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political arguments | Abagond

political arguments | Abagond | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Political arguments are about moral values. At bottom they are about right and wrong, not true and false. So you cannot argue politics the same way you argue science, mathematics or even history.

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American left and right:

 

The right thinks in terms of authority, rules, punishment, freedom, individualism. That government is best which governs least. Individuals should be as free as possible to pursue their own self-interest. Every man for himself. Sink or swim. Equality is for crybabies and losers.


The left sees the country as a huge family where we all help each other – because we are all in it together. No one makes it all on their own. Public goods are good – like public schooling and universal healthcare. Equality of opportunity is important.

 

Framing is huge. The words you use and what is assumed by how you put things affects how people see the debate. Framing affects even judges on the Supreme Court. For example, calling abortion a right to privacy or healthcare a service to buy has profoundly affected how laws have been written, passed and judged.

 

Therefore:

 

1. Do not repeat what your opponents say. It repeats their framing and strengthens it in people’s minds. It is free advertising.

 

2. Say what you are for. Push your message in moral terms in your own language. Frame the issue. Repeat your message over and over to strengthen it in people’s minds.

 

3. Use facts to confirm your message - not to disprove your opponent’s. Facts can only strengthen a frame, not break one.

 

4. Do not hold back on why you are for something. Whatever moved you will move others. It was probably not some dry fact you read in a book. That is why:

 

5. Anecdotes and people’s stories matter. While they prove nothing in science, in politics they matter – because politics is about people.

 

6. Use simple language. Cat, not animal. Sky, land or water, not “the environment”. The more that people can picture what you say, the more it will affect them. The simpler your words, the easier your message will be processed and stick.

 

7. Contested concepts: Freedom, equality and justice are wonderful things but they mean different things to the left and right.

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Why “Racist” Is Such a Powerful Word | Scot Nakagawa

Why “Racist” Is Such a Powerful Word | Scot Nakagawa | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"I tend to think it’s a good idea to focus on actions and assume the best of people. It’s the right thing to do if for no other reason than that it exercises and strengthens our generosity. Without generosity, coalitions and alliances don’t work, and authentic solidarity across racial differences is impossible.

 

But even as we try to embrace the best in each of us, we ought not forget that racist actions are attached to racist attitudes. Those attitudes may be so integrated into the common sense of our society that those who harbor them aren’t doing so consciously, but that doesn’t mean those attitudes don’t exist, nor that they aren’t damaging. We need to call those attitudes out and make what’s common exotic.
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Whites are about 78% of the American public. According to Gallup, about 19% of whites were opposed to interracial marriage in 2007. That’s a pretty small minority of whites, but in total number, that’s something like 49 million people.
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I believe what whites have to fear is white people.

When white supremacy was challenged by the racial justice movements of the 1950s and ’60s, white elites pivoted from overt racism and co-opted the language and symbols, but not the substance, of racial justice.
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The dominant faction of elites adopted a strategy of coded messaging and avoidance of obvious racial conflict, while using overt racists as a foil against which to position themselves as racial egalitarians. When whites are exposed as racists, their anger is in part a reaction to the fear that they will be cast out of the dominant faction of whites and marginalized along with old fashioned racists like the KKK."

 

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Onn Shi Ee's comment, August 6, 2014 10:11 AM
This shows that every conflict have a cause ,in this case racism.Racism remarks are commonly seen on online platform like Facebook,Twitter, etc. and people are not reacting to these as they are already a 'norms' in the society. However i do not understand why do they give racist remarks ,if someone is bad mouthing your race how would you feel? There is racism because of some comments people have made of other races, and this is a selfish action.The society should not tolerate such actions as it is not respectful to other races.
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Unpacking God

Unpacking God | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.” ~ Chinese proverb

 

What box or boxes have you placed God in? Please check all that apply and add more if applicable.

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Zoot Suit: Daniel Valdez, Edward James Olmos, Charles Aidman, Tyne Daly

"When barrio leader Henry Reyna (Daniel Valdez) and a group of his friends are unjustly convicted on circumstantial evidence during the “zoot suit riots” that rocked 1940s Los Angeles and sent to San Quentin, activist lawyers Alice Bloomfield (Tyne Daly) and George Shearer (Charles Aidman) fight the blatant racially motivated miscarriage of justice to win Henry and his friends their freedom."

