Leonid Baezhnev πŸ”₯ Profile picture
Long live the gerontocracy. He/him.
27 Jun
This is a very good piece by @pareene that I'm just getting to. newrepublic.com/article/162828…
I think that in some ways, the 2021 mayoral race was decided when Jessica Ramos chose to endorse Scott Stringer rather than stay out of it or run herself.
The early consolidation around Stringer kept other viable left-wing candidates out of the race, and for several reasons, he turned out to be a major dud.
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25 Jun
What if we're describing them as white nationalists because they are white nationalists?
Tucker Carlson spews directly fascist beliefs--shit that is barely concealed Turner Diaries stuff--into the bloodstream of the American discourse on a nightly basis. Stephen Miller has a long history of affiliation with openly white nationalist organizations.
I think Matt's problem is that he agrees with significantly more of Tucker Carlson's beliefs that he'd like to admit publicly, and would prefer not to get tarred as a white nationalist himself.
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25 Jun
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I understand the desire for multiparty democracy, but particularly in a FPTP presidentialist electoral system, bipartisanism is basically the only stable equilibrium.
You see two-and-a-half party systems in countries with FPTP and parliamentary democracy, but even there it's got its own issues, where parties with an electorally efficient coalition regularly win near-dictatorial power with like ~38% of the vote.
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17 Jun
God, this is some scab shit.
jacobinmag.com/2021/06/dianne…
"Unions are great, but they just aren't the right fit for *our* organization."
For a bunch of people who claimed that they were the true revolutionary leftists and not like those dastardly PMC types, they've pivoted to nonprofit-managerial bullshit remarkably quickly.
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16 Jun
I'm watching the NYC mayoral debate and boy, I did not realize Scott Stringer was this short.
Lol, Eric Adams lying about whether he sided with landlords.
"Small landlords should be able to gouge their tenants in the midst of an eviction crisis" yeah fuck you @ericadamsfornyc, we should liquidate your assets. You don't need them, you live in New Jersey.
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15 Jun
This is the second election in a row where @NYWFP has basically sat out the election in Council District 40, and I really don't like that.
In 2017, they refused to endorse in the primary (when it would have actually helped), and then endorsed Cunningham only like a week before the general election. It was so close to the election, Cunningham's campaign had to put stickers on their existing lit.
Cunningham lost by less than 2,000 votes, and our useless incumbent council member barely cleared 40% of the vote. Clear guidance from WFP and some IEs might have toppled him. Image
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15 Jun
I think Adams' potential success demonstrates that (a) Democratic primary voters are often not particularly ideological, (b) that the left made a tactical error in focusing so much fire on Yang, and (c) that descriptive representative remains very important.
These are not the only lessons to learn, but I think they are some of them!
Like, I would bet money that there are going to be a significant number of voters who voted for Phara Souffrant and Jabari Brisport in 2020 who also are going to rank Adams first.
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8 Jun
From AOC to the NYT, we love to see it.
Though Brad, buddy, you gotta stop driving like a maniac. You live in New York, scrap the car.
Slash man, if we got Lander as Comptroller and Wiley as mayor, two of the three citywide elected officials would be members of the same shul.
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2 May
Man, I have some bad news about literally every other discourse known to man.
"Respect the rights of workers!" I scream while arguing that police officers should get a punch card redeemable for a doubled pension for every tenth teenager they shoot.
"This is the people's state, and resistance to the will of the people is simply bourgeois fascism," I say, driving a T-34 over industrial workers peacefully protesting intensive new production quotas without increased wages.
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1 May
The Intellectual Dark Web position is "at-will employment except if you're a bigot, in which case your bigotry and only your bigotry gets elaborate due process protections."
Personally I favor essentially the precise inverse of this.
I think a generalized just-cause employment scheme would be great. If you're a retail worker and you're a shithead off the clock, it's honestly not really anyone's business, but a lot of these people are semi-public figures and would quite reasonably get fired for cause.
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1 May
I'm not particularly gung-ho about new nuclear plants, but celebrating the closure of existing sources of low-carbon electricity when they'll almost certainly be replaced by gas plants in the short term seems monumentally misguided at best.
There's a strong NIMBY-liberal streak through legacy environmentalism that is extremely bad and counterproductive.
Anyway, when folks talk about environmental justice, and then push solutions that reinforce the grid's reliance on the shit that murders working-class communities with particulate-matter pollution, it pisses me off.
