Chris C.: If one doesn’t flex one’s ideological muscles on a regular basis by wrestling with those espousing different views, those muscles atrophy. Both liberals and conservatives tend to group together, hearing the crazies on the other team only if they tune to the wrong cable news channel. Arguing with the television is fun (shooting fish in a barrel is hard by comparison), but has the exercise value of walking to the refrigerator for a snack.
Ross: This topic is firmly in Charles Murray’s wheelhouse. What he started in his second (and wildly controversial) book, he explicated far more fully in his most recent book. The bubbles are indeed both (a) shrinking and (b) hardening simultaneously. Think “freedom isn’t free” is pricey? Wait until we start paying for the insidious and unique form of segregation which progressive thought and practice has built for us.
Bob Sykes: Bubbles is not the right image. Think hardened silos. There is a deep and permanent separation going on in America, an ever growing segregation and isolation. America itself has failed even more so than the USSR, and its future is bleak. An actual political fragmentation is possible, and even desirable.
Bert E.: The trench raid from the era of WW1 was certainly close quarters combat. An institutionalized aspect of the Great War, close quarters weapons preferred. Trench knife, club, grenade, handgun [.455 Webley], shotgun, etc. Even oriental style martial arts techniques used on occasion by those soldiers that had experience in overseas colonies.
Handle: “… and the bubbles seem to be shrinking” Oh really? Hmm … count me as skeptical of that claim. Does that seem right to you?
VA: I agree with Frost about WASPs. The myth persists that WASPs are wealthy elites running things from behind the scene, despite all evidence to the contrary. Now many people who are in fact of English descend are unwilling to identify themselves as such, or if they have a scant amount of some more ‘vibrant’ ancestry they will identify as that. We are the ‘ethnicity that dare not speak its name.’ Yet few WASPs notice, or want to notice, our marginalization.
Alrenous: Fairly limited dataset, and Elsa’s magic powers are a counfounder. This mainly suggests to me Disney should try a dark skin and light hair combo. Because science.
Alrenous: Humans have an innate resistance to killing in a fair fight, exactly because they’re just as likely to kill you if you try. Ambushes and murder are different. Also, as per the Christmas Armistice, European hobbits see other European hobbits as being part of the same group.
Toddy Cat: I’ve never been in a situation where I had to kill, so I really can’t say, but I can’t help but believe that if humans really did have an innate resistance to killing, history wouldn’t be nearly as bloody as it is. And since Milgram’s experiment has pretty much been revealed to be tendentious crap, I wouldn’t put a whole lot of stock in anything that references his results.