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Posted By: Imright, 9/26/2020 9:59:11 PM

Seventeenth-century poet and intellect John Milton predicted, “When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation.” Gore Vidal, his 20th-century intellectual successor, elaborated saying: “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate.” Sloppy language permits people to get away with speaking and doing all manner of destructive nonsense without being challenged.Let’s look at the concept of “white privilege,” the notion that white people have benefited in American history relative to, and at the expense of, “people of color.” It appears to be utter nonsense

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Vesicant 9/26/2020 10:17:15 PM (No. 553754)
Citing Gore Vidal does not strengthen a conservative argument. I'd say that the Vidal quote is him describing his own modus operandi.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: foxglove 9/26/2020 10:30:03 PM (No. 553758)
Very good arguments backed by solid thinking, language, and statistics.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Highlander 9/26/2020 11:01:48 PM (No. 553775)
It is from the left we get all our buzz words used against us. The left likes to make all the rules for us to follow. All of the nanny laws are generated by liberals. The left owns the COVID lockdown. They are always making our lives miserable, while giving little benefit to anyone.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Heraclitus 9/27/2020 12:01:01 AM (No. 553802)
The wonderful Professor Williams! He always distills things to a clear and pithy argument.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Sandbar 9/27/2020 12:20:33 AM (No. 553809)
I once heard Williams explain how the actions of the Federal Reserve affect inflation/deflation. He used the law of supply and demand applying it to money as opposed to goods. He made it so simple an 8th grader would have understood and it probably took him all of 10 minutes.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trigger2 9/27/2020 1:21:33 AM (No. 553837)
If slavery had never existed in this country, the left would be whinning and crying about something else and making it the focal point for their worthless, hateful party of losers.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Strike3 9/27/2020 2:03:22 AM (No. 553851)
Accurate historical points. If whites as a race are so bad and black lives matter all that much, why aren't people tripping all over themselves immigrating into Africa? See wum sayin? "Disproportionate" is one of those abused words. I'm all for giving everyone a fair and equal chance at jobs and education but this nonsense of filling quotas at the expense of more qualified candidates only hurts the people put into positions above their heads and the corporations at which they are employed. As far as doctorates being earned in greater percentages by Nigerians, many of them are "free" i.e. financed by people who must work for a living. A doctorate in African Studies is not even close to a doctorate in Physics. All you have to do is focus on racism like the Mooch did and you automatically receive an "A" for spewing garbage.
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