CNN had a segment on DeShaun Jackson’s tweets last night.
Oh, and Joe Biden is Catholic, as well.
Oh, there’s so much to say, but I will restrict myself to just one. You say that the Democrats hate Catholics. The Democrats ran Al Smith, who lost, and then some years later they ran John Kennedy, who won. Pretty strange behavior for a party that hates Catholics.
We all make mistakes. It takes character to admit one.
Just a reminder that autism is not the same as low intelligence.
It’s not just Trump, although he certainly deserves all the criticism that he could get. Here’s the deal. It is pretty well known how to control the spread of the virus. A lot of countries have done well. Some did well right from the start and have had very few cases and very very few deaths. Others had a bad start but then figured out what to do and did it. The US had a really bad start and then a really bad after the start, and an even worse right now. You can’t blame the whole US population. Some are doing the right thing, and it’s just such a shame that they should have to suffer because of the stupidity and selfishness of the rest. My wife said, I thought that self-preservation was a strong instinct—what is wrong with these people? Something has gone very wrong with US society. It’s evident in many ways—gun violence, racism, toxic religiosity, widespread rejection of education. Right now it’s a crisis. What do we do when the selfish idiots are in control?
Yes, indeed. I don’t need to tell you this, but there are those who seem to think that studying history is just learning the dates of battles and such. I wish they had more curiosity. If they actually read any part of the range of what historian actually do, they might discover to their surprise that it’s really fascinating.
I have difficulty realizing that some people are intentionally stupid. But I guess recent events prove that point all too forcefully.
One of the goals of studying history is to recreate, in so far as we can, how people in the past thought. Some historiographers would say that this is the principal goal of studying history. As it happens, different historical periods have thought very differently about sex, gender, sexuality, the whole nexus of interrelated concepts. We have seen a huge shift in thinking even in our own times. Some time in the future, when scholars study the history of the twentieth century, they will be fascinated to examine how our attitudes to sexuality have changed. If you leave this kind of question out of the study of history, then you have a very impoverished view of what history is.
You might want to check out Foucault’s “History of Sexuality”. Quite fascinating.