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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I've always posted on Internet forums, even when I was a working stiff. Granted, you can probably make a case that most people who post on forums have a much higher daily access to the Internet from work, which is my case, than people who do physical labor/customer service/ etc. and can only post from home during non-work hours. Since the majority of people have access to the Internet, I don't think you can generalize that they're all unemployed.
    Exactly. The internet was my 'coffee break' time when I was working, even when I was on the road a lot of the time. And I was participating in chat rooms and, as they developed, on message boards from my very first old Presario Compaq 486 computer. AOL, and now pretty much everybody else, gave us internet access pretty much wherever we were, and the laptop computer and then all the other mobile devices makes it easy to access the internet wherever we are. I would guess most folks posting on message boards are or have recently been employed.
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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by azgreg View Post
    My guess is not even close. The people who frequent these types of forums are more read on politics and current events. Most people go through life with blinders on just trying to get to the next day.
    I'll second that. Try to engage most people in a conversation about any of the topics discussed here and you'll get a blank stare.

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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Libertarians cannot even get 1% in the national vote for president every four years. But here, they are over represented by numbers that must be twenty times that. So in that regard, there is not way that DP is any sort of representative sample of opinion.
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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    No, because conspiracy theorists, in the real world represent a tiny fraction of less than one percent. Also, libertarians...they can never get up to 1% for one of their presidential candidates.
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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    Absolutely not.

    Since it actively protects every nut job conspiracy theorist, knuckle dragging bigot and pieces of human filth from the sort of derision they would face were they to spew their idiocy in public, it tends to attract more than its share of nut jobs, bigots and human filth. Of the rest of us, this is still a sampling non-reflective of society at large because we are more zealous about politics to begin with. THis isn't a random sampling, but a sampling based upon degree of interest.
    Deprived of the ability to stop discussions by calling people racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic, etc., left wingers are at a loss for how to proceed here. They seem to resent free speech from their political opponents quite a bit, so you get all sorts of false and irrational characterizations.

    Conservatives and libertarians have learned to keep quiet in certain groups else they get their cars keyed or their tires slashed.

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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by beefheart View Post
    No, because conspiracy theorists, in the real world represent a tiny fraction of less than one percent. Also, libertarians...they can never get up to 1% for one of their presidential candidates.
    That's because most libertarians are practical enough to vote for one of the two major parties.

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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Libertarians cannot even get 1% in the national vote for president every four years. But here, they are over represented by numbers that must be twenty times that. So in that regard, there is not way that DP is any sort of representative sample of opinion.
    Voting and talking are two different things. Many libertarians vote Republican.

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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Representation of society? I hope not....
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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by LowDown View Post
    That's because most libertarians are practical enough to vote for one of the two major parties.
    Exactly. Those people just havent realized voting for the major parties get them the same thing as voting libertarian and losing. Nothing.

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    Re: Is Debate Politics a good and fair representation of society overall?

    Quote Originally Posted by jonny5 View Post
    Voting and talking are two different things. Many libertarians vote Republican.
    And I guess some people who pretend to be vegetarians grab a burger from time to time also.




    Which makes them not vegetarians.
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