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By David Carlin, The Catholic Thing, Oct. 16, 2020
David Carlin is a retired professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America.
I spend – or perhaps I should say I waste – a lot of time on Facebook every day. It has become an addiction. But I comfort myself with the thought that it’s a less dangerous addiction than drugs or alcohol or cigarettes, from all of which I am, happily, free.
For the most part, my interlocutors on Facebook are persons with whom I share rough philosophical or political agreements. I think this is not unusual; for persons who disagree with one another soon learn to avoid one another on Facebook.
Hence my Facebook friends are usually conservative Protestants, or more-or-less orthodox Catholics, or political conservatives. Very rarely, to my regret, does a political or religious liberal enter into dialogue with me. Most liberals that I once had conversations with have decided that I’m too reprehensible a character to have any further dealings with. …