Tuesday is Equal Pay Day, the symbolic day by which women’s earnings
catch up to what men earned in a single year last year, given that the
gender wage gap means that women who work full-time, year-round made 78 percent
of what men make. It also comes as presidential hopefuls are announcing
campaigns for 2016, so where do they all stand on this particular
So many disputes in our liberal democratic society hinge on the tension between inequality and fairness: between groups, between sexes, between individuals, and increasingly between families.
The power of the family to tilt equality hasn’t gone unnoticed, and academics and public commentators have been blowing the whistle for some time. Now, philosophers Adam Swift and Harry Brighouse have felt compelled to conduct a cool reassessment.
…‘One way philosophers might think about solving the social justice problem would be by simply abolishing the family. If the family is this source of unfairness in society then it looks plausible to think that if we abolished the family there would be a more level playing field.’
It’s not the first time a philosopher has thought about such a drastic solution. Two thousand four hundred years ago another sage reasoned that the care of children should be undertaken by the state.
Plato pulled few punches in The Republic when he called for the abolition of the family and for the children of the elite to be given over to the state.
…I don’t think parents reading their children bedtime stories should constantly have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children, but I think they should have that thought occasionally.
Abolish the family. That will make everything better. Well, maybe not better. But at least everything will be fair. Right?
Just for fun torture, read this again:
Children should “occasionally…have in their minds the way that they are unfairly disadvantaging other people’s children..”
You mean, children should sometimes acknowledge that not everyone is as blessed as they are? You mean like, they should be grateful for the things they have? No. They take it a step further. They want your kids to believe that because they belong to a loving family, they are literally hurting others.
The state-worship by the majority of the population is unfathomable to me. Seriously. But in exploring this entire insane notion, here’s what they’re admitting: Families work. If children who grow up in families have an anvantage, then, by definition, families are successful. Here’s the part they don’t like: It’s an *unfair* advantage. And rather than strive to bring everyone up, they strive to bring everyone down to the lowest common denominator.
If you’re as heavily invested in politics as I am (and I have a feeling you are), you also tend to spend a lot of time fixating on what’s happening in Washington. But in recent years, perpetual gridlock has kept Congress from even functioning properly, let alone taking innovative steps to rebuild our middle class.
In the meantime, the true battleground for the heart and soul of our country has shifted to the states, where we now face an uphill battle. Republicans – with the help of a massive, well-funded network of corporate-backed, radical right-wing organizations – have staged an unprecedented coup of state legislatures.
Right now, the GOP controls 68 of the 98 partisan state legislative chambers, more than they have in the history of their party. And they’re using that power to pass unpopular legislation that actively undermines the ability of middle-class families to make ends meet.
Democrats need to make a concerted effort to win in 2016 – and that’s where Democracy for America comes in. Since 2004, DFA has been focused on making the 50 State Strategy a reality, supporting Democratic candidates in every state running for every level of office. We have successfully helped elect 831 DFA-endorsed candidates running for everything from the local school board to the U.S. Senate – and we are setting ambitious goals again for the 2016 electoral cycle.
DFA wants to train and empower 25,000 volunteers by 2016 – the kind of grassroots army that could tip the balance for Democrats in hundreds of close elections nationwide. Will you help us make that goal a reality by chipping in $3 or more a month from now until Election Day?
It could get much worse if we don’t fight back now.
In 2020, voters will elect state lawmakers who will be responsible for redrawing districts all over the country – a fundamental driver of who will control Congress and state legislatures for the next decade.
That’s why we cannot let Republicans continue to out-organize us on the state level. Not only are we losing important policy battles that are moving these states backwards, but we are also missing out on the opportunity to build the bench of future leaders necessary if we are going to grow our power in Washington in the years to come.
Through the Purple to Blue Project, DFA is intentionally working to counteract the Republican takeover of state legislatures by identifying winnable states and pro-actively recruiting and endorsing candidates in those states who can help to tip the balance. In 2015, we’re working with candidates on the ground in places like New York, New Hampshire and Virginia to run winning campaigns and build progressive power – and we will expand the program again to include more states in 2016.
It’s no longer enough for Democrats to sit back and complain about Republican dominance in the states. It is time for us to take action – and I am proud to say that DFA is and will continue to be a trailblazer when it comes to implementing the 50 State Strategy.
These “progressives” who value their pet schemes for getting free goodies from the state over things like Anti-Imperialism, Peace, Civil Liberties, etc make me sicker than any group in all of American Politics
“Millions of lives ruined by the drug war? Continual bombing of innocent people across the world? Destruction of Due Process? Mass Surveillance of the population? Mass incarceration for non-violent offenses? Yeah, yeah, whatever, just give me my ‘free’ college I don’t care about none of that shit. Fuck those people. They aren’t even me.”
We hear a lot about this caricature of the evil and selfish libertarians/conservatives/republicans/ etc who are supposed to be the epitome of greed and gluttony because they have different opinions about how to best decrease poverty, and we hear this straw man usually from these same people who are all to willing to throw the actual lives of millions straight into the garbage, and for what?
For some ‘free’ goodies to make their (already fabulously wealthy by world and historical standards) lives a little easier and more comfortable.
Say what you will about conservatives (lord knows I’ve said enough terrible things about them) but they genuinely believe that bombing some third world country or jailing people for smoking pot or indefinitely detaining people without charges or mass spying etc are good things. They honestly believe that these things are necessary and will make the world a better place.
Most of these types of progressives I’m talking about will freely admit that they think all these policies are evil and horrible. And yet, when push comes to shove, if some left wing phony populist gets up on a stage and talks about taxing the “1%” to further subsidize middle class kids’ college, they’re willing to forget all about these other issues, just to get that ‘free’ shit.
