Dom Nozzi is a Classical Progressive, and Not On the Regressive Left

By Dom Nozzi

There has been an ideological split on the political left in America in recent times. Many who call themselves “progressive” are actually politically regressive, as I show below. I want no part of that way of thinking.

I am a classical progressive. I believe in…

  • Fairness (no double standards) and liberty (as long as you are not hurting others).
  • Doing to others what I would have them do to me.
  • The welfare and sustainability of the individual, family, neighborhood, community, nation.
  • On military issues, I am a strong anti-interventionist and oppose all wars unless the US is being attacked on US soil and we must defend ourselves. I believe the military budget should be cut at least 90-95 percent. The US should end all of its many wars (which are nearly always wars of aggression), and eliminate all of its approximately 1,000 military bases around the world.
  • On criminal justice, I am strongly in favor of rehabilitation rather than retribution for the incarcerated. We need to make all drugs legal. We need to eliminate private prisons.
  • I am strongly pro-abortion and pro-gay rights.
  • On religion, I strongly believe churches should not be tax-exempt, and that most all religion-based laws should be repealed.
  • I strongly support much stronger gun regulation. 
  • I strongly support forever ending road and highway widening. I strongly support narrowing a great many existing roads and highways, and strongly support instituting road and highway tolling on a large number of roadways and highways. I support a higher gas tax.
  • I strongly support compact, higher-density, mixed-use development.
  • I strongly oppose the death penalty.
  • I strongly oppose US support for Israel – particularly financial.
  • I strongly oppose the massive federal subsidies for corn (and Big Ag).
  • I support higher taxes for those who are relatively wealthy, but also for those less wealthy (“I like paying taxes…Doing so gives me civilization”).
  • I strongly support substantially increased transit funding – particularly for the purpose of restoring high-quality national passenger rail.
  • I oppose NAFTA, TPP and other agreements that hurt the working class in the US.
  • I support universal health care (Medicare for All) and free college.
  • I support much more funding for education.
  • I support a reform of nutrition guidelines to promote health and drastically reduce obesity. This means that guidelines promote low-carb, high-fat diets.
  • I strongly support campaign finance reform.
  • I strongly support more strict regulations for Wall Street and Freddie May/Fannie Mac.
  • I strongly support elimination of “gross domestic product” (GDP) and replacing it with “gross national happiness” (GNH).
  • I strongly believe that all US cities must drastically cut its funding of bloated police and fire departments.
  • I support free speech – including speech that I disagree with.
  • I support making people happy rather than motor vehicles.
  • I support methods that build sustainable and successful adults, families, neighborhoods, communities, and nation.
  • I believe we should reward individuals based on merit, not group identity.
  • I support Martin Luther King’s call for equality of opportunity rather than equality of outcome.
  • Education and science are extremely valuable, admirable, and essential for success for individuals and the community. Individuals should be taught to enjoy engaging in self-education for life.
  • Whites or males are not guilty of injustices that may have been engaged in by ancestors long ago. “Original sin” is patently unfair, in other words.
  • I reject Marxist economics and what some call “cultural Marxism” (the ideas of group identity, group merit, group guilt, and splitting humans into “oppressors” or “oppressed”).
  • Civilized behavior is essential. Laws, and civil behavior, correctly speaking the language of the nation you live in, civilized dress, and personal hygiene are not “racist” or an “attack on diversity.” Abandoning such cultural rules and laws leads to barbarism.

I have held the thoughts expressed in the above list for much of my life (mostly created by what I have experienced in my life, what I have been taught, and what I have read). These views are not because of “indoctrination” or “drinking the Kool-Aid” or “alien abduction.”

The Regressive Left

It is extremely important for me to point out that my views above generally represent the classical, long-standing positions of the politically progressive left.

There is a newly emerging and starkly distinct political left as I write this in 2020. This is a crusading, righteous, intolerant political left that has lost its mind and is more accurately called the regressive left – a version that is giving the classical progressive viewpoint a black eye because many confuse the two with being one in the same.

The views held by me and others on the classical progressive left are nearly the opposite of today’s regressive left. Members of the regressive left are often referred to as “social justice warriors” or “woke” or “antifa.”

