New Rules



  1. #1 Serena
    September 28, 2008

    Now that was outstanding. There is an insight here that everyone should be exposed to.

  2. #2 greg laden
    September 28, 2008

    Everyone must watch this.

  3. #3 Oldfart
    September 28, 2008

    Sorry. Can’t get past the fact that, despite his political acumen and his atheism, Bill Maher is a purveyor of woo of the worst kind. I won’t view his programs at all anymore.

  4. #4 Stephanie Z
    September 28, 2008

    I want to make a little graph. On the X axis is how badly a person needs to see this, needs that insight. On the Y axis is how funny that person finds the clip. I suspect it would do some interesting things.

  5. #5 greg laden
    September 28, 2008

    I have almost exactly the same routine he has, used in various lecture contexts. Not as funny in presentation, and not meant to be funny. The idea is to use the same exact trope that the racists commentaries involve, but to blame everything on white people. Those white people under discussion are the wealthy and the privileged, and the obvious contrast is with darker-skinned underprivileged people.

    Then, I moved to Coon Rapids and learned of the other quadrant of the graph.

  6. #6 Mike Spear
    September 29, 2008

    Bill Maher is indeed a tough one. He says some great things that make a lot of sense, but it becomes increasingly difficult to swallow his point of view once you realize it came not from being overly rational, but more from a anti-authoritarian point of view. This seems to be the best way to describe how he can be both pro-woo and anti-religion at the same time.

  7. #7 Thomas M.
    September 29, 2008

    There are two insights that can be taken from this:

    1. That white people commit crimes, too, so it’s not to fair to act as if a particular race is worse about it than others.

    2. That it’s bullshit to claim that a person’s socioeconomic status is the reason they have a tendency to commit crimes since crimes are committed across the board, by the rich and poor and by people in all ‘classes’.

    Which were you getting at?

  8. #8 Monado
    September 29, 2008

    I’ve some people like that. They do good mainly because they’re shit-disturbers.