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A lovely reference for myself and my readership.  :) Go peruse the book here.

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derrickjensonThis excerpt for the article ‘Liberals and the New McCarthyism

”   And I blame the groundlessness of postmodernism, with its assertion that meaning is not inherent in anything, that there are no truths, and that each person’s perception of reality is equally valid. As well as destroying class consciousness—which is one reason modern blacklisting is often based on claims of how some speaker will supposedly hurt or trigger the individual, rather than emphasizing harm or gain to society as a whole—postmodernism has led to much of the insanity we’re discussing.

    As philosopher Daniel Dennett commented, “Postmodernism, the school of ‘thought’ that proclaimed ‘There are no truths, only interpretations’ has largely played itself out in absurdity, but it has left behind a generation of academics in the humanities disabled by their distrust of the very idea of truth and their disrespect for evidence, settling for ‘conversations’ in which nobody is wrong and nothing can be confirmed, only asserted with whatever style you can muster.” And if all you’ve got is rhetoric, that is, “interpretations” and “assertions,” as opposed to, say, factual evidence, then the only way, or at least the most tempting way, to conclusively win an argument is through rhetorical manipulations. If you can’t say, “Your opinion is wrong, and here are facts showing your opinion is wrong,” you’re pretty much stuck with, “Your opinion is oppressing me, triggering me, hurting my feelings.” And that’s precisely what we see. And of course we can’t argue back, in part because nobody can verify or falsify your feelings, and in part because by then we’ve already been deplatformed.”

 

Some food for thought.

consent       Religion treats people like shit, the further away you are from the white male ideal, the shittier your deal will be.  The recent anti-choice propaganda wave in the US caused enough whinging in wordpress blogosphere that I felt compelled to wrestle with the full-blown stupid that is the anti-choice position.
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    I went to this saintly dudes page and left my usual inflamatory comments – women are people, they have rights  et cetera – the mind-blowing stuff that makes the zealots wail and froth.
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    But rather than approve my comment, this dipstick emails a response to me because apparently, tainting his blog with reality is just a touch beyond the pale for his religiously addled sensibilities.
   We’ll spend some time going over this condescending POS’s response.
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“I offer a few responses (with the disclaimer that my words are not at all said with malice or ill-will, but with blunt plainness) to your comments, particularly the ones, that to me, seem to be emitting an abundance of hypocrisy:”
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   Oh you just know this is going to be good and chock-full of projection, and of course, Full Bonus Points for a mansplination of why teh abortion is the evils for the womenz.
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“Any sex men or women engage in should be within the bounds of husband and wife, legally and lawfully married.”
    LoL-forever.  And all time spent by teenage boys on the internet is time spent listening to the heavenly music of the spheres and praying to god.  Are there any other idealized states you’d like to discuss as if they were relevant to the topic at hand?
“Obviously there are additional purposes of sex than procreation alone, such as strengthening the relationship of husband of wife and expressing love within that marriage; however, procreation is certainly one of the main purposes of sex and that should not be taken lightly.”
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 Ah yes, and in this ideal world men only wish to engage in sex to make babies.  Why not?  Unicorns also exist in this world, and fairies too!
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“You seem to think people should be allowed to kill children that are unwanted simply because it is easier to let people do that than to teach them proper moral and values; I think you should put a little more effort into seeking the moral option and not the easy way out.”
  Ah, there we go.  Let the anti-choice false equivalency begin.  It is so typical of the pro-slavery crowed to make this fundamental error and then proceed to base their entire ‘argument’ on it.
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    A fetus is a fetus, not a child.  It has none of the rights we give to born children.  So, let’s not go into hypotheticals because you are really terrible at making them jive with reality.  (He will, of course, but first we need to be offended about his sky-daddy not being afforded the proper respect.)
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     Predictably, whiny-pissbaby gets all up in arms because I dismiss the patriarchal religious bullshite angle he goes for in his post.  My comment first, then his.

