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miro_o

Member since Jan 2008 • Last active Dec 2019

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    Have you ever tried being nice to someone you don’t agree with?

    It’s actually pretty effective if you’re interested in communication above ... whatever it is you’re doing here.

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    their obsession with identity politics and Corbyn's inability to deal with antisemitism in the party.

    The Labour Party is super vulnerable to criticisms of racism for a couple of reasons it’s good to understand. Firstly it’s funded by lots and lots of real humans. Directly, by small donors (politically engaged people, members) or indirectly via unions. The tories don’t have this problem, they’re funded very differently and have only a handful of members (many of whom aren’t even active/engaged). There will always be bad ideas and bigotry in any large mix of people. Secondly the party is actively anti-racist, because it’s concerned with systematic injustices generally. Racism is therefore exposed. Again, the tories don’t have this problem.

    About Murray. I’ve read that book and found it quite compelling but it all comes from a position of western exceptionalism that felt uncomfortable and really needs justification. I’ve since read and watch him talk about areas I know a little more about ... and he’s clearly absolutely full of shit and (sadly) defaulting to standard bull$hit views people like Scruton and Dellingpole have been pushing for years on behalf of others, for cash.

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    You can’t have full employment and maintain the incentive to ‘do a good job’ (AKA not getting fired)? To maintain productivity employers need to have good applicants. They’re somewhat reliant on a constant pool of jobseekers.

    I don’t think the answer is increased unemployment ... more that we need to completely overhaul the quality, speed and access to adult education and training. ‘Connectivity’ (public transport, web access etc) impacts the spread of the net for applicants. Even housing matters. Those reliant on social assistance won’t move for a job if there is high risk of not being able to plug the gap between housing benefit and the real rent cost. There is no housing pool.

    Sorting these also happen to be a good way to increase productivity :)

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    Productivity (if you measure it properly) is always good.

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    Not 100% on this but I think basically worse than all of Europe but better than the US. It has fallen in recent years.

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    5) increase productivity.

    An hour of a Brit working equals 45 mins of a German.

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    Sorry if this isn’t a very direct response. Much shit-talked..

    I witness privilege, sexism, some racism. Definitely some ignorance of culture. Clearly I realise everyone has a different experience but I see prejudice in all sorts of directions in ordinary, mundane situations. I’m really not sure there are special groups. The data doesn’t hold up, maybe it too difficult to measure? Well, maybe ... but do you think you think that young ppl, old ppl, ugly, or short people, those with regional accents or the millions without a fixed address, a parental safety net, the undereducated, those permanently injured or with medical conditions, the unemployed, young mothers etc find no prejudice?

    I’m not sure it’s actually very important but if you believe that ‘inverse racism’ is impossible (an illogical position) then the burden of proof is with you. IMHO you’re a prick for even taking the stance. Humans seem to find all the reasons to be dicks.

    If you choose on balance to ignore certain prejudice then fine, but that’s some ideological, intersectional shit. You should be comfortable-with and honest-about that. I‘m really not into it.

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    Nah, you’re harmless

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    but data shows that no, atm we are not and structural racism/ableism/transphobia etc. still exists.

    I’m not sure it does though. Lack of representation is a thing. Sentencing stats are a thing. And racism obviously exists. The conclusion that contemporary racism (prejudice based on race) is the cause is sketchy af. Which is why publishers of these studies tend to let the media and pressure groups take that leap.

    #derail

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    That’s the argument used for police profiling.

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