mahnmut: (Albert thinks ur funny.)
I've been told that legalizing same-sex marriage is a can of worms awaiting to... well, explode... or whatever cans of worms usually do.

As a friend asked, this begs the question (heh)... After 15 years of this can of worms having been opened in the Netherlands, what exactly has happened?

But, you see, the Netherlands is a tiny, tiny country of 150,000, with a huuugely homogenous population!!! 100.1% of all Dutch are... well, shamelessly Dutch! This explains EVERYTHING!

(Conversely, you just wait - the trap has been set for the Netherlands, and that country is doomed to collapse under the weight of its own tolerance and equality... at some point. YOU JUST WAIT!)
mahnmut: (Quaero togam pacem.)
NYT: "The journalists at Charlie Hebdo are now rightly being celebrated as martyrs on behalf of freedom of expression, but let’s face it: If they had tried to publish their satirical newspaper on any American university campus over the last two decades it wouldn’t have lasted 30 seconds. Student and faculty groups would have accused them of hate speech. The administration would have cut financing and shut them down. Public reaction to the attack in Paris has revealed that there are a lot of people who are quick to lionize those who offend the views of Islamist terrorists in France but who are a lot less tolerant toward those who offend their own views at home."

"So this might be a teachable moment. As we are mortified by the slaughter of those writers and editors in Paris, it’s a good time to come up with a less hypocritical approach to our own controversial figures, provocateurs and satirists."

..."The massacre at Charlie Hebdo should be an occasion to end speech codes. And it should remind us to be legally tolerant toward offensive voices, even as we are socially discriminating."
mahnmut: (Quaero togam pacem.)
No, we are NOT all Charlie (and that’s a problem)

It is comforting and politically expedient to claim that “we” are attacked because “they” cannot deal with “our” freedoms, particularly freedom of speech. ...
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In a recent discussion, someone asked why people in the US fear socialism so much. A lot could be said about the misconceptions on socialism (first of all, it's so diverse that you can't lump it into one label). So I thought of going a bit further and asking: why are people in the US so scared of communism? Well, apart from all the Soviet fear-mongering of course (don't get me wrong, the USSR was a real threat).

So I got onto this:

Why do Americans take communist countries as examples of socialism?

The top-rated response really intrigued me in its conciseness and comprehensiveness. Here's a full transcript, make whatever you want of it:

Full transcript )
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