Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Commercial Break

Quite a few of you have asked me about the signature I use on my email and where its from. I found it on Pajamas media which is a U.S. right wing blogging syndicate that I read. Many might be surprised that The Huffington Post or The Daily Kos isn't content that is more reflective of my political leanings towards Socialism. I love that word Socialist, it gets right up the noses of those who shriek at the word Liberal.

I read these right wing blogs mainly because the content is invariably material that I disagree with - but that doesn't mean always. My political mentor and close friend taught me the value of this exercise a few years back. As hard as I tried I couldn't win any political arguments with him as he was well versed in the hypocrisy of the both the left as well as the right (if those terms mean anything anymore). I fondly recall him saying that both sides wanted to tax the living hell out of him and just spend it differently.

Its my view that planners should able to cut through subjectivity and aim for objectivity by understanding the arguments and not the sentiments. Interestingly I've found that the picture above is deeply ambiguous depending on who reads it, as is the title of this post. Any thoughts?


  1. I like the use of capitalisation in the quote. Highly amusing.

  2. Well spotted Charlie. And also the small a for america (Fuck Yeah) ;)

  3. america is at the mall..
    yeah.. its, heared like econocic wars

  4. i used to read pajamas media as well - but i kind of found other places to get my exercise.. ..or does it explode is a good blog that i think you might like..

  5. The capitalisation is awesome, though I'm surprised "mall" isn't capitalised.

    I've always read more right-wing/conservative papers and magazines for just the reason you mentioned (my dad was very worried about this years ago, as a dyed-in-the-wool lefty). At least now I know I'm not the only one.

    Understanding the arguments and not the sentiments. What an interesting way to think about it (the reflex is to do the opposite, isn't it?).

  6. Absolutely.

    How can you ever understand one argument if you dont know about the counter argument.

    Ive won so many arguments on these things by knowing exactly what it is im speaking against.