I'm not quite sure we're all on the same page here. Clearly, you believe that violent opposition is not off the table, but to what extent? Is it the last resort in which there is no other way to prevent fascists from taking power or would you condone something like an assasination of a fascist leader with a small following as a preemptive measure to prevent the movement from growing? What, hypothetically, do you believe is a justified use of violence?

    1 vote
  4. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    Not...really. That's not really something that a democratic government can realistically enforce, and even if so the collateral damage of those hypothetical policies would negatively affect so...

    Isn't that imposing the particular policy that "fascism is not allowed here"?

    Not...really. That's not really something that a democratic government can realistically enforce, and even if so the collateral damage of those hypothetical policies would negatively affect so many of the people who consider themselves antifascist. There might be some people who fall under the umbrella of antifa that might push for certain narrow policies, but that is a far cry from an actual coherent state-wide antifascist policy. Again, this is the defense vs offense thing. To put it another way, U.S. Republicans might be agaist universal healthcare but that doesnt mean they actually have a policy they want in place.

    Please don't mistake me: I do not in any way support or agree with fascists.

    Oh, that is definitely not the case! It's a small community here and you are quite active (I might not post often but I lurk all the time). The thought of you being a secret fascist is actually hilarious. Also, and this might be the decade of reddit use talking, but I hope you take my counterpoints as respectful and not angry or snide.

    I don't assume that all anti-fascist activists want to slaughter all fascists. I'm responding to remarks like this, in this very thread [quotes] ... I'm not addressing an abstract population of hypothetical anti-fascist activists who theoretically might advocate violence as one of their many tactics. I'm discussing the issue with a real live person who is actually advocating violence as a tactic.

    But I think this is the result of how you initially framed the discussion. OP was responding to a comment about how antifa is commonly seen as a violent, terrorist-like organization and in your initial comment you compared them to violent and terrorist organizations. From that moment, the rest of the discussion was about the use of violence in antifascist activism. From where I'm sitting, it looks like you're saying antifascists like OP think violence is the best or only solution. I don't think that is fair. OP has defended the use of violence, but that doesnt mean they are in favor of murdering all the fascists.

    5 votes
  5. Comment on Shootings at Christchurch mosques in ~news

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    Ok I've read through this thread and unless I missed something, I think you have been unfair in how you've framed this discussion. For starters, antifa is not an ideological movement that is...

    Ok I've read through this thread and unless I missed something, I think you have been unfair in how you've framed this discussion.

    For starters, antifa is not an ideological movement that is trying to impose a particular set of laws or policies like the fascists or religious fighters that you compared antifa to. Antifa is really just a collection of people representing different political philosophies that are trying to stop the spread of fascism. It's like comparing the defense to the offense and saying that both have the same goals and motivations.

    Second, and this is where I really disagree with how you've framed this, antifascist does not mean 'kill the fascists' and antifascism is not centered around violence. Yes, most antifascists (like OP) believe that fascism should be stopped by any means necessary, which could eventually lead to violence if necessary, but that is a last resort, not a starting point. In your posts you've been talking about antifa as if its only act of resistence is violence. Perhaps thats unintentional or a musunderstanding on my part, but either way it's imprtant to remember that antifascist extrajudicial actions go far beyond violence, and the overwhelming majority of antifascist actions are non-violent. Arguing against violence in any circumstance is a fine point of view, but it's very disingenuous to say that antifascist are arguing for ''mass murder.''

    15 votes
  6. Comment on What is your weirdest eating/drinking habit you had as a kid? in ~talk

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    What part of the world were you in? Where I grew up it was a suicide.

    What part of the world were you in? Where I grew up it was a suicide.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Biopic Directed by Todd Phillips in ~movies

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    Anyone have a guess or suggestion for who should play Andre the Giant?

    Anyone have a guess or suggestion for who should play Andre the Giant?

    3 votes
  8. Comment on How did you come across Tildes? in ~talk

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    I learned about Tildes in the same thread that Algernon_Asimov posted. I think one of the commenters linked to the subreddit and I signed up through the second or third invite request. I remember...

