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A historian who specializes in the nexus of apocalyptic religion and political violence, medieval to now. Angry swearbear. France-US. Views own. He/him.
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Jun 22 4 tweets 1 min read
Fear of GOP reprisal for arresting high ranking Republicans for breaking the law doesn't work because they will absolutely try to do it anyway. It's unilateral disarmament against a group being overtaken by overt fascists. Like, yes Kari, they would need to arrest you for that.
Jun 22 4 tweets 1 min read
*stares in... in Les Mis* Mes amis, Enjolras serai avec la grève.
Jun 22 5 tweets 1 min read
Listen if I had been one of the girl's friend in high school when that 17 year old was showing people nude pictures of her I would have lifted him off the ground and banged him into a couple dozen lockers like a fucking rag doll and that would also have been consequences. "Canceled" are you kidding me, how did he not get the ever living shit beaten out of him for that, that would have been the starting point and then no one would have ever let him forget that there are consequences for doing that shit.
Jun 22 19 tweets 3 min read
I mean I know I keep saying Christian nationalism is violence, but I have read the National Right to Life Coalition's model law and MY GOD.

The intro has this line: "The 2nd part is an effective enforcement regime. Traditionally, abortion laws relied on criminal enforcement to make pro-life laws effective in protecting unborn life. However, current realities require a much more robust enforcement regime than reliance on criminal penalties."
Jun 22 4 tweets 1 min read
Ok, waiting to see about one piece, should finish another tonight. And a radio show and a podcast and a conference next week.
Jun 21 4 tweets 1 min read
I really miss you West Coast JV.

@mattnathanson 's new single German Cars is fantastic and I cannot wait to buy the new album and cannot wait for the next tour.
Also the music video is just... perfect. To me.

Cannot wait for the album.
Jun 21 4 tweets 1 min read
Every time you say "let them secede" slap yourself in your stupid overprivileged face. "Oh yes let the structural racism bolstered by active fascists win yet again and continue their uninterrupted streak of oppressing marginalized communities, I am a fantastic progressive!" Go fuck yourselves.
Jun 20 8 tweets 2 min read
My dissertation disagrees with you.…

More importantly, you're wrong on the genesis of the crusade, of Islamic conversion techniques, on the Byzantine request, and on the papal plan of the crusades. We'll see how far I get here. There are multiple massive armed pilgrimages to Jerusalem in the 11th century. While the Macedonina dynasty and Fatimid Caliphate are strong, the pilgrimages are easy enough. They're apocalyptic, but that's another story.

The Seljuk invasion, empire and civil war changes it.
Jun 20 5 tweets 1 min read
I'll just go ahead and gently tap the "tired of being nice on Twitter when you're picking fights" sign. It's fine. I'm not mad. I'm just not going to play gently if you want to jump into my mentions and defend fascists. I'm a college professor. I am underpaid, overworked, and doing the best I can in the parts of my job that matter most--with my students. On here? Well, feel free to come and say what you want, but I not a child and I am not gentle. As @greenleejw said, I am the angry swearbear.
Jun 20 4 tweets 1 min read
Home skillet I hear this a lot. Democratic society cannot coexist with fascism. And we have enough historical examples of this to be pretty clear. When one group wants to destroy democracy and murder the marginalized groups in it, the rest have to say no and stop them. I don't want a pure democracy. I want a functional republic. And I want the checks and balances to include limits on hate speech, incitement of violence, and genocide. And fascists not only preach all three but actively seek them.
Jun 12 4 tweets 1 min read
...I think I'm going to try and draft an intro piece on why we should be paying attention to Patriot Front and their ilk, not just for the aesthetic mockery, but for what they want and represent and how they're the tip of the iceberg. The J6 Committee I think has thoroughly gotten us to realize how concerned we should be about militia groups like Oathkeepers and 3 Percenters, but the broad array of accelerationist fascist groups in this country should worry the hell out of us.
Jun 12 7 tweets 2 min read
Patriot Front are accelerationist fascists who want to start a shooting war. The uniforms are deliberate, as is the masking, as are their symbols, as are their targets. I know we like to make fun of them but these people are very, very serious and dangerous. A ton of their internal communications and documents got leaked--they are organized and trying to recruit and organize even more, in every state. Their goals are exactly what you'd expect--it's murder, the violent dismantling of the state, the overthrow of democracy.
Jun 11 9 tweets 3 min read
Hi y'all. Let me offer a short Friday night reading list on the #crusades.

