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CheeseSpawn
Sep 15, 2004



Doctor Rope

But Rocks Hurt Head posted:

At least once every 10 or so pages in the Freep, Political Cartoons, Glenn Beck, and other 'Look At These Dumbass Conservatives' threads, someone will ponder over the conservative mindset, and at least one person will point out Prof. Bob Altemeyer's The Authoritarians, a free ebook/textbook on the phenomenon of Right-Wing Authoritarianism.

The book, and two additional postscripts on the 2008 election and the rise of the Tea Party, are available free from his website at the University of Manitoba:

http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/

The book is a fascinating read, relatively short, and well-cited with studies the author and his colleagues have done over the last 20 or so years. From the website:


Sometimes I feel like we should have the book in a stickied thread (along with Umberto Eco's quote on fascists holding conflicting beliefs about the power of their enemies) at the top of D&D because it gets referred to so often.

The last chapter of Altmeyer's book is entitled 'What's to Be Done' - it depressingly explains why debate with individual RWA's is often futile, but suggests some broad political and societal steps that can be taken to stifle RWA on a national level.


Holy poo poo, it's like the rosetta stone for conservatives!

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CheeseSpawn
Sep 15, 2004



Doctor Rope

Bruce Leroy posted:


For content: Can we get some good links about the subprime crisis dealing with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

It's hard finding anything that doesn't just seem like partisan rhetoric.

What little I've gleaned from the few good sources I've found and a few interviews I've seen on The Daily Show, Colbert Report, and other TV shows is that banks knew that if their subprime mortgage holdings went belly-up (as they actually did), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would cover their losses, but the banks and investors in security-backed mortgages would get all the profits if this didn't happen. As I've heard numerous times "profits were made private, while debts and risks rested on the public."

I don't much about banking and finance so I'm not really sure how exactly this worked.

http://bonddad.blogspot.com/2011/11...idnt-cause.html

This should be a good point to start. It is semi partisan but only to dispute the blame that affordable housing lead up to the financial crisis conservatives have been pushing. A lot of the content comes from Barry Ritholtz's site There are a lot of other links mentioned together which should get you to the data aspect of the articles.

CheeseSpawn
Sep 15, 2004



Doctor Rope

Blowdryer posted:

I sent what mo_steel said (which was awesome by the way), and this is what I got back.

I know Barry Rithotlz did quite a few pieces regarding the big lie. It should help a bit with sources if you need.

Also call out their bullshit on why if the GOP is all about getting more regulations, why cant we get them now?

CheeseSpawn
Sep 15, 2004



Doctor Rope

cbirdsong posted:

Does anyone have a good concise summary of the cause of the US Postal Service's problems in the last few years? I know it's largely the fault of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, but a good Snopes-style summary would be nice to have around.

Dont mind the source but the discussion points are about spot on.

It started with the Postal Civil Service Retirement System Funding Reform Act of 2003 and PAEA of 2006 begins the nail in the coffin.

CheeseSpawn
Sep 15, 2004



Doctor Rope

OwlBot 2000 posted:

No sources, though it is true that most journalists (being somewhat educated and informed ) are not on the American political right. But the journalists aren't the ones who decide what to cover, how to present it, talking points, phrases to use, and what to emphasize. The editors and the bosses of the networks are. And the owners of the networks are typically millionaires or billionaires running multi-billion dollars businesses who make their money selling advertisements to other large corporations, and rarely present real left-wing views or display liberal bias -- after all, they don't want higher taxes or more regulations, or offend their advertisers. If anything, American media errs on the side of being too "fair" to the point of being inaccurate. There are often very clearly correct sides to issues (like climate change, food stamps, deficit spending, national healthcare), but the media makes it seem that there are two equally valid sides. German and British media are (compared to American media) less afraid to accuse politicians of lying, perform fact-checking, and be clear about where the evidence leads.

There's a left and right side version of the propaganda model of the news.

Reed Irvine of AIM (Accuracy in Media) takes the media is spewing out socialist propaganda, similar to those "liberals in Hollywood".

Noam Chomsky talks about the control structures who run media are the conservative elites. Someone hosted the documentary The Myth of the Liberal Media The Propaganda Model of News which discusses Chomsky's filters viewpoint in the media. FAIR(Fairness and accuracy in reporting) and mediamatters are the left viewpoint.

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