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Sigh. Out of whole mountain of content - and I don't claim it's pure gold, but there's certainly a wide range of topics discussed and post effort levels and seriousness of approach - this is the single example of things actually discussed in the whole post. I am not sure how I can make myself take it seriously.
Are you arguing that what he writes is false? For comparison, that is what is promised by the Culture War thread:
Look at the discussions there are right now.
Quality post, but not very culture war-y. Anyway, right now, no one really disagrees.
A post criticizing a labour MP for his anti-incels politics (anti Labour so we might assume right wing). No one really disagrees.
Obviously right-wing, but there I have to admit there are some people arguing the other way. But the post was quite extreme by itself.
A post about liberals using AI to push their views. Pretty right wing. Everyone agrees. More or less.
I stop there. I don't think the CW thread delivers on its promise to challenge your beliefs, especially if they are right wing or libertarians.
I object to that. Anti-woke, yes. But not right-wing. The usage of "libtard" is tongue-in-cheek, as clearly stated.
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