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29 Apr
Elevator pitch: the problem with paying service workers to do services is that they're underpaid and maltreated, rather than it being bourgeois decadence to pay someone to do grocery shopping for you or help you put up shelves.
There is nothing shameful about paying someone to clean your house or cook your food--I've yet to hear anyone argue that restaurants are bad--and there's nothing shameful about doing those jobs! The shameful part is poor wages and abusive workplaces.
Trying to make it about "urban liberals" who don't want to go grocery shopping is absurd. I like it, a lot of people don't. Don't use Instacart if you can because they treat their workers like shit, not because the existence of that job is morally wrong.
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28 Apr
To break into a broader conversation, the fact that a lot of men are ill-equipped and/or refuse to learn to do traditionally male-coded care work is a big problem, insofar as employment has shifted pretty strongly towards that kind of work.
It brings this article to mind. Women going to work in the care economy, and men just...not seeming to work. nytimes.com/2019/09/14/us/…
And there's obvious structural barriers to men shifting into these jobs as well--for instance, I'd be really interested to see employment discrimination research on men trying to get into these fields--but it really seems like a policy problem worth taking seriously.
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28 Apr
The thing that really annoys me about this kind of shit is that New York has a reputation for dirty politics when they are comparatively clean.
Like, look at Ohio. Like half of Cincinnati's city council is going to prison all at the same time. In the past six years, two separate Ohio state house speakers have been forced to resign under FBI investigation. They've had two $100m+ scandals in that time.
The Wisconsin governor plowed billions of public dollars into a self-evidently vaporware industrial deal.
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28 Apr
Anyway, vote Reynoso instead of these overbearing NIMBY fuckgoblins.
Speaking of, for Brooklyn folks: I'm ranking Reynoso first, but the rest of the BP ballot seems *bleak*. Any thoughts on who I should pick?
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12 Apr
stop trying to make ethnic cleansing woke I'm fucking begging you
A two-state solution negotiated by the parties would be fine and acceptable, so would a single secular democratic state or a binational confederation or some other solution. "Transfer" is not.
Ok no Israel is definitely the bad guy, just "ethnically cleansing Israeli Jews and also a significant number of Poles and/or Ukrainians and doing mass population transfer" is a bafflingly awful solution to Jim Crow on the Jordan.
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10 Apr
I'm not gonna go track down that swords-to-the-throat meme, but one unpopular film opinion that I have is that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is basically fine.
1) All of the movies are garbage on some level. Like, they're wonderful and fun but they're also schlock.
2) Other than terrible CGI replacing the practical effects of the earlier films, it's...fine! There's some fun action set-pieces, the Indie/Marion middle-aged romance is actually very sweet, and the scenery-chomping actors doing horrible Russian accents is delicious trash.
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8 Apr
The answer to new amenities driving gentrification just cannot be "well then keep working-class neighborhoods shitty and deprived of nice things."
Working-class people deserve nice things too. The fact that public provision of baseline shit like parks, transit, and safe streets is so poor that middle-class people scramble to live in places with those amenities is a horrific indictment of government.
Among other things, for a belief seemingly adopted by people aligning themselves with the left, it's a shockingly conservative view of the world. There's enough for all of us if we demand it.
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8 Apr
Understand that the working class is a relationship to the means of production and not a aesthetic challenge 2k21
How many of you appear, to me.
To be more charitable, it is meaningful that our labor laws and culture were driven by the unionization of large industrial operations and a division within the labor movement between industrial and craft unionism. But we've had decades to reimagine the working class now.
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7 Apr
I'll say that this was one reason I found the somewhat rote invocation of materialism in the Jewish Currents responsa kind of maddening.
A vulgar materialist analysis would pretty strongly put the American Jewish community in alignment with liberal capitalism. We've done quite well under it! So the Jewish left needs something to bring our community along.
The increasing precarity of the middle class is definitely one thing, but also a stable, pluralist, democratic society is the only kind which has ever protected Jewish safety in the long term. Ensuring its maintenance is vital for us.
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7 Apr
It's wild to watch people who just spent like a year complaining that they can't go to work because they need to watch their kids and schools aren't open decide that taking care of kids is now not vital economic infrastructure.
I swear to fucking Christ, what is it about "things that ensure there are new workers and that existing workers can go to work are infrastructure" makes people stupid
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