Maximus Decimus

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  1. The Culture Wars

    I've noticed that in a number of threads what is sometimes loosely called 'The Culture Wars' comes up and I've found whenever there is an item worth discussing that is linked to it, it doesn't have its own place for discussion and often ends up in the rant thread. Originally, the term Culture Wars referred to America and the split between conservatives and liberals about the future direction of the country. Nowadays it is sometimes used when talking about the clear split between what at one end are often referred to as SJWs and at the other the alt-right with a spectrum in-between. The disputes are often around race, gender, LGBTQ issues, political correctness, Islam, free speech, identity politics, sex, gaming etc. I'm not really a fan of the term Culture Wars but I can't think of a better term to describe what has occurred over the last few years and what often seems to dominate so much of what we read and what we see on TV. The first I came across it was as a follower of the YouTube Atheist community when an almost exclusively left-leaning group split in the most acrimonious way initially over the safety of women at conferences. This is why I've never seen it as a traditional split between left and right. It it more a split from people initially on the left, many of whom have since drifted to the right because of it. I've commented before that I don't understand why thinking SJWs are crazy leads you to the conclusion that the government should tax you as little as possible. It is only more recently that the traditional right wing have come in and tried to ally themselves with anti-SJWs. It might seem quite trivial but I think it is important and was a significant reason for Trump's election for instance. I saw a number of times in articles and on YouTube this idea that Trump was the ultimate antidote to SJW style politics. It was of course an act of unbelievable stupidity to think Trump was the answer to anything, but I genuinely don't think many people wrapped up in this style of politics understand just how despised it is. It also explains much of the reaction that we see to recent movements around sexual harrassment and BAME rights etc because they often fit within this wider Culture War. These movements have often not come as out of the blue as they might seem and often have roots in battles that have been raging for years. I personally and predictably sit somewhere in the middle but it doesn't seem like there are many of us. I intensely dislike the obsession we see with race and gender and instead of trying to see past it, it is the focus for everything. I also think they take things to their most ludicrous extremes which is why we see articles calling Paw Patrol and Thomas the Tank Engine Fascist. On the other hand, I think there are some pretty disgusting people on the alt-right who have normalised some pretty despicable behaviour and seem to revel in abusive trolling. What I think was once intended to be funny and provocative has blurred significantly. I've no idea where all this will end, hopefully with a return to common sense but I do not live in hope.
  2. Memes and Funny Videos

    Check out @HarryL97’s Tweet: I also can't help but find this hilarious.
  3. Rather than ruin the joke thread I thought I'd start another. I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets passed an array of funny stuff. I like stuff like this:
  4. The Culture Wars

    It wasn't that point I was making lol, I've no issue with the religious (not any more!) it's more that they don't get off the point in 2 hours. I'm pretty sure you're religiosity would've meant you could have moved on. Especially seeing as the podcast wasn't supposed to be about religion!
  5. The Culture Wars

    I'd watched some of his stuff without being a fanboy but it wasn't until I heard his first podcast with Sam Harris that I was really turned away. If you're thinking of listening don't bother. Peterson is properly religious and he and Harris never get past whether you can define objective truth without God.
  6. The Culture Wars

    It's hard to pinpoint what I don't like about Peterson. There was very little I disagreed with him on during that interview although I don't think he articulated some of those positions well. I've been aware of him for much longer and I think he is too far to the right on other issues for my liking. For instance he's very cosy appearing on right wing media programs and has appeared to question things like climate change. He is a good example of how I feel uncomfortable that I share a number of opinions in this area with people I otherwise fundamentally disagree with. It is also true that a number of people who are currently loving the interview will be some of the most deplorable figures imaginable. Sadly much of the left thinks of these issues like Cathy did in the interview. To borrow a phrase there is a third way and there is a seemingly small number that are able to deplore identity politics whilst not becoming Fox News devotees.
  7. Worst TV adverts...ever!

    It's gonna taste Great!
  8. President of USA (Merged threads)

    We'll just have to agree to disagree. If Trump makes it to the election, I know who I'll be putting my money on. A bit of a charity wager might be in order. As I said, if he makes the election.
  9. President of USA (Merged threads)

    You're conflating two entirely different things. Regardless of where his support came from, he still only won by a relatively tiny number of swing voters in a few states. He could still very easily have been a phenomenon that drew significant amount of support in the rust belt but lost the election. You could equally ask why so many working class ex-Labour voters voted UKIP at the 2015 election. It didn't mean they were going to win though. You treat his election as an inevitability and treat the rust belt as a single unchangeable block. It was far from such and IMO was the result of a perfect storm for Trump. Things are likely to be different next time. He was always a polarising figure and as such doesn't have much room for growth in popularity. He also can't rely on the Democrats picking such a disliked and flawed candidate as Hilary Clinton.
  10. The Culture Wars

