I am not going to respond to every part of the argument, because I think it boils down to this:
[quote="wannalift"]I'll take someone who focuses on issues of political corruption, climate change, animal rights, religious nonsense, etc. any day.
Instead of hitting all of Mahr's sexism and racism, I'll just hit on one point; his anti-worker classism.
I work for workers, specifically public school employees, as a union organizer. I talk directly to teachers who are squeezed and interfered with by the state, especially with "reforms" like No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and efforts to get rid of due process in dismissal.
Mahr has routinely attacked teachers and teacher's unions. He states things that are misinformation like, "The union moves bad teachers around like the Catholic Church moves pedophiles.
" Just today, I saw a Union Rep tell a local union president that, "We cannot support a bad teacher. Even if we could make a stink and have this teacher keep his job, we will not be sticking up for teachers that don't do the work." What Maher said is a parrot point of the right wing, and is actually inconsistent with the numbers. About 1% of all post probation teachers get fired. Of that rate, it is about the same for non-union or union teachers. In fact, in California, which is mostly unionized, almost 7% of probationary teachers are let go, while in non-union states that rate is as low as 3%. Maher was actually spewing lies.
Later, Maher seemed to be making amends with teachers, when he decided to not put the blame on the US lackluster educational system on the parents
I've worked in the educational system for years, as both a parent, a union organizer, a teacher, and most recently, by starting our own school. Maher shifting the blame to parents is just as bad as blaming the teachers. Next, he'll blame the youth.
Maher is like PeTA in their sexism.
I'm sure some of you like PeTA. I sure use their merch when appropriate... but I will certainly criticize anyone presenting the PeTA point of view as uniformly valid, or their posters as entertainment. PeTA, rightfully, should be criticized. Maher should be criticized, because he actually works against my interests as someone who values education, families, and workers.
It is nice that he is an atheist, and left-wing-ish, and into Animal Rights... That doesn't make him an ally, though. Maher still fights against 1/3rd of my values. Like I said, he's three steps forward, and one step in the wrong direction. You can laugh, but I will surely do what I can to temper that laughter with a reminder of his anti-worker, anti-teacher, and anti-parent views.
If I posted video of IWW vegans, I would expect criticism as well. They might at least be funnier.
"The worker has the right to leave his boss, but can she do it? And if she does quit him, is it in order to lead a free life; where she will have no master but herself? No, she leaves to sell herself to another employer. She's driven by the same hunger. Thus the worker's liberty is only a theoretical freedom, lacking any means of realization; an utter falsehood."