[ExI] Happy 2020, and welcome to the magic twenties

Ben Zaiboc ben at zaiboc.net
Mon Jan 6 12:50:34 UTC 2020

> On Jan 5, 2020, at 10:15 PM, Rafal Smigrodzki via extropy-chat 
> <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> On Sat, Jan 4, 2020 at 11:03 AM Bill Hibbard via extropy-chat 
>> <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org 
>> <mailto:extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>> wrote:
>>     Compassion is the root of the progressive desire to
>>     make society more equitable and just.
>> ### I have yet to see a modern "progressive" who desires justice and 
>> progress, or one that sees compassion as anything but a rhetorical ploy.
>> Their idea of progress nowadays is banning plastic straws, showers, 
>> and vaccinations. And a lot more.
> Anti-vaxxers are well represented on the Right, don't you think? In 
> fact, while anti-vaxxers can be found across the political spectrum (I 
> imagine whether one views it as one dimensional or two or more 
> dimensional), those who identify as conservative have a tendency 
> towards being anti-vaxxers. See:
> https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5784985/
> To date, most of the anti-vaxxers I've met have self-identified as on 
> the Right and are often religious conservatives. I'm relying on memory 
> and this is anecdotal, so take it with a grain of salt. But that my 
> experience also matches the above study probably means I'm not living 
> inside some weird bubble with regard to this. (For the record, too, 
> all the politically active Democrats who seem progressive that I know 
> personally are pro-vax.)

OK, my fault. I shouldn't have use the word 'progressive'. Like 
'libertarian', that word can be used to describe a number of completely 
different viewpoints. My idea of what constitutes progress will be 
totally different to the idea of a religious fundamentalist, for example.

Ben Zaiboc

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