[Me] “LOL. Religion has been oppressing women since its inception. Maybe citing a book that is famous for its murder, rape, and genocides isn’t the best source to strengthen your case?

Cherry picking your favourite bible verses to make a ‘point’ is about as useful as spitting into the wind, or pissing up a rope. Your choice.”

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“Again, I find it very hypocritical that you dare say I am ‘cherry-picking’ bible verses when you scoff and ‘lol’ at the very idea of religion. It couldn’t be more obvious that you haven’t read the bible or other religious text in any recent time, if ever at all; so you have no ground to stand on in saying I ‘cherry-pick’ verses”

Oh hey there cherry picking is what you fucking zealots do to justify your shitty claims about reality.

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Ah, christianity, so moral, so ethical. Thank god for the bible…

Let’s take a peek at what the bible says:

    “The God of the Bible also allows slavery, including selling your own daughter as a sex slave (Exodus 21:1-11), child abuse (Judges 11:29-40 and Isaiah 13:16), and bashing babies against rocks (Hosea 13:16 & Psalms 137:9).”

Daaaaaamn son.  You step back now and think about owning up to the bullshit in your magic book before you get all out of sorts about being called on your cherry-picking.  Of course being held to a truthful standard is going to get more painful as this email continues…

“Also, try to remember that America is a Christian nation.”

LolcopterHoly LoL-copters Batman!  America is a secular nation and is founded on the belief that church and state should be two separate entities, although do feel free to keep pining for theocracy.

“Over 80% of Americans identify themselves as Christian, so the scripture verses I quote mean a great deal to most people and greatly affects their decision-making processes.”

Billions of horseflies love eating shit, should we also embrace the luscious poo-banquet ideal just because so many do it?    Bad ideas are bad ideas – how many people that endorse said (bad) ideas is irrelevant.

“It would be an extremely arrogant prospect to think that you are personally wiser than 86% of the world’s current inhabitants, as well as the billions of people who lived before now, that all came to the conclusion that there is most certainly a God.”

Most thought the earth was flat, the earth was the centre of the universe and knew fuck all about germ theory.  Why I’m not accepting their ‘wisdom’ shouldn’t be that hard to piece together.  What is more troublesome and more pertinent to the discussion is the fact that *you* do and you seem to be proud of that fact.   This is officially Scary-Unhinged-Stuff to those of us who inhabit rational land.

“You appear to identify with the 2.4% of Americans who don’t believe in a God, or the 14% of the world who don’t believe in a God, and that is your choice, but don’t for a second assume that because you personally do not or have not found the value that scriptures hold or found a relationship with God, that others are also unable to find those things.”

Less than two-shits, I say, is all I care about identifying with other people when it comes to living a world based on rationality and evidence rather than superstition and myth.   Hey it’s great you have a relationship with your sky-daddy, I hope he tucks you in and changes your nappy at night and gets you warm fucking milk – but believing in bronze age mysticism in the 21st century is no badge of honour.   It is about as noble as admitting that yes indeed, you have fart-beans for brains and any coherence you manage to display is just a sad accident.

prolifecultureDude finally gets back to why autonomy and women shouldn’t mix.  Thank you, kind readership, for not glazing over yet the sheer amount of religious-wordfap is positively stultifying.

“According to bodily autonomy, a mother could not be judged harshly for smoking, drinking, doing coke, and going skydiving (hopefully not all in the same day) while 6 months pregnant. If you really believe that a woman’s body is autonomous — that she has absolute jurisdiction over it — then you must defend a mother who does things that could seriously harm her unborn child, even if she hasn’t chosen to abort it.”

Why yes. That thing with breasts and arms and a brain and stuff is not just a walking womb.  It is almost like she is human being deserving full human rights and autonomy.  But we should get on with your important reasons on why women should be brood-slaves.

