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[-] [email protected] 72 points 1 week ago

What is it about getting older that causes people to start loving genocide

[-] [email protected] 40 points 1 week ago

Old people still watch cable news

[-] [email protected] 19 points 1 week ago

I'd honestly say this is a huge part of it. You can still be a reactionary or shithead on the internet, but if you're used to getting your news on TV you're practically a lost cause. Or at least that's how I feel on some of my family.

[-] [email protected] 32 points 1 week ago

It's not entirely an age thing. Yes to an extent neuroplasticity decreases, attitudes become ossified, struggle of youth becomes forgotten, the material comforts of "getting yours" etc.

But I think most of it is indoctrination. If it were simply age then that would mean most people on here are going to become conservatives in old age and I just don't see that happening. I'm over 30 and I keep moving left. I was much more reactionary at 15 than I am now. I think we have access to information previous generations did not, however we also go out of our way to vet sources, etc. There are lots of young people who get caught in a reactionary echo chamber. In particular people over 40 have been taught that Israel is the "only democracy in the middle east" etc.

Mark Ames of Radio War Nerd, a Gen X guy, went on Chapo, and talked about how he was a Republican Zionist in the 1980s and one of the things that got him to open his eyes was going to Israel and seeing how much it didn't live up to what he was told about it. The 2nd thing was getting spied on by the ADL for being an anti-apartheid activist. Even though he was a Republican Zionist and Jewish, the fucking ADL was spying on him, for being left wing on an issue totally unrelated to Israel. That made him move left. So it's not just age, it's escaping your reactionary echo chamber.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 week ago

for anyone who doesn't know, ADL stands for Apartheid Defense League

[-] [email protected] 29 points 1 week ago

Lead poisoning from the 60s and 70s

[-] [email protected] 31 points 1 week ago

I worked with (and continue to work with part-time) leaded fuel for decades. I think they’re just fascist

[-] [email protected] 16 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago)


Lead-Crime Hypothesis, Baby! Anyone who lived through the 70s is only marginally better off than the folks who had 30 IQ points blasted out of their skulls by car emissions.

[-] [email protected] 24 points 1 week ago

The Bible, hate or racism?

[-] [email protected] 19 points 1 week ago

Materialism. Lotta people in that bracket got theirs and stopped caring about anyone else forever ago

[-] [email protected] 13 points 1 week ago

More precisely, commodity fetishism and consumerism.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 week ago

The other half of that equation is that the people who didn't "get theirs" and who belong to disproportionately impoverished demographics also don't tend to live into old age as frequently as people who have more privilege and who can afford the medical care that is associated with aging.

So at least some portion of this trend is due to survivorship bias.

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[-] [email protected] 10 points 1 week ago

Brain calcifies and empathy is lost. Idk if this is true but it feels true

[-] [email protected] 13 points 1 week ago

Also, over the years, supporting Israel forces moral compromises that add up to excusing proven genocide.

[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 week ago

Brain calcifies

only if ur white

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[-] [email protected] 16 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago)

It really dooby that way, I've said many times that Milennials seem like the sanest generation in the west (and I don't think this is due to age, if I compare today's 20 year olds to the 20 year olds of 10 years ago, there's still a huge difference) I think we really were the peak, and I'm not saying this out of hubris (it was entirely out of our control).

basically we were young enough to

  • grow up with some semblance of diversity
  • information technology
  • and not inhale vaporized lead gasoline

but still old enough to

  • not play candy crush in the crib
  • eat a diet of only 1% plastic instead of 10% plastic
  • experience an atmosphere that wasn't majority CO2
  • read a book

despite this even the majority of millennials are garbage so yea. age doesn't mean much

[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 week ago

actually gen z reads more than millennials do.

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago)

I was confused seeing that group on top tbh, but looking at the other questions it looks like it was just easier to trick the young people with leading, and/or zoomers who support a ceasefire are more passionately anti-Zionist while it seems like a lot of millennials might both support a ceasefire and support Israel?

