The Soviet method of propaganda seems to have been by far their greatest achievement.
It's astounding to see how "their truth" still reverberates and shapes worldviews to this very day, many years after its original goal has ceased to be achievable
the double-layer of concealment, in which propaganda is hidden in a veneer of truth-seeking without explicitly supporting the side that produced it, the concealment of its telos, seems to give it a magical life of its own
"yes this was all a total fabrication to support the furtherance of soviet interests, and there is no longer any official team aside from theirs, but isn't it true though that the US was the single greatest cause of global instability in the 20th century"
I have never played a soulsborne game I found fun or that held my interest for more than an hour, and I've tried several
I am happy for those who are into them that their big new experience has a date
Aesthetically I don't really get it either - these are not particularly good looking games and never have been, in my opinion. Art direction is grim and dark and monstrous. Characters seem fairly standard, cookie cutter?
For the newcomers - a lot of the same people who after 9/11 could totally see Bin Laden's point about the US empire are today passionate supporters of Hamas; all that's changed is Israel's total reduction to US "colonialism"
They were always OK with cold-blooded murder in other words, they just need to make sure the victims are Oppressors
And yes, they are often the same people who define themselves as "antifascist" nazi punchers, even though they make Hitler's justification for him
if I'm not mistaken, landed nations simply don't go into collective national exile and return to sovereignty in their land over 1000 years later except (1) fantasy novels (2) the Jews recently
in this sense, many comparisons to other nations and peoples are going to fail, because the case is very unusual
comparisons failing is not seen as useful for scoring points however so this tends to be glossed over
for example, comparisons tend to view the Jewish nation as if it is formed in 1948, or the return of Jews to Israel as a mere ethnic shift, or the state as a pure manifestation of modern zionism or the eternal Jewish hope of return as person/religious but not national
not having an opinion on a matter is often perfectly moral
the dividing line between needing to have an opinion and not needing to have an opinion runs not between things in the news and things not in the news but between things over which you truly have control and things over which you have no control
news cycle totalitarianism, a subset of ideological totalitarianism, in which all things are said to be the causes of all things, and thus you are held morally culpable for anything that happens in the universe, the only saving grace being the things of which you remain ignorant
Just a reminder that prior to the global pandemic, antisemitic attacks in the US were becoming commonplace, and unfortunately this has a good chance of returning
Some Jews spent the Trump years convincing themselves that he was responsible for the domestic antisemitism on both sides of the dialectic
I hope I'm wrong and they're right, but don't count on it
I'm sure it'll be "but Netanyahu remains" then "but white supremacy remains" and then "but capitalism remains" for one side, and "but Ilhan Omar remains", "but the Democrats remain", "but BLM remains" for the other, and surely the true causes of jew hatred will be thus uprooted
It has a whole history in Judaism. My goal here is not the scholarly investigation of that history. My goal is to explain why the concept's common contemporary interpretation is utterly incompatible with the traditional one(s).
Now, I could just say: the traditional interpretation terminates in nothing more and nothing less than the Jews keeping G-d's Torah and performing His commandments, and the new one terminates in much more and much less.
This should be enough, but it isn't. So - natural law.
for those who don't know Garth Nix is my childhood's master fantasy writer, his books are compulsively readable for adults, and the Old Kingdom is his masterpiece, and I will read any prequels or sequels he deigns to give us
Nix creates a fully 3D, fascinating, scary world while needing 1000 less pages than the other Fantasy writers. Efficient, beautiful, full of light and shade and detail, and the images stick with you forever
look, can an animated gif be fine art? I see no definite reason why not
should fine art be placed on a market and sought after for beauty and rarity? I see no definite reason why not
is the NFT introducing *Artificial Scarcity* or reducing *Artificial Abundance*? who knows
is the environmentalist angle a desperate floundering for a reason to hate something that encourages people to sell things rather than do them for free and foment revolution? I see no definite reason why not
One of these days have to do a thread or something on Tikkun Olam instead of biting down on a walking stick every time someone perverts it on Twitter
not only why Tikkun Olam is not traditionally social justice (nor a central principle of Judaism) but why Tikkun Olam is in principle precluded from being social justice
The real sin here in my opinion, what really offends my sensibilities, is the sheer disrespect for Jews of previous generations. I know eating the old is now such a core philosophy it doesn't even need to be stated, but to then steal our ancestors priorities and redefine them