“Most pro-aborts will not (vocally) defend abortion at 8 or 9 months. But — if bodily autonomy is your claim — you must. Is a woman’s body less autonomous when she’s been pregnant for 35 weeks? There is no way around it: bodily autonomy means that it is moral to kill a fully formed baby, at seven months, or eight months, or nine months. You say that our bodies cannot be ‘used’ without our ‘consent.’ “

If you believe that women are people then yes, it is her choice whether to remain pregnant or not.  You may begin to clutch your pearls now.

“Why should this apply only to pregnancy and organ donations? Children, at any age, create profound demands on their parents’ bodies. Whether it’s waking up in the middle of the night for the crying baby, working long hours to pay for their food and clothing, carrying them around when they cannot walk, staying home when you’d like to go out, going out (to bring them to the doctor, or school, or soccer practice) when you’d like to stay in, etc, etc, etc, and so forth. “

Hmmm…well this might be a complicated answer for you, but when the fetus is in the woman’s body it is her choice whether to keep it or not.  Once born, the exclusive use of a mother’s body is over and thus other external actors can care for the child.  So yah, I hope you’re not going the false equivalence on top of a false equivalency argument.   Let me review your first fail and append the second that I just bet you’re going for – because this is a long article –

1.  A fetus is not a child

2. Before birth and after birth are functionally different states.

“An argument for absolute bodily autonomy means that it can’t be illegal, or considered immoral, for a parent to decline to do any of these things, so long as their decision was made in the name of bodily autonomy.”

Game, set and Match??  Hmmm…   Apparently you are that fucking dense.  Way to try and compare apples to octopuses.  Parental responsibilities to their children (because they are born now, separate entities) are not the same as a woman’s pregnancy. [meta thought: The fact that this needs to explained is troubling.]  [meta-meta thought: Arguing with the religiously deluded is like trying get a close shave with a banana.]

“If I can ‘do what I want with my body,’ then it becomes very difficult to launch a salient moral or legal attack against a man who chooses to sit in a playground in front of children and pleasure his own body. I’m often accused of oversimplifying, but I’ve never oversimplified to the extent of you bodily autonomy proponents.”

This shit is rock-solid argumentative GOLD!  If you ignore context.  And reality.  And the structure of good arguments…

“Once we’ve considered every complexity and nuance, we can rightly say that our bodies are autonomous in some ways, and in some circumstances, but not in others. We cannot say that they are absolutely autonomous, and I find it hard to believe that anyone truly thinks that.”

Because apparently fapping in public is the same issue as whether a woman is a incubator slave or not.  OH religion!  You are sooo silly when you try and talk all rational and stuff.

Here comes some amazing reasoning.   Just let it wash over you, like toddler up-chuck.

cat_pushing_watermelon_argument_invalid“Any claim or responsibility placed on me, automatically includes a claim and responsibility on my body. Everything I do involves my body. I am my body. CS Lewis would say that I am my soul and I have a body. I agree with him, but for our purposes in this discussion, leaving souls and spirits aside, we are our bodies. Whether we are expected to pay taxes or drive the speed limit or provide a safe and sanitary home for our children, we are using our bodies to meet these expectations. We experience and participate in life with our bodies. Absolute bodily autonomy is inexorably linked with personal autonomy. If my body is autonomous, my person must be autonomous, and if my person is autonomous, then my very existence is autonomous, and if my very existence is autonomous, then it is simply unacceptable and (by your logic) immoral for anyone to expect me to do anything for anyone at any point for any reason.”

1.*Le Sigh* – CS Lewis.

2.  Taxes and driving the speed limit – social constructs not autonomous obligations.

3.   “ it is simply unacceptable and (by your logic) immoral for anyone to expect me to do anything for anyone at any point for any reason.” –  Free will; what the fuck is it?!?!?

This argument seems a little to pat to be coming from your typical anti-choice zealot.  The ‘gotcha’ at the end is, on the surface, compelling, but only if don’t worry about the little things – burden of proof, arguing charitably, et cetra.

