Friday, February 28, 2020

Things shared on Feb 28ths

We live in a time when having black friends, lovers, and employees will not defend you from accusations of racism. Bull Connor and Elijah Muhammad must be spinning in their graves.

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Poor kids who manage to go to expensive private schools are not representatives of the working class. They're the newest members of the upper class.

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If you want to speculate about the values of people in a post-scarcity society, look at people who inherited wealth. The main difference would be that they would have no one to feel superior to.

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Just realized my definition of "not political" is very political. Probably because I think anything affecting 2 or more people is political.

My current definition of "not political" is anything that doesn't make people argue.

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In Hollywood, "structural racism" means "nepotism's effect on people of color."

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The problem with election years is you learn who doesn't give a damn about the poorer half of the nation.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Things shared on Feb 27ths: no bourgeois person wants working class white male privilege, and more

I have never met a bourgeois woman or PoC who wanted the privilege of a white working class man.

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A class system with a growing wealth gap is how a country invades and colonizes itself.

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Proposition: Given the US's racially disproportionate class system, contempt for the working class is indistinguishable from racism.

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Just got the cruelest spam a writer can get. The title: Why isn't your book selling?

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Posts that we're asked to share to show we're good and caring are nonsense. 90% of humanity is good and caring. A useful post would say we're evil and don't give a damn.

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I'm amazed at how far to the right the Republicans have had to go to stay worse than the Democrats.

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Just saw an ad for a romance novel and realized the old joke about action duos works for romance too:

He's a chimp. She's the pope. They're lovers.

This is because most good action duos love each other.

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It's easier to forgive the enemies who fought you than the friends who failed to stand with you.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Bernie and Birdie: Meanwhile, on Wall Street....

Things shared on Feb 24ths: fairness vs justice, economic justice vs social justice, more

I'd rather talk about fairness than justice. Too many people who talk about justice are more obsessed with judging others than with making a fair world.

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Social justice explains why oppressed groups in the US are better off today than they were in the 1960s.

Economic justice explains why the gap between the rich and the poor is worse than it was in the 1960s.

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The class system is the structure for structural racism.

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Has social justice ideology hurt your ability to think critically? Did you believe Jussie Smollett? Believing a story without evidence can be rationalized. Believing an extremely implausible story cannot.

"Believe the victim" sometimes means "believe the innocent are guilty".

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The Dred Scott decision tells us to never say the Supreme Court got something right or wrong. It just got it the way it wanted to get it.

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Prequel: stuff that was too boring to include in the first story.

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Should you ask rhetorical questions if you're not prepared to have people answer them?

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Worst advice: Stop overthinking. Now I'm overthinking how anyone could possibly make themselves think less.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Bernie and Birdie: What does Russia want?

Things shared on Feb. 23rds

Capitalism isn't inherently racist and sexist; it's historically racist and sexist. Neoliberals want identity-blind capitalism, which is possible in theory. But in reality, capitalism's limited class mobility will keep its racist and sexist past with us until wealth is shared.

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The people who say Bernie Sanders is "too white" don't care that he's most popular with black people. Identitarians care more about presentation than policy.

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Dear #NRA

FYI, "Well regulated" is the opposite of "unregulated".

You're welcome.

Will

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There are more things everyone should know than anyone can know.

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From 2014:

the Dogness Monster?

Between the sidewalk and the street, there're a long mound in most parts of Minneapolis that's three feet high or more. When I looked out the window yesterday morning, I saw the upper body of a man walking with one arm slightly extended. About eight feet ahead of him, moving at exactly the same speed, was three inches of an upright, slightly wagging tail.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Things shared on Feb 17ths: on hoax hate crimes, muslims vs islamists, more

1. People who commit hoax hate crimes are mentally ill—they want attention. Have some pity for them.

2. “Believe the victim” is a bad approach because it presumes guilt. Better to treat accusers and the accused humanely while we seek the truth.

3. If you want to blame someone when hoax hate crimes are made, blame the people who believe the accused is guilty. A century ago, they would have joined lynch mobs.

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Dear anyone following me who can't tell the difference between a Muslim and an Islamist,

Please educate yourself. If you're up for reading a book, I recommend Reza Aslan's _No God But God_. But you could just do a little googling.

