[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 1 points 20 minutes ago

You'll excuse me if I wait for more reputable sources once the general election has started.

[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 2 points 22 minutes ago

We have the means. We only lack the will, because the fascists in our government want to emulate Putin. Becoming isolationist won't solve our problems. Punching our own Nazis before the rest of the world has to do it for us is the only way.

If we go the way of Nazi Germany, we'll deserve the same treatment we have to them.

[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 4 points 1 hour ago

If your neighbor ends up homeless, what do you he'll do to survive? Anything? Do you think that maybe helping your neighbor might contribute to the health and safety of your community better than if you leave him in desperate straits?

But let's make the metaphor match the situation a little closer. Your neighbor across the street is dealing with another neighbor who wants their property. They won't sell, so the other neighbor is getting violent to get their way. Not your problem, right? Not until that neighbor comes after you, and with your arsenal they wouldn't dare do that, right? That will certainly help keep the peace in the neighborhood.

Being a good neighbor means more than just ignoring what's happening on the other side of the fence. Strong communities look out for each other and help where they can. That applies internationally as well as locally.

[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 7 points 1 hour ago

It's not like the US is supporting Ukraine alone. We just happen to have the best weapons, and a vested interest in containing Putin's authoritarian ambitions. Providing material support to Ukraine without putting our own boots on the ground is a win all around.

One reason Putin went to such efforts to stop Clinton from winning here is because she knows who he is and was very effective at quietly neutralizing him. Now we're dealing with his ambitions in action, and we're not doing it alone.

[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 15 points 7 hours ago

One in which opposition is emnity, and when you you can't counter the truth with obfuscation you use any and every means at your disposal to suppress speech.

Vance is one of the people helping pave the way toward dictatorship.

[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 3 points 7 hours ago

Are you assuming that Republicans are negotiating in good faith? That would be a mistake on your part.

[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 6 points 10 hours ago

It's a losing battle, but Republicans (particularly the ones in power) have been responding to that by doubling down for the past thirty years. It convinced their base that it's a display of strength and leadership while everyone else looks on in horror.

I guess we'll see if their strategy ultimately pays off.

[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 7 points 10 hours ago

The Republican base is taught to fear. Fear liberals, fear diversity, fear whatever they're told to fear. A generation ago they were told to fear Russia, so we opposed Russians with all our strength. They're told the only salve for their fear is a strong leader.

Now, today, Putin presents himself as a strong leader and suddenly Russia is no longer to be feared but admired. So what that he wants to rebuild the Soviet Union by invading the nations around him? Trump says he's a good guy, so obviously when he says he's invading Ukraine for their own good he must be telling the truth.

They follow anyone who presents themselves as strong and confident because that allays their fears somewhat. And since their current leaders like Russia and don't like Ukraine, that's what they're supporting.

[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 2 points 10 hours ago

Yeah. It's a shame the authors of the study wasted their time with empirical data instead of just asking a random person on the internet for their "logic."

[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 7 points 19 hours ago

So you're saying the unusual increases in profit corresponding to inflation is in error? The authors published their methodology. Please show your work.

[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 16 points 20 hours ago

The EU is sending a lot of support to Ukraine, but they're not the military bullies we are.

[-] spaceghoti@lemmy.one 48 points 1 day ago

The answer is that conservative thinking is driven by fear. It's not that liberals don't fear things, it's that liberal thinking isn't driven primarily by fear.


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