Covid is doing the work that American eugenicists want - killing poor people, people of color, disabled people, and especially those who are multiply marginalized.
It feels like a conspiracy theory. And yet, it's pretty clear that early on the Trump admin stopped caring because they thought it would harm the people they wanted harmed, and then it got out of control.
the easy linear pathway from goldwater to trump is already clear. it will be easier to see with distance. In a few centuries or seven, there will not be a "gilded age" and "new gilded age," but rather just one arc of kleptocracy from the late 19th century to today.
Please identify which of your colleagues decided to a) drive into a crowd b) ride a horse into a crowd c) illegally shoot people on their porches d) shoot people standing with anti-shooting signs in the street at distance from you e) shoot at press from afar
Because if you are the "good cops" you will need to point out who the "bad cops" are. Speak up. Name names.
I'm waiting for you to show it's just a few bad apples. Throw them out of the barrel. Go ahead. I'm waiting.
You know if the person next to you shouted "light 'em up!" and fired at a porch. You know who was on that horse. You know who was at the wheel. You know who is pulling their trigger. Name names, "good cops."
"Models show that if 80 percent wear masks that are 60 percent effective, easily achievable with cloth, we can get to an effective R0 of less than one....Mask use in combination with physical distancing is even more powerful." @zeynep et al @TheAtlantictheatlantic.com/health/archive…
I've written a lot about bodily autonomy as one of the cores of my politics. The way it works is that spewing germs on someone else is not actually practicing YOUR bodily autonomy but violating someone else's.
same goes for anti-vax. If you take your unvaccinated body into public space, you are endangering others. But feel free to not be vaccinated and stay home. This is where the edges of bodily autonomy lie pretty clearly for me.
Since apparently this is getting a few RTs, here's my piece at @thenation on bodily autonomy. Written in the very different time of September 2017.
Social distancing was necessary to flatten the curve and give the Trump Administration time to invest in testing, tracing, and medical capacity. They have failed to do all three. Now we're in even worse trouble.
This is the answer to the bad faith whiners on barstool and fox.
Yes, we can't social distance forever. It's not economically feasible. It's not psychologically feasible. People just won't do it. Experts were saying this in February - that we try to pick the right couple months and make use of (not equally) shared sacrifice.
The Trump Administration failed to react in January, failed to prepare in February, failed to ramp up in March, failed to capitalize on the shut downs in April, and now are failing with the relaxing of distancing in May. So many will die, so many will fall gravely ill.
The vast majority of Americans have voluntarily isolated themselves, at great financial and emotional cost, in order to protect their communities. It's the most impressive civic-minded act I've ever seen in this country.
If a tiny minority of Nazi and Confederate sympathizers are getting outsized media attention due to their ties to the GOP's donor class, don't let it erase how impressive this has all been and continues to be, in no small part due to the majority of governors.
State leadership - including many Republicans in places like Ohio and Indiana - has been impressive. Coordination between state depts of health, private medical industry, and academic epidemiological researchers, is leading us towards testing and treatment solutions.
A thread of reporting, op-eds, legal documents, government guidance, and anything else I can find on #EugenicsWatch for #Covid19 - on states saying they can remove/deny care to disabled folks for a variety of reasons (take ventilators, deny based on ID/DD, etc). /1
... not every college student has a home they can go to
... not every college student can just buy a plane ticket for NEXT MONDAY
... not every college student has broadband at home
... not every college student can eat without the meal plan/work study
... not every
"Here's a simple guideline: don't post videos of your kids without consent. If you can't follow that rule, at least don't post moments from your children's worst day. Even if they might not object, they'll probably hate you in a decade." NEW @CNNOpinion
@CNNOpinion "My son loves to be seen...He wants a witness to his joy. He wants you to see him. But every time I hit send or share, I think, how will he feel when he's 16, 26, or 36? What is his digital legacy and will he be happy with me when he looks back? I hope so."
@CNNOpinion Other essays linked to in this piece or otherwise on point. You should read/share them with folks.
People act like the argument around Bernie bros is that he declared in 2016 and then folks got abusive. The actual argument is that the people on the left who were already organizing abuse against women decided to do so in favor of sanders and against Clinton.
This account worked hard to magnify the harassment of a sexual assault survivor and now he’s boasting about having gotten her suspended. I want to be clear that only one person is behaving badly here and it’s not Felicia.
Shout out to Professor Pierre Asselin at San Diego State for this nice, if wholly inaccurate, note. Which he also sent to my chair. This kind of bullying from faculty is intolerable. It's also false. #twitterstorians
Academic advising is organized at two ranks, junior and senior. I was appointed at senior due to having 10 years of work as an assistant, associate, then full professor (plus university admin work) before taking this job. It is the only rank advancement available to me. I'm done!
The ways that faculty members bully and demean academic staff is a systemic problem across academia (grad students do it too, often worse, treating staff as their secretarial assistants rather than people who know much more about university functioning than they do).
Donald Trump Jr.'s crusader gun "plays into right-wing fascination with the European Middle Ages, one built on fantasy and linked [to] imagined apocalyptic war between the West and Islam.'" With @prof_gabriele via @PostEverything#medievaltwitter
@prof_gabriele@PostEverything "Its iconography, carefully documented in Trump Jr.’s photos, signals a commitment to a vision of a world defined by a clash between Christians and Muslims, thereby emboldening some of the most dangerous tendencies in right-wing America."
@prof_gabriele@PostEverything "Apocalyptic struggles are zero-sum, the ends justifying all means, the enemy worthy of nothing but earthly fury and fire from the sky. In the words of another shirt from the retailer of Donald Trump Jr.’s gun: “If God be for me, it matters not who is against me.”"