You might find this quite interesting:
http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/09/30/i- ... -outgroup/
Short version: yes his views were similar to those of half the state, but they were red tribe views and a lot of tech and open source is very very blue or grey tribe.
If you repeat classic psych racism experiments looking for partyism it's about twice as strong an effect. Note: I am not claiming it's a bigger social problem, it's not. it's just a larger driver of peoples actions.
Foelhe wrote:Which cuts both ways. Which is the problem. If the anti-SJW crowd only used the insult for Obviously Unreasonable things, we'd have no problem. But mostly, in my experience, they use it on Currently Controversial things (or even Obviously Reasonable things) and try to paint them as Obviously Unreasonable by association
Absolutely, 100%. Every group does it. Some more than others but everyone does to some degree.
Beliel is doing it in the post above.
It doesn't mean there aren't real, genuine nutter fringe crazies on your opponents side who it's perfectly rational to laugh at and oppose but it's also a dirty rhetoric tactic.
it's actually better when you see people using a separate term for the extremists and the non-extremists as it's noting the differences and separating them into a different group.
of course that only angers the people who get classed into the nutter fringe even more.
On an unrelated note, the term "devils advocate" is quite interesting.
"During the canonization process employed by the Roman Catholic Church, the Promoter of the Faith (Latin: promotor fidei), popularly known as the Devil's advocate (Latin: advocatus diaboli), was a canon lawyer appointed by Church authorities to argue against the canonization of a candidate. It was this person’s job to take a skeptical view of the candidate's character, to look for holes in the evidence, to argue that any miracles attributed to the candidate were fraudulent, and so on. The Devil's advocate opposed God's advocate (Latin: advocatus Dei; also known as the Promoter of the Cause), whose task was to make the argument in favor of canonization. "