Happy New Year

I nearly had my bubble burst last night. By which I mean encountering people with sufficiently different world-views that I’d unconsciously insult them after a few drinks. Witness some snippets from one such conversation:

“Yeah, South Africa has a lot of car-jackings and robberies, but the people are so nice! You should go!”

Me: “aren’t there places in the world that are less terrifying with equally nice people? Shouldn’t those places be higher on my list?”

Next: “oh, you’re from Canada. Are there any ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movements up there?”

Me: “what?”

‘Right wing’ people care more about security and less about inequality. On those dimensions I’m probably right-leaning, but wow, I felt neo-Nazi last night.

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