Friday, January 21, 2005

Optimistically Contrarian


Ok, according to Merriam Webster a contrarian is "a person who takes a contrary position or attitude". I usually think that such people provide an opposing argument just to bring people down, like investors who believe the market should go down even though it's going up, etc.

Well, the other day I was chatting with a colleague about my generally opstimistic attitude about working in our group. While things are getting better attitude-wise, most people in the group I work in are rather pessimistic about working there. I won't go into the reasons behind this since I'd rather not make people wonder what company could make people feel so pessimistic ;)

Anyways, here's some people who are optimistically contrarian in ways no one would ever imagine. Their articles are obviously too "smart" to really be funny, but there's some good points nonetheless. Like their Number One reason to like George W. Bush:
1. Unite

He is a uniter, not a divider. He said so. Twice. And it is true. Dubya has done more to unite Europe than anyone since the fall of Rome. Given time, he might manage the same in the Arab world too.

He has also united the left, energising such projects as progressive newswire Truthout, liberal talk radio station Air America Radio and political action group The American left has not been as vibrant since the Vietnam War. Okay, they failed utterly to win the election, but there is a lovely feeling of togetherness.

Word. By the way, "smart" and "funny" is apparently called satire. Even if it's British. Go Figure.

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