You should observe yourself from the outside, as the omniscient narrator of your own life, and decide whether you actually believe in what you are presenting, whether you are threatened and made defensive by rejection or just further fueled to prove to the world that what you have in mind needs to and will exist.
But the large Bernie Bro/Zealot/Never Hillary cult made it clear that anyone who didn’t worship at the altar of Saint Bernie Sanders wasn’t a “real progressive” and therefore wasn’t worthy of their support unless they cleared an impossibly high bar. And they joined forces with an already established wing of far left purists for whom any Dem politician who rates less than 100% in their purity scale of select issues is a “neoliberal” and therefore justifies them to throw away their votes on crackpot third-party candidates so they can preen to everyone how “radical” or “revolutionary” they supposedly are and to try and shame people who consistently vote Democrat as ignorant and brainwashed sheeple. Yeah, I’m brainwashed for realizing that a system that often requires some level of compromise to move things forward renders 100% ideological purity useless and subsequently voting for whichever candidate in best positioned to effectively advance the issues I care about in a given election is the most prudent option. Yeah, I’m ignorant for realizing that this is a two-party system, no third party is going to magically rise overnight to save us, and the Democratic party is presently the only viable electoral vehicle for effective progressive action in America. Both parties ARE NOT THE SAME. Every politician takes corporate money because that’s the cost of doing business in American politics — even Bernie does — but only ONE Senator stood up to confront his colleague for the rights and safety of all Americans this week, and it WASN’T BERNIE SANDERS, IT WAS CORY BOOKER.
…ust know they are going to embarrass themselves at some point and what do you say to the kids then? Oh and if someone seems nearly perfect in our generation, you can bet in future generations public sentiment may shift and find flaws in them that today we minimize or don’t even recognize.
…pe of almost every modern American television show, from Breaking Bad to House of Cards to Mad Men. All heroes, they seem to say, are anti-heroes with major character defects. And the thing is, these shows are basically right. Wilson was a racist. Kennedy, for whom the Harvard Kennedy School was named, was an adulterer, as was, apparently, Martin Luther King, Jr.
As for myself, I’m trying to imagine the reverse of reality. What if I as a white man were living in a majority black society and majority black Princeton, where a hundred years ago a black president of the US and of Princeton led a majority black country and black university? What if that president talked openly about the inferiority of white people and argued people like me should always be segregated and kept at a safe distance from the black race?
…haracterized towns and suburbs, but in which organized authority and public opinion remain as powerful sanctions,” they argue. “Under such conditions complaint to third parties has supplanted both toleration and negotiation. People increasingly demand help from others, and advertise their oppression as evidence that they deserve respect and assistance. Thus we might call this moral culture a culture of victimhood … the moral status of the victim, at its nadir in honor cultures, has risen to new heights.”
Victimhood cultures emerge in settings, like today’s college campuses, “that increasingly lack the intimacy and cultural homogeneity that once characterized towns and suburbs, but in which organized authority and public opinion remain as powerful sanctions,” they argue. “Under such conditions complaint to third parties has supplanted both toleration and n…