• “Green New Deal: Fact versus Fiction”

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    Works better

    Capitalism works better than it sounds. Socialism sounds better than it works.
    tip of the hat to Brian Micklethwait
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    Only reason

    Capitalism is the only reason socialism has any money to redistribute.
    tip of the hat to Brian Micklethwait

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    Women's rights

    ??The first and most important "women's right" is the right to vote. Then comes the right to earn, to keep what is earned, and to hold property. Free speech and the rest listed in the Bill of Rights come next. Reproductive "rights" don't even make the top ten. Especially since the last time I checked, sex is supposed to be a consensual activity.??
    — NeoWayland, comments from The “no news is good news” open thread
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    Racial justice

    ??Technically I'm a mutt. My mother's family is from the Louisiana and Tennessee. I don't know enough about my biological father to say what his ancestry was. And I will say it again, racial justice imposed from above is not freedom. It's privilege. The major civil rights act was passed 54 years ago. That's nearly three generations. And yet to hear people like you tell it, we're just as bad as we ever were and are on the edge of a racial apocalypse that will happen the next time a "white" person says no to a "black" person.??
    — NeoWayland, comments from The “no news is good news” open thread
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    Worker rights

    ??If you don't have the right to walk away from any organization, it is not freedom. Meanwhile, there's always the option of finding another job. If there are no other jobs, then chances are that's a government sanctioned monopoly. There are plenty of other ways to protect worker rights, many which work better than unions. ESOPs are one example.??
    — NeoWayland, comments from The “no news is good news” open thread
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    “CBS STOKES Political Division: The Good Fight”

    “CBS show "The Good Fight" caused controversy by releasing a social media promo that seemed to encourage political division, and another tweet targeting Trump and Mar-a-Lago.”

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    NeoNote — the American compromise

    Basically they didn't want another church telling their church what to do.

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    Language

    ??Just to point out the obvious, previously language changed without being mandated or legally sanctioned or morally correct. It worked because people used it and decided that it worked.??
    — NeoWayland
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    “Preferred Pronouns or Prison”

    ““He.” “She.” “They.” Have you ever given a moment’s thought to your everyday use of these pronouns? It has probably never occurred to you that those words could be misused. Or that doing so could cost you your business or your job – or even your freedom. Journalist Abigail Shrier explains how this happened and why it's become a major free speech issue.”

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    “The Debunkers Save Libertarianism”

    From FreedomToons

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    NeoNote — I am not.

    You seem to think I am defending the Republican Party.

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    “John McWhorter: America Has Never Been Less Racist”

    “Columbia University linguist John McWhorter on the Jussie Smollett hoax, Donald Trump, and "antiracism" as a new secular religion.”

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    “Stossel: Enough Crony Capitalism!”

    “Established businesses, like Facebook, use government to limit competition.”

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    Hollywood Made It Wild

    “The American Old West: How Hollywood Made It “Wild” to Make Money & Advance Gun Control”

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    “Coolness was never conservative.”

    ??Coolness was never conservative.

    It grew out of the jazz age and into the Las Vegas and West Coast aesthetic personified by Hefner, Sinatra, and Bruce. It was always about pushing the envelope with just a touch of rebellion. It was always about the show over substance and the deeds better left unmentioned.??
    — NeoWayland
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    NeoNote — Virtue is a choice

    ??Do you want people who can make the right choice? Or do you want ignorant children who don't know any better???
    — NeoWayland
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    “War Is A Racket” by Major General Smedley Butler

    “A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”

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    Childlike moral binary

    The childlike moral binary: only people who hold the all correct positions merit empathy or respect.
    — Dorian Lynskey, 2:50 AM - 2 Apr 2019

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    Fuel of war

    Taxation is the fuel of war.
    — L. Neil Smith

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    Helped Trump

    Journalists Matt Taibbi and Aar