The best historical analogy for the 1/6 coup attempt, in my opinion, is neither the Reichstag Fire (obviously) nor the Beer Hall Putsch (less obviously), but rather Japan's March Incident coup attempt of 1931.
2/By "the Climate Left", I mean groups like Sunrise and Extinction Rebellion that explicitly mix climate with other leftist causes, as well as leftists like Andreas Malm who have decided to focus on climate as their new reason to hate capitalism.
3/Andreas Malm has a book in which he urges people to blow up fossil fuel pipelines.
That's an insanely stupid idea, but fortunately neither he nor the rest of the Climate Left has any intention of actually doing that.
One thing non-Texans don't often consider about Texas is that we broke off from Mexico, not from Britain (and seceded rather than being seized). This gives Texans concepts of race and nationhood that are a little different from other American,s in ways that are hard to describe.
The clearest way I can describe this is that white Texans generally don't see ourselves as the "sons of the soil" in the way that white people in much of the country do. We see Mexican people as the "sons of the soil". It's more subtle than that, of course.
When I first became aware of the virulent xenophobia that existed against Mexicans in California in the 90s (and a bit of which remains today), I was just utterly baffled. How could Californians think of Mexicans as foreign? It made no sense.
1/A brief thought about the Critical Race Theory wars.
When my dad was in high school, a girl he knew got pregnant. Abortion was illegal, so she had an illegal underground abortion, which was botched and rendered her permanently infertile...
2/She was also a devout Catholic, so this caused a huge rift with her family. She developed severe mental issues because of this, and was basically incapacitated for life.
The ban on abortion utterly ruined her life.
3/When I was young, Culture Wars in America were all about abortion. Right-wingers would picket abortion clinics and pass laws to make abortion harder to get. Occasionally someone would even murder a doctor for doing abortions.
All the shouters have found product-market fit now. They have their messages down, their followings are primed to mash the retweet button. Everyone stays in their lane. There's little real discussion, just an infinite recursion of hipsterisms.
This, by the way, is why I think "realist" fiction is actually a more fantastical kind of fantasy than the kind with dragons.
In "realist" fiction, the fantasy is how the characters feel and behave. But unlike dragons, people believe this fantasy represents reality.
People will read "Cat Person" and think they now know the dark truth about human relationships. But the real relationship "Cat Person" was based on, while not ideal, was much sweeter and healthier than the dark fantasy depicted in the story.
Interesting! Was just talking about this question with @JvNixon. I think the key is to first redesign the system of scientific credit, and then after that to build an education/funding system around that base.
My view of universities is that while education is an important function, it's also not that hard to get right. But research is also an important function, and is hard to get right. So we need to think more about how to optimize the research component of universities.
Some people are asking "Why combine teaching and research?".
For grad students the answer is very clear: 1) Only profs have the ability to teach and train grad students 2) Profs need grad students to do much of the actual research
Question for the feed: Do you agree with the principle? Should high-follower accounts avoid doing anything that brings negative attention to low-follower accounts? Or should they treat low-follower accounts as equals?
This is interesting to me because it's part of what I see as the unique and toxic social status dynamics of Twitter.