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Would that 't'were so simple. Author of The Revisionaries (2019) and Very Fine People (2024). He/him. The Reframe is my newsletter (see link.)
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Feb 19 28 tweets 5 min read

At the U.S./Mexico border, Republicans are defending their right to make themselves feel safe by murdering refugee men, women, and children, using as rationale a once-fringe Nazi conspiracy theory they are promoting.

the-reframe.com/every-accusati… They’re talking about a civil war in order to protect this "right." And yes, they’re framing it all as self-defense, as if they—the ones eager to murder both foreigners and fellow citizens—are the ones in danger, and the rest of us—who they are eager to murder—are the danger.
Jan 14 23 tweets 5 min read
Promoting ideas and actions in the name of some fine thing that you don’t believe in and might actually oppose is what is meant when someone says "bad faith."

For example say your name was Elise Stefanik, and you were for example a US Senator

Full essay: armoxon.substack.com/p/lose-the-deb…
Essay from The Reframe by AR Moxon  Title: Lose the Debate Subtitle: Getting tactical. A taxonomy of bad faith, Part 1 - on the fascist refusal to occupy a shared reality. Say also you belong to a political party whose leader is an open fascist who approvingly quotes Hitler in order to promote a conspiracy theory called ‘replacement’ that forms the undergirding bedrock of antisemitism, to better enact eliminationist brutality against refugees.
Jan 7 13 tweets 3 min read
If you want the whole picture, you’d better make sure you can see the frame, and if you want the entire story, you need the beginning and the end.

(I’m afraid explaining what I mean involves making some of you aware of Chris Rufo. I'm sorry.)

Full essay: armoxon.substack.com/p/best-candida…
Essay from The Reframe: Best Candidates  Subhead: To see the whole picture, find the frame. To get the whole story, remember the beginning and the end. A look at accusation, the next bully tactic of supremacists and other abusers. Chris Rufo is a far-right supremacist agitator who uses bad faith techniques to opportunistically exploit weaknesses inherent in our institutions.

The way I know that this is what Chris Rufo is and that this is what he does is quite simple. I know it because he says so—out loud.
Dec 30, 2023 5 tweets 1 min read
what worries me is that if we press charges against the criminals they might try to kill the witnesses What worries ME is that when the Republicans (who are a fascist party) do what fascists do when opposed (which is baseless retributive retaliation) that pre-defeated cowards like Dowd will blame not them for their fascist acts but those who dared anger fascists with opposition.
Dec 10, 2023 19 tweets 4 min read
Well, you'll never guess what; this week Republicans have decided they are opposed to antisemitism. This comes as something of a surprise to me, and maybe to you too, if you've been paying attention to what Republicans usually do and say.

Full essay: armoxon.substack.com/p/bully-tactics
Article by A.R. Moxon  Title: Bully Tactics Subtitle: The DARVO method: Examining the traditional foundational American spirit of supremacy, in an age of rising fascism, through the lens of abusive narcissists' DARVO bully tactics. However, I can see how this might seem a very welcome development for people of good heart who oppose antisemitism wherever it is found—not least Jewish people, who are dealing with terrifying and rising levels of antisemitism in this country.
Sep 20, 2023 10 tweets 2 min read
"Hey, get out of your lib echo chamber! Talk to people you disagree with and learn something new!"

"OK. Let's talk about racism."

"Racism? DEMOCRATS are the party of the Confederacy."

"OK. Let's talk the Confederacy."


"OK. Let's talk about hate ... "You want to talk hate? I don't hate the sinner, I hate the sin."

"OK. let's talk sin."

"It's freedom OF religion not freedom FROM religion."

"OK. Let's talk religion."

"You DEMONrats who want Jesus out of the school who are the real fascists."

"OK. Let's talk facists ..."
Sep 3, 2023 40 tweets 8 min read
Here's a parable for your Sunday morning.

Whenever the king became displeased with one of his subjects, he would send out his soldiers, and before long the offender would find themselves in the basement of the king’s finger-taker.

Link: armoxon.substack.com/p/the-finger-t…
Article from A.R. Moxon's newsletter, The Reframe  The Finger-Taker's Son  Rules of engagement, and what it means to find "common ground" with supremacists. The finger-taker descend to the basement each night with his tools. A precise man he was, quite neat, who took his work very seriously. Still he was a reasonable man. Each night he offered guests the opportunity to leave his basement still in possession of all their fingers.
Aug 28, 2023 23 tweets 4 min read

We’re not supposed to reject people socially, because of political views, is what I understand from our nation’s great newspapers and magazines and newsfortainment television programs. It’s a gnostic idea of politics that these professional mourners of crumbling civility seem to be popularizing; the idea that what you believe politically is something entirely separate from the self, and the "real" world of backyard barbecues and college mixers.
Aug 27, 2023 14 tweets 3 min read
When there is a problem and nothing is done about it, eventually you have to assume that the people with the power to fix the problem would rather have the problem.

Image If you do something to decrease the problem of gun violence, then you have a world with less violence.

I think that a world with less violence would be a good thing, but I see how it would be a big problem for people who believe violence is the best solution to every problem.
Aug 26, 2023 25 tweets 5 min read
Travis Ikeguchi, 27-year old superfan of supremacist right-wing media propaganda, murdered Laura Ann Carleton, 66-year old superfan of human beings in all their wonderful variety.

Perhaps you heard.

Also: I'm told we have a civility problem.

