Division and separation are tearing us apart

Look around and all you see is people dividing each other into groups, separating themselves from others. That’s not bad in and of itself, but it really keeps us from moving forward in any meaningful way.

Pro-life folks position themselves apart from women in need, and can end up positioning themselves as a weird, offensive “other”.

Nanny statists separate parents from the ability to decide what’s best for their kids, and then wonder why kids seem un-parented.

Crony developers get tax breaks to add Section 8 units to their upscale apartment buildings – but make the poor enter through a separate door.

Federal workers make more than private sector counterparts, and don’t have the same concerns about performance, losing their jobs, not having retirement funds etc – they’re a different class, separate from the rest of us.

Not directly mentioned in the podcast, but it really is the theme tying things together – the more we separate ourselves into groups and subgroups, the weaker we seem to become – and the meaner, and unhappier.

It’s all in the podcast


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THIS WEEK’S LINKS:

Be smart about sidewalk counseling signs – http://blog.secularprolife.org/2015/03/be-smart-about-sidewalk-counseling-signs.html

Trolling is SRS BSNS: A Picture’s Worth – http://freeradicalnetwork.com/trolling-is-srs-bsns-a-pictures-worth/

Our Campaign Against Advocacy by Andy Peth – http://www.thepartyofchoice.com/articles1/our-campaign-against-advocacy-by-andy-peth

NYC Board of Health’s new, stricter rules for day cares limit how much juice kids can drink, cut ‘sedentary’ time – http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-stricter-rules-nyc-day-cares-limit-juice-kids-article-1.2159906

Toughen Up, Buttercup – http://freeradicalnetwork.com/toughen-up-buttercup/

Breitbart, Malkin, Scott Walker, and Strategery – http://www.redstate.com/2015/03/19/breitbart-malkin-scott-walker-strategery/

A federal agency’s laundromat worker belongs to the 1 percent – http://watchdog.org/205152/pay-federal-workers/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=learnliberty&utm_content=Watchdog+Federal+worker+pay&utm_campaign=learnlibertycs+15

Government pays to house poor in luxury apartments with pools, wine cellars – http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/government-pays-to-house-poor-in-luxury-apartments-with-pools-wine-cellars/article/2561812

Poor Doors – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/nyregion/separate-entryways-for-new-york-condo-buyers-and-renters-create-an-affordable-housing-dilemma.html

In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/opinion/sunday/judith-shulevitz-hiding-from-scary-ideas.html

Police Find No Evidence of Rape at UVA – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/24/us/police-to-release-results-of-uva-rape-inquiry.html

She Who Hides From ‘Scary’ Ideas – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aseal-tineh/freedom-of-expression-and-its-double-standard_b_6932410.html

Angry Feminist Backlash Not Enough To Get Young Hollywood Star To Change Her Views – http://www.westernjournalism.com/angry-feminist-backlash-not-enough-get-young-hollywood-star-change-views/

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The Refinery ep.1428: Christmas Spirit, Two Americas, Bullying

On this week’s episode of #TheRefinery The Conservative Union’s Leslie & Ryan, The Party Of Choice’s Andy & Cori, and Free Radical Network’s Felicia, Peter, & JD get into the Christmas spirit with some holiday talk, we get into what might happen if the country was split into two new countries based on ideology, and we talk about “The Age Of The Bully” in our Left Tactics segment!

THIS WEEK’S LINKS: 

Abundance Without Attachment – Arthur Brooks – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-abundance-without-attachment.htm

4 Ways to Reduce Stress and Materialism This Christmas – http://thefederalist.com/2014/12/16/4-ways-to-reduce-stress-and-materialism-this-christmas/

7 Ways to Simplify Your Christmas – http://thefederalist.com/2014/12/19/seven-ways-to-simplify-your-christmas/

We Live in the Age of the Bully – http://thefederalist.com/2014/12/22/we-live-in-the-age-of-the-bully/

The Left Discovers You Shouldn’t Collectivize Guilt – http://www.nationalreview.com/article/395320/left-discovers-you-shouldnt-collectivize-guilt-charles-c-w-cooke

IRS Targeting – http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertwood/2014/12/23/irs-hid-conservative-targeting-until-after-2012-presidential-election-smidgen-corrupt/

Kurt Schlichter’s Free Market Jesus Paradise piece – http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2014/12/15/nothing-succeeds-like-liberal-secession-blue-america-without-red-america-would-be-a-basket-case-n1931175

Republicans are Winning the Fiscal Fight – http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/republicans-are-winning-fiscal-fight

Culberson Sets Record Straight on CROmnibus – http://ponderingpenguin.blogspot.com/2014/12/culberson-sets-record-straight-on.html

Foreign nationals job stats – http://dailycaller.com/2014/12/19/fewer-us-born-americans-have-jobs-now-than-in-2007/

Immigrant Job Gains, Native Job Losses – http://cis.org/immigrant-gains-native-losses-in-the-job-market-2000-to-2013