The regressive left, in contrast to the progressive left, tends to take the following stances…

  • Separating us into competing, divisive, antagonistic groups (“oppressors” and “oppressed”) rather than evaluating us as individuals.
  • Demanding equality of outcome rather than equality of opportunity. Inequality of outcome is, by definition, a sure sign of discrimination and oppression.
  • “Oppressor” individuals should be canceled, shamed, shouted down, censored, insulted, assaulted, and have their reputation and career destroyed.
  • Safe spaces are necessary on school campuses because certain words or ideas are “dangerous.”
  • Words can cause physical violence to the “oppressed.”
  • Unfair advantages such as affirmative action, “diversity” efforts, and welfare should be given to individuals who are members of “oppressed” groups based not on merit, but simply skin color, gender, or sexuality.
  • Anyone who does not fully buy into the wokester secular religious dogma is a fascist.
  • Diversity of skin color, gender, or sexuality is by definition always good and always necessary. Diversity of thought is not.
  • Authoritarian, bullying, violent actions by such groups as Antifa are righteous and opposed to fascism – in the same Orwellian way that black is white.
  • Masculinity is toxic and sexuality is dangerous. Men should be neutered eunuchs. A sex-negative attitude is politically correct and women should not dress in a sexually appealing way, as this “objectifies” them. Women can tell sexual jokes or fondle and kiss men they are not in a relationship with. Men, however, cannot do these things.
  • It is acceptable to discriminate against white men.
  • “Reparations” are an appropriate way to correct historical wrongs committed by “oppressor” groups.
  • Whites or males are forever guilty of the “original sin” of what their ancestors may have done long ago to “oppress” members of “oppressed” groups.
  • Science and education are to be distrusted because it is “white,” “western,” “male supremacist” or “patriarchal.” There are better ways to know “truth,” and this “knowledge” can only come from “oppressed” people such as blacks, women, or sexual minorities.

In sum, I am a proud member of the classical progressive left, and have no allegiance with or sympathy for the regressive left I describe above. It is an agenda of intolerant, authoritarian, unfair regressiveness rather than progressiveness. Of all the political affiliations in existence today, the regressive left is the most dangerous. The most worthy of disdain.

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War Crime America

By Dom Nozzi

All Americans with any shred of empathy and interest in a sustainable future should make one of their most important priorities to support a candidate who strongly opposes American imperialism and wars of aggression.

It sickens me that Repubs and Dems have reached a bi-partisan consensus that on-going endless wars of aggression, imperialism, and the insanely high military spending that supports that barbaric cruelty is our top priority. Shame on anyone who does not prioritize ending this endless, unaffordable, murderous militarism by America. I’m willing to overlook a lot of candidate flaws if ending American imperialism and wars of aggression and insane military spending is an important part of that candidate’s agenda.

Given the disgusting, war-crime behavior of America, where we have killed hundreds of millions of innocent civilians in our endless wars of aggression since the 1960s, how dare we consider electing a man (Biden) who has a track record of being extremely pro-war. Biden, Obama, Bush Boys, and Clinton, Nixon, and Reagan should all be imprisoned for their sickening number of war crimes committed.

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On Knowing About Racism in America Today

By Dom Nozzi

Many people I know are so utterly shocked by my views regarding racism in America today that they assume it is because I have not read anything about racism, or talked to anyone about the issue.

I challenge anyone to show how they seek out more of a broad range of scholars on the left AND right on political issues than I do. Same goes for reading as many books on such issues annually (I read 50 to 80 books each year). I know of no one that comes even close.

As an aside, it is somewhat insulting to suggest that I am not seeking out a range of information from quality sources before expressing myself. I realize that this is the case for a large number of Americans, but I am not part of that sloppiness.

In this day and age, Dems and Repubs are far more likely to be living in their tribal intellectual bubble and not getting any information or perspective from the other side (mostly due to social media and mainstream media). I make it a point to read comments from the right (almost always from scholars) on regular occasions. When combining that with the fact that I have ignored mainstream media since 1980, it is telling and utterly unsurprising how my views now significantly vary from almost anyone I speak with or hear from. I heartily suggest that others seek out the vast, broad range of info the way I have for most of my life.

Some of my critics claim I have not talked with enough people to really understand the issue. Yes, I have not “talked” with such people other than having heard many speeches and read many books. But in response I must ask: have such critics or others talked with a “sufficient” number of people?

Here are a selection of folks (most all are black) I have read or heard speeches from over the past few months (all of whom share my view that blacks are now nearly equal to whites and experience no significant forms of racism): Coleman Hughes, Candace Owens, Dr. Carol Swain, Jason Riley, Heather Mac Donald, Josephine Mathias, Gad Saad, Larry Elder, Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, Brandon Tatum, John McWorter, David Webb, Shelby Steele, Burgess Owens, Glenn Loury, Leo Terrell, and Thomas Sowell.

