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Becoming Other
A Political Philosophy podcast beyond left and right. Critical of capitalism, the state, & all ideologies (left, right and center).
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Becoming Other 4h
Replying to @philosophrob
Oh yeah. Just check out leftypol
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Becoming Other 5h
I also think that's what we should be driving towards. It is an established model that makes sense. I'm sure its not perfect. Not the ultimate resolution though, as capitalism always generates more contradictions. But as proximal goal it makes sense.
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Becoming Other 5h
In my view, contradictions arise, they accelerate, and they reach resolution and the process repeats. I think the resolution will happen faster though if the participants realize how they're part of the system, like you said.
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Becoming Other 5h
Agreed, I think this extreme partisanship is very unhelpful. At the same time, there are also reasons for it. It got more extreme precisely because the other side *was not* listening and adapting. Racists still racists, SJWs still SJW.
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Becoming Other 6h
For example, how do you challenge the global power of capitalism as a centrist? Problems with socialist alternatives aside, just being aware of capital working against your interests makes you not a centrist usually.
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Becoming Other 6h
Well, in a larger sense we are all part of the system even as we try to change it. And far-right/left do feed into the system. But they also have awareness of systemic conflicts of interest between groups, that centrists are trying to paper over rather than address directly.
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Becoming Other 6h
Replying to @thehill
Also, neither Democrats or Republicans apparently have any problem increasing our military spending every year, now at $716 billion. It's only when spending that actually benefits the American ppl is proposed that "how are we going to pay for it?" comes up.
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Becoming Other 6h
Replying to @thehill
And we currently pay for education by saddling young people with tens of thousands in debt before they even start their careers. What is the psychological cost of that? The opportunity cost of being pressured into careers just to pay off debt? Incalculable.
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Becoming Other 6h
Replying to @thehill
Bullshit. This article reveals economic illiteracy. The thing is that we pay for education and healthcare one way or another, whether it is public or privatized. We spend more on healthcare than virtually any other country in %GDP.
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Becoming Other 7h
Replying to @amazingatheist
True, but also, political radicals hate centrists because they exist in a comfortable zone of "normalcy" which fails to challenge the monstrous status quo. Which in itself would be radical if it weren't accepted as normal.
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Becoming Other 8h
Replying to @G_S_Bhogal
Okay, I meant some ideal of what CNN/WashingtonPost/NYT are *supposed* to be, of course they have an acknowledged liberal bias esp recently. My point is that even this ideal of the neutral fact reporting source is flawed.
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Becoming Other 8h
Replying to @G_S_Bhogal
Namely, the pro-system (capitalism and imperialism) bias, the things that are so taken-for-granted they might as well be the air we breathe. Paradoxically, in order to be truthful about these, you have to be the OPPOSITE of neutral, and engage in systematic critique.
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Becoming Other 8h
Replying to @G_S_Bhogal
What the study you cited does not take into account is systematic centrist bias, where publications like CNN and NYT are the "gold standard" and obviously give all impressions of fairness and factuality. But the crucial thing they miss is the hidden bias underneath it all.
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Becoming Other 8h
Replying to @G_S_Bhogal
This is all just framing though. Let's take the example of Anti-media and Free Thought Project (both recently banned by facebook). Both are extremely partisan anti-war, anti-government sources. But they report truths you will never hear on CNN.
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Becoming Other 8h
Replying to @G_S_Bhogal
You can tell a lie even with 100% truths. The key is, what are they NOT saying? Lies of omission are far more common than people think, in fact I would say they are ubiquitous. Especially when you include unintentional "lying" which is still a source of bias.
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Becoming Other 8h
The Great Pyramid may have NOT been empty, Caliph Al-Ma'mun may have smuggled something out of it. (Ark of the Covenant?)
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Becoming Other 9h
Replying to @TeodroseFikre
Pretty sure there's a Rosa Luxemburg quote about how people are inevitably corrupted by states and parties. Wish I could remember it.
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Becoming Other 19h
Žižek on anti-semitism: even if what nazis say were true (it's not) it is still a lie/pathological
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Becoming Other Nov 14
Replying to @gogreen18
And they don't feel like their sexual or emotional needs matter much at all to society. As long as they don't do anything bad, society could give a fig.
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Becoming Other Nov 14
Replying to @gogreen18
There are two kinds of entitled: entitled to a specific person and entitled in general. I think the latter kind can be a healthy attitude - you deserve love and companionship (from someone) just like everybody else. I think young men esp confuse the two kinds.
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