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2019-11-11 Home Front: Culture Wars
UC Berkeley Instructor: Rural Americans Are ‘Bad People'
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Posted by Besoeker 2019-11-11 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [467 views ]  Top

#1 Kevin Williamson agrees.


Send in the dvadtsat'pyat'tysyachniki!!

Posted by charger 2019-11-11 00:56||   2019-11-11 00:56|| Front Page Top

#2 I was talking to one of those "rural people" that I had just paid to spend 3 hours clearing brush with a tractor on my property. He remarked about the horrors of living in a small town where they don't bother to lock their front doors or cars...
Posted by magpie 2019-11-11 01:19||   2019-11-11 01:19|| Front Page Top

#3 My experience with the dangers of 'clustering' (like many here) began as a teenage volunteer while carrying an M-14, and learning about patrolling.

Absolutely amazing how 'don't bunch up' became a haunting, 50+ year old mind worm. But I'm still alive this morning, at least so far.
Posted by Besoeker 2019-11-11 01:26||   2019-11-11 01:26|| Front Page Top

#4 In John B. Calhoun’s early crowding experiments, rats were supplied with everything they needed – except space. The result was a population boom, followed by such severe psychological disruption that the animals died off to extinction. The take-home message was that crowding resulted in pathological behaviour – in rats and by extension in humans.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2019-11-11 03:12||   2019-11-11 03:12|| Front Page Top

#5 I believe it's possible that by not charging the value of land-title (and taxing income instead) you over concentrate people causing city like behaviour.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2019-11-11 03:32||   2019-11-11 03:32|| Front Page Top

#6 Maybe the 'Bad People' should give up farming and energy production, better to keep mother nature in its 'normal' state.

Richard Fernandez sums up the perspective -

In 1926 the French sociologist Lucien Levy-Bruhl wrote: "The primitive mind does not differentiate the supernatural from reality, but rather uses 'mystical participation' to manipulate the world. According to Levy-Bruhl, moreover, the primitive mind doesn't address contradictions." Except for the wizards we are, most of us, primitives now.

In an ironic sort of way, the more technologically advanced a society becomes the more medieval and superstitious its governance can become. Then we will truly become pre-modern, supplanting nuclear power plants with windmills and electricity with candles. Perhaps the biggest problem of the 21st century will not be income, but knowledge inequality.


In other words, its all magic to them that the wall switch turns on the lights and the store shelves fill with food.
Posted by Procopius2k 2019-11-11 06:20||   2019-11-11 06:20|| Front Page Top

#7 P2K, wasn't it Arthur C Clarke who said "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"?
Today, to many people, the electricity in their houses, food at the grocery store, gasoline in the pumps, everything, is essentially magic.
Posted by Rambler in Virginia 2019-11-11 08:28||   2019-11-11 08:28|| Front Page Top

#8 ..at least people around the Gulf Coast know when the winds blow very hard, the magic disappears.
Posted by Procopius2k 2019-11-11 09:37||   2019-11-11 09:37|| Front Page Top

#9 I'll go with the following quote by a poster:

Thank you for raising awareness of the phenomenon that you can get a PhD in philosophy from a great school like Berkeley and still be a mediocre thinker. Not surprising to be an asshole, but notable to be not that smart.
Posted by JohnQC 2019-11-11 09:43||   2019-11-11 09:43|| Front Page Top

#10 It was actually Isaac Asimov in the Foundation series who coined the phrase.
Posted by Alistaire Untervehr8459 2019-11-11 10:48||   2019-11-11 10:48|| Front Page Top

#11 Wizard of Oz: Why, anybody can have a brain. That's a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have. But they have one thing you haven't got: a diploma.
Posted by Procopius2k 2019-11-11 11:17||   2019-11-11 11:17|| Front Page Top

#12 They consider Americans as The Other. They hate our guts.

Way to punch down! Speak truth to the powerless!
Posted by Herb McCoy  2019-11-11 11:46||   2019-11-11 11:46|| Front Page Top

#13 "the horrors of living in a small town where they don't bother to lock their front doors or cars... " yeah it really does suck to not have to worry about being ripped off all the time
Posted by 746 2019-11-11 13:17||   2019-11-11 13:17|| Front Page Top

#14 #10 Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2019-11-11 13:35||   2019-11-11 13:35|| Front Page Top

#15 As a rural American myself, I don't really care what a grad student in San Francisco thinks of me. Have fun grading all those papers Jackson!
Posted by Secret Master 2019-11-11 13:49||   2019-11-11 13:49|| Front Page Top

#16 For progressive minds, the hive is always the best solution for power and control.
Posted by NoMoreBS 2019-11-11 14:33||   2019-11-11 14:33|| Front Page Top

#17 Another future Starbuck's employee when the student loans run out.
Posted by Speatle Tojo5556 2019-11-11 15:08||   2019-11-11 15:08|| Front Page Top

#18 ^State department.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2019-11-11 15:14||   2019-11-11 15:14|| Front Page Top

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