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Are Democrats and Republicans really 180° apart? From where I sit they seem to waver between 9° and 10° apart... sometimes as much as 12° apart? Much less, of course, when there is a ruinous foreign war to pitch.



Where I'm sitting, authoritarians all look alike to me.


Then why have you always voted for one particular flavor of authoritarian?


Because I was still naive. Because I bought into a narrative I no longer buy into. (Note to the reader: Which narrative do you think I buy into right now? Your answer is data on your biases.)


Since you brought up voting in the first place, I'd guess that you're still hooked on the narrative that claims "Voting is important!"

Meaningless gestures don't gain meaning just because we wish it were so.


Since you brought up voting in the first place, I'd guess that you're still hooked on the narrative that claims "Voting is important!"

That's not a good inference. Before I answer, let me ask you: Do you think the election of Trump is at all significant?

Meaningless gestures don't gain meaning just because we wish it were so.

The subject of discussion was my political affiliation, not whether my votes were significant. So your sentence is a bit of a non-sequitur.


Of course not. Trump is Obama II, or perhaps we should say Bush Jr. III. Even the dim hopes some naive souls harbored that somehow he would be less militarist than his predecessors have evaporated by now.

The significance of Trump's election, if any can be said to exist, is that from now on all of our chief executives will be reality TV stars. Is that progress?

You think you're being clever, asking all these questions before making any firm statement. The downvoters seem to have seen through the mask?


The significance of Trump's election, if any can be said to exist, is that from now on all of our chief executives will be reality TV stars.

JFK was the first candidate to embrace Television. Perhaps Trump, being a part of the same lurid show, is the first candidate to realize how hollowed-out the media based on that technology has become.

Is that progress?

It's the classic creative destruction in the media.

You think you're being clever, asking all these questions before making any firm statement.

One of the best ways to judge someone is to see how they make decisions and predictions, and to observe on what information those are based upon.

The downvoters seem to have seen through the mask?

It's not possible to make judgements as above from the downvotes. It seems you should have noted that.




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