The history of white people in America is one of unremitting violence, brutality, & suppression -- and alongside it all, relentless delusion & self-mythology.…
People ask sometimes why the US never had a reckoning with slavery & the Civil War the way, say, Germany had with nazism. The very simple answer is that reactionary whites aren't sorry & have not abandoned the goals & philosophy of the confederacy.
They fought a war to defend slavery. After they lost, they basically re-imposed slavery through racial terror. They fought voting rights, they fought desegregation, & they are still fighting to suppress minority votes. There's been no reckoning because they're *still at it*.

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with David Roberts

David Roberts Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @drvolts

3 Jun
IMO we need to stop thinking these moves are either ridiculous fundraising gimmicks or genuine threats. The thing about reactionary insurgencies is that they can be -- & usually are -- both. They are ridiculous right up until the moment they're not, at which point it's too late.
The whole game for reactionaries is to push, push, push on the bounds of the acceptable, the legal, the decent. The first one that pushes beyond some previously firm barrier looks absurd, like a radical outlier, but it makes it easier for the next one. It's a ratchet effect.
All incentives on the right point in this direction now: push, push, push. The way to get attention & status is to say something even more outrageous, to propose something even more radical, to make insults & contempt toward libs even more florid. People respond to incentives.
Read 10 tweets
1 Jun
I hope people understand by now that the significance & impact of Trump saying he's going to be reinstated have nothing to do with whether he actually has a mechanism to accomplish it.
It's all about refusing to accept the legitimacy of Democratic power, even after elections have been called. It won't be long until they're defying laws passed by Dems.…
This is how these things start on the right. One wingnut says it, gets called out, denies saying it, denies he meant what he meant ... & then another wingnut says it, & another, & before you know it, it's bog standard opinion in the RW bubble.…
Read 5 tweets
30 May
I know it's practically cliche at this point to say that Rs are going to jump straight from climate denialism to climate fascism, but ... it's true.
Climate fascism=pull up all draw bridges. Vigorously exploit & hoard remaining fossil fuels. Make deals with fossil-fuel autocracies. Cut off immigration. Ramp up defense & military spending.

All purportedly in response to climate change. This will be the GOP response. Watch.
By the way, this is the fundamental reason conservatives will NEVER join in a good-faith fight against climate change. By its very structure, solving climate requires non-zero-sum cooperation, shared sacrifice, & long-term thinking. Cons oppose those things at a brainstem level.
Read 4 tweets
30 May
The rubicon we crossed in 2020 is that US Republicans will no longer accept Democratic victories as legitimate -- in fact, viewing them as illegitimate is necessary to stay in power inside the party.…
They conjured up a Dem plot to steal the presidential election out of nothing, out of whole cloth. If they can do that at will now, why wouldn't they do it for every close election from now on? Such conjuring is a pathway to status inside the party. They'll be competing to do it.
It will be step-wise: they'll refuse to accept D victories, refuse to accept or enforce laws passed by Ds, refuse to allow D legislatures to assemble ... one little step at a time. Over & over Ds will face the choice: use gov't power to enforce, or back down again.
Read 4 tweets
29 May
Republicans are engineering minority rule, right out in the open, in plain view. Red flags waving everywhere.
When they steal the 2024 election, Rs will *say* that they are simply defending against D cheating. And they will convince themselves of it. And they will bully the media into covering the whole thing as partisan squabbling. It won't matter that there was no D cheating.
Crucial to understand: the whole cycle, the whole dynamic, works *whether or not there's any actual D cheating*. Actual D cheating is not necessary for Rs to convince themselves there is, or for them to bully institutions into behaving as though there was.
Read 7 tweets
28 May
As a Gen-Xer, it is wild to contemplate how much the notion of "selling out" dominated our minds & youth culture ... and then how quickly that all went away. The very notion sounds like a charming anachronism now.
The idea of being authentic, of resisting the distorting influence of commerce ... do Kids These Days even think about things that way any more? I feel like media & youth culture have become so utterly ubiquitous that it's senseless to imagine anything outside them.
Seems like the best you can do these days to resist all that stuff is just to bury yourself in layer upon layer of irony -- to be ironically distanced from *everything*, as self-defense.
Read 13 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!