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Things 'common sense' folks say that you hate hearing all of the time

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Things 'common sense' folks say that you hate hearing all of the time

So this basically should cover every day talk (political or otherwise) by people around you that you hate hearing all of the time. This can also include the political right and conservatives since they seem to employ "common sense" in their thinking as well.

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Aug 19 2013 00:54

"Why don't they just go home and get a job?" some random lady asked by a ABC7 news reporter in response to Occupy Wall Street, even though unemployment is evidently large enough to be noticeable.

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Aug 19 2013 03:36

"Well, I like socialism because it means equality, but we just have to have capitalism because competition is always a good thing!"

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Aug 19 2013 06:16

"human nature"

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Aug 19 2013 20:44

- Communism was tried and failed.

- Without the profit motive no one will work.

- If you weren't a leftist when you were young you're heartless. If you don't make a rightward turn in your 40's you're stupid.

- Why do you want to take away my property? I need my home and car to survive!

- We don't need feminism anymore. Maybe in Saudi Arabia but not the advanced western world.

- I'm a socialist. I think we need to tax the rich more and place more focus on social programs.

- Some things are just human nature. The family unit with the man running it and capitalism with people creating things and selling them on the market. All we're doing is building, buying and selling/trading things. This has been going on since pre history.

- If we could just get Obama in office in 2008 we can reverse all of Bush's crimes.

- I'm a feminist so I'm voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

- NWO

- Corporations have ruined capitalism.

- I love America. We all have equal opportunity here. Just look at Bill Gates. He didn't even graduate high school.

- Slavery was like...hundreds of years ago. Black people need to get over it.

- (on the housing bubble) What were poor people doing buying homes in the first place? If the government would've just staid out of the market no banks would've lent these people money.

- Communism killed over 100 million people. Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and HITLER!

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Aug 19 2013 07:35

"It's not racist to be patriotic"

"Women and men are equal. I'm a big lefty. BUT women's brains are like this and men's brains are like that. You can't argue with 'SCIENCE'"

"Say what you will about Nigel Farage, but he's got charisma"

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Aug 19 2013 07:42

"bootstraps!"

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Aug 19 2013 07:56

Man, being an American, I got tons of these (although Jonthom stole one of mine already)

"We needed unions on the past, but not anymore."

"Marx made sense in the past, but not anymore and not in America."

"Workers/tenants have too many rights."

"The Soviet Union - see, communism can't work"

"Communism looks great on paper, but it'd never work in reality"

"I'm liberal, so I'm left-wing."

"Politicians just need to get along"

"[European country] is socialist."

"America isn't perfect, but it's still the best country on earth."

"Democracy"

"Freedom"

"The deficit"

"Left-wing Democrats..."

Any mindless platitude quoted on network news.

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Aug 19 2013 07:54

"People are poor because of taxes. The government takes away all our money. We just need to fix the tax system..."

"Children die in Canada because of socialised medicine..."

"Obama is a socialist."

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Aug 19 2013 07:58

"The EU"

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Aug 19 2013 08:19

"jobs!"

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Aug 19 2013 08:20
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"The EU"

"The UN"

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Aug 19 2013 08:21

"Evolution is just a theory."

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Aug 19 2013 08:56
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"jobs!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f38Y0i0-mHA

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Aug 19 2013 09:10

"Darwin became a Christian on his deathbed."

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Aug 19 2013 09:33

- it can't be explained any other way, it must be genetic
- why?
- because you can't explain it any other way, duh!

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Aug 19 2013 09:34

the illuminati

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Aug 19 2013 10:44
Quote:
"Evolution is just a theory."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22bo6CKJcJM

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Aug 19 2013 10:55

" ... I am not racist/anti-semitic, but ..."

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Aug 19 2013 11:37

"Always look both ways before crossing the road"

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Aug 19 2013 11:42

"Before going away always check that all the lights and heating are switched off. But in winter make sure that you set the timer on your heating to always come on at least once a day so as to avert the possibility of burst pipes"

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Aug 19 2013 11:42

"Just knuckle under and do as yer told laddie"

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Aug 19 2013 13:24

"If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear"

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Aug 19 2013 13:43

'support the troops' (meaning 'don't oppose wars')

'when you're my age you'll realise that...' (don't really get this one anymore sad )

'we needed Thatcher because the unions had this country by the throat'

(after being called out on a bit of bigotry) 'oh, come on, I was obviously just joking, don't take everything so seriously.'

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"If you just worked hard..."

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Aug 19 2013 15:30

"...everybody knows... it's a well known fact...."
Translation: I read it in the Sun/Daily Mail, etc.

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Aug 19 2013 16:22

"I'm not blaming the victim! But as you know, it takes two to tango."

"Cultural Marxism"

"You don't tolerate Sharia law punishments? Stop being a bigot!"

"People are just too selfish for communism to work."

"What about THE TRAGEDY OF THE COMMONS?"

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Aug 19 2013 17:24

Real common one here:

If we didn't have the police there'd be theft/rape/murder.

Like we don't have plenty of that already. Duh!

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Aug 19 2013 18:22

"Crony/casino/vulture capitalism"

"Bet you won't be bashing the cops when they protect you from rape/theft/torture and dismemberment!"

"Just a few bad apples!"

"We need to SHOW politicians that we're upset about this!"

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Aug 19 2013 18:47
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"We need to SHOW politicians that we're upset about this!"

Oh Christ, this just makes me want to throw in the towel.

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Aug 19 2013 19:04

One of the things I find most frustrating is people wanting me to offer a description of communism/socialism as a "system" of overarching structures that frankly, in their inability to be questioned, resemble nothing so much like capitalism and earlier hierarchical societies. When I refuse to do this on the basis that communism is precisely a conscious, concrete and experimental approach to collective practice whose form depends on what circumstances and desires the individuals involved may have, so many people just cannot grasp this. They can only imagine a society where everything is beyond their control and predefined. They just want it to run better (which it of course cannot because it obeys its own separate fetishistic laws, not human desires).

On another note:

"We'll always have leaders."
"Without capitalism we would all starve to death."
"Hard work is a moral duty."
"Lazy people are bad."
"If we legalised drugs more people would be drug addicts."
"History is made by great men."
"Racism is as old as time itself." In fact ... anything "is as old as time itself."
"... would revert to the barter system of old." A classic of historians and economists.
Referring to "economies" in reference to pre-capitalist societies.
"Women are irrational, men are rational." Pretty much anything said about gender differences, in fact.
"Capitalist society is a rational system, religion is an irrational system." A favourite of the New Atheist brigade.
"Some wars are just."
"The French are rude." "The English are polite." "Italians are passionate." etc. Any and all sweeping generalisation about people who happen to live under a nation state.

There is so much more ...