“Millennials’ Political Views Don’t Make Any Sense”

Millennials are more liberal than the rest of the country, particularly on social issues, but they get more economically conservative when they make more money.

…something interesting happens when Millennials start making serious dough. They start getting much more squeamish about giving it away

…makes sense to me.

Campus Politics and Free Speech

There’s been a lot of press about commencement speakers facing protests. This Washington Post article about International Money Fund’s Christine Lagard is one of the latest examples.

This passage explains why it won’t get better any time soon.

“I have been surprised at the number of recent bailouts by speakers themselves instead of standing their ground,” said Cary Nelson, a professor of English at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and former president of the American Association of University Professors. “When a speaker backs out, it does somewhat compromise academic freedom.”

Why stand their ground? It’s clear that they’re not wanted. Why go through all this bullshit?

There was a time when Bill Maher was on Dennis Miller’s HBO show and they talked about this same thing:


Maher: You were mentioning the college campus situation. You’re totally right. I guarantee you there is less free speech at Berklee than there is in the Whitehouse…I play colleges, I don’t know if you do—
Miller: Yeah, they’re very close-minded. I don’t even like playing them anymore. Kids are just such pains in the ass nowadays.
Maher: Well, they’re pampered little pricks – is the problem. Not only do they not get half of what we’re saying, but they think it’s our fault…if you take an issue that is controversial – to support affirmative action or not support it is controversial, but on many campuses…they say “if that’s your opinion you can’t be heard” — who did not slap these little assholes when they were young? And who are these irresponsible, despicable professors, and the people who run this campus, who let this go on, and, as you say, the place where ideas should be MOST alive, not most shunted down?
Miller: …there are a lot of things in this country that are never gonna get solved now, because you can’t even get near it without all the alarms going off.

That was over 10 years ago.

To invite a speaker, and they accept your invitation, and then then they decline it after they see the reaction from your campus…it’s not the speaker compromising academic freedom. It’s the campus students and faculty not being open to hear a different point of view and wanting to live in their worldview.

Of course – there are some special cases…like when the Ultimate Warrior did those conservative speaking tours.

How the confirmation bias works

Dr. Mike Eades:

Conservatives don’t watch MSNBC; liberals don’t watch Fox. We always subscribe to magazines and newsletters that reflect our own underlying views. We read blogs that confirm our biases. If we stumble on one that doesn’t, we often leave snide comments and never return. The wide variety of material available on the internet and cable TV today is, in my view, why politics is so vicious. Not all that long ago, most of us had access to a daily newspaper or two and three TV channels, all of which were moderately liberal. People could argue with one another and drift toward the extremes, but were almost invariably brought back toward the middle by the staid mainstream media. Now people can indulge their confirmation biases 24/7, which doubtless leads to more edging toward the fringes and less trust of those on the other side of the debate.

Smells like we’re about to call this meeting to order spirit

Organizing requires submission to a group, not subversion. Remember that another term for “band” is “group”: The band works together to make its sound. With political association, instead of drums and guitars, the group elects officers and passes action resolutions, all while following the rules of Robert’s Rules of Order. In Let’s Talk About Love, Carl Wilson makes the point that you can’t think you’re a hipster in politics, because it is about human lives. The truth is that someone with a self-image as a subversive needs to work with a mainstreamer Céline Dion fan to meet reform goals. That doesn’t mean you have to listen to Dion’s songs or that they need to embrace your own subculture. But you do have to listen and work with others – just like a good band does.

The Dark Side Of Conviction

Psychologists know that having political views that strongly oppose others’ has a gratifying and rewarding effect. It gratifies us because it allows us to feel as though we’re part of a team. It feels good for the simple reason that it helps us to feel connected and forget ourselves for a period of time—we become immersed in something larger. But at its most extreme, partisanship becomes psychologically addictive. It leads to fundamentalism and blind, unquestioning faith. This is the dark side of strong conviction.

Chris Christie’s Biggest Asset: His Weight

When it comes to conveying empathy, appearance matters. As a black man, Obama was able to connect instantly with the estimated 35 million non-white voters before they ever considered his political ideology or competence. Christie’s size would allow him to do something similar with overweight voters.

And let’s face it: America definitely has a plus-size electorate. Almost 70 percent of us are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including more than a third who, like Christie, are obese.

That’s it I’m done turn off the lights when you’re done please thanks.

“Stuck in the Past”

Gavin McInnes:

“I’m a liberal,” I explained to a banquet hall full of mostly old-timers. I then explained that I’m against sexism so I speak out against Islam. I’m against homophobia so I mock countries such as Uganda that make it illegal. I’m against racism so I criticize institutions that make it worse for blacks such as the welfare state and the promotion of single motherhood. I’m also for human rights which is why, like 51% of women in America, I’m pro-life. “Unfortunately,” I added, “liberals changed the rules and abandoned all these fights when they became unfashionable.”

This goes from “Morrissey is irrelevant” to “the rent is too damn high!” rather quickly

In Morrissey, You’re A Fraud:

Sod Morrissey, a bitter, old hasbeen who a couple of years ago told the Guardian that “it’s a relief to feel relaxed in more places than just one” (he has homes in Los Angeles, Rome, Switzerland and Britain) and who called the Chinese a “subspecies” for their treatment of animals.

The class that he now represents – a middle-aged, capital-rich, metropolitan elite – doesn’t give a toss about you. They’ve proved it in every way it is possible to prove.

The Queen is dead, boys, and it’s so lonely on a limb.

Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

Hugh Jass article on some critical thinking that’s missing from today’s health care debate:

When we debate health care policy, we seem to jump right to the issue of who should pay the bills, blowing past what should be the first question: Why exactly are the bills so high?

I didn’t read it all, but I got the gist. Some people be in cahoots, y’all.

“Liberal bullying: Privilege-checking and semantics-scolding as internet sport”

Common trends in this online behavior:

  • Focus on very public complaints. I can think of exactly one time when someone emailed their concern about problematic language. These complaints seem to be always intended for an audience.
  • Lack of interest in a dialogue. These complaints aren’t questions or invitations to discuss the issue. They’re harshly-worded accusations and scoldings (which I’ve written about before).
  • Lack of consideration for the context or intent. The focus is on this isolated incident (this one post, this one word, this one time), with de-emphasis on the author’s background, experience, or the context of the website on which the post appears.
  • And on a more stylistic note, these complaints are often prefaced with phrases like “Um,” and other condescending affectations.

Also “Charity is when you do something for people while other people are watching!”

“Kill Both”

Ted Rall on that whole cut funding to PBS thing:

Actor Carroll Spinney, who plays Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, was paid more than $314,000 last year.

The liberal Center for American Progress countered: “While those numbers are not exactly chump change, it’s pennies compared to the salaries of another industry the U.S. taxpayers subsidize at much higher cost—Big Oil.”

But that’s red-herring sophistry. Wasteful federal spending on overpaid executives is wrong, whether it’s for planet-murdering energy corporations or on a network that airs free educational TV that helps ready kids for school with basics like counting, math and even Spanish. Kill both.

You aren’t the counterculture. You are the culture.

Every election cycle there’s some musician that is APPALLED that somebody they disagree with could identify with their music.

I’m sure Rage is earnest in their core belief system, but you can’t argue that you’re part of the counterculture if you’ve been #8 on TRL in between Destiny’s Child and Lou Vega’s Mambo No. 5. You aren’t the counterculture, you are the culture.