You might like to investigate just why Milo is banned from Twitter, if you think he is not a racist with some highly suspect intentions.

I did look at that a bit awhile back, and what it seemed to me is that Milo was an asshole on Twitter and was consistently violating the terms of use. I didn’t see racism as a reason.

There’s a carefully structured gap between the alt-light and the overtly “white supremacist nutcases” that is designed to enable otherwise sensible people to become desensitised to the inherent racism in publications like Breitbart. This is intended to move the centre of gravity of everyday political discussion to the right, enabling the normalisation of more extreme positions.

Mm. Do you have any evidence to back up that (cough) bullshit?

I prefer data. The data says that maybe 5% of Americans are overtly racist these days:

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The GSS also included a chart from 2012, that showed that 98% of white SOUTHERNERS would vote for a black person for President. If you can’t find a racist among white southerners these days, you’re going to be hard pressed to come up with a gaggle of them somewhere else.

Couple that with other hard data about the actual membership in supremacist organizations (it’s not even in the thousands, but stuck in the hundreds) and I think it;s quite fair to ask for your DATA if you’re going around accusing some critical mass of Americans of racism and the heinous intent to promote it.

And if you can’t show the DATA, then I will thank you for sharing your opinion, and you may rest assured that I will give that opinion all the consideration it deserves.

If you believe that American political debate needs to move further to the right, you might like to consider the difference between the “centre” as defined in Europe and the middle ground in the US.

I don’t know what you mean by “right” in this context. As an economic conservative, I define “right” as relatively unfettered free market capitalism, preferably with governmental policy and regulations made as close to the citizen as possible.

One of the essential axioms of economic conservativism, btw, is that we strongly believe in developing all human capital to the extent it can be developed for the purposes of economic productivity. That view is antithetical to racism and misogyny, because both prevent the development of human capital and thus hinder productivity.

Do you really believe that the whole of Europe is made up of commie socialist extremists?

Not at all. As a matter of fact, over the last 25 years or so, they have made their economies and social structures look much more like the US’s than they did after WW2. The top marginal rate in Sweden back in the 80’s was 93%; today it’s 55%, for one example (55% is not much different than an American living in a high tax state, when you add in state, local, property taxes, and normalize for health insurance).

True story: I have relatives in Sweden. My nephew was “disabled” due to a rather mild case of scoliosis, and lived rather nicely with his parents and his disability check on into his early 30’s. Then, one day, he got a letter from the government saying that he was no longer considered disabled, told him the date his last check would appear, and (paraphrase) he better get up off his lazy ass and get a job. Which he did.

So, yes. Europe might have, at some point, been made up of commie socialists extremists; but when it became clear that their generous social infrastructures were not paying for themselves, they cut taxes and reformed their programs to come back into balance.

IOW, the sane people have now taken over. :-)

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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