I feel like if you wanted to improve The Discourse, you would try to improve the discourse, and if you wanted to pump up today's Twitter fight by embracing a notorious dickhead's bogus excuse for his being a dickhead, you'd do that
I encourage everyone sharing my annoyance with Matt Yglesias to retire that thing where people call him "Matty"; it doesn't rise to his excessively high standard of what counts as "harassment" but it's pointlessly rude and there are so many real things to pick on him for
One super valuable way to set up a structural complaint about something is by being as inaccurate and pejorative as you can be about people’s motives as they operate within the structure
I usually don't get defensive about my own Substack because it's fine to object to whatever nascent brand-building revolves around phrenologists and Cancel Culture grifters claiming it as their safe space, but this is just old-fashioned pious fake-professional gatekeeping
Maybe Michael Powell could have avoided the confusion by describing his beat as "exposing left-wing excess" rather than "Free Speech & Intellectual Debate"
Anyway right-wingers interested in decoding what Michael Powell was or wasn't trying to do with the story should look at who among the central characters get to have their class status considered throughout the piece and who gets their class set aside in favor of their race
Facebook's new, sophisticated appeals system for content-removal decisions is telling people in Myanmar which ways of dehumanizing Muslims are acceptable, which should be helpful in the next round of Facebook-facilitated genocide there oversightboard.com/decision/FB-I2…
Don't see any genocidal red flags here, just a healthy Facebook user discussion about how the death of a toddler of a particular religious identity probably made the world a better place
Can't think of anything bad that happened to a Washington Post journalist in the past four years, certainly not like getting chopped to pieces on the orders of a dictator intimately allied with the president and his family
It's not as if the president inspired a supporter to mail pipe bombs to CNN or anything
Josh Hawley’s most damning indictment of liberal meritocracy is not any of his dumb culture-war speeches, it’s all the people in his wake who are baffled that someone who got good grades could be a vicious bigot
But Douthat's "There Will Be No Trump Coup" column didn't just offer a totally false account of the danger Trump posed. It also wound itself around to a very genteel version of the same resentful persecution myth that led the mob to the Capitol.
Violent revanchism—whether in the post-Reconstruction South or 1930s Germany or in the Capitol halls on Wednesday—draws on the brutal mob justifying its brutality by claiming they're the ones being victimized and dominated by an unaccountable elite.
How can a person possibly form this ridiculous thought privately, let alone express it where the public, which knows very well by now what kinds of things Donald Trump does and doesn’t do, can see it?
Who the fuck is history
History—in the sense of a recorded sequence of events available to be known and interpreted—says that Nixon’s pardon led directly to a series of ever more criminal presidencies, eventually bringing us Trump, with Nixon’s own henchmen actively supporting the new crimes!
Let me just look up "attempting to gain monopolistic power" using Google, which is the default search engine on my Apple iPhone, thanks to a multibillion-dollar access deal between two ostensible business rivals