    It's probably worth pointing out to those who dont know that Peterson is the person who Lindsay Sheppard was reprimanded for showing a clip of. As I've said I'm not a fan but the idea that he is so dangerous that his ideas cannot be shown in a University setting is absurd.
  11. The Culture Wars

    Yes, if you'd never come across him before (which almost all British people haven't) i think they'd have sided with the interviewer at least initially and just presumed he was a misogynist. If you know his opinions (or are generally well informed) you know why he's flabbergasted at certain times but he isn't really explaining himself well for a lot of it. By the end it is pretty clear he's got the better of the exchange but how many will watch for that long?
  12. The Culture Wars

    All too predictably the usual basket of deplorables have started hurling abuse at Cathy Newman meaning that any point that might have been made will get lost in the furore.
  13. The Culture Wars

    I figured it would end up on here! I've said before that I don't like Peterson and I don't think he came across well in that interview. There is something so awkward about him. If you were a casual observer, the clear impression would be that he was a misogynist who held outdated views about women. I think it is only people who are aware of the background of Peterson's arguments who know how terrible an interview it was. Some of her points were just bizarre. Someone like Steve Pinker would've been able to articulate many of the same arguments better without appearing cold.
  14. President of USA (Merged threads) here's a pretty decent article outlining in detail how even if the effect was only 1% it changed the outcome of the election. You're missing the point though. The race was incredibly tight and a lot of things went Trump's way. He has only lost support since then and the democrats will be unlikely to pick such a flawed candidate again. He'll find it extremely hard to get re-elected.
  15. President of USA (Merged threads)

    I don't think Hilary Clinton will have the fact that she was the most unpopular person in America as one of her excuses for losing. Let me ask you, in an election decided by a tiny number of votes in a few key states, do you think the following had no effect: 1) The reopening of the e-mail question by Comey a few days before the election. 2) Democrat complacency based on the fact it was presumed he would win.
  16. President of USA (Merged threads)

    Did I deny it was a huge upset? All I'm saying is that there is a reason it was seen as a huge upset. It wasn't all about experts getting it wrong but about the fact that it was an unlikely event. This is why there is no reason to suggest it would happen again. The odd time we beat the Aussies doesn't mean we'll beat them again the next time.
  17. President of USA (Merged threads)

    You do know a 74.6% chance leaves a 25.4% chance don't you?
  18. President of USA (Merged threads)

    The same approval ratings that were out by a whopping 2-3%.
  19. President of USA (Merged threads)

    This is indicative of just how lucky Trump got to still win the presidency. The stars really did align for him that day. He obviously had his basket of deplorables, but there was also a mixture of things that went his way too. Literally everybody thought he wouldn't win, including those Democrats who were annoyed about the Sanders affair. If people had seriously thought that a Trump victory was possible, I'm sure there'd have been less complacency from these people. Then there is Hilary Clinton. As Bob8 has repeatedly pointed out, she was probably the least popular person in America. There was also the huge scandal just days before about her e-mails which likely had a significant effect. After last time I'm certainly not going to say it couldn't happen but the reality is that for Trump to win he'll have additional barriers to last time to win.
  20. President of USA (Merged threads)

    It was a unique aligning of the stars that resulted in Trump winning. A 37% approval rating isn't going to be enough to get him re-elected. There was a great deal of complacency from the democrat side that helped elect Trump. If the election had been ran again the next day Trump would probably have lost. After 4 years of his lunacy they won't be so complacent again.
  21. how do you solve a problem like korea?

    Here's hoping this is just talk. Just out of interest does anyone know who the British guy at the end of the media matters clip is?
  22. Scottish Football= a question

    I lived in Manchester at the time. across the road from the City of Manchester. Disgusting is the one word that comes to mind.
  23. The Culture Wars

    It shows my age that my first thought when seeing it again was 'wow, that's a great apartment.' My second was something about Jennifer Aniston that is probably rather left unsaid.
  24. President of USA (Merged threads)

    For it to be classed as racism it would have to be something that he is only doing to minorities. This is obviously not true as you can see by this NY Times list of the 424 people, places and things Donald Trump has insulted. You'll notice that there are people of all colours and sexes: I first became aware of the reality of Trump after watching the 2011 documentary You've Been Trumped. The way he acted to the local Scottish people was disgusting, he said that one resident Michael Forbes' property was 'slumlike' and he was living like a pig. He then did all manners of things to try and force them to give up their properties. Had they been black, it would've been near the top of the list of racist incidents. You have to question what the point of the article is. Because if it is trying to convince anybody (which I don't think it is) then it will fail miserably. Those examples that are questionable at best just undermine the examples that are not, meaning that the people that you would want to convince don't bother treating it seriously. Just because we might be anti-Trump doesn't mean we have to accept every single bad claim made about him as fact.
  25. President of USA (Merged threads)

    Just so we're clear when he calls Obama a terrible student it's racism, when he calls everybody else names with no basis (which he does all the time) it's not racism? I've made it clear what I actually think, if you want to characterise it into something else feel free.