Friday, May 29, 2020

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It's odd so many of the people who object to rhetoric that might diminish the horror of slavery and Jim Crow will insist white non-Protestants like Italians, the Irish, and the Jews were not white. They don't see any differences between racial, religious, and national prejudice.

They may not see differences between racial, religious, and national prejudice because they think identity is personal—we are what we think we are. But that hides the reason racism is worse than tribalism: you can change your tribe, but you cannot change your race.

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The most effective education is the education we never notice.

Indoctrination is the dark side of this truth.

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The job of universities has always been to produce capable rulers. Part of that job is teaching the students that they're righteous so their creativity will be used to perpetuate the system that shaped them.

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Climbing Mount Everest shows us that rich people are willing to put time, hard work, the risk of death, and tens of thousands of dollars into avoiding helping the poor.

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Diversity and universalism are always in tension: diversity values our differences while universalism values our similarities.

Star Trek’s subtext was always about the tension between diversity and universalism, but as neoliberalism began promoting identity, a divide can been seen in DS9 and Voyager: Voyager is the choice of identitarians. DS9 is the choice of universalists.‬

Thursday, May 28, 2020

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In war, religion is often the excuse but never the reason.

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If you worry you're a bad or worthless person, you probably aren't. The worst people are certain they're good.

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"Progressive" has followed an old path: it meant the radical left, then it meant the cool kids, then it meant the fashionable kids, now it means Democrat and maybe nothing at all.

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Re Hachette and Amazon fighting over business terms: the butcher and the meat market are fighting, and they both say they're doing it for the cows.

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Is there a name for people who hear things they don't like and contact the speakers' bosses to try to get them fired? In kindergarten, we called them tattletales.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

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Sometimes when I read intolerant posts, I check the user bio, then nod when I see the writer is single.

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There's no way to guarantee you'll find someone compatible, but there are many ways to guarantee you won't.

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This explains why tiny gatherings of racist idiots should be ignored:

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." —misattributed to Gandhi

So long as you fight them, they think they're one step from winning.

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Orwell identifies the reason some people prefer the idea of a Job Guarantee to Basic Income:

“I believe that this instinct to perpetuate useless work is, at bottom, simply fear of the mob… It is safer to keep them too busy to think.” —George Orwell

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Those who can't answer, censor.

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Historically, "feminist and socialist" is redundant, and "feminist and capitalist" is a contradiction in terms.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

shared on May 26ths: prequels

A prequel is a sequel that's set before the story that inspired it.

The best prequels tell us our assumptions about the original story's history are wrong. The worst assure us we already knew all we needed to.

At some level, the audience knows prequels are stories that didn't matter enough to be told first. We prefer sequels because they might matter as much or more.