If you read one article today, please make it this one.
people from countries with national health care please read this and whine some more about americans ~~~~romanticizing~~~~~ your health care
Here’s a thing I’m getting pretty sick of hearing, most recently in relation to the Texas voter ID law.
"You’ve got to look past the partisan bickering. I think both sides are wrong/to blame."
No. Not always. No claim, position, opinion, or viewpoint has value simply by virtue of someone having made it. Some things are right. Others are wrong. Finding compromise between two opposing viewpoints is not always a worthwhile endeavor. This is not to say that false dichotomies aren’t fallacious. Just that… well, just that statements like this are dumb:
"I think teaching just evolution or just intelligent design is too extreme. Why don’t we teach both so that kids can decide for themselves?"
Because one is the cornerstone of modern biology, supported by mountains of empirical evidence and accepted by roughly the entire scientific community, and the other is pseudoscientific horseshit with laughable methodology that contributes nothing to human understanding of the world.
But that was an easy one. How about some others, which I may have heard at one point, or that I simply made up and am typing in my best “this is what you sound like” mocking voice.
"Sure, he shouldn’t have raped her, but maybe she’s at fault too. Did she <insert any of a thousand actions that in no way approach justifying the crime committed against her, and yes you’ve heard them all already>?"
"Sure, he shouldn’t have murdered him, but it’s his fault for walking around with a neck that was so stabbable and made of flesh."
"I don’t see what’s wrong with Republicans passing voter ID laws that disproportionately target women, the poor, and people of color. I mean, Democrats try to stop their opponents from voting too."
"I think allowing people to keep slaves and setting them all free are both too extreme. Maybe we can just treat them like second-class citizens instead!"
"Republicans may have been planning to force a government shutdown for years and refused to negotiate nineteen times in the months leading up to the budget deadline, but surely Democrats are also to blame for not bowing to their attempts at extortion."
"We should get rid of programs and laws that specifically help people of a certain ethnicity, like affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act. I mean, don’t we want to live in a world where skin color is meaningless? That sounds equal and fair."
"I know it seems like the Nazis are rounding up a lot of Jews, homosexuals, and Roma and killing them, but stepping in to protect them specifically seems unfair."
You do not get to downplay falsehoods, cruelty, or outright moral atrocities just so that you can pretend to sound like the most clear-headed and temperate person in the room. At best, you’re ignorant and naïve; at worst, you’re a callous monster that can’t see past your own nose. Do not mistake principle for extremism, and do not accept an unethical argument just because it’s cloaked in reasonable-sounding language.
And as always, this is captured deftly by the inimitable SMBC Theater.