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US border agent kills rock-thrower in Nogales, Mexico

US border agent kills rock-thrower in Nogales, Mexico | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

An agent opened fire on a group of people throwing rocks across the fence with Mexico in Nogales, Ariz., killing one of them, El Imparcial newspaper reported.

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Obama 's 1st Act, signed Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Obama 's 1st Act, signed Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

#Obama 's 1st act was to sign #LilyLedbetter #FairPay - I don't understand any woman who in 2012 is contemplating a #Romney vote. #debate via @reappropriate

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Claim filed against Border Patrol agent in death of Valeria “Munique” Tachiquin Alvarado

Claim filed against Border Patrol agent in death of Valeria “Munique” Tachiquin Alvarado | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

AGENT ACCUSED IN FATAL SHOOTING HAS MISCONDUCT HISTORY

 

"CHULA VISTA — A U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a woman in Chula Vista last month was suspended four times for misconduct during a nearly four-year stint as an Imperial County sheriff’s deputy and quit before being fired, court documents show."

 

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Dr. James A. Banks | Founder of Multicultural Educaton

Excerpts from interview with Dr. Banks, founder of Multicultural Education, on education in America and China.
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Students Arrested and Glass Door shattered at CSU Chancellor's Office | 2011 Protest of Tuition hikes

Protest of Tuition hikes

 

Students are arrested after forcibly reentering the Chancellor's Office in Long Beach during the board of trustees meeting Wednesday, Nov. 16. Protesters were removed from the meeting for being disruptive.

 

After the students were arrested, the glass front door was shattered during a struggle between California State University police and protesters.

 

Produced by Andrew Lopez / Daily Sundial

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Shot fired at Obama campaign field office in Denver - The Denver Post

Shot fired at Obama campaign field office in Denver - The Denver Post | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Police say someone fired a shot at an Obama campaign field office in Denver on Friday afternoon. No one was injured, though people were inside the offices when the incident occurred, said Denver police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez."

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Paul Ryan | #Abagond

Paul Ryan | #Abagond | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
Paul Ryan (1970- ) is an American Congressman from Wisconsin and Mitt Romney’s pick for vice president in the 2012 election.

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Ryan is rich. He is worth $5 million. He made his money the old-fashioned way: he married into it. His family lives in a mansion in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin. When the General Motors plant there closed in 2009, unemployment went through the roof. Ryan did little.

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"You see, the super rich must rationalize having more than they could ever spend while millions of children in the U.S. go to bed hungry every night. So, when they look themselves in the mirror, they convince themselves that 'Those people are undeserving. They’re … lesser.'" -Tom Morello

 

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Fisher v University of Texas | guest post on Abagond

Fisher v University of Texas | guest post on Abagond | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"On October 10, 2012, the Supreme Court will hear the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. Abigail Noel Fisher feels that racial minorities – and only racial minorities – took her seat at UT. When we look at the facts, however, it’s difficult to see how affirmative action - and only affirmative action - is to blame for Fisher not being admitted at UT.

 

Every year colleges admit legacies, athletes, kids with rich donor parents, etc. But for some strange reason we don’t see Supreme Court cases against these admissions criteria, even though they have nothing to do with academic merit.

 

Fisher applied to UT – a highly ranked university – with a GPA of 3.59 out of 4.00 and an SAT score of 1180 out of 1600. UT has a “Top 10%” rule whereby they admit the top 10% of Texas high school students each year. 81% of the freshman class at UT is admitted through this process; it is notable to observe that Abigail Fisher was not among them."

 

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Feds Won't Act Against Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist In U.S. Illegally

Feds Won't Act Against Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist In U.S. Illegally | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
MINNEAPOLIS -- Immigration authorities said Monday they won't take action against a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was arrested in Minnesota for driving without a valid license.

 

Vargas now leads an initiative called "Define American," which campaigns for immigration reform.

