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Here is why “check your privilege” has to die.

Robot Hugs explanation of privilege
The website Robot Hugs has published a touching and thoughtful comic explaining what privilege is, why people should be aware of it, and how to be sensitive about your own privilege when interacting with other people. But the comic reveals something else as well. Challenging people with the phrase "check your privilege!" isn't just being strident and bullying; it actively works against the philosophy that it espouses. As a rhetorical strategy, it is worse than useless: it completely undermines the world-view from which is has supposedly emerged. It is essentially advising people to be courteous and polite in the least courteous and polite way imaginable.
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Why I am not against military drones

A predator drone firing missiles.
I'm against war, but I am not against military drones. Why not? Because when I hear other people explain why they are against military drones, I find none of the arguments convincing. So here I will go through four specific arguments I hear from people when they try to tell me why they are against military drones, and I will explain why those arguments are stupid and wrong. When I'm done, I think you won't be against military drones, either.
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Republicans won back the Senate because Obama is black. True or false?

Is Obama's race to blame for the Republican victories in 2014?
Jimmy Williams, Executive Editor of Blue Nation Review, said on MSNBC last night that if we did not have an African-American president, Democrats would have done better in the midterm elections. Of course, conservative pundits have been all over this quote, and have paraphrased it in a number of ways, including things like "Democrats BLAME the election on Obama's race!" and "Democrats say the ONLY REASON Republicans won is Obama's race!" Are these fair characterizations of what Williams said? Before you dive in and decide whether you agree or disagree with any of these statements, it's worth looking at what they really mean.
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I’m anti-feminist, if by “feminist” you mean…

Angry Feminist
My good friend and colleague Milo Yiannopoulos said in an interview about his views on GamerGate: "I'm anti-feminist, if by 'feminist' you mean shrieking misandrists." He is not alone in his perception of feminism. Many people see feminists as hyperbolic mean-spirited angry people who think all flirtation is sexual harassment and all sex with men is rape. This common perception has prompted backlash movements, and lead to celebrity after celebrity separating herself from the term "feminist." Part of the problem is the strategies that many feminists use to convey their message, with the video "10 hours of walking in NYC as a woman" being a particularly potent recent example. For feminism to make progress, it needs to acknowledge why videos like this one do not resonate positively with the vast majority of people who watch it.
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The deep cultural shame of the United States

Viktor Cherevin keeps a giant painting to Napoleon's defeat in Moscow, symbolizing his intense pride in Russia, and his desire for Russia to triumph over military enemies.
Jon and I watched Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit recently. Jon, especially, is a huge fan of the entire Jack Ryan series. The movie was good: basically taking the elements of existing Jack Ryan novels but re-purposing them into a story that updates the setting and context of the character from the Cold War to the post-9/11 world. But, like any good Tom Clancy (or "Tom Clancy-inspired") story, the bad guy was a classic twisted evil bad guy: wealthy Russian businessman, Viktor Cherevin, who was obsessed with avenging his motherland against the evil things that the United States had done to it. It's not an uncommon type of bad-guy character and motivation, in American movies. But it's worth taking a closer look at, as Americans, and thinking about its implications.
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Young gay bloggers need to just stop writing

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Why are young gay people so bad at writing? Why has it become the norm in our culture to accept the shallow, self-absorbed ramblings of young gay bloggers? They don't research, and they don't look outside of their own personal experiences into the wide diversity that is the gay community. Trite op-eds are killing our culture. I think it's time to fight this trend of shallow, self-absorbed blogging. Luckily, I can solve this problem by giving some advice to young gay bloggers: just stop writing! Problem solved! OK, now take a step back, and let's take a serious look at that opening paragraph...
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Is tolerance good enough for liberals?

The Tolerance Trap
Suzanna Walters has argued that gay people (and other minorities) should not be advocating for tolerance. To her, "tolerance" is not a high enough bar to set. She makes an emotionally appealing argument: Used in one sense, the word "tolerance" means "to put up with" or "to endure." She basically argues that we shouldn't be fighting for a world where people despise gay people but "put up with them" nonetheless. I can understand why a lot of people would agree with her interpretation. But she's wrong, on at least two different levels.
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