Indistinguishable from Breitbart
I cannot think of a *less* challenging idea than keeping Shakespeare in schools. This is the opposite of a provocative argument. This is intellectual anti-matter.
Holy shit, politics?!?!!?!?! In a book?!?!?!!?!?!?
Just rename this newsletter The Loss Of Hegemony Is Oppression and save us all the trouble
This is the thing! The author has another piece rehashing the same argument and her evidence is ... a single school in Massachusetts and a two-year old tweet. The "classics" are under no actual threat whatsoever.
If you haven't listened to our episode on the "Ebonics" controversy, it's the template for all of these debates.

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14 Jan
The reason I find all the vocab-scolding around "coup" and "fascism" irritating is because the consequences of exaggerating the threat of an explicitly anti-democratic political party are minor compared to downplaying it.
Most moral panics cast marginalized groups as more evil, monolithic and powerful than they are. The Jews are plotting to steal your babies, the gays are recruiting your kids, Black teens are members of street gangs, etc.
Exaggerating those threats reinforces existing, often centuries-long narratives about societal outgroups. They result in worse medical care, more police harassment, an uptick in employment discrimination etc.
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14 Jan
"These are among the fastest-growing districts in the country. ... Almost all of this growth has been among non-white groups."
Tale as old as time: Diversifying population sparks backlash among old white people whose high turnout gives them control over election outcomes.

This explains like 80% of politics in the developed world right now. Image
Also notable that the white backlash is driven by people who have largely benefited from the growing population. As homeowners, they're living in a rapidly appreciating asset. Image
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13 Jan
The firsthand statements of Republican officials always seem striking because the media has spent the last four years downplaying how unhinged the entire party has become.
"Violent socialist destruction of our cities" like what the FUCK are you talking about. If your plumber talked like this you'd fire them on the spot.
This statement is absolutely going to turn up in an AP briefing like, "Using bold language, Mr. Freed expressed his opposition to the impeachment effort as well as his concerns about urban safety."
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11 Jan
Five days after an authoritarian coup attempt, Persuasion reminds us to focus on the true threat to democracy: Too-liberal history departments.
Classic reactionary centrist framing. Take a near-unanimous belief ("war is an important component of history") and describe it as under attack. Cite tangential or irrelevant evidence in support of your claim.
I have a nosebleed
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10 Jan
People fretting about Twitter banning Trump are so fucking embarrassing. Any slippery-slope argument that starts with *a head of state who foments a violent coup attempt* is fundamentally absurd.
The big five tech companies absolutely have too much power and there are good reasons to worry about who gets censored on social media platforms, but Trump is not a grey area or edge case.

If Trump can't get banned then no one can and that's just not a credible argument.
There's sex workers and other members of marginalized groups on here who I would totally hear out if they expressed concerns. But 99% of the people complaining on here have no understanding of or interest in actual free speech issues.
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8 Jan
Seeing a lot of empty hypocrisy takes along the lines of, "I guess libs only like protests when they're for causes they agree with" and, um, yes.
It's actually fine to have different standards of decorum for protests against fascism and protests defending it. No one has procedural or tactical beliefs that are entirely independent of their goals and it's absurd to pretend otherwise.
I didn't see any pundits fretting about vandalism or violence at the Belarusian protests last year. That's because it's a movement against authoritarianism and they would like it to succeed. Who cares if some windows got broken?
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