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by Dan74
Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry
Replies: 35
Views: 1472

Re: Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry

I guess reactions to these hearings can be screened in the future as an example of Confirmation Bias 101 - everyone will get what they want to get from it. Listening to civil servants who appear to me to have put their career on the line for saying what they do, whether David Holmes, Fiona Hill or A...
by Dan74
Tue Apr 16, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Environmental Dharma
Topic: Climate change - politics and activism
Replies: 190
Views: 15861

Re: Climate change - politics and activism

George Monbiot calls for civil disobedience:
by Dan74
Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)
Replies: 94
Views: 13199

Re: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)

Another point that seems to me rather obvious but rarely mentioned in regards to the so-called toxic masculinity is that men who are open about their issues and don't put up a brave face are seen to be less desirable (reference?). It is much more acceptable for women to show their feelings and strug...
by Dan74
Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)
Replies: 94
Views: 13199

Re: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)

Regarding your first comment, of course people's views are an interplay of their life experiences and the common discourse. Where do you live? In Australia, the educated middle class urbanites tend to be left leaning and buy into whatever discourse progressives dish out. Don't be misled by my sarcas...
by Dan74
Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Western Buddhists caught again in a web of lies
Replies: 10
Views: 1557

Re: Western Buddhists caught again in a web of lies

Trump very openly dogwhistled to Russia throughout his election campaign and said very clearly that his administration would align with Putin's policies on sanctions, NATO, Syria and Europe and that they would be great friends. He even asked if the Russians would find the lost Clinton's emails. Coll...
by Dan74
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)
Replies: 94
Views: 13199

Re: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)

Hi Pseudobabble, I only checked the forum now, but TBH, I am not really comfortable dissecting this further. The lady in question is a friend and going deeper into her personal history and my speculation as to her thought-processes and motivations, is not something I want to do. My bringing the anec...
by Dan74
Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Horrors in NZ and taking responsibility for hurtful speech
Replies: 32
Views: 4217

Re: Horrors in NZ and taking responsibility for hurtful speech

As far as I know the three forums owned by David Snyder - DW-Theravada, DW-Mahayana and this one, are run separately. Is your complaint about this forum or DW-Theravada? While DW-Theravada, IMO, may be said to have a libertarian slant which has been too lax on alt-right views and on occasion even wh...
by Dan74
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)
Replies: 94
Views: 13199

Re: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)

Hmm... I think there are toxic elements to it, but there are also positive elements, associated with traditional 'masculine' virtues - strong, disciplined, steadfast, determined, dignified... are a few I can think of from Mnb's posts. TBH, I suspect that Western men who for various reasons feel dis...
by Dan74
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)
Replies: 94
Views: 13199

Re: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)

Google it. chownah Oh right, of course. OK, done. Now can we discuss it? Just a troll? I would say that it seems to me that the concept of muscular buddhism is brought up in some somewhat trollish situations. From what I have seen from the google search it seems to me that muscular buddhism is sort...
by Dan74
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)
Replies: 94
Views: 13199

Re: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)

As much as I am loathe to fan the flames of the "Cultural Marxists" Alarmists, just came across this article: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/man-flu-really-thing-2018010413033 Interesting, I've been a nurse for 30 years and never heard of this. So I clicked on the "new study" link on the Harva...
by Dan74
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)
Replies: 94
Views: 13199

Re: Toxic Masculinity? Or how to be a real man but not an ***hole (or at least try)

As much as I am loathe to fan the flames of the "Cultural Marxists" Alarmists, just came across this article:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/man ... 8010413033
by Dan74
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Hellish Psyche of SJWs
Replies: 15
Views: 2060

Re: Hellish Psyche of SJWs

It is not just the common point that negative emotions are destructive to one's mind and life, all spiritual paths say something like that. More to the point is that social or political activism combined with indifference to one's mental or emotional state is bad for the activist mind. The 'end' of...
by Dan74
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Social Justice Dharma
Topic: Hellish Psyche of SJWs
Replies: 15
Views: 2060

Re: Hellish Psyche of SJWs

I guess you can define a SWJ as someone who fits this description and then it becomes true by definition, if logically somewhat circular. On the other hand, if a woman seeking to end domestic violence or a man working for a better deal for refugees stuck on Australia's detention centre in Nauru are ...
by Dan74
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should Capitalism be outgrown?
Replies: 180
Views: 14258

Re: Should Capitalism be outgrown?

How come the richest countries in the world are always the most liberal? (USA, Switzerland, etc.) There are many factors that go into that, some of which is surely that doing business in a liberal economy is generally easier than in a heavily regulated one, or not possible at all. But it's a bit of...
by Dan74
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:21 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should Capitalism be outgrown?
Replies: 180
Views: 14258

Re: Should Capitalism be outgrown?

I guess Cuba is often held up as a socialist economy, since it is mostly state-owned and state-controlled with free education and health care, etc.
by Dan74
Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should Capitalism be outgrown?
Replies: 180
Views: 14258

Re: Should Capitalism be outgrown?

China, like its ruling party, is Communist only in name and indeed State Capitalism is correct. I guess the USSR throughout most of its history was Socialist, given that the State owned the means of production, and ostensibly was run by a Communist ideology aiming at introducing Communism eventually...
by Dan74
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:49 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should Capitalism be outgrown?
Replies: 180
Views: 14258

Re: Should Capitalism be outgrown?

chownah, regarding your first post, there are clearly varying levels of regulation. For instance, in NZ, building industry used to have to conform to strict guidelines. Then a government relaxed them, saying that the industry would self-regulate more efficiently, then after a disaster ensued (uninha...
by Dan74
Sun Dec 30, 2018 5:08 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should Capitalism be outgrown?
Replies: 180
Views: 14258

Re: Should Capitalism be outgrown?

Chownah, certainly worker-owned and managed businesses is an interesting model. https://hbr.org/1987/09/how-well-is-employee-ownership-working Kim, Scandinavia is basically a neo-liberal capitalist system with a large social net. There is fairly marginal public owndership which operates in essential...
by Dan74
Sun Dec 30, 2018 4:45 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should Capitalism be outgrown?
Replies: 180
Views: 14258

Re: Should Capitalism be outgrown?

Thanks, folks for responding. How is China Communist, Kim? Communism means everything is state-owned, there is no money, etc. It has private ownership of the means of production and exchange of money for goods and services, i.e. Capitalism. Chownah, guns are also value-neutral, they are a lump of me...
by Dan74
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Should Capitalism be outgrown?
Replies: 180
Views: 14258

Re: Should Capitalism be outgrown?

The example with mercury is salient as it shows that without proper controls, without the essential checks and balances, Capitalism in the modern world leads to destruction of the environment as well as erosion of worker's rights, etc. It seems to be a case of wilful blindness given the examples of ...