That's understandable. I don't know if people look into the citations or not but I changed the one I had for crime statistics into something more helpful and I've been working on articles dealing with the whole romanticization of the 60s and confusion about crime statistics. Not sure when I'll be able to post those or if people will even be reading this article at that point.

This is the first article I posted for Medium so it has definitely been a learning experience for me. My idea is to just flesh out all these issues in their own articles and maybe turning this article into sort of a launchpad into all those articles. Ideally I want to break down the factionalistic sort of resistance people have to these ideas so they can start binging other articles and eventually get up to speed.

Like somebody brought up how I ought to include a critique of Capitalism in this and it's like noooo a lot of these people still have cognitive shock from the Cold War and once you start critiquing elements of Capitalism they go down the BLM -> Communism -> Stalinism -> Gulag mental pathway. I think people on the right deal with a lot of these pathways and it's sort of a weird dance to avoid hitting any of these triggers so that they can at least understand what the ideas actually are. Maybe I should do an article on what these pathways/triggers are because they're super prominent. Like Medicare for All -> Socialism -> National Socialism -> Hitler is a really bizarre one that somehow works on people.

I've noticed also that the right seems to have a lot of difficulty with systemic thinking. I remember one conversation I had where I tried to explain that treating low wage workers poorly is bad because by definition as long as a job exists there are going to have to be people to fill it and even if you personally can avoid having that job there's still going to be a human being left doing it. They never really left the mindset of "if you work hard enough you won't have a job like that, just do what I did". I'm trying to take away a lot of the nuance so it's like a Physics 1 problem where you pretend that friction doesn't exist so you only have to solve for one equation at a time.

Sorry I ranted a lot in this and basically just wrote another article lol. I do care a lot about being effective especially when the country is in so much trouble and people aren't listening to each other. I'm very idealistic and think that roughly 98% of people are fundamentally good but often confused. I've seen people like my mom who grew up in really racist environments learn these really sophisticated ideas, but she had to go through a number of phases to get there. I think the ultimate way to get people on your side is to make them feel welcome in your community, and I don't think I can do that with an article but I'm hoping that I can at least create an environment where people on the right feel like they can explore these ideas without being overwhelmed or feel like they're betraying their ideology/social group. I am honestly really interested in what you think about all this. Again, sorry for the lack of cohesion I'm writing this at 3 in the morning.

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.