If there's one thing that just annoys the shit out of me with Canadian punditry, it's the way these people default to smarmy, catty sneak dissing instead of talking through a disagreement.

I stand by every word I wrote in that column, as well as the words edited out for length.
As I pointed out in the column, "informed consent" isn't enough for neuroatypical disabled, who may take the option for death when presented to them, rather than continue to live in a society that treats us as burdensome and even dangerous.
Even though I have a supportive family, the effects of my neuroatypical condition often force me to interpret any form of outside help as a personal failure, giving me the impression that I'm a burden to others. I know many with BPD and schizophrenia who deal with the same.
Because people with neurodivergent disabilities often aren't "visibly" disabled, the utter lack of care and access in Canada's medical system barely shows up as more than a "gap," and meanwhile we're dealing with multiple suicide crises in this country.
This is entirely a matter of class privilege and the inextricable link between disability and capitalism. And Canada has an ugly history of dealing with disability by proposing extirpation over accommodation.
If we don't deal with accommodation (e.g. Medical access, housing, financial stability) first and foremost, then that IS eugenics.

I don't care what other names you want to come up with for it, or how you want to dress it up in language of mercy, it's eugenics.
We talked it out, and even though we aren't likely to agree on the issue, I'm glad we can at least agree on productive exchange over subtweets.

At the very least, this country has a long way to go in overcoming its embarrassing and cruel refusal to accommodate.

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13 Feb
To be honest, I'm a bit embarrassed that I haven't spoken up more on disability and accommodation, but I'm committed to making sure folks understand that human variance is only classified as "ability" and "disability" because of a fucked-up system that discards people.
It occasionally bothers people in my family when I talk about this stuff, and I can understand why. Not because it's embarrassing, but because I shouldn't have to discuss illness and trauma publicly to get others to care (and they're right).
But we are where we are. Because of the traumatic personal essay trend that ripped through journalism for too many years, people won't listen unless you're willing to spill your guts.

I don't like to have to do this, but I can take the heat, and I don't hide.
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13 Feb
Judas and the Black Messiah wasn't a movie about Fred Hampton. It was a movie about America's obsession with the creation and destruction of tragic figures.
Was it accurate? Sure.

But I doubt many who saw this film and weren't already familiar with the Panthers will come out of it knowing much more about Hampton or the Black Panthers than they did going in.

That's really unfortunate.
I'm surprised the film was, for the most part, as explicitly pro-Panther and anti-police/anti-fed as it was. I'm surprised it tracked so closely to the historical record as it did.

But in a way that damns it even more for being a message, rather than a biopic.
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11 Feb
Gina Carano is gonna be fine. She'll be gigging for Fox News or doing the TPUSA talk circuit by the time the snow melts.
Or both
I guess what I'm saying is that it sucks how reactionaries have infinite career safety nets, and even boost their credentials by attacking marginalized communities.

People on the left, on the other hand? Generally have to hide our politics to even *have* careers
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10 Feb
A couple months ago, I suggested that socialists need to figure out whether the point is to build power or build a book club (with the idea that reading is fundamental, but we need material goals beyond learning).

Since then, it's been a steady influx of Communist Party members.
At the time, some people were supremely pissed off that I might have been suggesting that reading theory was of no importance.

But you know what? Many of those new members decided to hop off the fence and join the party specifically *because* that tweet moved them to action.
Now I'm not taking credit for those members joining; they were already where they needed to be, and me tweeting was just a gentle nudge.

But I will say that it is demonstrably true that this mode of politics isn't some lovingly tended garden.
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