Vendetta wrote: ↑
If anything in the character of large groups of people should be described as "evil", it is the tendency to accept without question information which fits a preexisting conception of reality.
Nah. What’s evil is voting for a fucking fascist because he promised to get rid of all the Mexicans and send refugees away to die so that the secret ISIS infiltrators won’t get in. What’s evil is setting up literal concentration camps for kids and trying to turn people with unwanted pregnancies into unwilling brood mares on the pretext that their fetus matters more than them.
That is what the Republican base is built of, people who accept what they are told by people who can seem confident and authoritative enough because it fits in their existing world view. Whether what they're being told is "God doesn't want people to have abortions" or "Obama is coming for your guns vote for me" or even "Zoe Quinn slept with journalists for good reviews", they accept it and even actively defend it based on the authority of the person that told them.
Again you act as if this is some value neutral debating club. All of those things you just described are lies. By contrast we know that most rapists get away with it and that the GOP has a history of condoning and promoting predators. I don’t believe Kavanaugh is a rapist because of the ~authority~ of the person who accused him, I believe it because one of his victims says he did it and that’s all the proof I or anyone else should need unless it’s proven she’s lying. Victims should be trusted over rapists.
And that is what you're doing here. Someone said that a Trump nomination did a bad thing, and you are defending to the hilt not the idea that this should be treated as a serious criminal matter and investigated with all due process, but that it is definitely a true thing that happened and he is, was, and forever will be a rapist.
It is a definitely true thing that happened and I and everyone else should treat it as such until the unlikely event that it is proven otherwise. You keep talking about investigations and ‘criminal matters’ as if we don’t know that there’s no chance in hell he’ll ever go to prison for it.
Critical thinking is your only shield from becoming exactly what you call "evil".
Your idea of critical thinking has led you to tripping over yourself to make excuses for a rapist from the misogynistic fascist party who was being elected in the hopes of turning women with unwanted pregnancies into unwilling brood mares even before we knew he was a predator himself. It hasn’t shielded you from a damned thing you fucking quisling.
When someone says they've been raped, you should extend them the credit of belief. When they say they've been raped by this specific person here then you should not change how you deal with the accused person until the claim is substantiated (and if that happens in real life you should also report it to the police).
Nope. When someone tells you that someone raped them you should proceed under the assumption that it’s true. Being ‘fair’ to a rapist is not more important than doing right by their victims. The fact that you think otherwise speaks volumes about your priorities.
Remember, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Again with the debate club bullshit. A whole bunch of people get raped and people who say they were raped are usually telling the truth. There’s nothing extraordinary a victim saying they were raped, doubly so when it comes to a GOP member and Trump appointee.
Be wary before you establish the precedent that accusation is guilt, the people you are so exercised by are far more willing to use it to get what they want.
Have you even been paying attention? That’s already happened.
” Lock her up!" Remember? You are displaying exactly the same thought process that had that being chanted at Trump rallies before they all got distracted.
No I’m not, because Kavanaugh really was accused of rape by one of his victims and he really is being nominated by the rapist president of the misogynistic fascist party. This is not the same as whatever they were making up about Clinton a couple years ago.
Accusation is not guilt, it doesn't matter that you aren't in a court right now, lazy thinking is what gives rise to what you call evil, and by indulging in it you become a tool for evil.
Lazy thinking is pretending that all accusations are created equal and that giving the benefit of the doubt to a rapist from the misogynistic fascist party instead of immediately siding with his victim is somehow fair and value-neutral.