Saturday, November 16, 2019

Things I shared on November 16ths

Old creeps, stop misrepresenting the '60s. It was "Do your own thing", not "Make others do your thing." It was about consent, not coercion, and freedom, not force.

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"If you would deny a thing to your enemy, it is not a right." —Edward Snowden

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“Except for the relatively small number of Fascist sympathizers, almost any English person would accept ‘bully’ as a synonym for ‘Fascist’. That is about as near to a definition as this much-abused word has come.” —George Orwell

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"A leftist should not champion being "politically correct." The term was coined to attack dogmatism, not to defend courtesy." —Bob Kruger

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Zionists happily conflate antiZionism with antisemitism. Since the US's largest religion is Christianity, should we say any criticism of the US is antiChristian?

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" The political project of the Left is universalist: it is for all human beings. ... And identity politics is essentially not for everybody but for the members of a specific group only." —Eric Hobsbawm

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The goal for privilege theorists is a class system where rulers and ruled look alike. The goal for socialists is to end class systems.

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"Duty always calls, but sometimes you just gotta let it go to voicemail." —Michael Butler

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From 2018:

Facebook just deleted a comment I made about the history of, um, "wh*te tr*sh" because the term is offensive. Damn right it's offensive. That's what I was writing about.

"This comment goes against our Community Standards on hate speech"

So we can't cite hate speech to talk about denigration of the poor. Thanks, Facebook.

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From 2016:

I started to post the following on a friend's link, then realized it would sound pompous as hell there, so I'm going to put it here where people expect me to sound pompous as hell:

The two driving factors of clickbait are the hope that our beliefs will be confirmed and the hope there's a solution for what we hate. But if there's a way to get people to stop clicking and sharing foolish things, I don't know what it is. The first person to tell us to think critically probably gave the advice before the discovery of fire.

Okay, I'm feeling pessimistic about my species just now. But yesterday I was at the STOP DAPL protest in St. Paul, and I was reminded that the best examples of my species are amazing.

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