However, I won't know whether you've educated yourself because I have unfollowed you.

And if you leave a bigoted comment on one of my posts, I will unfriend you.

Sincerely,

Will

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Under capitalism, there is only one way to save the world: Let a billionaire own it. Until that happens, every industry fights for its own survival and none fight for the planet's.

Or we could try democratic socialism.

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There are so many articles that say people are happier when they quit social media that I don’t know which to share, so google if you wish. I nearly shared a study that found using more platforms can mean greater depression.

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After favorably quoting some things said by Jarod Lanier:

I am skipping most of Jaron Lanier’s chapter on politics because it’s painfully naive. He’s an identitarian neoliberal who damns Gamergate and Berniebros. That women like ShoeOnHead can be pro-gamergate and pro-Sanders would explode his brain.

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Dear internet, actually, sometimes ignoring something does make it go away. Yes, this is a lesson I also need to learn. Love, Will

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Things shared on Feb 16ths: blame Facebook instead of the Russians, more

This country has never had a Jewish President. People who call Sanders "an old white man" to argue he shouldn't run are playing with antisemitism.

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If neoliberals are correct that Russia swung the election, shouldn’t their ire be directed at the US tool which they claim Russia used, Facebook?

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Social media is designed to manipulate us. That’s the business model: Rich people pay FB and Twitter to influence us.

So when we fight online, are we doing what we’re prompted to? Are we pitted against each other to keep us from uniting against the class that funds social media?

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The rich create the illusion of choice with duopolies: IOS and Android in tablets, Republicans and Democrats in US politics.

There are differences in duopolies, but the duopolies do not threaten the system. Any “loyal opposition” is loyal first and opposition second.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Things shared on Feb 14ths: my best Valentine's Day advice, and more

My best Valentine's Day advice

No matter how sure you are of your sweetheart's love, never stop trying to win it.

This has kept Emma and me together for more three decades.

Which is to say, yeah, Valentine's Day has been commercialized unbearably, but that's no reason not to do something a little special today for someone you care about.

Which applies to all the days that have not been commercialized, too.

Hmm. That reminds me of something wise atheists and theists have said: all days are holy days. For lovers, all days are Valentine's Day.

And if you're not in a romantic relationship? Do something nice for a friend, or with one, or for a stranger, or with one. There are many kinds of love, and Valentine's Day is for all of them.

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To know yourself is to hate no one.

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Racists, sexists, and censors are quick to reject the name for what they do. But what you oppose defines you as much as what you support.

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If you only want to support the right to speak of people who agree with you, don't donate to the ACLU. Donate to a censorship group.

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Because I'm a universalist, on Valentine's Day I get to say I'm sorry I forgot to buy everyone candy. But I still love you.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Things shared on Feb 13ths

Is there a secret internet for people who don't read superficially and go berserk? I hope there is, even if they don't think I deserve an invitation.

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You know who celebrates people dying? The Westboro Baptist Church. Don't be them.

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Convincing people you're right is harder if you first convince them you're a jerk.

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7 HABITS OF HIGHLY INEFFICIENT PEOPLE

1. Not finishing what they begin.
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#Superman fact: In the 1940s, he fought for "truth and justice". During the Cold War, the radio show changed that to "truth, justice, and the American way."

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Moral panics promoted by middle-class Americans are not Stalinist. They're McCarthyist or neo-puritan. Our history is filled with them.

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People who talk about sheeple are creeple.

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Americans who mock people's spelling and grammar seem to be celebrating the US's underfunded and overburdened public school system.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Things shared on Feb 11ths: being called Hon, paying attention to politics, more

I really like it when strangers call me "Hon".

Noted because it just happened and a lot of snobs online throw hissyfits when working class people address them in a familiar way.

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The more I pay attention to politics, the worse they get. I am very sorry about this. I'll try to stop.

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Claiming antiZionism is antisemitism is an example of neoliberal identitarianism. It’s no different than claiming people who criticized Clinton are sexist and people who criticized Obama are racist.

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What's antisemitic is saying "It's about the Benjamins" is antisemitic. The Benjamin's last name is Franklin. AIPAC is a Political Action Committee. Being about the Benjamins is literally what PACs are about.

