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The more educated Republicans/conservatives are, the more they reject science.
True of liberals? Apparently not: they start out with an anti-nuclear bias, but more education on the subject lessens their worries, moving them closer to the scientific consensus, rather than further away, as with conservatives and global warming.

Medicalization of anti-authoritarianism.

Jeb Bush: "I used to be a conservative" http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/73242.html

gay marriage passes Maryland's Democratic legislature, referendum likely
Initiative in Maine likely, to overcome the anti-marriage referendum three years ago
(No links, just heads up.)

Santorum more scary than you thought:

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Feb. 28th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)
I grant Carlos's apportioning of blame for Mugabe struck me as rather dubious, though I think I can see the context in which it makes some sense -- mostly the context that wants to give lots of credit to colonialism for anything good, while blaming bad things on the natives, even if educated by the colonialists.

As for the rest, I see more assertions by you without argument or evidence.

Edited at 2012-02-28 04:07 am (UTC)
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
I don't have the time to try and prove that a donkey brays to someone who doesn't want to have it proved and would never accept evidence on the matter for anyone. Journalistic mismanagement of concepts so gross and large as to be essentially meaningless, issues disposed of in paragraphs that should have taken volumes merely to understand, jumbling data from incompatible times and places into one unholy mess, and worst of all the FUCKING RACISM of saying that everything bad in colonial and post-colonial history must be the colonizers' fault - as though the colonized had no will of their own, no good or bad culture to follow, no personality apart from the colonists give them. This is something I LOATHE and never excuse anywhere I find it. It is a perverted version of the worst of the White Man's Burden, and Nichol is so stupid that he actually thinks he is paying a compliment to the colonized when he denies that they have any responsibility for anything. This is as racist as the worst of the KKK, twisting data he does not understand to support his vicious schemes. Not that you will accept any of this, but it seems to me more than enough to reject that creature, root and branch.
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:44 am (UTC)
Leaving aside the actual argument:

* It's James Nicoll, not Nichol

* And it's not actually him at all; the one arguing about British culpability for Zimbabwe's authoritarianism was carloshasanax, aka Carlos Yu, with support from Doug M(uir). Nicoll didn't say anything on the subject. It's right there in front of you...
Feb. 28th, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
Whatever. The whole thing was so bad as to make me wonder whether any of the participants had any idea how history is discussed.

And please, let's not go on. I'm tired and I see no profit in any of this.


Damien Sullivan

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