I recently got embroiled in a bit of a contretemps on Matt Yglesias' blog about my post on Charles Murray's recent comments about the European model. Yglesias is a self-identified progressive, which means that many of his readers think of "capitalism" as a dirty word.
One of the commenters really disliked my concept of the miserly safety net.
Chris Yeh - you’re right, I was somewhat confused by your earlier comment. I thought perhaps you were, perhaps, somewhat misled or misguided - I stand corrected. You are, in fact, a horrible person, and in a just world beautiful women would look away from you in revulsion, powerful men would have you dragged away by hired security, and children would jeer and pelt you with soft pats of dung, possibly Murray’s.
The title of my post is a bit facetious; I'm pretty sure I'm not a horrible person. But I am disappointed that my polite attempts to engage with people of different beliefs are met with an excess of venom and a paucity of reasoned argument.
This is the sad thing about most of the policy dialogue in this country; our positions have been so hardened that real discussion seldom breaks out; instead we get talking heads yelling at each other on so-called "news" shows.
I am actually curious what progressives think about my proposals to address poverty and my other ideas. Know any would care to comment? Without calling for my disappearance?