“If you concede that we ought to be expected or even required to do certain things, then you are placing limits on our bodily autonomy. If you place limits on our bodily autonomy, then you are admitting that limits can be placed on our bodily autonomy. If you are admitting that limits can be placed on our bodily autonomy, then you must consider whether abortion falls within or outside of those limits. And here’s the rub: if you contend that abortion falls within the limits on bodily autonomy, you must justify that belief beyond simply reasserting our right to bodily autonomy.”

Wow.  The knock down argument of the day….*sigh*  This ‘argument’ was lifted from another anti-choice douche – Matt Walsh.  Of course, it is bullshit and refuted in full here.  I’ll reproduce the conclusion – meeting copypasta with copypasta.   The next quote from the Daily Kos article:

“And again, Matt’s got his burden of proof all wrong. It’s not up to pro-choicers to prove that a woman should be able to decide when and if she will be pregnant. It’s up to pro-lifers to prove that she shouldn’t – because that’s their position. When people say that a person’s right to free speech should be curbed in relation to inciting mass panics, we can (and have) present(ed) good reasons as to why this is the case. When we say that a person’s right to bear arms can be curbed if that person is a violent felon, good reasons have been provided. When we tell Matt’s masturbating man to stay away from playgrounds, we have good reasons for limiting that use of bodily autonomy or expression. But Matt is alleging that a woman’s right to bodily autonomy should be limited inside of pregnancy; and every bit of evidence he provided for that is nonsense that crumbles under the slightest honest scrutiny.

I don’t have to prove that it’s wrong to limit my free speech; the person trying to do the limiting has to prove why it’s right. I don’t have to prove that it’s wrong to take away my ability to make my own medical decisions; the person trying to take that power from me has to prove that it’s right. I don’t have to prove that it’s wrong to incarcerate me; the person attempting to do so has to prove that it’s the right choice. And I don’t have to prove that it’s wrong to limit my choice to be pregnant or not; that falls to the person trying to do the limiting.

Though the burden of proof is on him, Matt didn’t prove his case.”

throneoflies  So, my religiously-deluded-christian-pro-patriarchy-hack, funtime is almost over. The christian fart-beans you shat out – cheekily masquarading as arguments – have been humanely put down and thus, the religious shit-show is concluding…

“I mean you no ill-will and I fully support your right to an opinion, I simply hope that my comments have shed some light on the weak foundation your current opinion stands. I wish you the best and hope you will come to see truth in its proper light.”

Umm…your comments had shed light on where your arguments are coming from: straight out of your ass.

Recently I posted a quote from John Hari on addiction.   See it here.  I’ve also updated the post to include the video below as well.  What is detailed in this TED talk is idea that we should punish and isolate addicts from society.  This idea, according to Hari is about 100 years old and also, more importantly completely wrong.

The methodology we base the current “War on Drugs” and how we treat people who are addicted is based on poor experimental design.  When we control for environmental factors – addiction mostly disappears.

This TED talk was too important to bury in an update of an old blog post.  So please enjoy John Hari and his important ideas on addiction.

Wow, Cultural Marxism apparently is nightmare fuel to the wingnut, racist right.

Wow, Cultural Marxism apparently is nightmare fuel to the wingnut, racist right.

Cultural Marxism?  As the feminist tag in the wordpress reader becomes more diverse (read filled with dudes and their important ideas) this phrase is popping up all over as of late.  I’ve never seen it before, and as a minor logophile my curiosity was peaked.  The context of how the term Cultural Marxism (CM) is being used was my first clue that this is yet another sad portmanteau of the right-wingers/dudes to mischaracterize ideas and notions that make them uncomfortable.

