Thursday, April 30, 2020

shared on April 30ths: a better name for SJWs, more

Sartre wrote, "Let us imagine that moved by jealousy, curiosity, or vice I have just glued my ear to the door and looked through a keyhole."

He is imagining that he is Plastic Man.

-

Pretentious word of the day: oeuvre.

When I see it, I think "egg" (yes, my sense of humor sucks).

Some people love English because it has many words that can be used to adorn vapid thoughts.

-

I wish the person who named "social justice warriors" had named them "social justicists" instead. They are to social justice as Islamists and Christianists are to their faiths.

-

If privilege theorists hope to understand social privilege, they need to distinguish between white privilege and Protestant privilege.

-

Four kinds of borders:

1. None. Only possible when there are no states.
2. Open. Koch Bros' plan to make workers compete for less and less.
3. Humane. Sanders' plan.
4. Paranoid. Trump's plan.

-

Cultists want to turn the world into their echo chamber.

-

A confession: I respect people like the Dirtbag Left who neither give nor expect respect, and people like King and Malcolm X who tried to respect everyone, but I just can't respect people who expect respect and don't give it.

-

I've been paying attention to the identitarian left and the universalist left for over a decade. It's time to shift my focus to the purity left and the pragmatic left.

-

When you want to solve your problems by making people outcasts, remember you may magnify your problems by making them outlaws.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

shared on April 29ths

Pet peeve: writers who make the heroes stupid so they don't have to make the villains smart.

-

Today, religious people tend to be tolerant of other faiths, while political people divide us into the saved and the damned.

-

If the Boy Who Cried Wolf was about Presidents, the people in the story would believe him every time.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

shared on April 28ths

Reformers always find something other than capitalism to blame. For left identitarians, it’s "systemic" racism or sexism. For radlibs, it’s fascism. For conservatives, it’s "crony" capitalism. They won’t name the beast because they want to tame and ride it.

-

Four male presidential candidates have indicated they will only consider women for a second-place position, I mean, vice president.

-

People who prefer the Job Guarantee say Basic Income makes people dependent on the government. They don't notice that JG has the same effect.

Monday, April 27, 2020

shared on April 27ths

There is no justice in the world, so people like it in their art. Fandom provides the things that a church does, community and stories in which goodness and perseverence succeed.

-

A review of Endgame complained it is not a movie but a collection of moments. The writer is right, but wrong: Endgame is a conclusion to a multi-movie story.

My main quibbles: Black Widow deserved more time at the end, and time travel was handled okay this time, but it opens a huge can of time traveling worms for future stories.

-

It's strange that feminists object when female characters give their lives to save men. In what universe do men never give their lives to save women? In my reality, men and women sacrifice themselves to save other people every day.

-

I am baffled by activists who love making forgotten racists famous so they can fight statues and signs. But some people prefer symbolism to substance.

-

Are there any liberal issues that Joe Biden was not slow to accept?

-

8% of Americans would not vote for a woman and 9% of Americans would not vote for a Jew, so if you truly think it’s important to support a marginalized candidate, support Bernie Sanders.

* Source: Gallup

-

Anyone who wants to run for office should first have to live in a slum for a year.

-

Guess which of these eleven bands I didn't see.

1. I Don't Do Memes
2. Sometimes I Do Memes
3. I Like Pet Videos
4. Your Politics Suck
5. My Politics Rule
6. Be Jealous of My Meal
7. Be Jealous of My Vacation
8. Be Jealous of My Children
9 Pity Me For My Meal
10 Pity Me For My Vacation
11 Pity Me for My Children
12 Who Can Count to Eleven?

-

For anyone who doesn't understand why the possibility of violent protest is not sufficient reason to cancel a speech:

"So then anytime they don't want to deal with a protest, they could just predict rioting to cancel the event"

Sunday, April 26, 2020

shared on April 26ths

Under intersectional imperialism, it's important to have the order to drop the bombs given by women or people of color—Obama and Clinton made a great team. If Buttigieg wins the nomination, we'll finally have LGBTQ imperialism.

-

If you want to know who has an authoritarian streak, look at who opposes voting rights for all adult Americans. There’s no good reason to take away a prisoner’s vote.

-

‪Equality of opportunity is impossible under capitalism. The children of the rich are given enormous resources from the moment they’re conceived. The children of the poor get few or none. You cannot have equal opportunity without equal resources.‬

-

I keep wishing we had a democratic Democratic Party.

-

When I read political news on Facebook, I should just flip a coin to decide whether to tick "haha" or "angry".

-

If Kanye West was an identitarian, the internet would be filled with posts saying it's racist to criticize him.

-

Duplicitous people understand that if you don't trust anyone, you can't be hurt. The price is being them.

