THREAD: I’ve spent the last few weeks chatting with people about the upcoming #midterm elections. I’d like to share some of what I’ve heard and why this gives me so much hope.🇺🇸
I met these young women while walking my pups in my beachside community. For privacy reasons, I won’t share their real names (let’s call them “Julie” and “Amy”), but they graciously allowed me to share their stories.
One the best parts of walking my “boys” (Bowen and Bynum) is that I get to meet lots of strangers. I mean, who can resist these two?😍
Seriously, the pups break the ice, and as a consequence, I’ve met lots of interesting people.
Fascism is a religion. The 20th century will be known in history as the century of fascism.
〰️ Benito Mussolini
I’d like to draw some comparisons and contrasts between our present situation and that of #fascist Italy between 1922 and 1945. I choose fascist #Italy rather than #Nazi#Germany because it has always seemed to me a better comparison.
As a historian specializing in the #Holocaust, #Nazi Germany, and #Europe in the era of the world wars, I have been repeatedly asked about the degree to which the current situation in the United States resembles the interwar period and the rise of #fascism in Europe.
I would note several troubling similarities and one important but equally troubling difference.
In the 1920s, the US pursued #isolationism in foreign #policy and rejected participation in international organizations like the League of Nations.
Allows men to be women
no Draft, MEN only!
Demands to be seen as beautiful despite effort or appearance
Called beautiful- now a victim
Claims ludicrous behavior due to victim status
misogyny blamed in-lieu of personal accountability
I want TRUE equality! The current system has been designed to ensure that women receive preferential treatment!
To reap all of the rewards while taking none of the risk or putting forth any of the effort.
ITS AN INSULT!
Today’s #feminist wouldn’t make it a full day, of #Equality
AUTOMATICALLY BELIEVING A WOMAN who’s accusing a man of sexual assault....
the ULTIMATE form of #privilege this country currently participates in.
1) Starting a data series explaining India's #antiHindu system, 2nd class citizen status of Hindus and need for #HinduCharter (hint: #antiHindu system enjoys multi partisan support of all political parties, all branches of govt & so called pillars of #democracy & #equality)
3) Indian Govt confiscation of Hindu temples is 1 of the largest #religionfreedom violation in world. ALL political parties&Judiciary mostly support Hindu temple confiscation. For all practical purpose,Constitution right to freedom of religion is for nonHindus only. #HinduCharter
Something men realise but many women (including my critics) do not: it's not immodesty but #modesty that gives men power over women. It means they can embarrass and demean women. In turn, well-intentioned men seek to "protect" women by limiting their freedom to work & travel. 1/4
The cult of #femalemodesty doesn't help women - it leaves them vulnerable to daily abuse & to restrictions. It also leaves them feeling out of touch with their own bodies - as if their body is rude and alien. It gives men power over women - both inside & outside the bedroom. 2/4
Everything he writes resonates with the weight of our daily troubles.
Even as @BorisJohnson issues lazy, reckless & empty rhetoric, Hussein’s words remind us not only that Johnson’s like are morally cowardly, but also dangerous. Frothing, but incapable of advancing us. /2
As a Myanmar court sentences 2 @Reuters journalists to prison terms for exposing horrific crimes, as journalism is weighted down again as a crime, Hussain’s words resonate in a world busy with words, not actions.
“What are we saying to the perpetrators? Or to the victims?”
7 years ago, I wrote "Flushing the Potty Panic" for @transadvocate. I opined the solution to unlawful #discrimination in access to public accommodations in which nudity is unavoidable—toilets, showers, locker/dressing/changing rooms—because "separate but equal" is illegal…
is to ensure via #law that a sufficient number of secure, single user, #disability-accessible, #family-friendly facilities are provided for all people who for any reason desire or require #privacy or assistance, in the manner of the #ADA Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990…
at the same time we ensure by law that all people have the right to be free from unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, sexual or affectional orientation, or gender identity, appearance, expression, or behavior, regardless of sex or gender assigned at birth…
If you believe children shouldn't be separated from their families
If you believe women should have control over THEIR OWN bodies
If you believe that our planet is worth protecting
If you believe that racism should be fought every step of the way
Then you better make some noise
If you believe that men, even 'stars', are NOT entitled to sexually assault women
If you believe that bullying, domination, exploitation and violence will not bring us a better world
"The 25 points of the NSDAP Program were composed by Adolf Hitler and Anton Drexler. They were publically presented on 24 February 1920 "to a crowd of almost 2K and every single point was accepted amid jubilant approval." (Mein Kampf, Volume II, Chapter I)
"Many years ago, the then president of The National Council of Churches warned that the danger of the great religious awakening taking place in our country, might become fanatical and be carried into our political and business life!
"Perhaps this was a fair assessment, that is, if you conflate #Christian#Zionism with religious awakening. Unfortunately, these "fanatical" #Evangelicals have 0 faith in the #Christian religion to which they give empty lip service--while paying homage to those who hate #Christ.
"For lack of faith in the actual #Bible, #Evangelicals make Scofield’ Notes, (Scofield! A drunkard and a con-man allied with the Satanist, Darby) --#Evangelicals have turned Scofield’s NOTES into a DIABOLICAL FORCE in our #national life.
Werde an der @UniHeidelberg eine Vorlesung über Globalgeschichte der Demokratie halten.
Dabei fällt mir auf: Es gibt eine populäre Demokratiegeschichte, die in vielerlei Facetten in der Forschung zu finden ist (wobei es selbstverständlich eine großartige, vielfältige historische Demokratieforschung gibt):
1) Demokratiegeschichte ist Revolution und Aufruhr. 2) Demokratiegeschichte ist Männergeschichte. 3) Demokratiegeschichte ist Ideengeschichte. 4) Demokratiegeschichten sind meistens national: