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I speak out against fanatical atheists and ask for more ordinary atheists to speak up for us, and therefore I'm a fanatic? Really?
I think the EU is great, and I'm not the least bit interested in bashing Europe, but if you're going to complain about free speech in America you at least need to know what the fuck you're talking about.
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"The USA is different, full stop", and "the USA is different, let's handle it this way" both include the same true statement, but each provokes a very different reaction in my mind. They are each a members of the tradition of American Exceptionalism, but the former is the domain of, well, regressive, hand-waving, fuckers. The latter much less so.
Which isn't to say it's anyone's *responsibility* to avoid looking regressive, but trying to think of reasons not to leaves me with a short list - disrespect for the parent (or the subject entirely), or lack of time, or something along those lines. Anyway, I ramble.
At worst it's special pleading.
I know that's not your argument (cause I've read your posts for a while), but if you'd posted it anonymously I wouldn't know it from yet another "don't tread on me, America is different" excuses.
Who's spread out and who isn't is a waste of time. How we're going to get every American the best connectivity in the world matters.
Thank you. Waving your hands at "Chinese slave labor" as a way to dismiss competition really grates at this point. Xenophobes: would you at least get your anti-China biases into the 21st century? Ain't slave labor at all. Employment in China is overwhelmingly voluntary, with wages set by more or less the same market forces as ours in the West.
Chinese WANT manufacturing jobs because they're EASIER and pay BETTER than the farm alternatives. Time to step out of the 1980s, guys. If you want to complain about Chinese, the current fashion is to rail against "Mercantilism". Read up on it and get back to us after that. Christ.