Lowkey reason a lot of conservatives see Cuties as damning to liberals and weirdly ready to call liberals pedophiles is it’s hard to square the circle of “don’t sexualize children” and “people are born with a sexuality and become aware of it and act on it before puberty”
“Don’t sexualize children except to give them hormone blockers or endorse their sexual identity” probably has some coherent rational formulation but for a lot of us it does seem kinda dicey.
This does NOT mean non cis-het people should be treated as deviant; that’s a whooooole other argument. This argument is “it is difficult to frame a condemnation of sexualization of childhood which does not also condemn a lot of progressive ideas about the development of identity”
This argument CAN provide the mechanistic basis for a slippery slope argument, but it doesn’t have to. You can posit countervailing forces. But the point is a thought like this is in the background for a lot of conservatives.
“You can give hormones to your kid to prevent puberty but not to accelerate it” is a standard you can rationally articulate but it does seem likely to face serious pressure and testing on the “but” side.
Like if a nine year old had serious discomfort at her lack of sexual maturity what would be the progressive case AGAINST trying to initiate super-early puberty using hormones?

To me this seems like a horrifying prospect but I am not sure if my intuition is widely shared.

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This is absolutely insane. The USPS had a plan to issue masks to every American household, and then somehow it just.... didn't happen.
It's important to understand that the US had PLENTY of "state capacity" to make a serious response to COVID. Numerous Federal and state agencies knew what needed to happen, had the capacity to do it, but were stopped by politics and fears of politics.
I talked to one state agency official who *said to me*, and I'm almost quoting here "Look, yes, centralized quarantine would save lives, bail out struggling hotels, and we have the personnel and finances to do it. I just don't think we'd survive the political fallout."
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My bold prediction for 2020:

Most likely Biden wins. Maybe Trump does. But whoever wins, there will be maybe a week of rioting tops, and then the inauguration will ultimately be pretty peaceful and successfully managed.
Let me add a qualifying statement:

Somewhere in the country some group of radicals will occupy some random piece of land for a stupidly long time and probably shoot someone. And maybe a car will get set on fire.
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