 

Also, Photos of families Separated by Deportation

 

 

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Neurologist Oliver Sacks takes us Inside the Human Mind | Smiley & West

Neurologist Oliver Sacks takes us Inside the Human Mind | Smiley & West | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Neurologist Oliver Sacks takes us inside the human mind -- and his new text, Hallucinations.

 

Plus, Smiley and West reflect on the second presidential debate and look ahead to the final debate on foreign policy.

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Beautiful U.S.-Canada border station sign being dismantled for security reasons | 2009

Beautiful U.S.-Canada border station sign being dismantled for security reasons | 2009 | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Between the building of this sign and the dismantling of it, 'someone' decided that the love for the U.S. was gone. 

 

2009

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Romney Supporter Doesn’t Mince Words About His Racist Motivation

Romney Supporter Doesn’t Mince Words About His Racist Motivation | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Really? This is a photo taken last Friday at a Romney-Ryan campaign stop in Ohio. I guess we should be glad he is putting on the table what his root motivation is."

 

O_O It's also scary (probably more scary) that he figures the crowd around him will be okay with his shirt. This means the sentiment of racism (mostly unspoken) is deeply embedded in the U.S. We shouldn't be surprised. Government policies confirm racism with #Stop&Frisk, the #WarOnDrugs, the #PrisonIndustrialComplex and #AntiImmigrantLaws

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The second Obama-Romney 2012 presidential debate

The second Obama-Romney 2012 presidential debate | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"On gun control when asked about limiting AK-47s, Romney ruled out any change to the law."

 

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Asian Pacific Americans for Progress

Asian Pacific Americans for Progress | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

A national network of progressive Asian Americans and allies, united for grassroots activities and political action.

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Community Village: LOVE this Tweet from Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

Community Village: LOVE this Tweet from Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

looking for that one / love that binds us together / make community

@yellowgurlpoet

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Stopped-and-Frisked: 'For Being a F**king Mutt' [VIDEO] | The Nation

Stopped-and-Frisked: 'For Being a F**king Mutt' [VIDEO] | The Nation | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
An audio recording of a New York City police stop-and-frisk in action sheds unprecedented light on a practice that has put the city’s young people of color in the NYPD's cross hairs.
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Scot Nakagawa: Dismantling the Fulcrum of White Supremacy

Race, according to activist and writer Scot Nakagawa, was an idea created originally to justify the enslavement of a people, and has displayed pernicious staying power in the centuries since. That's why, as Nakagawa explains in this video with Laura Flanders, he believes that his liberation and the liberation of all people of color in the United States is tied to the liberation of African-Americans. For Nakagawa, anti-black racism is "the fulcrum of white supremacy."

 

Check Scot's blog at 

http://racefiles.wordpress.com

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Mom Who Glued Toddler’s Hands To Wall Sentenced To 99 Years

Mom Who Glued Toddler’s Hands To Wall Sentenced To 99 Years | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it
DALLAS — A Dallas woman has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for beating her toddler and gluing the child’s hands to a wall.…...
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Teachers 4 Social Justice Conference | San Francisco, CA

Teachers 4 Social Justice Conference | San Francisco, CA | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

Teachers 4 Social Justice Conference is an annual free event held in San Francisco, California

 

The event is open to anyone and everyone; not just teachers.

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US border agent kills teenager in Nogales, Mexico

US border agent kills teenager in Nogales, Mexico | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

"Arizona Daily Star – An agent opened fire on a group of people throwing rocks across the fence with Mexico in Nogales, Ariz., killing one of them, El Imparcial newspaper reported."

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Adam Fortunate Eagle Nordwall | Abagond

Adam Fortunate Eagle Nordwall | Abagond | Community Village Daily | Scoop.it

I LOVE this guy!

 

"Adam Fortunate Eagle Nordwall (1929- ), a termite exterminator, claimed Italy for the Chippewa Indians in 1973 using the Vatican’s Doctrine of Discovery:

 

What right had Columbus to discover America when it was already inhabited for thousands of years? The same right that I have to come now to Italy and claim to have discovered your country.

 

Later he went to see the pope. When the pope held out his hand to be kissed, Nordwall held out his hand to be kissed! People were shocked but the pope laughed it off and shook his hand.

 

Nordwall is a master of political theatre, what he calls serious joke medicine.

 

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