I while ago a conservative friend and I were talking about an "end of times lifeboat". Who would we put on it, sort of conversation.

Today while I was digging roots out of a ditch I got thinking about that conversation and the long piece I have been writing, off and on, since.
So, I have a new category (we'd originally had three).

That's the "muh freedoms anti mask" gang.

So, none of you get to come on the lifeboat. You'll have to burn to a crisp on the shores. Sorry.

You do deserve an explanation, though.
First. You're cowards and I don't really think we should build our brave new society with cowards. You're simply too weak and selfish to buck up and do something for the greater good. You know, cowardly stuff. You'll kill us all. We don't need or want you.
Second. You're not very bright and won't even do something that brings no harm to you to save your own life. Never mind that you're okay killing other people (we'll get to that), you're just stupid. Also not a quality we want in our brave new world. 🤷🏻‍♂️
Third. You're a little wonky, morally, there guys and gals. You know. You don't seem to have a grasp on basic "right and wrong" stuff. You think your right to not do something for the greater good is more important than human life. So. No. We definitely have no use for you.
Fourth. You're a bit of a sissy, eh? Can't take a little piece of cloth over your mouth for a few hours here and there. I mean, come on. We need people who can hunker down and get things done without a lot of whining and crying. Poor sookie, maybe the next boat will take you.
Fifth: this one is just personal, but you seem like jerks. The kind of people who cheat at board games and steal condiments from restaurants because "they charge too much anyway". So, I just don't want you on my boat at all.

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I. Refuse.
And no, we're not fine.
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I must admit, I find much of the bullshit rhetoric on the left, the identity politics and the unicorn ideas and all the cray cray defund the police crap to be pretty off-putting. Seriously.

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First, it's not "evil" or even "bad". It's a legitimate political philosophy that boils down to minimal possible intervention in society, including but not limited to the economy.
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The free market would survive and come close to its real potential.
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I also think we have borked it up badly, letting it favour "management" instead of "labour" who are, ultimately, also its consumer base.
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It's not complicated.
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41% of Canadian conservatives, including a few premiers and the conservative leader would have voted for Trump.

And we need to have it soon.

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