I ask my critics: Can you share with me your list of thinkers on race that you’ve read or heard from over the past few months?

I strongly suggest my critics read John McWorter. I have read his two leading books on US racism: Losing the Race, and Winning the Race. He is one of the nation’s leading black linguists. One of his key points is that roughly since the 60s (today, we are vastly less racist in laws and other racist obstacles since then), blacks have been severely held back for three black culture reasons: (1) anti-intellectualism; (2) separatism; and (3) victimhood. In his view and that of many others, there remains almost no laws or racism that holds blacks back. It is these three items that are the main obstacles. Each of these three are amplified by government welfare, affirmative action, and similar “diversity” efforts. If my critics don’t have time to read McWorther, I inform them that they owe it to themselves to see him on YouTube.

In this day and age of Internet-driven information overload, it is not productive or persuasive to, as many of my critics have done, ask if I have talked with a broad range of scholars, scientists, etc. (or read them — which is far more feasible: who do my critics know who have “talked” with scholars on racism?). It is not productive or persuasive these days because neither me nor my critics can cite a LONG list of scholars who strongly support our opposing views on racism. How do we judge who is most credible? The one of us who lists 400 names rather than 200? The one of us who cites more Ivy scholars? The one of us who has read more books on the topic (how many books have my critics read on racism over the last few months? I’ve read three or four).

Here is an important question for my critics: “Does racism exist today”? Can you name any meaningful laws that exist today that are racist? Are there any “diversity” programs that preference whites over blacks? I know of quite a few programs that preference blacks over whites. I have seen countless instances in my adult life where blacks (or women) were given preference over whites (or males). That preference was based on skin color (or gender). It had nothing to do with merit. That leads, inevitably, to bitter resentment (and the election of people such as Donald Trump).

It also perpetuates denigrating perceptions.

For example, an enormous number of whites or males understandably assume that when blacks or females are selected for jobs or competitive colleges that these blacks or females are inferior (they only got those appointments due to their skin color or gender). Such merit-less preferences also inevitably lead many blacks and women to not work as hard as they could because after all, they know that they only need to be one of the best blacks or women to get preference with affirmative action or diversity programs.

Note that McWhorter cites peer-reviewed studies that clearly show that when we control for such things as class or wealth or quality of schools or black vs white teachers or professional parents (etc.), blacks continue to be outperformed by whites. The only possible explanation, according to McWhorter, is differences in culture (anti-intellectualism, separatism, and victimhood).

It seems quite clear that my critics are holding me to a far higher standard than others. How many of my critics see the modern day version of witches on broomsticks (ie, racism is rampant — even though we can point to very little evidence for that)? Do my critics request “training in the field” or “talking to a broad range of scholars/scientists” – as they do when attacking me — before they accept their racism views?

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Examples of Democrats Being Anti-Science

By Dom Nozzi

In recent decades, a great many Democrats and many on the political left (these days, Democrats and the political left, by the way, are often not the same) have made much political hay over the premise that it is they who are “pro-science” or “evidence-based,” while they accuse Republicans of being “anti-science” or not making decisions based on evidence.

But taking this position is clearly a double standard. The list below contains positions taken more often by Democrats or the political left than by Republicans or the political right. As you can see, it turns out that Democrats or those on the political left are often happy to reject science or objective evidence.

*GMOs are harmful.

*Vaccines are harmful.

*Disproportionate violent crime by young black men is a myth.

*There are disproportionately high levels of police brutality against blacks.

*Acupuncture and herbal organic are effective medical therapies.

*Nearly all environmental quality indicators are moving in a negative direction.

*It is untrue that genes predict a lot of what we see as outcomes in educational achievement.

*There is a “gender wage gap.”

*More than a third of Democrats believe the earth is less than 10,000 years old.

*There is no research showing meaningful genetic, IQ, rape, or gender differences. There can be no evolutionary research or explanations or genetic basis for such things. Such research is, by definition, racist and sexist. However, genetic research is okay if it finds that women are better than men.

*Alternative medicine is better than conventional medicine.

*Extraterrestrials exist.

*Fortune telling and astrology are valid ways to obtain knowledge. Twice as many Democrats as Republicans believe in astrology.

*Nuclear power should never be used and “green” renewables such as solar are always desirable.

*Sociobiology, population genetics (differences between populations), and evolutionary psychology have delivered many un-PC findings and must therefore be considered flawed or otherwise unreliable.

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How to Get Democrats to Vote for a Republican

By Dom Nozzi

How do we get millions of Democrats to voluntarily vote for a Republican?