[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 week ago
[-] [email protected] 10 points 1 week ago

You should see the previous questions

Do you think Hamas allows gay people to live together openly or punishes them?

Do you think Israel allows gay people to live together openly or punishes them?

Do you think Hamas uses civilians in Gaza as human shields to hide from justice or is not doing that?

Do you think Hamas is supported by the majority of Palestinians in Gaza or is Hamas a terror group that rules the people of Gaza with force and fear and is not supported by them?

Do you think that the long-term answer to the Israel-Palestinian dispute is for Arab states to absorb the Palestinians, for there to be two states, or for Israel to be ended and given to Hamas?

Some people say Hamas and Israel both have fairly equal just causes. Others says that there is no moral equivalency between the terrorist murders of Hamas and the actions of Israel. Which is closer to your view?

[-] [email protected] 12 points 1 week ago

I dream to ask such dishonest questions

[-] [email protected] 8 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago)

For the second to last I'd frame it like

Do you think that the long-term answer to Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine is the genocide and violent displacement of Palestinians, for Palestinians to be given a microstate of infertile land after being violently displaced from their native land, or for the dissolution of the far-right government of Israel in favor of a single, democratic secular state?

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[-] [email protected] 39 points 1 week ago

Even my good liberal Biden-voting Boomer parents are appalled with Israel.

[-] [email protected] 17 points 1 week ago

My dad thinks all Muslims look like one of those post-9/11 caricatures from the Bush-era newspapers and even he is like "yeah that's fucked."

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 week ago

My dad used to be a complete chud but one of his coworkers managed to obama pill him.

[-] [email protected] 38 points 1 week ago

Honey, what do you want for dinner tonight? Pizza or burgers, even if burgers gives victory to Hamas?

[-] [email protected] 19 points 1 week ago

Burgers it is goku-halal

[-] [email protected] 31 points 1 week ago

Unfortunately, this is as good as it gets from the polling suite.

[-] [email protected] 30 points 1 week ago

you have to get into literal boomers before people side with you god damn

[-] [email protected] 26 points 1 week ago

Everyone over 65 got a handjob/fingered while watching “Exodus” in the theater and it shows.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 1 week ago

They all got fingered by the zionist entity

[-] [email protected] 23 points 1 week ago

damn us elder millennials are doing pretty ok in this

[-] [email protected] 17 points 1 week ago

That's because every single one of us remembers not understanding how the fuck invading Iraq or Afghanistan had jack shit to do with 9/11 and arguing with our parents about it, only for them to all later pretend they were never for the GWOT

[-] [email protected] 17 points 1 week ago* (last edited 1 week ago)

Always the Godamn boomers

One of nature’s cruelest jokes

[-] [email protected] 15 points 1 week ago

Do you have the link to the study?

[-] [email protected] 19 points 1 week ago
[-] [email protected] 18 points 1 week ago

this isn't context - it's the text itself

never have i felt so betrayed by a username oooaaaaaaauhhh

[-] [email protected] 17 points 1 week ago

not so, i merely posted a link to the text, a signifier that will be useless many years from now when harvardharrispoll.com no longer exists

[-] [email protected] 10 points 1 week ago

i am not prepared to learn about computer text encoding formats

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 week ago
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[-] [email protected] 4 points 1 week ago

This site isn't exactly old yet, but it has outlived many.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 week ago

i'm glad you caught the subtext that hexbear.net will continue to exist and have a userbase trying to fact check this post

[-] [email protected] 7 points 1 week ago

Ya know people keep telling me it's wrong to say the boomer generation is shit and then somebody asks them their opinion on something.

Thanks for backing me up with nearly 100% consistency, you rotten old fucks.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 1 week ago

I feel like a 43/57 split is pretty far from 100% consistency here

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[-] [email protected] 2 points 1 week ago

It’s not just about age, it’s also about class.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 1 week ago

Ironic that the children understand the world better than the adults who have a literal child's understanding of the world.

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