I don't understand what Fox News is doing anymore. I read this book called "Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them" by Al Franken, back when I was in high school. It was a gift from my dad -- and it helped me understand how propaganda was manufactured.
(If you're looking for a good book, even though it's about 15 years old, it's still relevant today.
Searing quote: "People in charge, from the governor of Wisconsin on down, refused to enforce the law. How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?"
The American Guide For What Happens If Trump And The GOP Turn America Into A Fascist Government
Step 1: Recognize, first and foremost, that a ballot box is now simply a decorative item. The change you need to make will happen only with force.
Step 2: Establish secure communications. In books like Defeating ISIS (by @MalcolmNance), we learned that the American military is designed to fight a conventional military force.
When forced to fight small, organized, and hard-to-target groups, our military is less effective.
Step 3: Expect that any public demonstrations against our new fascist government will be summarily dispatched by a militarized police force, whether it's a combination of DHS/CBP, the National Guard, or even the Army/Marines.
The United States is a deeply broken country, and it took COVID-19 to be the fulcrum in all our fissures. A pandemic took the form of mechanical erosion; the water was already in the cracks, but it was a freeze that caused those cracks to burst.
This isn't an easy admission.
From a young age, Americans are programmed in this blind reverence of "the flag" and spoon-fed a constant diet of American exceptionalism.
Yet, for all the propaganda, we have failed to deliver upon the promise of our greatness. In fact, we fell so far short, it's pathetic.
It wasn't just the Trump administration that failed us during a pandemic outbreak. They were (to use a rote cliche) simply the straw that broke the camel's back.
Our for-profit healthcare system was never going to handle a pandemic with any degree of efficiency.
If I were going to design the perfect transmission mechanism for COVID-19, I would describe a room full of children. From what we have seen: Kids are the least impacted, show the fewest symptoms, and they're also excellent at touching every surface possible.
I want to just talk about this asshole, because he's finally gone.
Stefan Molyneaux is the most dangerous kind of person in the world, because his brand of nationalism, xenophobia, and racism -- it exclusively caters to people who think he's actually making them smarter.
When people talk about Stefan Molyneux, they need to understand how he positions ideas.
The crux of his nationalism (née "racism") was to frame "political correctness" as... *massive eyeroll*
"Cultural Marxism" -- which is a really strange thing to even say.
First, let's rewind the tape a bit. Karl Marx was a philosopher and theorist, who critiqued capitalism and its conflict with the middle class -- during the rise of the Industrial Revolution.
He was not unique in feeling conflicted about machines outpacing the workload of people.
Here's reality: The "radical left" is so small, they barely exist. There are a few shitheads tearing down statues, sure -- but most of us are at home, trying not to catch COVID-19.
The majority the left simply wants a functioning government that resembles other OECD nations.
I know this may sound unbelievable, but I've been to other countries. One was this exotic place called Canada, where they were impossibly polite, almost gun-free, and universally covered by affordable healthcare.
They looked and talked almost exactly like us. It was crazy.
Do I think it's a bad idea to have Confederate statues up? Absolutely. Take them down.
But also, once that's done, most of us on the left just want to get back to the business of making our day to day lives better.
How in the hell did defending Mount Rushmore become a conservative issue? I mean, fuck Trump with a dildo wrapped in barbed wire -- but I'm still proud of our nation.
It's important to view history from the lens of its time. Many of you aren't allowing for that, and it's sad.
What's your big solution here? Are you going to ask France to refund the Louisiana Purchase, at a standard agreed inflation rate? Then they can be responsible for redistribution of the land to various tribes who don't have any existing boundary maps?
So, France giving it back?
Oh, what about California and Texas? Maybe we should give that back to Mexico, who can then they can return that land to Spain, who will then redistribute the land to the various Mayan and Incan tribes remaining?
Let's talk about what happened in St. Louis tonight. Many people on the right are saying these people had the right to brandish and point an AR-15 because it was "private property" -- and as someone who lives in a community like that, that's incorrect.
It's not private property.
Portland Place and Westmoreland Place in St. Louis are historic neighborhoods, closed to vehicle through traffic... but open to pedestrian traffic.
I know this, because they're under the National Register of Historic Places.
Hi. I'm a white guy. I'm straight. I'm married. I have a kid.
Things I'm definitely not: Black, oppressed or actively disenfranchised.
With that said, here are some ideas I believe white people can work on that will help improve the lives of black people across America. (1/?)
Step 1: Admit that the history of America is built upon white wealth, especially white wealth that has been held for more than a few generations.
Just live with this knowledge: White people have been able to establish generational wealth. Black people have not. Full stop.
Step 2(a): Be okay with unequal distribution of taxes for a little while. Our nation was built upon the backs of slaves, and their descendants did not receive fair compensation for the slave labor of their ancestors.
I'm going to allow myself a little analogy here...
Imagine for a moment, you saw Ford, Chrysler, or Toyota employees getting on Twitter, or writing op-eds, saying, "I can't work at Toyota, knowing that our cars are randomly turning themselves on throwing themselves into reverse."
Someone had to carry the message. The progressive movement in America took off from the blocks with people like Senator Paul Wellstone. (Rest in peace.)
Senator Bernie Sanders was the right person, at the right time. He carried the message when the light was fading.
The progressive movement, because of Senator Sanders, is more alive than it has ever been. Even during the depth of a pandemic, ideas he had the courage to champion now seem like common sense; protection for workers, guaranteed pay, affordable housing etc.
You may recall, I'm not the biggest fan of Senator Sanders -- as a candidate, I think he made some blunders that were... unfortunate, to say the least.
But that doesn't mean I think his work was in vain. Look around you, young Democrats. Look at the riches we have in our peers.
It covers the Civil War and Reconstruction -- and "Reconstruction" is what this Wisconsin debacle is echoing. The goal was make voting life or death for black people.
The United States does not have a proud history of voting integrity. That's a myth we are told in schools, because it makes us feel warm and fuzzy about an otherwise bleak record on representation.
After the Civil War, the goals of rich white men shifted.
Senator Hiram Revels was one of the first black Senators elected during Reconstruction -- and on numerous occasions, he reflected that his counterparts in the Senate made it their stated goal to prevent black people from voting.