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Aug 10 4 tweets 2 min read
I was wrong because I was wrong. I'm wrong sometimes. I didn't understand how badly the US empire wanted this war or how Moscow had a plan to deal with the international backlash, or know Ukrainian forces would exponentially ramp up their shelling of the Donbass in the lead-up. I have been warning for years that a dangerous confrontation with Russia was coming, I just didn't expect it to happen the way it did at the time it did. I wasn't expecting Moscow to throw the first overt military punch when it did.
Aug 10 5 tweets 1 min read
After awhile you start to notice that people who only support healthy agendas for partisan reasons don't really support healthy agendas. Democrats didn't really oppose the Iraq war, they just opposed Bush. Republicans don't really oppose the FBI, they just support Trump. If you only oppose something because it's politically convenient, then you will cease opposing it as soon as it ceases to be politically convenient. All those "anti-war Democrats" from Bush provided zero opposition to Obama's warmongering and fully support Biden's warmongering.
Aug 10 4 tweets 1 min read
Normal person: China's misdeeds have been greatly exaggerated by western propaganda and the US is quantifiably far more murderous and destructive.
Crazy person: Oh so you think China is a perfect communist utopia and the CCP never does anything wrong?? Why don't you MOVE there?? I will never get bored with the way I can post these things and then get multiple empire simps lining up to do the exact thing I'm making fun of.
Aug 10 7 tweets 3 min read
The leaked Chinese documents that have been used to advance the "Uyghur genocide" narrative also happen to say that the detainees have been free for years. No actually the bottom line is that those claiming there's a genocide happening in Xinjiang and that millions of Uyghurs are being detained in concentration camps have been knowingly lying to us for years.
Aug 9 7 tweets 2 min read
CBS: Here's an investigative report on how only 30% of the weapons we're sending to Ukraine are getting to the frontline!

Ukrainian government: No. Take it down.

CBS: Okay sorry. Ukrainian government: Still not good enough.
Aug 9 4 tweets 2 min read
Aug 9 5 tweets 2 min read
Think I'm gonna start blocking the paternalistic libertarians who do this. It's SO obnoxious and condescending. It would never even occur to me to do this to the antiwar libertarians I follow, but they do it to me constantly. Fucking sick of it. I've taken so much shit over the years from leftists for my willingness to overlap with US libertarians on war, and as thanks I get all these emotionally stunted manchildren telling me to shut up about my own ideology and only write things they agree with all the time. Fuck you.
Aug 8 4 tweets 1 min read
Westerners who spend their entire lives working, shopping, consuming, reading, viewing, voting, behaving, speaking and thinking exactly as the powerful want them to sometimes voice concerns that their society might be in danger of someday slipping into a totalitarian dystopia. If you spend a lot of time worrying that we are sliding into dystopia, it's because you haven't looked closely enough at our present situation.
Aug 8 6 tweets 2 min read
I always mentally translate "the CCP" to "you can stop reading here, I'm just blindly regurgitating empire propaganda." The party of the Chinese government is called the Communist Party of China, the correct abbreviation for which is CPC. But there's no need to use that when "the Chinese government" or "Beijing" would do just as well; the only reason not to do so would be to de-legitimize it.
Aug 7 13 tweets 4 min read
Westerners think they are free because they can criticize their president or PM, when a small amount of research quickly reveals that those officials aren't the ones calling the shots on any issue of importance. Westerners aren't even allowed to know who their real government is. We're not allowed to know who's calling what shots behind the veils of secrecy. All we're allowed to see is our governments continually advancing the same imperial policies over and over again regardless of who's in office. They never let us see who's actually making those calls.
Aug 6 4 tweets 1 min read
What the fuck

