“On many issues, e.g. health care, I would agree with you. Not on all though. The progressive wing is pushing a 70% top marginal tax rate, which is substantially higher than the highest currently in Europe at 60%. That top tax rate would indeed make us an extreme outlier globally.”

Fair enough, let’s get into it.

Bear in mind that the GOP constantly hark back to the glory days of the 50s, when the top tax rate was 90+%. Maybe if the US had kept up with upkeep on infrastructure it wouldn’t need such a large injection of cash.

Most of the extreme positions, in my opinion, relate to social issues like policing, racial equality and immigration. Specifically:

- near open border policies (and yes, no enforcement means, essentially, no border) are not only unpopular in Europe, but have even been directly proven to be a mistake (see Sweden, for example). Angela Merkel famously was quoted saying: "Multiculturalism is a sham" following the disastrous impacts of Germany's temporary open-to-all-refugees border experience.”

I agree that immigration should be managed, just not the knee-jerk ‘I’m not racist but…’ style that the GOP seems to think is appropriate.

Is the ‘Open Border Policy’ position an actual position, or just an attempt to move the Overton window?

“- The CA house recently passed a bill to provide slavery reparations. But since they are so desperate to cleanse their white guilt, while also having no idea how to actually do it (because there is no good way to do it), they are launching a "task force" to figure that out. This of course allowed them to gain the benefit of the giant virtue signal now, while only having to show a real plan and look stupid later.”

So, almost exactly like what New Zealand did with reparations to the Maori that actually did go ahead. It’s by no means a perfect model, but it showed an attempt to understand and redress the past.

To be frank, the best source of reparations would be undoing the financial segregation caused by redlining and…

“- dismantling police departments”

“Regardless of your view on police power — whether you want to get rid of the police or simply to make them less violent — here’s an immediate demand we can all make: Cut the number of police in half and cut their budget in half. Fewer police officers equals fewer opportunities for them to brutalize and kill people.”

“[redirecting] the billions that now go to police departments toward providing health care, housing, education, and good jobs. If we did this, there would be less need for the police in the first place.”

Both quotes from:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/12/opinion/sunday/floyd-abolish-defund-police.html

“- legally enforced equity of outcomes, such as requirements to have x number of y identity group on boards of companies”

There’s a big difference, though between demanding this, now, and demanding that this be agreed as a goal. If it’s a goal, then equality of education and opportunity are the means.

Psychology graduate with interests in values and morality, cognition and executive function, and High Functioning Depression. Kiwi living in London, UK.

Psychology graduate with interests in values and morality, cognition and executive function, and High Functioning Depression. Kiwi living in London, UK.