A WWE matchup. I suppose it has never occurred to any of these guys that systemic racism can exist within the context of a totalitarian humanist regime, just as class oppression can exist in a Communist regime, or that ethnic Germans were oppressed by the Third Reich.
Uh, see the history of the 20th century. I once had a student who had grown up in Nicolae Ceausescu’s Romania. I asked her what the Communists of her adolescence would have made of the Antifa or intersectional left. She very casually and seriously replied that the former would have been shot and the latter would have been sent to a labor camp for promoting degeneracy.
A quasi-SJW makes his case. The main problem that I have with his arguments is that he seems to imply that all non-leftist thought is by definition illegitimate and/or the equivalent of fascism. Although I agree with his point that right-wingers are often only in favor of free speech when out of power, kind of like leftists, ironically. The Left always becomes the Right once in power. It’s not a coincidence that the more powerful the Left has become, the less concerned the Left has been about free speech issues. This becomes obvious when you compare the US Left of today with that of the 1960s and 1970s.
Did the intellectual class finally grow a pair after realizing the new clerisy can come after them as well?
Gee, I can’t imagine why. The discussion of local government around 7:15-20 is interesting.
This is from January, before the recent uprising. A quasi-left-anarchist/libertarian-socialist and a cop debate/discuss.
Historically, the main sources of conflict other than economics and statecraft have been religion and ethno-tribal identity. In modernity, religion eventually gave way to ideology as the primary mode of thinking, in late modernity ethno-tribal identity is giving way to social identity. For example, LGBTQs essentially have the same status as an ethnic group or religion, even though they are neither. A more complex and diverse society generates an increasing number of identities, as the emergence of polyamorists, transracials, transables, otherkins, incels, etc. indicates. In the USA, the once-dominant/hegemonic WASP identity is now a cultural minority as well, and all of the different forms of identity label “reactionary” are now essentially just another kind of minority group in terms of political/cultural/social identity.
Fetishists of historic Americana, Protestant evangelicals, Confederate nostalgists, and white supremacists are increasingly just another subculture like football fans, Mormons, medieval cosplayers, or the Crips. Instead of having a society with a dominant/hegemonic culture, we are increasingly developing a society of microcultures, albeit one that is dominated by an imperial state that functions as an administrative apparatus in order to maintain an economic oligarchy. A realistic political strategy for North America should be based on the idea that today’s culture wars are merely a passing phase, and that the future of North America will be a collection of an infinite number of micro-identities under a Roman-like imperium (but with Latin American-like levels of class disparities and civil dysfunction).
LOL. An African-American Marxist is attacked by totalitarian humanist DSA as a “class reductionist.”
The worst thing about the upcoming election is that someone is going to win.
By Zoë Jackson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis couple Lex and Celina Berndt did not expect to marry after just a four-month engagement.
Celina, 24, popped the question on Valentine’s Day, with an idyllic backdrop of a beach in Puerto Rico.
A pretty good overview of the sociological relationship between race, class, and crime.
This reminds of a lot of pamphlets I used to see circulating in the 70s and 80s: “How to Keep Your Kids Off Drugs,” “How to Know if Your Kid is Dabbling in the Occult,” “How to Witness to Your Neighbor Who Doesn’t Know Jesus,” “Communism’s Plan for American Youth,” etc. etc. etc.
As crazy as Noam has gotten in his old age, he still stands up to the new clerisy. Kudos.
Will Trump’s legacy be that of the president who was such a dumbass he couldn’t win reelection against a dementia patient?
By Peter Van Burn
The American Conservative
I’m ambivalent about statues and J.K. Rowling being torn down, but terrified of the thought process behind the destruction. Decisions should never be made by mobs. Is America on the edge of a cultural revolution?
The historical namesake and obvious parallel is the Cultural Revolution in China, which lasted from 1966 to 1976. Its stated goal was to purge capitalist and traditional elements from society, and to substitute a new way of thinking based on Mao’s own beliefs. The epic struggle for control and power waged war against anybody on the wrong side of an idea.
Riots work. Even the Neocon Review is now calling for police reform. Some of the proposals are predictably a bit wimpy. But it’s something.
By Robert Verbruggen
After the egregious killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the days of protests and rioting that followed, there’s a bipartisan appetite for police reform. If such reform is implemented carefully and intelligently, it could reduce crime and improve relations between police officers and the communities they serve. But if it merely undermines law enforcement, the result could be soaring crime rates and ultimately a turn back to law-and-order politics.
Saagar Enjeti gives an update on Jeffrey Epstein’s madam Ghislaine Maxwell, after Maxwell was arrested Thursday on federal charges for facilitating and participating in sexual abuse acts with minors.
The problem that I see with Carlson’s monologue (and Trump’s speech) is that it’s the equivalent of a Roman emperor and/or propagandist proclaiming the glories of the Empire. To which the response is, “Yeah, but what about the plebians, imperial legions, and all the crucifixions, dude?” You don’t have to be an apologist for the Empire to dislike the Pol Pot wannabes on the other side of the spectrum, or to recognize the “woke” rhetoric of the new clerisy as a sham.
LOL. The wokesters vs. the military-industrial complex. Fracturing within the ruling class is always welcome.
Trump is making a big mistake by running for reelection on culture war issues.
Not that I take any of this shit seriously, but I’d like to see Kanye enter the race, pick Kim as his running mate, and beat both Trump and Biden hands down in the election.