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About Plato

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  1. I agree in that case. On public grounds and streets, they should have the right to wear it. Along with the police asking them to leave, I also expect the police paid special attention to them to ensure nothing else came from the situation. That's the most I'd expect could be done.
  2. The more relevant question: why wear nazi propaganda with a hateful slur to an LGBT festival? They could come back with different attire if they'd like. However, the festival would need to be upfront with the criteria. You can't say it after the fact. My "should" is that I believe it should be within the right of the festival to set that criteria (i.e., discriminating and hateful slurs) before the event. There's more to it than simply being "offended." It can be perceived as a direct attack on the LGBT community. Perhaps not the swastika itself, but "faggot" is absolutely a direct attack. What's the difference between being outside an event protesting and inside an event wearing propaganda with a hateful slur? Well, one is outside and one is inside. They have the right to publicly assemble outside of an event to protest, if that's their intention.
  3. That's true. They have the legal right to define the criteria for their private setting. I mention it because the context would be different if someone wore nazi propaganda with hateful slurs to an LGBT festival which is what you've addressed in the OP. Nazis have the right to publicly assemble in the US, and I agree with it. I don't agree, however, with the situation in the OP. They should've been removed.
  4. Do you believe the LGBT festival should have the right to ban clothing with discriminatory, hateful slurs and/or symbolism?
  5. 300mg is a really high dosage. I've been on 75mg with significant improvements for my mood and headaches. Even on a really low dosage of Amitriptyline, I would get strange withdrawal symptoms if I were to miss a day. Missing a few days on a really high dosage of Effexor would be a nightmare.
  6. Yeah, I was wondering if you've been skewing the context. Difficult to provide a response when you hold back information and exaggerate others. Hilarious.
  7. There's a lot to unpack here. "Do as I say, not as I do" comes to mind from your OP. Your child will follow your lead. You need to be the example. You are emotionally charged and stubborn. Your child is emotionally charged and stubborn. You need to take a step back along with your emotions. Ask yourself what it is about this situation that is making you so angry. So angry that you're willing to jump to the conclusion that your child is stupid. Process that anger before you interact with your child. Remain reasonable and calm. Apologize that the situation has gotten out of hand and be clear on what steps need to be taken moving forward. Lay out a plan and commit to it. If he is unwilling, then he will have to learn what happens when he fails to cooperate. Simple as that, really. There's no need to be angry about your son wanting a video game but not willing to do the work required for it. Your anger is coming from somewhere else.
  8. While I'm waiting for an argument, I have to ask, did you even read this? And it goes on to suggest solutions…
  9. Please feel free to take however long you need to form an argument. I never gave you a deadline.
  10. Even when you don't need to damage your intellectual integrity any further, you go above and beyond. In case you're puzzled, it's telling that you haven't been able to respond directly to any of the arguments I've made, yet you continue to drag it out.
  11. Agreed. Norway has one of the lowest incarceration rates at 74 per 100,000 while the US is at 666 per 100,000. This article goes into why it's so successful. They use "restorative justice" instead of "revenge justice."
  12. Don't the two already go hand in hand? In countries with more successful prison rehabilitation, crime and incarceration rates are lower as well.
  13. Did you miss the part where that's also a reflection of the prison system and our culture's view on criminals? You're just showing that it's currently not working in our system, not that rehabilitation doesn't work. How does it make more sense other than reaffirming your already held belief that brutal punishment works? Along with thebrainpolice, I'd like to see actual data that a brutal penal system is more effective than rehabilitation. Since you linked an article from HuffPost, here's another that goes into how the US can learn from prison reform efforts throughout the world.
  14. More reform. When society believes it's impossible for a criminal to change, is it any wonder why they don't change? When a criminal is released on good behavior and commits the same crime, it's as much of a failure of the prison system and society as it is a failure of the individual. Majority of people who commit crimes aren't actually psychopaths and are capable of being reformed, rapists included. The problem is reform requires a lot of time and tedious work. And of course, most importantly, we need to ensure that we protect the community while reforming. But to throw out ideas that rapists should be castrated is just barbaric, ignorant retaliation.
  15. There's still not. Considering the topic isn't "how far does human depravity go," it's irrelevant.