Duelling useless machines: a metaphor for polarized politics


20 Responses to “Duelling useless machines: a metaphor for polarized politics”

  1. memcf says:

    Amusingly, the YouTube popup ad on the video was a standard “vote the bum out” blurb for our governor’s race.

  2. Tynam says:

    @A.Lwin – You’re right, that’s exactly what freedom, liberty and rights mean. And if you think current drug policy consitutes either freedom from oppression or any form of justice, you haven’t actually looked at it or the consequences.

    A brief summary of current UK / US drug policy:

    Drug is used entirely by rich white workaholics: legal, prescription only.
    Drug is used mostly by rich white people: legal, taxed.
    Drug is used by everyone, and rich white people get better versions: legal, taxed, heavily used by politicians.
    Drug is used by college students and general population: illegal, mildly (UK) or we-fuck-up-the-rest-of-your-life (US)
    Drug is used mostly by poor people: illegal.
    Drug is used mostly by poor black people: illegal, wreck-your-life (UK) or we-shoot-you-then-frame-your-parents-then-fuck-up-your-life (US).

    Certain ideals and standards are worth any price to be paid. That’s why I will always vote yes to legalize drugs.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is the greatest toy EVER.

  4. Anonymous says:

    seems like some kind of metaphor for an economy,balanced and useless??

  5. A.Lwin says:

    Hmm I always thought freedom, liberty and rights meant being free from oppression, injustice and living in a fair and just society. I didn’t realize it meant fouling the body with drugs, turning your brain into mush and doing what ever anyone wanted without responsibility or accountability.

    I say NO to any form of legalization of drugs. Certain ideals and standards are worth any price to be paid.

  6. Miss Cellania says:

    It’s not about who is right or equivalency. It’s about how the balance of power goes back and forth from one party to the other because no one is ever happy. But eventually, something breaks.

  7. The Hamster King says:

    The promotion of the idea that politics is futile primarily serves the interests of the moneyed elite.

  8. Gregory Goldmacher says:

    Yeah, but each needs to switch itself on as it switches the other off for it to keep going.

  9. GraemeM says:

    OMG perpetual motion, as log as the dylithium crystals don’t run out.

  10. nixiebunny says:

    My boss is voting tomorrow, so I have to vote to neutralize his effort.

    Same thing.

  11. hhex65 says:

    “People who speak in metaphors should shampoo my crotch.” ~Jack Nicholson


  12. sapere_aude says:

    All it lacks is a little, mechanical Jon Stewart pointing out the absurdity of the whole thing, as one of the boxes accuses him of hypocritically taking sides, while the other accuses him of false equivalency.

  13. wrybread says:

    Way off topic I know, but if anyone’s up right now (12am California time) you can listen to the post game riots live via police scanner: goodradio.org/scanner . Feed courtesy of SomaFM. Some quality mayhem unfolding right now.

  14. Mark Crummett says:

    Somehow I was hoping for a more uplifting “get out the vote” message from boingboing.

  15. friendpuppy says:

    Absolutely not useless. It’s an oscillator.(or astable multivibrator) with a complimentary output. If you hook them up in a ring you have a shift register.

  16. MrJM says:

    And always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!

  17. Anonymous says:

    If you want to see what it does to rational public discourse:


  18. rebdav says:

    Again I say the right-left argument is false and designed to create a balanced opposing electorate who is unable to actually use their franchise to effect change due to useful candidates falling below the noise floor.
    Republicans and Democrats conservatives and liberals are all borrowed terms and often have little to do with the reality of the votes these representatives cast.
    Most decisions are not even ideological, once they have been in office for a few months it becomes clear that their one sane voice can’t change things in a meaningful way so they vote to keep that cushy influential job and promises of consulting and speaking fees should they get voted out for choosing the good of corporations over their constituents.

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