Yeah, me too. I am thinking if Lilygwen and Kujujuwa give me the reins on the AGA, my first thing will be to make a political chatterbox. That way we can have a sort of safe zone to put the toxicity whilst not putting forth any sort of censorship like angles. The way the world is going in general, not just in the US, since late 2015 has me thinking we need containment.
Oh totally! Yes to you needing to take the throne around here - and yes to there being a political safe area. To be honest the only reason I've been so blatant about political talk in general chat recently is because we're pretty much the only ones here right now. But I completely agree that it wouldn't be appropriate if it was busier.
So to address the earlier post about reaching out to those who are radicalized..
In my opinion, the best way - and perhaps the only true way that people can relate to each other is to actually interact with them on a daily basis in person. People need to have neighbors, friends, coworkers, and inlaws that are different than them. Folks don't change ingrained beliefs because things are explained to them on the internet. They need to see actual examples in their personal lives.
I really worry that this has become harder to do. It's the "bubble" that people love to talk about. It's so easy to simply find other folks exactly like you on the internet. I worry that segregation of communities is still becoming worse.
I did not sleep last night, but luckily you hit on the greater point and I can just nod affirmatively.
My only addition is that out in the real world, there has been a trend towards violence instead of interaction. People are often genuinely afraid to discuss things in person, because they might get attacked and perhaps not even for things they believe in. So when people can only discuss things in that safe, internet microcosm, it only reinforces this exact trend all the more.