Friday, March 16, 2018

Thunder Mug Tempest

By Tom Woods Phd

Ever since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, social media has been even more toxic than usual.

The gun-control side has in general been content to attribute vile motives to their opponents, and to contend that people arguing for gun rights prefer guns over their own children.

Their reaction has made the debate over the 73 genders seem downright civil.

Obviously, no progress can be made in our understanding when one side is so hysterical. Their side seems incapable even of conceiving of a rational argument we might make.

This is standard fare for progressives, in my experience. We know their positions inside and out, but they seem genuinely baffled by and altogether ignorant of what libertarians and conservatives believe. (In fact, Jonathan Haidt ran studies on this very question, and found progressives consistently do a much worse job explaining their opponents' views than vice versa.)

It is especially rich that progressives should posture and preen as though they hold the moral high ground, when in fact they consistently reject all practical responses to school shootings,
including improvements in school security, in favor of pie-in-the-sky political solutions that have no chance of passage much less implementation. The best way to respond?

[With the extended middle digit.]

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