We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"wellness" has become rampant in physician organizations because of the increasing stress of electronic health records systems and demands on physician time that detract from direct patient care. It also encompasses drug/alcohol abuse, psychiatric problems and of course has roped in sexual abuse as well. It is a significant profit center for those who provide "wellness services" and can be quite expensive for physicians who get ensnared in the clutches of the 'wellness system'. Costs can easily run $20-50K the first year and $5-20k/yr for 'monitoring and mentoring' thereafter.
I think feminism is wonderful. The feminists are an endless source of amusement. They state there is no difference between men and women and then they continually complain about men's behavior and how they at persecuted by the evil white male patriarchy. The only reason there is no female Mozart or Shakespeare or Einstein is because of discrimination and oppression, according to the feminists.
Paid Soros protesters: Hey, we have a group of those on this very blog! I had know idea how lucrative it is for them. Somewhere I saw that they make upwards of $70K a year. Can you confirm that, Zachriel?
"How the Radicals Became the Technocrats - The true legacy of 1968"
On the upside, they weren't as horrible to humanity as their German predecessors 50 years earlier.
In the decade preceding the First World War Germany, the country most advanced on the path toward bureaucratic regimentation, witnessed the appearance of a phenomenon hitherto unheard of: the youth movement. Turbulent gangs of untidy boys and girls roamed the country, making much noise and shirking their school lessons. In bombastic words they announced the gospel of a golden age. All preceding generations, they emphasized, were simply idiotic; their incapacity has converted the earth into a hell. But the rising generation is no longer willing to endure gerontocracy, the supremacy of impotent and imbecile senility. Henceforth the brilliant youths will rule. They will destroy everything that is old and useless, they will reject all that was dear to their parents, they will substitute new real and substantial values and ideologies for the antiquated and false ones of capitalist and bourgeois civilization, and they will build a new society of giants and supermen.
The inflated verbiage of these adolescents was only a poor disguise for their lack of any ideas and of any definite program. They had nothing to say but this: We are young and therefore chosen; we are ingenious because we are young; we are the carriers of the future; we are the deadly foes of the rotten bourgeois and Philistines. And if somebody was not afraid to ask them what their plans were, they knew only one answer: Our leaders will solve all problems.
It has always been the task of the new generation to provoke changes. But the characteristic feature of the youth movement was that they had neither new ideas nor plans. They called their action the youth movement precisely because they lacked any program which they could use to give a name to their endeavors. In fact they espoused entirely the program of their parents. They did not oppose the trend toward government omnipotence and bureaucratization. Their revolutionary radicalism was nothing but the impudence of the years between boyhood and manhood; it was a phenomenon of a protracted puberty. It was void of any ideological content.
The chiefs of the youth movement were mentally unbalanced neurotics. Many of them were affected by a morbid sexuality, they were either profligate or homosexual. None of them excelled in any field of activity or contributed anything to human progress. Their names are long since forgotten; the only trace they left were some books and poems preaching sexual perversity. But the bulk of their followers were quite different. They had one aim only: to get a job as soon as possible with the government. Those who were not killed in the wars and revolutions are today pedantic and timid bureaucrats in the innumerable offices of the German Zwangswirtschaft. They are obedient and faithful slaves of Hitler. But they will be no less obedient and faithful handy men of Hitler’s successor, whether he is a German nationalist or a puppet of Stalin.
Georgetown Professor - claims she is only echoing back the terrible things people say to her, with a "How do you like them apples?" style.
Invalid for the following reasons. 1) That is not apparent from her tweet, and thus is a deceitful "Surprise!" 2) This reduces all argument to everyone adopting the worst of tactics of one's opponents. She could as easily have said "I will mimic the people who approached me most fairly, and answer in that manner." If one is being shot at in Delaware, it is reasonable to return fire, but not at everyone and anyone in Delaware. 3) She is an identifiable figure of some authority, while the claimed opponents she is imitating could be trolls, sock-puppets, or isolates. 4) She did not respond to reports of giving offense by clarifying what non-offensive or less-offensive thing she actually did mean.
I tried to be thorough because we are increasingly seeing activists use this argument. It is childish, irresponsible, and deceitful.
Assistant Village Idiot