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  • by ziggy (25) on 2002.12.06 13:27 (#15227) Journal
    There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who don't. :-)

    Seriously, though, I think you've chosen to discuss a small number of issues that are exceedingly easy to polarize. Smokers (and tobacco companies) are strongly in favor of a right to smoke, while the anti-smoking lobby is seeking to slowly eliminate smoking (or at least eliminate the idea that there is a right to smoke in public).

    The middle east is one big soup of polarity. Everyone is right, and they disagree with pretty much everyone else. It's been that way for thousands of years, and it's not going to change because of the President of the United States (or a succession of Presidents). Ditto the situation in the Balkans.

    I don't think that people insist on seeing issues in black and white. It's more a case of issues being simplified and reduced to a pair of conflicting views. If you accept the polarization, it's about right and wrong, communism vs. capitalism, or chocolate vs. vanilla. If not, then it's a lot more complex. Notice how no one can simplify the US relationship with China into a simple set of opposites...

    • I really like that first sentence!

      Yes, these issues might be more polarized than others. It's just that I keep seeing the same thing, over and over again. Pick some issues you and I are in complete agreement over (DMCA, perhaps? Are there any such issues? ;) ), and you'll see what I mean. (Either you're an American believing in free enterprise and strong intellectual property rights, or you're an evil MP3 sharing pirate who just wants something for nothing.)

      No, I don't expect the President to change

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