On this episode of Out of Frame, we get into Season II of The Witcher and apply its main theme of “What makes a monster?” to our charged, increasingly extremist political landscape.

In America, and across the globe, political factions are becoming more and more disparate, shifting further to the left and to the right. For curious, persuadable, level-headed moderates – and independents – this does not bode well. People are being pushed to “pick a side” while talking heads and politicians convince half of the population that the other half are irredeemable monsters that should be cast out of society.

As The Witcher puts forth, however, “Monsters are born of deeds done… unforgivable ones.” Meaning, people with certain ideas are not monsters by default. It is only when we’re convinced to take violent action against other “monsters” that we become monsters. It’s a lesson we should take heed, lest we see actual violence break out, foolishly repeating past historical errors.

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LINKS:

– The Witcher –

People have spent an insane amount of time watching the #1 show on Netflix this week

– Political Insanity & Cancel Culture –
https://kuow.org/stories/a-rose-by-any-other-name-would-not-be-me
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-37702239

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/is-peanut-butter-and-jelly-racist_n_1874905

‘Long Time, No See’ Is Now Considered ‘Derogatory’ toward Asians


https://www.salon.com/2019/07/04/fourth-of-julys-ugly-truth-exposed-the-declaration-of-independence-is-sexist-racist-and-prejudice/
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/msnbc-s-melissa-harris-perry-implies-star-wars-is-racist-because-darth-vader-is-a-black-guy-a6775406.html
https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/9/13/17847542/students-waging-war-sexist-racist-school-dress-codes

Professor: ‘Mathematics Itself Operates as Whiteness’

– Tim Pool “Swatted” –
https://thepostmillennial.com/breaking-tim-pool-gets-swatted-during-live-broadcast

– Institutional Political Bias –
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2014/05/06/just-7-percent-of-journalists-are-republicans-thats-far-less-than-even-a-decade-ago/

Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cash


https://www.nas.org/academic-questions/31/2/homogenous_the_political_affiliations_of_elite_liberal_arts_college_faculty
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/02/most-liberal-tech-companies-ranked-by-employee-donations.html

– Political Polarization –

A quarter of Democrats and Republicans only get news from outlets with audiences that share their political views


https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/whats-the-answer-to-political-polarization/470163/
https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2014/06/12/political-polarization-in-the-american-public/

– The Psychology of Anger –
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3260787/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32491743/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5530430/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21482550/

– Political Censorship –
https://medium.com/the-establishment/the-sad-case-of-laci-green-feminist-hero-turned-anti-feminist-defender-322515344297
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57090202

– Nonviolence –

What We Can Learn from the Machiavelli of Nonviolence

Martin Luther King Jr.’s 6 Principles of Non-Violence

US Capitol Attack a Reminder of the Perils of Using Violence in the Name of Fighting Injustice

9 Things Dr. King Taught Us about Nonviolence