The Mainstream

From a great article in The Atlantic:

According to the report, 25 percent of Americans are traditional or devoted conservatives, and their views are far outside the American mainstream. Some 8 percent of Americans are progressive activists, and their views are even less typical. By contrast, the two-thirds of Americans who don’t belong to either extreme constitute an “exhausted majority.” Their members “share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.” Most members of the “exhausted majority,” and then some, dislike political correctness. Among the general population, a full 80 percent believe that “political correctness is a problem in our country.”

Yep. The national news cycle, let alone the online space, is being controlled by a bunch of freaks nobody cares about or supports.

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8 thoughts on “The Mainstream”

  1. Loved the article, clicked on Ideas to search for more and immediately saw the following. Wanted to ask what you think about it.

    Study-Abroad Programs Enter the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    Two University of Michigan instructors refused to write recommendations for students headed to Tel Aviv.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/michigan-instructors-study-abroad-israel/572788/

    I suppose since professors do not have to give anyone any letters of recommendation – they were within their right, even if I think they were mistaken.

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    1. The unspoken convention is that you refuse to write a letter if you don’t know the student well enough or don’t have enough good things to say about them.

      I think it’s utterly unprofessional to impose your ideology on students. For instance, I don’t recognize the Russian Crimea and support the boycott of artists who visit it. But I would help students who wanted to go because it’s about their education and not my personal opinions.

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  2. “Their members share a sense of fatigue with our polarized national conversation, a willingness to be flexible in their political viewpoints, and a lack of voice in the national conversation.” I’ve never been described so well.

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  3. There was a study back in the 70s that established that the leaders in both major parties were also outside the bounds of mainstream America — both either further to the left or right than what most citizens wanted. Unfortunately, that knowledge was of no consequence then; doubt that it will be now.

    Further, the “flexibility” of the mainstream means they can be easily led. Couple that with ignorance, and it’s a dangerous mix.

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