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  1. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    That may be right but I wouldn't be surprised if people didn't take it to heart. People flocked to DSA in large part because they see politicians like Rahm Emmanuel, the Clintons, Biden etc. as...

    My biggest issue with DSA types is that they prefer to be right and focusing on ideological purity rather than actually winning.

    That may be right but I wouldn't be surprised if people didn't take it to heart. People flocked to DSA in large part because they see politicians like Rahm Emmanuel, the Clintons, Biden etc. as being too focused on"winning" for the sake of their careers and not willing to take a strong ideological stand.

    Creating an insular movement that attacks anyone that does not fall in line is not going to help anyone.

    I would describe the way the insiders in the Democratic party and the corporate media circle the wagons against progressives in this way. So again maybe we are at an impasse because the critiques you have for progressives are actually the ones they have of everyone else.

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  2. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    I have listened to a few black Biden supporters and it didn't sound like that piece at all. Where I am from the black democrats embedded in movement are running with DSA. Chicago's Black Caucus is...

    Have you talked to like any black people or listened to them on why they are voting Biden over Bernie?

    I have listened to a few black Biden supporters and it didn't sound like that piece at all. Where I am from the black democrats embedded in movement are running with DSA. Chicago's Black Caucus is notoriously moderate.

    Yeah, idk. I guess from your post I don't think Bernie will win. Hopefully Biden can hold Trump off. God help us all.

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  3. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    I personally don't want to form a coalition with politicians who suck ass billionaire ass to advance their careers. If you're convinced that concentrating power and wealth in the hands of a few...

    I personally don't want to form a coalition with politicians who suck ass billionaire ass to advance their careers. If you're convinced that concentrating power and wealth in the hands of a few mega-corporations in the name of rising GDP is cool then there's nothing I can say to you. I'm not that good at changing people's minds.

    If Bernie can't win without their support then that's out of my control. God help us all. The thing I keep in mind through this all is that sometimes things go terrible wrong in history and if this is such a moment then that's what it is.

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  4. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    Drain the swamp isn't the only anti-establishment anti-status quo theme in the """culture""" building around his personality. There's also "owning the libs," "triggering snowflakes," "coastal...

    Drain the swamp isn't the only anti-establishment anti-status quo theme in the """culture""" building around his personality. There's also "owning the libs," "triggering snowflakes," "coastal elites etc etc," and so on and so on.

    The reason Trump is so popular among his his personality cultists because he vocalizes the outrage of people who got it into their heads that everything wrong with the world can be traced to a "liberal elite" (an old theme in american politics).

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  5. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    Perhaps you wouldn't but that's because you're operating at a high-enough information level that you didn't but the whole "drain the swamp line." So it's like you said...

    Perhaps you wouldn't but that's because you're operating at a high-enough information level that you didn't but the whole "drain the swamp line." So it's like you said...

    We might buy the rhetoric

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  6. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    But then again... it totally does because """moderate""" is corporate media spin jargon for big-business status quo friendly. For Sander too though!

    It has nothing to do with being anti-moderate

    But then again... it totally does because """moderate""" is corporate media spin jargon for big-business status quo friendly.

    To Biden, taking on billionaire donors is the same as taking on the Democratic establishment

    For Sander too though!

    3 votes
  7. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    They hella don't tho. That's (a substantial part of ) why people voted for Trump. Among other things he (shrewdly) voices the anti-establishment frustration and sense of betrayal that most regular...

    They hella don't tho. That's (a substantial part of ) why people voted for Trump. Among other things he (shrewdly) voices the anti-establishment frustration and sense of betrayal that most regular people feel. Obviously he personally has no claim to these feelings being a coastal elite himself.

    I think people who still go for the "electable" corporate candidate because of the corporate propaganda and fear-mongering on corporate media. That or some sort of mass Stockholm syndrome.