What the absolute fuck What the fuck am I even looking at here?
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Aug 5 5 tweets 1 min read
Everyone's still raging at Amnesty International for briefly pausing its aggressive facilitation of US imperialism to issue one small common sense criticism of the Ukrainian military that people have been saying since the war began.
Aug 3 6 tweets 2 min read
Ask anyone who says a criticism of western Ukraine policy is "Russian propaganda" to name a critic of western Ukraine policy who they don't consider a Russian propagandist. They won't be able to. Disagreeing with your government about Ukraine is itself Russian propaganda to them. For empire apologists the measure of what constitutes "Russian propaganda" about Ukraine has nothing to do with whether or not it is true or valid, it's literally just a question of obedience to one's government about the decisions it's been making with regard to that nation.
Aug 3 4 tweets 2 min read
The US Military Was Just Used To Help A Dementia Patient Try To Start WW3

"Toward the end of her speech alongside Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, Pelosi's brain underwent one of its increasingly common software glitches, causing her to begin babbling"
caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/the-us-milit… The US Military Was Just Used To Help A Dementia Patient Try To Start WW3

"The world is a worse place now than it was before Pelosi's plane touched down. Less safe, less wealthy, less kind, and more frightening."
soundcloud.com/going_rogue/th…
Aug 2 4 tweets 1 min read
The single dumbest theory in rightist conspiracy circles today is that Pelosi and "the CCP" are secretly conspiring to help China by inflaming tensions over Taiwan. Right wingers cannot accept that they simply have the same position on China as Democrats. China is not being helped by more war machinery being moved to its surrounding waters you absolute morons.
Aug 1 7 tweets 2 min read
There needs to be a major war every generation or two, otherwise peace becomes normalized and becomes the expectation. If you allow that to happen then war begins to stand out against expected norms like the freakish abomination that it is, and militarism looks insane. They use propaganda to facilitate war, but they also use war to facilitate propaganda. Keeping the wars going helps the propaganda machine spin war as something normal and expected and to be continuously prepared for.
Jul 31 8 tweets 2 min read
Western civilization is a story of full bellies and starving hearts. Of a feast of information and a famine of truth. Of conveyor belts churning out processed food, conformity-enforcing media and power-serving culture. Enough food to stay alive but not enough sustenance to live. They keep us alive but they don't let us live. They give us enough carbohydrate to turn the gears of industry, but they keep us too busy, poor, propagandized, confused and crazy to actually drink from the waters of life. To actually experience the beauty of this world.
Jul 31 4 tweets 2 min read
On foreign policy issues I probably cite the work of US libertarians as often as the work of leftists. Outlets like @Antiwarcom hit hard with raw facts on a daily basis and you're just limiting your scope of information if you exclude them. We naturally converge on these issues. @Antiwarcom As long as you can be comfortable standing in your own ideology and don't bow to expectations that you mitigate your positions on other issues to court other ideologies, there's lots of benefits and no real downside to tearing down the echo chamber walls with people of principle.
Jul 31 16 tweets 3 min read
In The US You Can't Witness An Execution If Your Skirt Is Too Revealing

Joe Nathan James Jr was executed by lethal injection on Thursday, against the wishes of his victim's family.
caitlinjohnstone.substack.com/p/in-the-us-yo… He was the eighth person to be put to death in the United States so far this year, and the second from Alabama.
Jul 28 6 tweets 2 min read
They always say it's 1938 so that any call for peace can be painted as "appeasement". It's never 1919, when the conditions which would give rise to WWII were put in place, or any of the early 20th century years when the trajectory toward WWI could've easily been turned away from. Our fetishization of WWII has eclipsed from memory the fact that it was the single worst thing that ever happened on this planet. The trauma it inflicted upon our collective consciousness still reverberates through us to this day, and avoiding it would have been objectively good.
Jul 27 4 tweets 1 min read
Russia: Don't cross our red lines in Ukraine or we'll take action.
US politicians: They're bluffing. Cross those red lines.
*Russia invades.*

China: Don't cross our red lines in Taiwan or we'll take action.
US politicians: They're bluffing. Cross those red lines. They're literally using the same "red lines" language that Moscow was using with Ukraine.