Remembering how British columnists use words like cockroaches and talk of using gunboats on refugees. That language paved the way for the slo-mo national suicide attempt now underway.
I have done threads about this too. They are meant to be warnings against our worst selves. But also warnings to those vulnerable and rallying, organising cries.
Do fading empires dissolve in bitter self-hatred?
Thinking Brexit....yes, it’s far right, hateful, stupid thuggery. But the greatest harm is to UK itself.
The press bloodied its hands first.
+There was a significant percentage of ‘fighting age’ population. Mass killings, especially at close quarters require people able and willing to kill
But it still requires a significant mass of fighting age folk.
So here is another question: does the trajectory we started need an age caveat?
But it’s a state backed, propaganda channel and not all the legalese can change that.
And while BBC has stayed off explicit hatemongering (*waves to tabloids, LBC*).....
Not going to cover that ground again as there is a LOT Of my tweets about it over the past years.
I saw it happen in real time, in slow motion. And because I had seen the same shitshow elsewhere, I recognised the signs.
It isn’t just the Tories, or specific policies of hostile environment and austerity. This shit has been cross-party.
Racism can be taken off our dinner tables again. Limited on our streets again. And in our workplaces, schools, courts again (not ended. That will take much much more).
And these stories - in our news, films, TV, books, comics, cartoons, music, ALL forms - matter way more than the pro-regime propaganda fed to us
But they are being made nevertheless. If you want them, you can find them.
Then he - older, English, Oxbridge, white, male - asked me how I kept going. What did I do to stay positive, he asked me?
And what I do? Anynthing I can.
But most of what I do involved small, unrewarded, unnoticed, daily choices.
I follow experts here from a host of fields and countries. And that means I get a wider, nuanced, informed view of the world
And I spend most of my time listening to them. Learning from them.
And I recommend their work....books, essays, poems, films.
And I but their work. And gift their work.
Instead, I RT the folk I mentioned above. Experts who aren’t on TV and in newspapers but are here on twitter sharing ideas freely.
Because I know it is not inevitable. That we can stop and change course at every single moment.