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  8. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    This sounds like something that would happen in the USSR. Like how absolutely DARE someone confront the party big wigs? I don't understand why the democratic voter is so defensive of their...

    he is taking on the Democratic establishment

    That is divisive for anyone that identifies as a Democrat

    This sounds like something that would happen in the USSR. Like how absolutely DARE someone confront the party big wigs? I don't understand why the democratic voter is so defensive of their establishment. Those people are not friends of the working men and women of this nation. It's like dem voters are so wrapped up in the last 20 years of partisan politics that they are incapable to critical self-reflection.

    But I guess fuck those of us who worked for that here right because we are not socialists?

    Well not really. Most of those things are on Bernie's slate. So I don't see why there is a conflict.

    But whatever, since the real issue is the obvious failings of a political system designed by and for capitalists - the historical adversary of the working man and woman.

    6 votes
  9. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    Kind of sucks how that always seems to be the choice we are presented with. You can either back someone good or someone who can win.

    It seems like she's not a great campaigner but she would have made a great president.

    Kind of sucks how that always seems to be the choice we are presented with. You can either back someone good or someone who can win.

    5 votes
  10. Comment on Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign in ~news

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    This is such a frustrating framing and it's so common. Bernie is divisive, sure. No doubt. But between whom? His rhetoric is mostly centered around helping people who are struggling whether to...

    find Bernie too divisive will back Biden

    This is such a frustrating framing and it's so common. Bernie is divisive, sure. No doubt. But between whom? His rhetoric is mostly centered around helping people who are struggling whether to make ends meet or some other way.

    If that's his side of """being divisive""" who is on the the other side? People who are worried it would cost too much regardless of how under taxes the wealthiest are? People who are sticking up for the profit margins of indifferent multi-nationals?

    America is already divided between people who use their wealth and influence to control society and the hapless peons who are supposed to shut up an take it. Why would any one want to be on any side but Bernie's?

    8 votes
  11. Comment on The 2020 Endorsement Primary in ~misc

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    The rumor is that Obama made some backdoor moves within the shadowy halls of power over the weekend and that's why Mayo and the Klob dropped out.

    But interestingly, Obama hasn't formally endorsed anyone yet?

    The rumor is that Obama made some backdoor moves within the shadowy halls of power over the weekend and that's why Mayo and the Klob dropped out.

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  12. Comment on The 2020 Endorsement Primary in ~misc

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    I disagree. They made an educate, conscious decisions about who endorsement matters. This could all be instagram influencers. But it's not. It's party insiders and elected power wielders. It's not...

    arbitrary

    I disagree. They made an educate, conscious decisions about who endorsement matters. This could all be instagram influencers. But it's not. It's party insiders and elected power wielders.

    It's not that it doesn't matter. It's just totally like... not even worth the time. It's like asking what food Cookie Monster wants to eat (or Kale Monster or whatever he is now). Like of course these people like Biden.

    The fact that it's coming the day after the party is lining up behind Biden for super tuesday is suss too.

    I don't have a good understanding of the black vote.

    I can tell you for sure it's not gonna be decided the same as the party elite endorsement vote lmao.

    I am wondering if they had anything with Biden's win in South Carolina?

    The heads on the screen talked to me that this is because Biden was Obama's VP he has strong showings with older, high-propensity Black people. SC's Democratic party is very Black so there u go. Seems convincing.

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  13. Comment on The 2020 Endorsement Primary in ~misc

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    Idk. Whenever i see 538 i feel like it cusps on propaganda masquerading as empirical study, This doesn't seem to buck the trend. The premise of an endorsement primary is interesting. But the only...

    Idk. Whenever i see 538 i feel like it cusps on propaganda masquerading as empirical study, This doesn't seem to buck the trend.

    The premise of an endorsement primary is interesting. But the only people voting in this primary are fucking party elites and people who wield power. These people overwhelmingly favor Joe Biden over Bernie Sanders.

    This is a meaningless study delivered by an idiot full of sound, fury, and glaring Stats 101 selection bias. It's a hypothetical study of how the 2016 superdelegate cadre would have leaned had Bernie not pushed for roles in primaries to change. It signifies nothing.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Star Wars: The High Republic - A new era of stories in books and comics, set 200 years before The Phantom Menace in ~books

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    Star Wars: The High Republic - Starring Snoop Dogg as Dank Vader and Willy Nelson as as Obi Won Kenuggy. Coming to theaters late-mid April 2021

    Star Wars: The High Republic - Starring Snoop Dogg as Dank Vader and Willy Nelson as as Obi Won Kenuggy. Coming to theaters late-mid April 2021

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  15. Comment on Tesla gets court approval to clear forest for German Gigafactory in ~enviro

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    Environmental sustainability accomplished! Big back pats for uncle Elon!

    Environmental sustainability accomplished! Big back pats for uncle Elon!

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  16. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    I don't think it's down to knowing everything about someone. It's about calling out certain actions.

    pretending you know all about the person who posted it

    I don't think it's down to knowing everything about someone. It's about calling out certain actions.

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  17. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    This is analogous to the ironic 4chan nazis. It doesn't matter what you are or aren't. What matters is how you are presenting and the way people perceive acceptable behavior. And if you are...

    Is that guy (whoever he is) actually a bad father or does he just talk like one?

    This is analogous to the ironic 4chan nazis. It doesn't matter what you are or aren't. What matters is how you are presenting and the way people perceive acceptable behavior. And if you are presenting as a child-beating gay-hater but actually are just joking it doesn't matter what the truth of your heart is. The negative effects of normalizing the behavior of actual child-beating gay-haters has been publicly normalized, not just to fans but to anyone who sees whatever content this message is in.

    I am not sure what context in which comments similar to "If I caught my son playing with dolls I would beat the shit out of him" is acceptable. So I am not sure what to make of your keyhole analogy.

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  18. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    Yes exactly. I'm glad I was able to communicate myself clearly since this is a pretty muddled issue up in my noodle.

    Yes exactly. I'm glad I was able to communicate myself clearly since this is a pretty muddled issue up in my noodle.

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  19. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    Personally I'd say this begins once the baby is more of an self-sufficient organism than a parasite. But this doesn't happen until later in the pregnancy when abortions are only common in the...

    the issue is when does the child's rights kick in

    Personally I'd say this begins once the baby is more of an self-sufficient organism than a parasite. But this doesn't happen until later in the pregnancy when abortions are only common in the context of a medical danger to the mother. Women who are gonna get and stay pregnant long enough to have a fetus that can self-sustain are committed to being a mother. They would only abort if their doctor said there is a good chance the pregnancy poses a health risk.

    So as far as I can see there's really no reason to ban abortion.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What's the longest running quandary/debate you've had with yourself? in ~talk

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    Well if science is failing us then maybe it's time to turn to ethic and no matter how you draw the line, women, ethically, have human rights. And part of that means that people get to make choices...

    At the end of the day it's just a matter of when you think people get human rights, and there's really no objective, scientific way to draw that line.

    Well if science is failing us then maybe it's time to turn to ethic and no matter how you draw the line, women, ethically, have human rights. And part of that means that people get to make choices about their bodies. It wouldn't be the state's place to tell me how to cut my hair or which nipple to pierce, whether or not to get a vasectomy or how to tend to the health of my colon.

    Why should it be ethical to hold a uterus to any other standard?

    I'm very pro-choice and that includes the right to choose not to have an abortion. If people are ethically opposed to abortion, great! Congrats on having any ethics whatsoever! You're 100% ahead of all high frequency traders. But also, keep it to yourself! It's not your place and it's sure as shit not the state's place to tell anyone what to do with their bodies - not least of all something as life-changing and drastic as bringing a human baby to term in your own personal womb.

    3 votes