I have to say, I’m rather taken aback by the kind of hostility and intolerance of contrary views that I’ve seen here a couple of times. The above example, and some years ago over the topic of climate change.
Though I don’t follow right wing talk radio, it seems to be having some very negative effects on the level of consideration for other views, or even basic points and simple factual information. I gather somewhere in right wing circles socialism is equivalent to devil worship.
Though it might make a good talking point to argue against, as Carl pointed out, our societies have pretty much universally organized around principles of group help. The only diehard individualists have always been the wealthy, as pointed out, they don’t want to share, and are doing uncommonly good, having made off with the lion’s share of profit from working men’s labour by various means… The rest of us need and greatly benefit from government services like air traffic control, food inspection, old age pension, labour laws describing minimum wages and safe working conditions, etc, etc. And thank goodness in Canada we have state organized healthcare, as most advanced countries do. To be human is to be social.
The fewer people left behind, the better a society generally is.
We could talk about the guy who beat the money lenders, or served the poor and downtrodden, and told the rich their wealth would lead them to hell. He wasn’t exactly a Wall street cheerleader.
Getting back to the other matter, it’s really disturbing to see such attacks on factual information regarding climate change. No amount of anger will erase science, or reverse the growing disaster. And as the scientific basis steadily increases, the room for denial is vanishing. How bad, and how fast is about all there is to discuss.
Is this what is described as the post-truth world? It’s going to be very hard to learn anything if topics are forbidden because of anger without reflection.