Joe Biden, the Democratic Party nominee for the November 2020 presidential election, is clearly a Republican. His track record is Republican through and through.

How did we arrive at this state of affairs, where the Democratic Party has nominated a Republican as its presidential pick?

How do we get millions of Dems to support long-standing Republican values? How do we get millions of Dems to want to vote for a demented sex abuser? How do we get millions of Dems to lose their minds in a hysterical rage that makes the witch-burning mobs in Salem MA to look reasonable by comparison? How do we allow Repubs to experience the wet dream of having both Repubs and Dems vote for a Repub for president?

The mainstream media OUTRAGE and TERRIFY machine has discovered the perfect recipe: Engage in a 5-year, 24/7 campaign to so vilify Trump that Dems will – in a blind rage — insanely agree to vote for ANYONE to replace him.

How blind? There is a report of one woman stating she will vote for Biden even if he raped 100 women at gunpoint, raped their daughter, and even raped them.

This is not sane. It is extreme (and very dangerous) mental illness. Seeing this sort of pathological delusion allows us to understand the enraged witch-burning the mobs engaged in back in colonial Salem. Turns out, ironically, that many Dems are now becoming like them.

It allows us to understand why the Germans opted for Hitler in the 1930s (like today, they were insanely enraged). Turns out, ironically, that many Dems are now becoming like them.

Using rage as a motivator of citizens almost always in history leads to a very dark outcome.

Like in the past, enraged Democrats today will lead us to a tragic irony. Rage will not bring the “salvation” they promise, but a dark, cruel future.

In sum, you cannot use insane rage to achieve political goals. Doing that simply ends up driving you insane and driving you to ruin your own world.

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Why Post Comments that Portray Democratic Voters as Lunatics?

By Dom Nozzi

I occasionally post comments to Facebook from Democratic voters who have lost their minds with rage. A friend on the political left asked me why I do this.

I responded by saying that I do this because I think it does a very good job in exemplifying how red-hot furious many people have become about Donald Trump Many Demo voters lose their mind with fury when they talk about Trump. In a great many instances, I’ve seen otherwise intelligent people say they’d vote for a dog catcher or a garbage man or a drunken high school dropout instead of Trump.

Doing this is, in my opinion, a juvenile children’s game of hatred one-upmanship. I recall that many Dems were harshly critical when Repubs said similar things about Obama when he ran for re-election.

Repubs, it must be noted, were nowhere near as extreme as many of today’s Dems, largely because since Obama, the manipulative mainstream media has whipped this nation into a toxic partisan hyper-rage.

In my view, posting these sorts of “loonie” comments, as this friend put it, is a way to wake people up to the mania of engaging in hatred one-upmanship. In part, such a game makes partisanship — which is already so extreme that it is paralyzing this nation politically — even MORE extreme.

Another reason I post this sort of thing is that the one-upmanship game exemplifies what I believe is a terrible, failed strategy. The strategy consists of nominating the worst presidential candidate in US history (Biden) and getting him elected without touting his positives. This tactic is necessary because Biden has a few positives. Rather, the positives are barely noticeable in comparison to the huge number of terrible negatives.

Instead, the utterly ridiculous strategy is to have the Dem Party and its supporters push a single message that makes nearly all other messages almost invisible: Trump is the worst human that ever lived.

Unfortunately for this goofy Dem strategy, “I’m not Trump” is not a winning recipe for Biden. “I’m not Trump” has emerged as about the only thing he says — or is allowed to say. When a countless number of Dems I’ve heard from over the past several months say things like “I’d rather vote for my dog than Trump!,” they are perpetuating the idea that Biden is terrible but you must vote for him because Trump is VERY terrible.

Yes, there are lunatics on both sides, but why does that mean it is okay for countless Dems I have heard from to join in and be lunatics in what they say?

For most of my life, Republicans have attacked those on the political left for saying unflattering things about America. They’d say that liberals never criticize the Soviets – only America. In a similar manner, when I critique the Dems, people often say I never attack Trump.

But the proper response by liberals to that non sequitur is to point out that being critical of America helps America get better. In addition, if you are an American citizen rather than a Soviet citizen, how can an American criticizing the Soviets help reform the Soviets?

I don’t think it is helpful for the political left to join the red-baiting Repubs who often responded to liberal critiques of America by saying “LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT!”

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The Failed Strategy of the Democratic Party

By Dom Nozzi

The juvenile, all-too-common abusive, insulting comments I have gotten in response to my thoughts about the 2020 presidential election exemplifies why Donald Trump won the presidential election in 2016.

