How to Lose the Game of You

This is a guy with 5.4 million followers. He’s an astronaut. He’s a patriotic American. And he�

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  1. It’s not so much that we aren’t smart enough to hold two thoughts in our brains at the same time, it’s that identity politics has resulted in a modern political standard of views on race, gender, etc. TRUMPING ALL. Any deviation (no matter how minute) from the progressive view on these issues is not a disagreement, not a different view - not even an acceptable flaw - but proof positive that you are a racist / homophobic / fill-in-the-blank monster to be excoriated and excommunicated. And this insane standard applies not just to people today, but to historical figures, as the norms, context, experiences and standards of their day are not one bit exculpating - you either are perfect by today’s standards or denounced (with the caveat that this pretty much only applies to white men - hero astronauts included - all others get varying degrees of dispensation).

  2. Avatar for bhunt bhunt says:

    Even more pervasive than the very public examples we have of what you’re describing, Mark, is the chilling effect that prevents people of good will from engaging in even semi-public discourse, lest they find themselves on the wrong end of the Mob gun.

  3. I am that person as I continue to withdraw from social situation / conversations as no matter how calm and respectful I remain - in liberal NYC - I find myself under attack as a person - as a human being just for presenting these or similar views / any non-liberal orthodox political views. As you (channelling Yates) would say - the political gyre spins stronger.

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