February 9, 2016

Read and Weep

The kids love Bernie.

Abandon all hope for the future. Even the Atlantic covers the rally with an air of "Socialist SJWs in the Mist."

Dem2016 Primary Posted by John Kranz at February 9, 2016 6:36 PM

The girls may not be with Bernie because the boys are, but the boys are definitely with him because the girls are. The only thing Gloria Steinem got wrong was, who came first.

So why are the girls really there? I'm not certain, but I do think it largely has to do with this:

"Patriarchy is something I think about a lot," said Natalie Cooney, a 20-year-old English major. "Rape culture is something we have to fight against. The idea of women being blamed socially for their sexuality—it speaks to the greater sexism of our culture and it needs to be destroyed." Cooney said she considered Sanders "more pro-woman" than Clinton.

So, like I said, I'm not certain how or why, but I think this is the what.

Posted by: johngalt at February 10, 2016 12:57 PM

Hear, hear.

As proof of Nash Equivalence, I could not excerpt or comment on one item in such a target-rich environment. But I was haunted last night with one paragraph:

"I try to get people to recycle, because I care about what happens to the earth," said Nicole Rode, a junior biology major, who wishes she could stop having political arguments on Facebook but can't help herself. "I hate water bottles--it's just pollution! I don't identify with a religion. I care about the earth more than anything imaginary."

What a stunning failure of education. You can argue about politics or policy, but I suspect this is exactly what "junior biology majors" are taught.

Sweet child, we dig stuff out of the ground, use it and put it back in the ground. While that might seem ultimately unproductive it is the "use it" part in the middle which counts. You see pollution; I see wealth, convenience and health. I went to a medical appointment today and grabbed a pollution of H2O out of the refrigerator (mine runs on Diesel...)

In spite of the text presented in junior biology, there is neither a shortage of stuff to dig up or places to put it after.

I know some bright and well educated Sanders supporters, but the swaying masses and their boyfriends and girlfriends would be diminished in number if biology students were exposed to, say, Science.

Posted by: jk at February 10, 2016 2:15 PM

Hear, hear. Or "I, Pencil."

There was another breathtaking quote, since I have a few more lines here before the reader loses interest:

The kids believe in freedom, but only to a point. "Freedom of speech is valuable, but we also can't persecute people because there's something about them we don't like," said Joseph Stallcop, a 19-year-old sophomore at Keene State. "Those things have to be balanced. It can't be all one or the other."

The Founders made freedom of speech part of the First Amendment for a reason. And the words "except" or "but" do not appear.

Posted by: johngalt at February 10, 2016 2:29 PM

Now back to my first comment - The 20-year-old coed, certainly she would object to that terminology, recoils against something she calls "rape culture." I would like to ask her opinion of it's predecessor - "hook-up culture."

But mostly, I think she really, really... really needs to read Atlas Shrugged. Or, as one Marc Fitch writes at Liberty Island, the '50s version of '50 Shades of Grey.'

h.t. to the Facebook Segue Machine for this one.

Posted by: johngalt at February 11, 2016 3:37 AM | What do you think? [4]