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    How do you feel about Generalizations?

    There are a lot of generalizations here on DP, and generally in politics. Common ones are, "liberals hate (insert constitutional right/upper tax bracket)" or "conservatives hate (insert minority/equality)".

    Whenever I see one, I tend to get pissed, because its sheer ignorance, stupidity, and in my opinion, quite frequently nothing more than derogatory.

    How do you guys feel about this crap?

    EDIT: This is public, don't be a hypocrit and vote you hate them, and then use them.
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    Re: How do you feel about Generalizations?

    I feel that you shouldn't lump all generalizations into the same category.
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    Re: How do you feel about Generalizations?

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    I feel that you shouldn't lump all generalizations into the same category.
    I meant specifically the negative generalizations.
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    Re: How do you feel about Generalizations?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    I meant specifically the negative generalizations.
    ohh? I dislike many generalizations that are "positive" as well, they are equally sloppy and error prone.

    And I think my deadpan delivery made the joke soar right past your head.
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    Re: How do you feel about Generalizations?

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    ohh? I dislike many generalizations that are "positive" as well, they are equally sloppy and error prone.

    And I think my deadpan delivery made the joke soar right past your head.
    I got it, I'm just not in the mood for humor.
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    Re: How do you feel about Generalizations?

    For me, in casual normal conversation i enjoy them, but when it's serious/ in a debate i extremely dislike.

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    Re: How do you feel about Generalizations?

    It depends on what kind of context they are being used in.

    Sometimes people use them to be offensive or to flame/bait/troll. There are other times in debate when generalization is warranted.
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: How do you feel about Generalizations?

    Generalizations are the easiest way to make yourself look like a dumbass.
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    Re: How do you feel about Generalizations?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Sometimes people use them to be offensive or to flame/bait/troll. There are other times in debate when generalization is warranted.
    Those are what I'm talking about, the "negative generalizations"
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    Re: How do you feel about Generalizations?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    Those are what I'm talking about, the "negative generalizations"
    Dumbest generalizations:

    1) Republicans are racist (or hate Obama because he's black)
    2) Liberals hate the military
    3) Conservatives love the military more than liberals
    4) Conservatives just love to bow down to the corporate God; corporations and businesses are evil.
    5) Liberals hate America/want it to be weak
    6) Liberals love terrorists more than they love America.
    7) Unions are the root of all evil.

    Anyone else care to add...
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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