    I learned about Tildes in the same thread that Algernon_Asimov posted. I think one of the commenters linked to the subreddit and I signed up through the second or third invite request. I remember being nervous that I'd get rejected since most of my reddit experience had been reduced to sports talk and trying to make sense of the answers in asktrumpsupporters.

    These days I almost exclusively use Tildes. A big reason early on was reddit being blocked in China soon after I was invited here (I mostly browse on my mobile, which I never bothered to put a vpn on). Reddit has more content, but there is just so much noise and fluff that even when I'm home on my computer I rarely bother. I enjoy the content posted and the discussions here, and reading insightful comments from smart people. I also like how people rarely comment just for the sake of commenting. Sure, it leads to some empty comment sections, but I'd rather be stuck with my own empty thoughts than read someone else's.

    8 votes
  9. Comment on Bernie Sanders Raises $6 Million After Announcing Presidential Bid in ~news

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    Another significant advantage he has this time around is improved name recognition and media coverage. In 2016 he was hardly mentioned on the major network and cable news programs, in large part...

    Another significant advantage he has this time around is improved name recognition and media coverage. In 2016 he was hardly mentioned on the major network and cable news programs, in large part due to the freakshow that was the republican party. Since then, I've seen him covered much more extensively and invited as a guest surprisingly often.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Steve Bannon: Why do we build the wall - Philosophy Tube in ~humanities

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    If you have an hour, check out the video he did on Antifa. It's pretty dry and doesn't have the same production value as some of his other videos, but it is a very informative piece on a confusing...

    If you have an hour, check out the video he did on Antifa. It's pretty dry and doesn't have the same production value as some of his other videos, but it is a very informative piece on a confusing and polarizing topic.

    3 votes
  11. Comment on What do you *dislike* about current trends in leftism? in ~talk

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    I think the die hards always fail to see the forest from the trees. As Clay Davis once said in a completely different context, crawl, walk, run. Make a small adjustment, it becomes the norm, then...

    I think the die hards always fail to see the forest from the trees. As Clay Davis once said in a completely different context, crawl, walk, run. Make a small adjustment, it becomes the norm, then the bigger change doesnt seem so radical to people who are reluctant.

    It's the political equivalent to extreme new year's resolutions or crazy diet goals. Your best bet is to start slow and build on that progress. If you think the only way you can get in better shape is to go from shoveling fast food into your mouth in a parking lot at 2am to eating home cooked nutritious food and going to the gym 12 hours a week ''starting tomorrow,'' you will almost certainly fail.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on What do you *dislike* about current trends in leftism? in ~talk

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    This is a great perpective on this issue. That said, I still think it would be better to have the alternative. There is no guarantee that Democrats will accomplish anything over the next four to...

    This is a great perpective on this issue. That said, I still think it would be better to have the alternative. There is no guarantee that Democrats will accomplish anything over the next four to six years, which is distressing given all the damage the current administration has done. Even if Democrats are able to take the presidency and the senate next year, they will probably have to fight tooth and nail to just to turn some things back to Obama era policies.

    Meaningful progress comes from baby steps and hard work over decades. Sometimes it takes absolute catastrophe to expedite things, but I think it's pretty lazy to only support politicians who promise sweeping change then hope catastrophe will be the kick in the ass that the country needs. Plenty of people felt that way in 2000, enough to swing the election. Look where we are almost 20 years later.

    5 votes
  13. Comment on Foxconn may not build $10B Wisconsin plant Trump touted in ~news

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    This was the first thing that came to mind when reading this. It doesnt seem like those tax breaks were contingent on actually delivering on the promised manufacturing jobs, so Wisconsin probably...

    This was the first thing that came to mind when reading this. It doesnt seem like those tax breaks were contingent on actually delivering on the promised manufacturing jobs, so Wisconsin probably wont see a return on its investment for a very long time.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Why Are Young People Pretending to Love Work? in ~life