Who is worse? The person who sanctions evil because they mistakenly believe it to be good? Or the person who sanctions evil, knowing full well that it is evil, because by sanctioning it they believe that they can get a few pieces of silver for themselves?
He doesn’t flinch over returning to the 90 percent personal income tax rates of the 1950s for top earners. And if reducing income inequality reduces economic growth, he says, that’s fine. “You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants,” he said, “when children are hungry in this country.” – Bernie Sanders (NYT) Don’t be like this woman. Let the government take your choices…
HOLLYWOOD DRONES They fly into our homes, our radios, our movie theaters, magazines, into every form of media that captures our eyes, ears, and hearts. Where once they mission might have been to entertain, now they are geared to indoctrinate our youth into their “Progressive” ideology.
These posters are one-offs printed using archival paper and inks. They are beautiful for framing.
In the past political parties would ramp up a year before an election but not these people. These people are on point 24/7, 365 days in the year while the Republicans sit around poking at their asses and smelling their fingers. Have no doubt, these people are soldiers for their parties. They are pin point accurate, relentless, fly through our airwaves, straight into our home, into the minds of our children. And we wonder why so many of them side with the Left.
THE PROBLEM WITH COMEDIAN PUNDITS. Only an idiot gets their political news from a comedian, because it’s the comedian’s job to be funny not accurate. For many jokes to be funny it helps for it to have a hint of truth and just a hint. A real political pundit has to be accurate. When they are found to be inaccurate enough times people tend to tune off. The comedian has the option to shrug his shoulders and say, “It’s a joke! Can’t you take a joke?” Again, all they have to be is funny not accurate.
The problem with this is, there are a lot of really stupid people running around out there who actually take these celebutards seriously. This is were they get their political information. This is pathetic.
Will we go through another election where Republicans rail at the public school monopoly, and Democrats say virtually nothing? Will the next administration continue the policies advanced by the Obama/Duncan administration, requiring the use of test scores in teacher evaluation, and promoting the expansion of charter schools and Teach for America? Will we continue to have an administration that promotes an ‘accountability’ system centered on high stakes tests, and promotes school closures and other disruptions to public schools? Will groups like ‘Democrats for Education Reform’ continue to funnel buckets of hedge fund cash to candidates willing to support charter schools and Teach For America? …
In advance of Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election bid, the National Education Association made its endorsement more than a year ahead of the election. Teacher unions were ‘all in,’ in their early public support of Obama, in spite of Race to the Top and other disastrous policies. I am not sure what we got for that support. Obama’s second term has brought more of the same.
I hope our unions take a very different approach this time around, and demand that any candidate that receive our support reject high stakes testing and the use of tests in teacher evaluations, and truly support democratically controlled public schools. …
Remember, public school teachers are more than five million in number. The membership in the NEA and AFT combined is more than four million. That is the largest organized bloc of voters in the nation. If we act together, and communicate effectively with parents and students about these issues, we could be a determining factor in many races.
Greece could choose a new course for the nation and Europe in Sunday’s elections, empowering the party that opposes the disastrous cuts to public spending that have characterized the country’s last several years.
Famous Actor’s Fiery Rant Against ‘Political Correctness,’ Hollywood Double Standards — and His Theoretical Nancy Pelosi Joke Will Make Jaws Drop
Actor Gary Oldman says his colleagues in Hollywood need to learn how to take a joke and stop being such “hypocrites” when it comes to political correctness. In a new interview with Playboy, Oldman went off when asked to discuss the downfall of Mel Gibson’s career following a number of controversial comments.
“I just think political correctness is crap,” he said. “That’s what I think about it. I think it’s like, take a f***ing joke. Get over it. … I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all f***ing hypocrites. That’s what I think about it.”
The actor, who identifies as a libertarian, said “dishonesty” and “double standards” frustrate him the most. Accordingly, there are certain things that left-leaning comedians like Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can say, but not others, he said.
“Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c**t—and I’ll go one better, a f***ing useless c**t—I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it,” Oldman said.
“It’s our culture now, absolutely. At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slave, you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say,” he continued. “I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share, but it’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history.”
Oldman also said Hillary Clinton isn’t the right person for the job of president of the United States, Bill Maher would likely fail the libertarian test and named syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer as someone who “speaks the truth in this culture.”
“The problem is that tolerant has changed its meaning. It used to mean ‘I may disagree with you completely, but I will treat you with respect. Today, tolerant means – ‘you must approve of everything I do.’ There’s a difference between tolerance and approval. Jesus accepted everyone no matter who they were. He doesn’t approve of everything I do, or you do, or anybody else does either. You can be accepting without being approving.”
In the near future, I will introduce legislation amending Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, which will address the use of human silhouette targets at shooting ranges.
Rather than perpetuate violence by continuing to allow individuals to practice their target shooting by shooting at human silhouette targets at shooting ranges, my legislation will prohibit the use of targets that depict human silhouettes at shooting ranges across the Commonwealth. Instead, silhouette targets could include, but are not limited to the following: white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey, and elk.
My legislation creates a new section under Title 18 Chapter 61 regarding firearms and other dangerous articles. Specifically, the bill prohibits the use of human silhouette targets at shooting ranges across the Commonwealth except by law enforcement officers, military personnel or other public safety personnel in line with their official duties. If a person violates the provisions of the new section, he or she will commit a summary offense.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.
Are they just completely out of problems to solve in Pennsylvania? Because I can think of 128 billion problems they have.