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April 06, 2004

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Ha, that's great. I was wondering where all that buildup was leading.

Nah. Still Ted Rall.

Anybody who thinks supporting the war in Afghanistan disqualifies you as a true liberal has to be Ted Rall.

He makes some decent points that time will decide. Liberals may simply not enjoy strident radio the way conservatives do, and I was never sure the audience was ever there to be found.

The farm system idea was not bad. I might have tried starting in Austin and Lawrence Kansas( medium size college towns), but I think those dial slots are real hard to buy in smaller markets.

"Anybody who thinks supporting the war in Afghanistan disqualifies you as a true liberal has to be Ted Rall."

I didn't say that he was right, just that for once he wasn't giving off that vibe that makes a person want to make soothing noises while looking for a nice, heavy rock to throw. :)

I can only conclude from your use of the word sensorium that you've been reading far too much William Gibson.

I did like the following line:

Second, moderation is death.

I think Rall's in no mortal danger.

Oh, and:

Democrats want to hear a strident voice echoing their opinions; Republicans want to throw something at those Goddamn commies.

So, Democrats want an echo chamber, eh? Damn. Well, it's Rall, so I have to weight accordingly.

So, Democrats want an echo chamber, eh?

I don't think that's what he's saying. I think he's saying liberals want a strong voice speaking strongly. That's different than an echo chamber, though, the distinction I'm making might not make much difference.

"...true liberal has to be Ted Rall."

Key missing point: Ted Rall is neither an actual liberal, nor has ever claimed to be one. He is a rather extreme leftist (though not, so far as I know, a communist -- and, yes, there are still a number around), and regards himself as a "radical."

There really are differences between these things, greatly significant ones, much as they're invisible from many POVs on the right, just as, say, a libertarian is different from a paleoconservative or a racist.

I don't think that's what he's saying.

I'd agree with you, if he hadn't used the word "echo". I'd also probably have used a different word than "strident" if I were him; thank God that's not the case.

And just so we're clear, Gary, I don't think Rall's opinions are reflective of those of everyone left of center. Or even a sizeable percentage of the country.

Rall's a nutjob.

I think that liberals, on the whole, are actually fairly moderate, which is why Air America is the way it is. Nobody's calling for public ownership of the means of producation over there.

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