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I think it's fair to say that there are issues on ET where there is a clear majority view. These are: a general disdain for neoliberalism and Atlanticism, a generally positive attitude to the EU, support for renewables. But even on these we have our permament dissidents. And there are always divides other than which see you in a minority, so I find this insistence on a supposed ET prevailing wisdom overblown and self-centered.

Newcomers can check the list of most-commented-ever diaries for evidence of divides among the old-timers, most of which continue to exist. For example, the Danish cartoons issue revealed two incompatible views that fought themselves to a standstill. Then there is the nuclear evergreen. An issue with looong history is referendums on the European Constitution/Lisbon Treaty, where as Colman says there are (at least) three sides, that view the others as more or less giving support to the enemy (Eurosceptics), didn't move an iota in two years and repeat the same points on occasion of any new EU development. I myself feel a minority of one among old-timers with the position that neolibs aren't Eurosceptics (and that that matters). We give each other a hard time a lot, but it seems to go under the radar for some (can happen easily if the theme is not interesting to them).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Fri Mar 21st, 2008 at 07:01:26 PM EST
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