Image of an article on A.R. Moxon's newsletter, The Reframe  Title: If you want to be friends, then why aren't you friendly? Subtitle: A look at one of the most alarming and pressing problems of our age: the much-lamented fact that "the left" won't be friends with "the right," over "political views." Ikeguchi argued with her before he shot her, because she had a pride flag on display outside her establishment. A pride flag is a way of telling the world that gay, trans, and nonbinary people matter just as much as other people, which is something a lot of people believe.
Aug 20, 2023 49 tweets 10 min read

This guy named Elon recently said that his platform would get rid of the block function, which is sort of like a ship's captain announcing the removal of the hull function.

To explain, I'll tell you a story.

(link in pinned tweet to avoid throtling) Image Long ago, some travelers found themselves lost in the desert, and they knew their situation was desperate. It was decided that their one hope was to find the oasis, which they happened to know was nearby.
Aug 13, 2023 19 tweets 4 min read
Reporting the truth about Republicans would involve observing that they are an authoritarian hate group, and doing so would violate the notion that press fairness requires balance more than it requires accuracy—a notion Republicans themselves have worked decades to establish. Any reporting about the GOP would have to be "biased," would have to recognize that it's actions indicate that it is an authoritarian hate group, no matter their given rationale.

What we get today is akin to a story on the Maui fires that presents the fire's side of things.
Aug 12, 2023 41 tweets 7 min read

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, there was a distant planet called “Earth,” and when it had become a very old planet indeed, there lived upon it for a very brief time creatures called “humans."

(link to full essay in bio) Image Rather impressively, humans could stand upright and run for dozens of miles without rest, and also—less impressively, but more pertinent to this story—had enormous brains that allowed them to make configurations, both intentional and unintentional, to their natural systems.
Aug 6, 2023 28 tweets 6 min read

Stop me if you've heard this one before.

A few months ago some rich people paid a company called OceanGate a whole lot of money to get into a submersible to go to the bottom of the ocean in order to see the wreckage of the Titanic.

Image “The Titanic” is a very large ship from early last century that was unsinkable, its builders and owners said, and they believed it, too—so much that the captain set a course and a velocity that risked collision with icebergs, and then the ship collided with one of those icebergs.
Jul 26, 2023 55 tweets 10 min read

I'd like to talk about ignorance that becomes malice and malicious ignorance.

I guess I'm now posting this essay on a site called "X," a fact that actually provides a great example of what I'm talking about.

Link right here:
Photo of the post from The Reframe titled "The Dipshit Paradox" So this site used to be called Twitter. Now it's called "X" I guess? It’s hard to believe but it seems it must be so.

It’s something so ill-conceived and so haphazardly deployed that it feels like it was a whim, though I'm told it is part of Owner X's genius long game.
Jul 22, 2023 38 tweets 7 min read
(Link to the full essay follows at the bottom of the thread.)

I want to talk about white supremacy, and a Bad Tweet.

Here is the Bad Tweet.

OK? Let's unpack. A faction of left-progressives act as if raising the salience of race in every corner of American culture somehow advances racial justice. The more likely effect is to increase interracial antagonism and bigoted othering. What matters more, intentions or results? I’ve been talking about the spirit moving through our culture, using current as a metaphor. I identified the current as supremacy, defined as a belief that the comfort, opinions, and beliefs of people who matter should take preference over the lives of people who do not.
Jul 14, 2023 44 tweets 8 min read
Remembering the first time I knowingly encountered the befuddling thing I would eventually know as MAGA.

It was 2008, on Facebook.

It was my old college buddy, Stove Minivan.

(Names have been changed to mock the guilty.)

(Link at the end of the thread to avoid throttling) Donald Trump in 2016 greets a screaming horde of ecstatic white christian nationalists Minivan was a nice enough guy. He was easygoing; a happy guy with a frequently deployed smile. I don’t recall much anger from him, nor many strongly held opinions. I wouldn’t call him a philosophical type. No deep late night talks with Stove Minivan is my recollection.
Jul 12, 2023 23 tweets 5 min read
I think I’ve mentioned before that my newsletter—The Reframe—has become, in a few short months, my primary platform as a writer. It’s a wild thing to have experienced, and worth contemplating how this has happened.

I suppose you could say that in a sense I was forced into it. The world’s smartest man™ rather famously owns what had previously been my main platform (this one), and he’s wrecking it, as you may have heard. The latest is, he wants to limit how many posts you can look at, which sounds like a joke, and I suppose it is, but not a funny one.
Jul 7, 2023 15 tweets 5 min read
Social media apps as Lord of the Rings characters, a thread:

Twitter: Twitter is Gollum. Began as a normal halfling. Overexposure to evil left it thin and stretched and bitter. Threads.

Threads is Gollum. Would do anything to acquire the precious.
Jul 5, 2023 10 tweets 3 min read
The wild thing to me is how much they care, and they way they care, and how revealing it all is.

Let's say Bluesky is a 'liberal' echo chamber. Let's concede the point. OK. Why do you want in then? Nobody left-leaning is complaining about being bullied out of, say, Truth social. If I went to Truth Social, I probably would be "bullied" by the far right there for my beliefs (that is, they would be found unacceptable).

But, crucially, I would hope to be rejected. I despise their supremacist worldview. I don't want to be found acceptable by its adherents.
Jul 1, 2023 50 tweets 9 min read

The hometown fans loved basketball, because their team was the greatest team in the history of sports, who played in the very best stadium, and because of this, the home team’s fans knew they were the most exceptional fans in history.

And because they were so exceptional, they only ever allowed a hundred or so fans from visiting teams into the stadium for games, based on the merit of the visiting fans, as judged by their ability to be entertaining fans, as judged by an appointed panel of home team fans.