The racist remarks are also made not only okay but admirable by pointing out that you’re being objective here, you’re not going in with any preconceptions from the left OR right, and you’re just recounting statistics and newspaper stories and stuff. You’re just not afraid to say it like it is, which is actually way less racist than sugar-coating things.
“Settling down” is almost always synonymous with “becoming conservative”. When one starts gathering things- home, money, children, prestige, the natural inclination is to try to protect these investments. Not surprising; I’m actually more suspicious of someone who doesn’t change somewhat as they age as it tells me that their thought process is ossified and their life is unexamined.
So what you’re saying is that greed and selfishness are the causes of conservatism? I wonder how many conservatives would agree with that…
I’m mostly concerned with the reason why someone holds a belief; it’s more important to me that someone is thinking about issues in a rational way than it is that we agree on everything. In that sense I agree with you. Take for example all the people who remain indoctrinated with the religion of their birth, never stepping outside that comfortable worldview. Talk about an unexamined life! But if someone’s views change purely because they think it will net them something, then they’re operating at at too low a level; our species is not going to do well if we only consider our immediate desires and/or adopt a “fuck you, got mine” mentality. But with regards to folks like the one in this strip, I think you’re mistaking change for progress.