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    gabjoh, Skaje

    ....and the extent to which so many on the left have allowed themselves to be immersed in this "civilize the savages" worldview--where low-income and mentally ill tobacco users are always first in line to be taxed and where a prohibition on big gulp sodas manages to find false flag progressive defenders--completely undermines the mainstays of the progressive project.  How can progressives in one breath claim that the levers of government needs to employed to financially empower the underclass, while in the next insist that the same group of people are engaging in a lifestyle from which Big Brother must rescue them through whatever punitive and paternalistic means necessary?

    Whenever those on the left rally to the cause of lifestyle control for the peasantry, the de facto message is that the people are the problem, not the system in which the people exist in.  And a good percentage of the people will at that point rightfully tune you out.  

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