It was this putrid nugget of a sentence, fresh from the high mountains of Turdistan, that started my logophilic escapade:

“Leftist ideology (cultural Marxism) ascribes all observed statistical differences in group performance to nefarious cultural forces, therefore nefarious cultural forces must be at work everywhere, therefore you must be oppressed at all times, thus you must dedicate yourself to finding the oppression in every aspect and moment of your life. “

What we can see above exhibit the hallmarks of what will be a reason-free mind-fap-festival of fail; usually with a side of misogyny or racism thrown in just for fun.  But, apart from the haphazard generalizations, the erection of grand strawmen and a generally uncharitable starting point, the above sentence is perfectly fine.

So doing some arduous research, a.k.a typing “Cultural Marxism” into Duck Duck Go, the fateful shrouds of mystery were slowly pulled back.  Oh the magic of Wikipedia:

The Frankfurt School (German: Frankfurter Schule) is a school of social theory and philosophy associated in part with the Institute for Social Research at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. The school initially formed during the interwar period in Germany and consisted of dissidents who were at home neither in the existent capitalist, fascist, nor communist systems that had formed during the interwar period. Meanwhile, many of these theorists believed that traditional theory could not adequately explain the turbulent and unexpected development of capitalist societies in the twentieth century. Critical of both capitalism and Soviet socialism, their writings pointed to the possibility of an alternative path to social development.[1]

Although sometimes only loosely affiliated, Frankfurt School theorists spoke with a common paradigm in mind, thus sharing the same assumptions and being preoccupied with similar questions.[2] To fill in the perceived omissions of traditional Marxism, they sought to draw answers from other schools of thought, hence using the insights of antipositivist sociology, psychoanalysis, existential philosophy, and other disciplines.[3] The school’s main figures sought to learn from and synthesize the works of such varied thinkers as Kant, Hegel, Marx, Freud, Weber and Lukács.[4]

Following Marx, they were concerned with the conditions that allow for social change and the establishment of rational institutions.[5] Their emphasis on the “critical” component of theory was derived significantly from their attempt to overcome the limits of positivism, materialism and determinism by returning to Kant’s critical philosophy and its successors in German idealism, principally Hegel’s philosophy, with its emphasis on dialectic and contradiction as inherent properties of human reality.

Erm…ya.  A lot of word salad that makes academics feel important and the basis of a school of interpretive historical though.  In other words, nothing about leftist ideology and ‘oppression seeking’ going on there outside of arcane historical theory relevant mostly to academic historians.  The Rational Wiki though has a pithy summation of Cultural Marxism which roughly aligns with my first impressions of the use of the word:

In current wingnut usage, the term is a favourite of Pat Buchanan and, to the most dangerous extent, Anders Behring Breivik. It is a Cold Warrior’s way of decrying “political correctness” or “multiculturalism.”[2][3] It’s when capitalism and democracy are still the law of the land, but they don’t work exclusively for you anymore.

Despite its widespread popularity among the hard-right, many on the right have thoroughly debunked the concept as not being Marxist at all, including Christian Dominionist Gary North, Michael Acuña from Common Ruin, and How to Paint Your Panda.[4][5][6][7]

It’s become a favorite term of many of the nuttier Gamergaters—demonstrating the movement’s attraction of many anti-Semites, white supremacists, and MRAs — to explain why those bitch slut whores won’t shut up about sexism in video games. They got their collective jockstraps in a knot when discussions on Wikipedia predating their obsession with the term resulted in the “Cultural Marxism” article on Wikipedia being redirected to the “Conspiracy theory” section of Frankfurt School, restored after appealing to the God-King, no consensus after that, then deletion and redirection back to the conspiracy theory.

Laughing out loud forever – you know when the gamergaters show up sexism and misogyny are never far behind.

Well, fellow word travellers, that’s all there is for this session.  I’ve done the long form work here, but all you need to know is in the title of this blogpost.  :)

Makes more sense to me put in this format, go go go magic of the internet. :)

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Well that is a sticky wicket if I’ve heard of one. :)  I’ll post the answer video as well, but see if you know before you watch the second part (No peeking!).

And the spoiler…

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