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April 20, 2017

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Petey

Well, thanks for this, Glenn. It's certainly the most interesting DVR alert I've ever read.

Andrew Del Monte

Sort of on topic cause I'm curious: what are your thoughts on "Judgement at Nuremberg"? I liked it a lot in high school, though surely more for its melodrama than its historical accuracy or relevance. Also find it really weird that Maximilian Schell won Best Actor for that movie.

Asher Steinberg

He's called Telford Taylor, I think, not Taylor Telford.

Glenn Kenny

Asher: Fixed. Thanks.

Andrew: I have a lot of time for "Judgment." Probably my favorite of Kramer's serious films. I have not yet looked at the Twilight Time Blu-ray I should though, as it's been a while.

Brian Dauth

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a useful article on Conservatism which includes the following: "Conservatism in a broad sense, as a social attitude, has always existed. It expresses the instinctive human fear of sudden change, and tendency to habitual action." Professor Jaarrsma's notion of and praise for conservative simplicity emerges from this fear and tendency (I recommend the entire article). The simplicities and binaries of conservatism allow for the win/lose mentality that is favored by so many people on the right.

I also want to attest that in my life the ability to to process complexity created hope rather than hopelessness. As a queer male, I could see the complexity beyond the cultural binaries of sex, gender and orientation, and so was liberated by the myriad possibilities offered by the complexity of life on a daily basis.

I would also say to you Glenn that you do live in a violent environment where Others of all kinds are abused and oppressed every day. Though you have some insulation because of the accident of possessing the grand slam of privilege, you experience violence yourself because not only do you understand your privilege, but you speak and write about it and also about hostile actions against Others. The hierarchies of cruelty are rhetorical and then some.

Jodie

Context is everything. American Conservatism is adherence to the Constitution, derived from the word conserve. Nothing more and nothing less, and often twisted by the far left and far right in the U.S. to mean something else (often cultural). What would the definition of a Singapore conservative be? Probably nothing like the "given" definition of Conservative in this country.

StephenM

@Brian Dauth: Not to get too snippy here in the comments, but I'm pretty sure Glenn was making a distinction between rhetorical violence and actual, physical violence. While we can all admit that name-calling and cruel words can have powerful effects on people's emotions, I am of the opinion that that particular distinction between verbal offensiveness and physical assault is still a highly important one to make. It's certainly not one I see being made by various activists at the moment, which is in my view one of the scarier things about certain confrontations going on in this political landscape--if the arguments are already defined and experienced as violence right now, how long until actual physical violence breaks out as a natural extension of the confrontation? The line between them is already erased.

Brian Dauth

@StephenM:

Name-calling and cruel words often have more than "powerful effects on people's emotions." Research has demonstrated that verbal bullying and harassment can have deleterious physical effects, including digestive/intestinal ailments and altered immune response. Also, as a result of verbal bullying/harassment, LGBTQ youth have been shown to engage in cutting behaviors and suicidal thoughts and actions.

When physical harm is the result, does it matter greatly what the delivery mechanism of the violence was?

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