You have to face people where they are, not where you think they ought to be

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They had three reasons, basically [why the founders wanted to have guns and hold militias]: One was to kill indians (because they were expanding over the west — they were invading what they called vacant lands, indian country — it was one of the main reasons for the Revolution … so you needed to kill the indians, later you would need militias to do it); You had to control the slaves (it was a slave society — almost all of the founders were slave owners, there were slave rebellions all over the Carribean, they were very frightening, so you needed guns); the third was “The British are Coming”

Noam Chomsky, Useful Idiots podcast, 19 March 2020 [1:13:56 – 1:19:30]

Who are the “Bad Guys”?

On a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience with Krystal & Saagar (#1485) — Joe & Krystal talked about who are the “Bad Guys”?

When you’re defining something or someone — and I feel the same way about, sometimes, occasionally, about really self-rightous blogs — when they write an evil blog about someone… that person doesn’t get a chance to respond. You know, you’re just saying it out there, your perception of that person — and you can just make all these horrible distortions. [16:55 – 17:12]