You need some good introductory texts. I love Jonathan Phillips' Holy Warriors as my western intro book, and Paul Cobb's Race for Paradise for an Islamic perspective. They're great. Get Jay Rubenstein's Armies of Heaven for an extremely readable account of the apocalyptic First Crusade. And then get his Nebuchadnezzar's Dream for an excellent academic account of the apocalyptic aspects of the 12th and 13th century crusades.
Jun 11 5 tweets 1 min read
Hey if you're a grad student or early career academic or heck mid career like me and you constantly think your writing is garbage? I am really just now, like the last month, getting over feeling that way. Grad school messes you up in so many ways and this is one of them. I feel like grad school was just a long journey of discovering new things to be anxious about or new ways to kick my self loathing into overdrive, and that seems to be grad school culture writ large.
Jun 10 4 tweets 2 min read
So I am running a 4 hour one shot birthday #DnD adventure for my oldest and five of his friends, and we're using @HitPointPress 's Humblewood. I'm effectively taking the first mission of the premade campaign and kicking up the stakes. The mission ending will emulate a simplified version of the ending of the campaign, the stakes of the smaller adventures will be amped up towards that end, and I'm going to make the Bandit Coalition a bigger part so there is more swashbuckling adventure.
Jun 10 13 tweets 8 min read
1.#MAMG22 Fallout: New Vegas takes the player to the post-apocalyptic wastelands surrounding New Vegas—the desert, the hills, the neon lights guarded by robot sentinels, the forces of the NCR stretched on Hoover Dam, and the looming menace of the fascist Caesar’s Legion. 2.#MAMG22 Fallout games truck in neo-medievalism & Americana—retrofuturistic 1950s sci-fi Americana crumbling under the radiation, and the knights of the Brotherhood of Steel, in their plate man, paladins armed with laser gatlings, reminding us of the core fantasies of genre.
Jun 9 4 tweets 1 min read
This is crusade historian bingo, guys. I know Tom Madden. I like him as a person. He is exceptionally kind to graduate students and I love him for that. His popular crusade books, though, get cited routinely by Islamaphobes and hate groups and that's a problem. And that's the thing. History is a discourse, and there are many sides to it, and there are many voices.

Madden's books on Venice? Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Love them.

I don't use his general work on the crusades.
Jun 9 6 tweets 2 min read
Home slice, at least capitalize my last name, and if you're going to be rude, at least give me the courtesy of using my title and making it Dr. Lecaque, because whatever stance you may have, I worked my ass off researching and writing a dissertation on the topic. You can wax on philosophically about how historians shouldn't argue that their authority means anything, but fine, then you go do research on medieval manuscripts in dozens of libraries across four countries and write a 400 page dissertation on why people went on crusade.
Jun 8 6 tweets 3 min read
Ok well while people are paying attention to me (hi! You are all delightful!) Let me make some recommendations:

Follow @monicaMedHist who is a brilliant medievalist and historian of medicine. Seriously. Do yourself a favor and follow her now. Follow @kelly_j_baker and buy everything she writes. I am in absolute awe of her.

Follow @salu1292 who is a brilliant medievalist and who does such cool work on material culture and religion and is just good people.

Follow @hakaimagazine and subscribe. Trust me.
Jun 6 15 tweets 4 min read
I am not over the fact that a gun company made a gun named the Crusader, stamped Psalm 144:1 on it, it's in such high demand that there's a 12-18 month waiting period, and we don't treat it as a call for religious terrorism. Just... have you read about a crusade? That name means something. It's a call to Holy war and murder.
Jun 5 8 tweets 2 min read
The problem with writing is that I want to share the dreams and the feelings and the way I see the world and words are such clumsy things to map the chaos and the beauty and the pain and the hope and the poetry of a mind onto a page. I have no poetry to offer, and I second guess every line of prose, but all any of us want is to share ourselves, and the fundamental flaws and the fundamental beauty of writing is that we will always fail, and in that attempt, flawed, limited, and broken, we exist.