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    It's interesting to see how this new version of "work hard and it'll all be yours" has played out, and how only the most modest improvements to the work day have helped fortify this attitude. Back...
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    It's interesting to see how this new version of "work hard and it'll all be yours" has played out, and how only the most modest improvements to the work day have helped fortify this attitude. Back in high school and college, everyone's biggest fear was working "some random meaningless desk job" like the ones we saw in Office Space or The Office. It's no surprise that the article focuses on WeWork and tech startups that boast fancy modern workspaces. The blue-gray carpet has been replaced by freshly buffed hardwood floors, the ceiling is ten feet higher and the tiles and fluorescent tubes have given way to soft, natural lighting, the watercooler and vending machines are now a snack bar and an assortment of chilled beverages, and the cubicle - the epitome of dead-end-middle-class-loserdom - has been scrapped for open workspaces, desks that you choose, and maybe a few bean bags because, fuck it, your job is cool. Even though it's basically the same work, it isn't a "boring desk job" because you get to wear cool clothes and rock a manbun. At the end of the day, it's the few modest improvements that help perpetuate this culture because hanging over everyone's head is the idea that the alternative is a cubicle at Dunder Mifflin or selling clothes at the mall.

    30 votes
  15. Comment on Meet Gavin, the eight-year-old with a face shared more than 1bn times in ~life

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    Wow, I'm glad you posted this, OP. I have wondered who this kid is and what the bizarre/creepy obsession is about. I live and work in China and see his face everywhere on WeChat. There is a...

    Wow, I'm glad you posted this, OP. I have wondered who this kid is and what the bizarre/creepy obsession is about. I live and work in China and see his face everywhere on WeChat. There is a sticker (gif sharing) group I belong to that is made up of foreigners and Chinese that posts hundreds of gifs of this kid every week. Most of the time, he isn't really doing anything. One of my Chinese colleagues almost exclusively responds to my texts with his gifs.

    For some reason, internet fame is something I still can't wrap my head around. Maybe it has to do with a younger audience being the driving force behind who gets chosen, and I'm just some out of touch asshole at just 29. But to me, the most popular personalities and influencers are, more often than not, talentless hacks or memefied stars like this kid whose celebrity is equal parts irony, harassment, and stupidity. In the aforementioned sticker group, there is always some clueless newcomer who questions or objects to the Gavin gif dumps and that person is always met with the same empty response: 'It's the meme kid. Look at his face. People like him.'

    8 votes
  16. Comment on Demographics Survey Results, Year 0.5 in ~tildes

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    Don't sell yourself short. You and a handful of other very active users have had a profound impact on the quality of discussion on this site by setting a great example for everyone else. It's nice...

    It’s a privilege to be here so early in the site’s history and help play a minuscule part in it.

    Don't sell yourself short. You and a handful of other very active users have had a profound impact on the quality of discussion on this site by setting a great example for everyone else. It's nice to see your name pop up again since I haven't seen you around in a while. I wish you the best with your health and hope to see you back around here more often.

    9 votes
  17. Comment on What're you drinking this week? in ~hobbies

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    I live in China and I drink both pretty regularly. You're absolutely right. Baijiu is a real motherfucker. Buckle up, OP.

    I live in China and I drink both pretty regularly. You're absolutely right. Baijiu is a real motherfucker. Buckle up, OP.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on Ellen Pao - The Perverse Incentives That Help Incels Thrive in Tech in ~tech

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    If we look at this stricktly through the scope of reddit, I'd argue that communities like /r/incels or /r/braincels and other communities that promote toxic ideologies aren't actually "open...

    open platforms will expose and show the wrongness of hate and terrorism. Instead, though, what we’ve learned from platforms ranging from Reddit and Twitter to GoDaddy and Cloudflare is that public exposure consistently normalizes, encourages, and amplifies these beliefs.

    If we look at this stricktly through the scope of reddit, I'd argue that communities like /r/incels or /r/braincels and other communities that promote toxic ideologies aren't actually "open platforms". Reddit itself is an open platform that anyone can join and start a community. And until very recently, most of those communities were immune to admin interference as long as there was no illegal activity (nevertheless, many were able to skirt those rules under technicalities, like /r/opiaterollcall). But that doesn't mean that the communities themselves were open platforms. In most cases, moderators ban any dissenting voices. So nearly everyone who visits a sub like /r/incels with the intent on challenging the views of the community will be met with a ban. Effectively, moderators have created a safe space for hate and vitriol.

    We have to ask ourselves what it means to be an open platform. Reddit is an open platform when it comes to the site's big picture of allowing subreddits to form. But very few of those subreddits are actually open platforms to express ideas.

    2 votes