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When talking to defenders of capitalism, remember who defended feudalism: those who benefitted from it and those who could not imagine a better way.

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Matthew 5:5 unites my primary concerns, ending poverty and protecting the planet: The poor shall inherit the earth.

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From 2016:

Dear Clinton feminists, please stop bashing women who think politicians' policies matter more than their gender.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Things shared on Feb 10ths: manned space flight should not be a priority, more

Dear people who think manned space travel must be a priority,

I am sorry I said anything. I know the dream of human space travel is important to many of us because I share it. I hope as much as you do that humans are able to survive in space for long periods of time and therefore we can reach the stars someday.

But I realize I'm a heretic for having other priorities now.

The discussion has taught me more about secular religions. As with spiritual religions, believers have one of two basic attitudes: they think those who are not against them are with them, or they think those who are not with them are against them. This was best illustrated by the people who compared favoring robotic space travel to being anti-progress or anti-tech. How anything I said could be seen that way, I cannot see, but I know how Calvinists saw those who were predestined to be damned, so I'm not greatly surprised.

And honest, when I keep saying I want the Star Trek future, that includes a way to travel through the universe.

Insert a joke here about what Kirk boldly does on strange new worlds.

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If you can’t understand why some people support fascism or imperialism and you support silencing your opponents, look in your soul.

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If you were rich and had an expensive car you didn't want, would you...

a. Give it to someone who needed a car.

b. Send it to Mars.

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Why do people who defend shooting an expensive car into space talk about PR budgets? It's not like Musk sent his car to Mars and is now asking for donations.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Things shared on Feb 9ths: on Clinton vs Sanders, and abusive people online

Two kinds of abusive people online: The clueless can't tell what they're doing. The delicate flowers can't take what they give.

Can we erase the internet and start over?

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On Clinton vs Sanders: You can vote to support the women and men who would benefit from things like universal health care, a high minimum wage, and free college education that other nations already provide their citizens, or you can vote for a woman. You can't do both.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Things shared on Feb 8ths: people who say Jim Crow has not ended, Bezos blackmail, more

‪People who say Jim Crow has not ended‬

‪1. Do not want to talk about class.‬

‪2. Minimize the horrors of Jim Crow.‬

‪3. Disrespect the memory of the civil rights leaders who ended Jim Crow.‬

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I respect Bezos for standing up to a blackmailer. I still want to nationalize Amazon.

Some leftists are saying we shouldn't give Bezos any credit because he can "afford to fight". But fighting blackmailers isn't about being rich. It's about being willing to take the social consequences in order to expose a blackmailer. Wealth makes it easier to cave than fight.

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A reminder of why #BLM should be #PoorLivesMatter

The racial statistics of police killings and poverty are identical. Twice as many white people than black are in poverty, twice as many whites than black are killed by the police, and almost everyone killed by the police is poor.

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In Canada, Manfred Mann is now Personfred Personn.

I wish everyone in Personchester England would stop whining about progress.

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Ever since LBJ announced the War on Poverty, capitalists have said, "We can do X and end poverty." They did X. #PrioritiesMatter

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I'm disappointed in the sf fans who don't grasp the difference in cost between manned and robotic space exploration, or that the scientific gains are equivalent. But I understand that sf fans react to the idea of not going into space like Christians react to the idea of not going to heaven.

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Capitalists love to compare workers with other workers by contrasting well-paid workers like professional athletes with poorly paid ones like teachers. Socialists compare workers with their bosses.

Pat Bowlen, major owner of the Denver Broncos, has a net worth of $1 billion.

Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Pathers, has a net worth of $1.1 billion.

Now let's talk about how the US's ruling class values public school teachers.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Things shared on Feb 7ths: on the DK Effect and more

When Musk sent his car into space: Who will be the next billionaire to send something into space that most of us can't afford, and what will it be?

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The more you act like an asshole, the more likely you're wrong. #DunningKruger #CognitiveDissonance

An implication of the Dunning Kruger Effect: if you only know that someone is smug or arrogant, the smart bet is that person is also wrong.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Things shared on Feb 6ths: saying "honestly" makes us doubt you, and more

Whenever I see "honestly" used as an intensifier, I wonder, "Why would they think I thought they were lying? Are they?"

