Watching GRIZZLY MAN for the first time and simply based on the first three minutes Timothy Treadwell 100% would have stormed the Capitol last week.
HERZOG: “I believe the common denominator of the universe is not harmony; but chaos, hostility and murder.”

JFC this movie.
Herzog simultaneously seems to respect and empathize with Treadwell while also holding him in utter contempt.
“Now Treadwell crosses a line with the Park Service which we will not cross.”
Yeah, Treadwell would’ve been carrying zip-ties at the Capitol if he hadn’t gotten himself killed at the Bundy occupation, which he totally would have gone to if he hadn’t gotten eaten by a bear.
Well, that was intense.

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14 Jan
Here's an interesting statistic.

In 1841 the population of England was ~13.6 million
The population of Ireland was ~8.8 million.
In 1851 the population of England was ~15.2 million.
The population of Ireland was ~6.5 million.
By the early 1920s, the population of the entire island of Ireland was ~4.2 million.

England was ~35 million.
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13 Jan
Realistically, the optimal outcome from all of this is something like Germany, where you have a regressive center-left state apparatus built on a particular form of authoritarian technocracy but which, for historical reasons, takes the danger of the far right seriously.
And even then, the Germans still have to deal with the same basic problems as America does. npr.org/2020/12/10/943…
This probably sounds bleaker than I intend, because for those of my fellow Americans who've never been to Germany, it really is shocking how seismically different the German state's relationship with its past is from America's.
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12 Jan
I’ve been studying the right for a decade, and while I’m not exactly surprised it’s all come to this I’m still appalled.
But there’s an opportunity here to grind this bastards into dust for a generation. Maybe even more than that.
I think @AdamSerwer said it best: there is actually a genuine mass base for anti-racism in America. It’s one of the reasons the far right—of which the police are a major constituent force—has reacted with such extreme violence over the past year.
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11 Jan
I think the Democrats have been doing a pretty good job, all things considered, over the past couple of days.
There are a couple of notable exceptions among the moderates, but what else is new.
The reconciliationist impulse seems to be largely dead.

It's entirely plausible to me that Trump gets prosecuted.
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11 Jan
I think one of the very real dangers going forward is that moderate Democrats embrace a narrative going forward that the reason the police and military response on 1/6 was so lackluster was because of BLM in the summer and worries about being too "heavy-handed" this time.
That's the pretty clear implication to the narratives that Bowser and Slotkin told the @nytimes in this story. nytimes.com/2021/01/10/us/…
It is, needless to say, bullshit. It's not even really worth engaging with in good faith, because it lacks even an elementary political analysis.
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11 Jan
Whoa. Image
So, here's one obvious danger. Slotkin has made her opinion of the left abundantly clear. What she's essentially doing here is blaming BLM for hamstringing the Army from being able to rapidly deploy in defense of the Capitol Building. Image
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