- How come mass shootings are becoming increasingly common? The 2nd Amendment has been in place for more than 200 years, so why were they rare before?
They are generally rare in homogenous societies. Studies have shown that for all the positive benefits of diversity in the population, the big oft-ignored bear i the room is that diversity also decreases social trust. Now, there’s no scientific study I know of that connects diversity and the inclination towards mass shootings (I think any reasonable person would accept that it’s a multivariate problem) but the diversity matter constantly jumps out at me as something that increases social dysphoria amongst those who are already not playing with a full deck.
- Are video games or some other social or political phenomenon to blame?
I would be surprised if the commonality of visual violence is *not* one of the aforementioned variables.
- Are people right to claim that it’s because the institution of marriage and family has been destroyed by acceptance of promiscuity, and more recently, gay marriage?
Speaking from the conservative side of the political spectrum, I think that’s bunk. Be suspicious of voices claiming that’s one of the variables.
- Some people say that the injustices against ethnic minorities is proof that the Civil Rights Movement failed. What could have been done to prevent the failure? Did the Civil Rights movement fail because the USA was not ready for it? Should the USA even have bothered with it?
The Civil Rights MOvement didn’t fail; it did what it was able to do. It changed the laws to outlaw discrimination. No law can change the hearts of men, however, and old habits die hard. However, surveys like the General Social Survey have shown that racist attitudes are dying off year by year, and today’s millenial generation will probably be the generation that sees overt racist attitudes dropping to a negligible level, by the time they themsleves are retiring.
- Race relations reached an all time low under Obama. Was this necessarily his fault? I ask this question because the USA’s race relations are so bad that it’s currently at Stage 6 on Genocide Watch’s 10 stages of genocide.
Obama didn’t help. Whenever there was a “side’ to be chosen in a white/black conflict, he went on record taking the side of his own ethnicity, and in each case he ended up on the wrong side of the relevant court decision. This gave people who are inclined to look at matters racially the sense that he wasn’t the president of *all* the people, and in my mind, contributed to a degredation of race relations.
As for Genocide Watch, although I would not dispute their characterization of the US as “polarized”, I would point out that moving from stage a more lethal stage is far from inevitable, and in the case of the US, would be illegal. Any “preparation” to commit genocide would be an example of illegality.
- I’ve heard the claim that the War on Drugs had a racist intention to put Blacks in prison. What can be done to stop people of all ethnicities from using drugs? Must the USA go one step further and do what Duterte is doing?
The War on Drugs did not have a racist INTENTION, it had a racIAL EFFECT. There’s a rather large difference. I can’t comment on what can be done, because “drugs” is a pretty broad category. A person can accept the legalization of marijuana whilst opposing the legalization of heroin, for example.
- You mentioned how today’s White Supremacists are often old people who probably fought for civil rights and Nixon’s impeachment. Do you think they became White Supremacists because they regret giving rights to others?
Hm. I’d suggest that today’s *True* White Supremacists are aging old cronies, mostly located in nursing homes and in wheelchairs, who were raised by their parents to believe that whites were superior to blacks. Oprah, in a speech about six weeks ago, suggested just this when she said that the solution to racism is to let them die out; we are very close to that point now.
It’s long been noted by some observers that stoking racial tensions in the US is good political business for some. I’d suggest that that fact still plays a role.