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I wish Facebook had these three emojis:

1. I respectfully disagree.

2. Please do more research before you discuss this again.

3. Are you willing to share the powerful drugs you are on?

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Yachts are a measure of how well the rich are doing at our expense. The first great surge in yacht building was during the Great Depression. We are in the second.

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Prince John’s courtiers have to be quick to dismiss those who praise Robin Hood.

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Tax tip: When you're listing dependents, don't forget your boss who takes a piece of the money made by your work.

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I always feel like a failure when I fail to convince someone about something important. Then I remember no one before me managed to convince them either.

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From 2016:

Clinton supporter arguments:

#1: Better a woman whose policies will harm working-class women than a man whose policies will help them.

#2: Better a woman who can effectively collaborate with corporatists than a man who would oppose them.

#3: Better a woman who will work to keep things the same than a man who will work to make them better.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Things shared on Feb 5ths

I am old enough that it still seems strange to call this the 21st century. But the reason isn't because I'm old. It's because we underestimated the rich and therefore got a new century that looks too much like the old one.

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Maybe I'll start calling the 1% the Siphon Class. You can't make that kind of money by working for it. You can only make it by siphoning it from other people's work.

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From 2016: Has "progressive" become so meaningless that Hillary Clinton's supporters really believe she is one?

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The rich see poverty as the failure of the poor. Bullies always say the bullied deserve what they get.

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Your tactics reveal your principles.

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When you're absolutely sure you're right, the smart bet is you're demonstrating the Dunning–Kruger effect.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Things shared on Feb 4ths

I wish Facebook required us to post at least three happy things for every post that's the least bit political. I'll try to set a better example now.

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Opposing the death penalty is not supporting what a criminal does. Supporting free speech is not supporting what a speaker says.

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I'm starting the Bowling Green Avengers. Our motto: Never forget we're really pissed at something.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Things shared on Feb 3rds: about guillotine jokes, more

If jokes about guillotines upset you:

1. I want to end the rich as a class. No deaths are necessary.

2. The guillotine may be the most merciful method of execution ever created. Capitalists have always been more brutal when killing those who threaten their privilege.

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The brilliant rhetorical trick of privilege theorists was removing the economic component from privilege so white people and people who can walk and people who own private jets are all described as privileged—and all need to acknowledge their privilege rather than end it.

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The most important lesson from the French Revolution: Don't let bourgeois theorists like Robespierre run anything more than a library.

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Save us from people who think they can make a better world by striking the first blow.

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With every presidential election, I fall into a less plausible alternate universe.

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From 2016: Silly meme I saw 2x today: idea that free speech means people have to listen to a speaker. Don't want to listen? Don't attend. Easy!

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If I was a politican and a decent human being (yes, there are a few) and my party wanted me to resign for something stupid I did decades ago instead of what I had done since then, I would not resign. I would join another party. #Northam #AlFranken

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When the rich say the poor envy them, they imply everyone wants to exploit the working class. But people's rebellions from Spartacus's day until the present have had the goal of ending privilege, not replacing one boss with another.

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Silly humans insist their politics are true to human nature, but other people's politics are shaped by their societies.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Things shared on Feb 2nds

The question is not "Why do the rich owe us anything?" The question is "Where's the guillotine?"

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In the capitalist utopia, workers give the profit from their work to their bosses out of gratitude for the opportunity to work.

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Politicians should be forgiven for who they were decades ago. The important question: what is their relationship to Wall Street now?

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Marx was right about history repeating as farce: brownshirts in the '30s, Antifa today.

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On some days, all I need on Facebook is a laughter button and an anger button. Those are not the best days.

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I identify with Michael Servetus because he made both Protestants and Catholics want to kill him. Taking the third path is never easy.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Things shared on Feb 1sts: censors are like murderers, life advice, more

We're in life for the long haul. Stop regularly for maintenance.

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I wish censors would stop saying what they're doing isn't censorship. But I shouldn't be surprised. Murderers often claim self-defense.

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People who say they will use their privilege for good rather than work to end it show the logic of noblesse oblige.

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When leftists knock the white working class, they reinforce the idea that Trump is their defender. Truth: he shafts the whole working class.