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J. Dvorak

"I mean they set out to make us practice virtues they believe we lack, their own virtue or lack thereof being beside the point." I know someone like that quite well. Quite uncomfortable at the moment.


Thanks, Lance. Another brilliant, on-the-money post. I never fully bought the argument, but I remember some smart person back in the days of the never-ending Whitewater "scandal" making the case that what really riled the right-wingers about Bill and Hillary was that they had had too much fun, together, in the late 60s and early 70s, and were therefore irredeemable.


"Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." H. L. Mencken.

Your youthful composition is sufficiently different to be free of taint of plagiarism.

Earl Bockenfeld
"I'm so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I'm frightened to death. They're having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism."

The "I" in that sentence is Frank Luntz, Republican strategist and notorious spin meister. The "They" is the Occupy movement. Which scares him. A lot.

I want to agree with what he says here and add another thought: dehumanizing the protesters is part of a larger process of dehumanizing all the victims of the economic recession. Since that figure includes, to one extent or another, most of us, that means the best bet for the right now is encourage a culture of complete alienation, where we not only can't feel empathy for people down the economic ladder from us, but also a culture where our attitude towards people like us is indifference and towards people up the ladder is uncritical and worshipful. It seems pretty clear to me that the person who looks at the Occupy movement and says “let them eat pepper spray” is very likely going to be the same person who looks at someone with a shitty job and say “Fuck them and I have some ill-informed judgements to make on their lifestyle.”

I honestly think a lot of conservatives are conservatives because it’s easier in some ways to hate those who suffer than it is to feel bad for them. Or perhaps they’re just too scared of the idea of a world where you can suffer without deserving it to admit that that’s the world we now live in.

It also explains the escalating hostility to even the most basic forms of sexual expression, unless they're tightly controlled and has all the eroticism squeezed out of them. Sex is a subversive force, after all, that encourages intimacy and affection and distracts you from constantly establishing dominance and submission in every encounter you have. Sex is usually about being coming together, having pleasure in each others company, and/or intimacy.

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