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'resdistribution of sex' lol
The "war on terror" rhetoric is alive and well in contemporary "left" circles. They took the Bush rhetoric from 2001 and re-energized it for 2018 in favor of Assad and Putin. Ohhhh we gotta stop that "terror". "Terror"s gonna take your democracy away.. "Terror", "terror", everywhere. White Helmets, Moaz al-Khatib, Joey Ayoub and my Assad skeptical grandaunt all terrorist etc etc.We gotta defend the US and Russia from "Terror" and the best way to do this is to keep the balance of power as it is. You gotta look at it historically, Assad was an ally of the US in the "War on terror" that's a fact, what I don't understand is the "antiimperialist left" taking Neo-Con talking points from 2001 and regurgitating them today.
Right off the bat, you mischaracterize incels, Dixon.
The vast majority of self-described incels are men who desire intimate, meaningful relationships with women, but are too awkward, too ugly, too shy, or too inexperienced to make connections or find love. For most of them, what they want isn’t sex - it’s companionship, intimacy and emotional connection. There are extremely high rates of depression and self-harm in incel communities, and most just want to be left alone and be unhappy in peace.
A minority within the incel community are so acutely effected by their station in life that they become aggressive towards women, normally in the form of online harassment, but sometimes their misogyny spills out into the real world.
One would think that you, Dixon, would have more sympathy for incels because here’s the thing - they are hated, they are marginalized, they’re demonized, and they come from every class. They are at the bottom of the heap, and like the Goth subculture after Columbine, they’re being smeared by an uninformed media landscape, which you are a part of.
Enjoy your sycophants pushing each other out of the way to sing your praises. Guess I can’t blame a successful ideologue for being successful.
The movement is much older than ~2016. They idolized Elliot Rodger, who in early 2014, killed a bunch of colleged aged kids because he couldn't get any blondes to sleep with him.
While the Incel movement may be more pronounced thanks to the election of Donald Trump, I think it's a very small factor. So in that regard, I wish you would have brought up the larger issues that this movement is born out of.
Most of these guys have social anxiety disorders and/or have been bullied relentlessly. I briefly lurked there as well and many casually discuss suicide. They hate 'Chads', the buff jocks who bully them/treat women like objects (ironic), and are the source of most of their ire along with the women who love/idolize the good looking macho men.
Their views on women are disgusting indeed. I feel like a lot of this is due to the lack of steady parenting. The economic climate the last few decades has forced both parents to work full time to support a family. Which means TV and more specifically the Internet is the true parent for these guys. They find people like Ben Shapiro, Steven Crowder and many others who amplify the SJW/feminist movement to new heights. They find small communities of like minded guys and remain in their echo chamber for a very long time.
So, if Trump lost in the Republican primary and never got close to the presidency, I am pretty confident this movement would still be around and almost just as pronounced.
So Michael Brooks wants the US to "support the Kurds?" Against whom? Turkey? Yeah were definitely going to back a stateless insurgency group over a NATO ally. This makes no fucking sense. If he means backing the Kurds from the Syrian army within its own borders effectively creating an autonomous state... I mean, that's a pretty crazy thing to say. Not to mention this would definitely qualify as supporting "military action." Jesus help us.
Great show guys. I always enjoy your guy’s conversations.
That incel conversation is gold
The moral hypocrisy and relativity I just heard was breath taking. The both of you are whining about war criminals, despots and generally bad guys( a right wing troupe btw) around the world while giving the war criminals you support personally domestically a pass never to be spoken off. It's obvious. If you're anti intervention and holla war crime every time the government and its stenographers in the media yell it out then yes you're falling for the propaganda. Or, you believe in Imperalism. It's phony and people see through you. Both of you just need to be honest. You're not agaimst U.S. Imperalism you just want to cloak it in softer terms, suchas, humanitarian intervention and show the world how you really feel
People on the left need to keep in perspective their views domestically as well as internationally!
I appreciate Benjamin's observations that leftist and progressives have no influcence on current policy.
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