This is not the proclamation of an expert. This is the confession of a fool.…

We know things about ourselves we hate to know, but there’s no going back. There are two questions we have to face, now that we have this knowledge.

The first question is about knowledge and confession.

It’s this: How did we get here?…
1. Streets

Question: Who put my street there, in front of my house?

Who put your street there, in front of your house?

Who put my street there?

Have you ever wondered?…
2. Value

The shared, foundational, generative, automatic, inextricable, configured value of my street … it’s inherited.

And I wonder: what else might I have inherited through this configuration?…
3. Configure

You might say that our streets are a tool—one of many—whereby a community delivers its priorities—its real priorities. The ones that can’t be denied, because they are what’s being done.…

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18 Oct

Here’s my situation: There’s a street in front of my house. Perhaps you can relate.…
Let me describe this street. It’s rather hard, mostly smooth, mostly flat, made of some sort of composite material, beveled slightly downward at the edges to accommodate rain runoff, pocked here and there with lids covering access points to sewer and water infrastructure.
The street is connected to the houses lining it by a series of umbilicals we homeowners call our “driveways.”
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Imagine, if you can, a society founded on a series of unjust lies.
A society founded upon a series of propositions which, like a virus, have no place in a healthy society; which, like a cancer, grow out of systems that would otherwise be necessary for health; which like both, exist only to propagate themselves until the system is consumed.
Can you imagine it?

As a novelist, I might be able to manage such a thought experiment.

Let’s see … what would it look like?
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So just from memory: Trump owes $1b, he committed 10s of millions in tax fraud, he deliberately concealed a pandemic from America and now 210,000 are dead and he STILL refuses to address it, and he enjoys the enthusiastic support of his party and normalizing coverage from media.
He told violent white supremacists to "stand by", he braggingly admitted to ordering an extrajudicial hit by federal marshals, he has been funneling campaign cash to his business, and he enjoys the enthusiastic support of his party and normalizing coverage from media.
He's made the AG function as his personal lawyer, he's dismantled the Census, and in order to contest an election he's losing he's installing a far-right religious zealot who wants to ban in vitro fertilization but can't name protections afforded by the 1st amendment.
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news *full of stories of Republican crimes*

wise man: ah, the problem, the news
literally no US media outlets lean left, certainly not CNN, but many of them work overtime to normalize any behavior by Republicans, no matter how shocking or corrupt

Fox is a far-right white supremacist propaganda and disinformation laundering network
There are few things funnier to me than a grown adult in the year of our lord 2020 who still believes that CNN is left-leaning.
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It’s best to understand this as the inevitable outcome of our present system, which is designed to consume people for profit.
The attack on our courts and our elections, the refusal to address the pandemic if the effort isn't directly profitable: it's all part of a radical metastasized cancerous ideology that is perfectly willing to kill you for money.

We should desire radical solutions to counter it.
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This is a pro-slavery, pro segregation, anti-women’s voting right position.
In truth of fact originalists believe in using any old bullshit they need to in order to justify ***whatever they wanted to do in the first place.***
A “constitutional originalist” is someone who believes the “constitution” as written supports the agenda they themselves already had “originally.”
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