I’ve gotten several variations of insulting comment from a number of my Faecebook friends – one “friend” called my comments a “pile of horseshit”

Such childish, tantrum-throwing partisan Biden supporters need to prepare for surprise and disappointment once again in November.

Most Democratic Party voters continue to have no understanding of why Trump won in 2016. They will be befuddled again in November. Here is a hint: As we saw with Gore, Kerry, and Hillary Clinton, Dems cannot win with the “strategy” (if you can call such a pathetic tactic a strategy) that consists of simply attacking Trump 24/7, say nothing about your corrupt, nothing-burger candidate, and hope no one notices the person behind the curtain (ie, your candidate).

Are Dems still wondering why 9.4 million Dems voted for Trump in 2016 when the Dems used this failed strategy with Hillary? Or the 100 million that voted for neither in 2016?

There is only one reason I can think of to have Dems spend 24/7 time over 5 years trying to convince as many as possible that Trump is the most disgusting, most dangerous, most stupid, and most hideous person who ever walked the face of the earth: It is the best way to convince millions of otherwise intelligent Dems to vote for a Republican — which my Biden indictment list clearly shows Biden is. To convince them to vote for the worst presidential candidate (Biden) in US history.

When Trump is re-elected in November (possibly by a landslide), and millions of Dems hold their nose and vote for Bumbling Biden, the message the DNC will get is to run a candidate in 2024 who is even further to the right than DINO Biden. And the Repubs will nominate someone who is more of a bozo than Trump.

Maybe its time to use a different playbook?

Having as a “choice” the two worst presidential candidates in US history to vote for in November means that the only reasonable thing to do is to vote for neither. I see a much larger number than the 100 million non-voters not voting in this “election.” Not voting for either is the path to reform, rather than moving backwards the way we have for the past number of decades.

Voting major party is in no way a solution when both parties are utterly corrupt.

Partisan, Lesser Evil Democrats can feel free to call these comments of mine “horseshit” again. Doing so is lazy and is not in any way persuasive.

Indeed, doing that reminds me of a common argument tactic that David Haidt points out in his Coddling of the American Mind: Many of today’s college students seem to think that all one needs to do to win an argument is to engage in name-calling or “canceling” someone (“You sound like Hitler!”). Or preventing a person from speaking by shouting them down. Or demanding the school administration protect you by setting up “safe zones” on campus so you are safe from “violent words.”

Is it not both funny and tragic that many who allege to be on the political left have adopted so many of the tactics of the authoritarian right? And why much of Trump’s rhetoric resonates so well with so many of his large, enthusiastic, and growing number of supporters?

By the way, to the comment I once got from one of these juvenile Democratic partisans that I have a “distorted view of reality,” we must ask why my political views are seen by many to be so unlike the views of others?

I’m pretty sure the following has something to do with it.

I read over 50 books per year and have not watched mainstream media since 1980. Yet I live in an age when almost no one reads even a single book in a year, and where nearly everyone consumes the highly manipulative mainstream media for a number of hours each and every day. What that means is that I am proud and not surprised to know that my views are so far out of the mainstream.

One of my favorite quotes from Mark Twain: Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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Am I a Coward for Not Voting for Joe Biden?

By Dom Nozzi

One of my Facebook friends recently told me on my Facebook wall that I’m “taking the coward’s way out” by not voting for Biden.

I’d say the opposite is clearly the case.

I know before I question Biden’s awful record in social conversations with others that I will inevitably be victimized by anger and insults directed at me by friends when I (rightly) criticize Biden. I have been verbally abused by countless friends on the left each time I critique Biden. It seems obvious to me, given the abuse I know I will get, that a “coward” would never do what I’m doing (taking Biden’s record to task). In fact, the spineless, cowardly thing to do in this instance is to join the Democratic Party choir and pathetically sing the praises of Biden, even when you know Biden is disgusting and incompetent. Doing that is certain to allow you to enjoy being seen as virtuous and enlightened by all your Dem friends who are part of your cult. Your tribe.

I’ve had some friends who agree with me on this, and admire me for the courage to say what I say about Biden. Those friends have told me they don’t have the intestinal fortitude to do what I’m doing.

I assure these friends that it is not easy to do things that you know will lose you friends.

But because our future is so important to me, I continue to agree with John Lennon, who once said that being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.

Biden is FAR worse than Trump, as my blog on that topic clearly shows. It shocks me that people have such blind hatred for Trump that they are willing to vote for a demented, sexually abusing, warmongering, lying, corrupt Republican (Biden). I never thought I’d see the day when millions of otherwise intelligent Dem voters will do that.

As Henry Ford would say, you can vote for any candidate you want in November, as long as he is a Republican.

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Do NOT Vote in November 2020!

By Dom Nozzi

Every Democratic Party presidential candidate since Carter was “pushed” to be more progressive on issues.

The “push” failed to move the candidate more to the left every time.

I don’t see how electing a sexually abusing, warmongering, corrupt, pathologically lying, demented candidate (Joe Biden) is a good idea at all. If Hitler ran against Ted Bundy, would you vote for Bundy after I spent all my time telling you that Hitler was a murderous, moronic criminal?

Lesser Evil voters will insist that you MUST vote for Bundy.

Did such advocates not get the memo from the Kerry, Gore, and Hillary campaigns that it is a failed strategy to simply attack the opposition, say nothing about your corrupt, nothing-burger candidate, and hope no one notices the person behind the curtain (ie, your candidate)? Are such Lesser Evil advocates still wondering why 9.4 million Dems voted for Trump in 2016 when the Dems used this failed strategy with Hillary Clinton? Or the 100 million that voted for neither in 2016?

There is only one reason I can think of to have Dems spend 24/7 time over five years trying to convince as many as possible that the Repub presidential candidate is the most disgusting, most stupid, and most hideous person who ever walked the face of the earth: It is the best way to convince millions of otherwise intelligent Dems to vote for a Republican — which my assessment clearly shows Biden is. To convince them to vote for the worst presidential candidate (Biden) in US history. As Henry Ford would say, you can vote for any presidential candidate you want, as long as he is a Republican.

When Trump is re-elected in November (possibly by a landslide), and millions of Dems hold their nose and vote for Bumbling Biden, the message the DNC will get is to run a candidate in 2024 who is even further to the right than DINO Biden. And the Repubs will nominate someone who is more of a bozo than Trump.

Maybe its time to use a different playbook?

Having as a “choice” the two worst presidential candidates in US history to vote for in November means that the only reasonable thing to do is to vote for neither. I see a much larger number than the 100 million non-voters not voting in this “election.” That is the path to reform, rather than moving backwards the way we have for the past number of decades.

We can do better.

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Why Dom Nozzi Expresses Such Distasteful Views

By Dom Nozzi

Given all of the vitriol cooked up by the mainstream media today, and all of the hatred and hyper-partisanship that results, something predictable has happened to me in recent months. Many people who have known me for a long time are surprised and disappointed and angry about what they believe are “distasteful” views they hear me express these days.

Why does Dom Nozzi express such “distasteful” views?

Ever since my teen years, I have been extremely interested in protecting and promoting quality of life, which has also led me, since then, to be intensely interested in politics — because politics plays an enormous role in quality of life. To be interested in politics has, for me, meant that I read as many books and articles as I can on the topic to be better educated about political candidates. I also attend or listen to as many speeches as I can by politicians.

Because quality of life and politics are so very important to me, I have always had a strong desire to express my opinions on topics I have learned a lot about. I have done that by writing quite a lot and talking politics whenever I am in a social setting where political discussion is appropriate (such as in settings where it is happening when I am there).

In doing these things, I often discover that certain issues or candidates or political parties or referenda are either highly desirable or highly undesirable. When I learn that, I have a strong desire to share what I believe with others.

I am extremely concerned about the presidential election in November, as my relatively extensive research has convinced me that a Biden victory would be terribly detrimental to America — far more than a Trump win. I intend to let as many people as possible know that between now and November via Facebook, my blog sites, emails, and in-person conversation.

I am doing this even though I fully understand that my political views (which I am extremely proud of) are far different from nearly everyone I know, which means I know my expressing my views will surely elicit shock, insult, anger, and what Facebook calls “unfriending.” I am very sorry that those sorts of reactions are inevitable when I express my views. But I feel I must express my views as I feel the issues are so significant that it is very important for me to do express myself.

Why are my political views so unlike the views of others? I’m pretty sure the following has something to do with it: I read over 50 books per year and have not watched mainstream media since 1980. Yet I live in an age when almost no one reads even a single book in a year, and where nearly everyone consumes the highly manipulative mainstream media for a number of hours each and every day. What that means is that my views are understandably far out of the mainstream.

I am proud of that.

One of my favorite quotes from Mark Twain: Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. 

And one of my favorite quotes from John Lennon: Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.

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