American Dreaming

American Dreaming offers commentary on political and cultural issues from a critical perspective, often challenging mainstream views on topics like social justice, cancel culture, Middle East conflicts, drug policies, and the impact of ideological movements on society. It emphasizes individual liberty, critiques authoritarian tendencies, and examines societal shifts towards or away from traditional values.

Politics Culture Social Justice Freedom of Speech Middle East Conflict Cancel Culture Liberal Values Elections and Voter Behavior Drug Policy Comedy and Social Norms Capitalism and Socialism Literary Censorship LGBTQ+ Issues Electoral Systems Religion and Morality

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424 implied HN points โ€ข 04 Mar 24
  1. Genocide is being redefined to include a wide range of actions such as civilian deaths, dropping bombs, and even destroying cultural sites, creating confusion and making the term lose its significance.
  2. Linguistic hyperinflation is blurring the meaning of words like 'genocide' and 'war crimes', causing a dangerous trend where serious distinctions are being erased for political convenience.
  3. The lack of reliable information and the bias in reporting on conflicts, like the Israel-Palestine situation, highlights the importance of verifying sources and considering agendas in understanding complex geopolitical issues.
318 implied HN points โ€ข 26 Feb 24
  1. Many young people hold misconceptions about Israel and the Holocaust, with a significant percentage believing in false narratives.
  2. There is a growing disconnect between the perception of 'genocide' and the reality of Israel's actions in the war with Hamas.
  3. Israel's military actions, while criticized as disproportionate by some, are viewed by many as necessary for self-defense and preserving their nation.
546 implied HN points โ€ข 24 Nov 23
  1. Young Americans are expressing disillusionment and cynicism towards the US and the West.
  2. These attitudes are linked to a school of thought called postcolonialism, which can lead to left-wing fascism under the guise of social justice.
  3. The author urges young Americans to reevaluate their views and emphasizes the value of freedom of speech in America.
106 implied HN points โ€ข 05 Feb 24
  1. LGBT identification rates have significantly increased among Gen Z, sparking skepticism and ridicule.
  2. Bisexuality is a major component of the LGBT community, often overlooked or misunderstood.
  3. The rise in LGBT identification is not solely attributed to social contagion, as historical data and research show higher rates of same-sex attraction and behavior.
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166 implied HN points โ€ข 11 Dec 23
  1. Marijuana decriminalization and legalization in the US have been positive for freedom, but public consumption may trigger a backlash.
  2. Recent focus on public drug use threatens the progress made in drug reform policies, sparking concerns and potential reversal of gains.
  3. Efforts are needed to balance drug legalization with regulations on public drug use to avoid a resurgence of anti-drug sentiments and policies.
212 implied HN points โ€ข 10 Nov 23
  1. Critics argue that young voters are angry at Biden due to his support for Israel, but data shows this may not be impacting his re-election chances.
  2. Despite concerns about young progressive voters turning away from Biden, the data indicates that they are not a significant voting bloc and may not sway elections.
  3. Changing his stance on Israel/Palestine would not benefit Biden politically, as it could alienate reliable voters to cater to a smaller, less reliable group.
151 implied HN points โ€ข 04 Aug 23
  1. Talk of equity is becoming more popular than the traditional American ideal of equality.
  2. Young people today are disillusioned with capitalism and liberalism, favoring socialism and heavy government spending.
  3. Instead of focusing on lowering the ceiling, we should aim to raise the floor to achieve true equality of opportunity.
3 HN points โ€ข 11 Mar 24
  1. Interventionism, once a common practice for the US, has fallen out of favor with the public over the years due to costly wars, military failures, and lack of success in conflicts.
  2. Public opinion in the US has shifted towards anti-interventionism, with many Americans opposing military interventions to stabilize conflicts, promote democracy, or protect business interests abroad.
  3. While some interventions have been catastrophic failures, not all military actions should be dismissed, as there have been instances like World War II and Kosovo where intervention led to positive outcomes.
136 implied HN points โ€ข 09 Apr 23
  1. Literature is being sensitivity edited to conform to political correctness, even posthumously, which is seen as cultural whitewashing.
  2. Sensitivity editing of literary works without author consent or after their death is considered morally wrong and limits cultural history.
  3. Normalizing sensitivity editing in literature sets a troubling precedent for other mediums like film and music, potentially rewriting past art to suit current sensitivities.
121 implied HN points โ€ข 28 Apr 23
  1. Cancel culture is more than just public figures losing jobs, it's a mentality that can lead to extreme consequences.
  2. Turning disagreements into attacks on a person rather than their arguments can lead down a dark path.
  3. The cancel culture mentality is part of a broader authoritarian mindset, and can ultimately result in violence and even assassination attempts.
3 HN points โ€ข 12 Feb 24
  1. Primaries were meant to bring more democracy by letting voters help choose candidates, but the system often leads to unsatisfying choices due to low voter turnout.
  2. The primary system replaced party bosses with a more democratic candidate selection process, but voter participation remains low, favoring extremists and special interests.
  3. Abolishing primaries in favor of ranked-choice voting could lead to better candidate selection and reduce the influence of partisanship, extremism, and special interests in elections.
1 HN point โ€ข 16 Feb 24
  1. The author discusses the idea that the God of the Bible kills dogs, presenting examples from biblical stories where dogs were harmed or killed.
  2. The post challenges readers to reconcile the portrayal of God in religious texts with concepts of morality and personal beliefs.
  3. It highlights the theme of divine actions in various religions that might conflict with modern ethical standards, prompting reflection on personal values and interpretation of ancient texts.