-

Loving humanity is no different than loving an individual: Be prepared to have your heart broken. Do your best not to become bitter.

-

People who expect to find coded language everywhere will find coded language everywhere. See #paranoia

-

Most days if I could change one thing about humanity, it'd be to eliminate greed. But some days, it'd be to eliminate gossip.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

shared on April 25ths

That socialists believe in "equality of outcome" is a conservative myth. Socialists believe in"from each according to ability, to each according to need." That is the opposite of equality of outcome. Socialists believe in equality of opportunity.

-

‪5 Jobs I had‬

‪1. Cleaning dog pens at the age of 8 for 25 cents an hour.‬
‪2. Selling potato chips door-to-door at the age of 12. (Pay was a % of sales.)‬
‪3. Washing dishes at HoJos.‬
‪4. Thinking about jobs is depressing.‬
‪5. It’s about cleaning up other’s shit or making them rich.‬

-

Why was Bernie treated badly at She The People? The same reason he was treated badly by Harvard students. Privileged people don’t like him.

-

‪How stats lie about racial wealth: Because the rich are disproportionately white, the racial wealth gap appears to be growing while the gap between the first and the bottom four quintiles grows, and the racial proportions of blacks and whites in poverty hasn’t changed since 1960.‬

-

Perhaps the least plausible aspect of the mirror universe I'm in: the left seeks to silence dissent while the right supports free speech.

Friday, April 24, 2020

shared on April 24ths: a voting test, more

I generally dislike the idea of tests for the right to vote, but I could support having to answer one question: “Do you trust your government?” No one who answers yes should be allowed to vote.

-

‪When rich Americans say their family was driven from Russia or Cuba or China, they mean their family was exploiting Russians or Cubans or Chinese, then came to the US to exploit Americans.‬

-

I don't have kids or grandkids, yet I get the impression that I care more about the world the next generation will inherit than most politicians who aren't Bernie Sanders. Definitely more than Fracking Hillary Clinton.

-

People who accept superficial explanations and people who never accept the simplest explanation are equally annoying.

-

I prefer big disappointments to small ones. Big ones make me fight them or accept them. Little ones nibble at my soul.

-

99% of the time, I think women and men are essentially the same. 1% of the time, I think, "WTF is with the shoe thang?"

-

Why do the rich think they need so much and the poor need so little?

-

I love examples that begin with the premise "if the US or the Earth consisted of 100 people, then...", but they have a problem: If you think in terms of 100 people, you will fail to see how astonishingly rich the 1 out of 1000 is. The real wealth is not with the 1%, but with the .1% and the .01% and whatever percent it is who are the 62 people who own as much wealth as the poorer half of humanity.

-

Dear people who hear coded language about race and gender: as Freud is alleged to have said, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

shared on April 23rds

If you think your years of study have made you wise, think of the people who have spent years studying things you do not respect. The wise know that knowledge is only knowledge.

-

Comparing democratic socialism to totalitarian communism is like comparing democratic capitalism to fascism.

-

Depressing thing: "Democrats" defending party policies that keep "the wrong kind" of voters (like Erica Garner) from voting.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Things shared on April 22nds: the problem with "socioeconomic", more

I don't find "socioeconomic" useful. Economic class and social class are distinct if you are willing to look closely—a member of the social elite can be unlucky enough to become working class, and someone who snobs consider "trash" can be lucky enough to become bourgeois.

A sneer is a powerful weapon in a conflict about social class. But when the war is about economic class, only capital matters.

-

If you can't defend an idea without insulting people, you don't understand the idea well enough to defend it or the idea is indefensible.

Onlookers who don't already agree with you will assume the latter.

-

“A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.” —John James Audubon

Anyone who claims to be a conservative who is not a conservationist is only a hypocrite.

-

Some races are won by runners who come from behind just before the finish line. If that wasn't true, no one would race to the end.

-

People, "progressive" just means "neoliberal" now. The New Democrats took it, so let them keep it.

-

#LifeInTheFuture: Lasers fixed Emma's torn retina.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

shared on April 21sts: Basic Income is Living Insurance, Job Guarantee authoritarianism, more

I always suspect people who refer to others as idiots are projecting. From a tactical pov, namecalling is idiotic—it's counterproductive.

-

You have to yell at clouds. They're too far away to hear if you don't.

-

Basic Income could be called Living Insurance. I was mentioning to Emma Bull that the middle class should think of #BasicIncome as a form of insurance, something to cover them if things go bad, and she said, "It's not life insurance. It's living insurance."

-

Job Guarantee and Basic Income supporters can be found in every major political group. Some of us would like both, but those who argue for only one can be roughly divided between those who think we need to be directed and those who think we should be free.

-

Freedom of speech includes the freedom to ignore what's being said. People who scream or use bullhorns in confined spaces are not engaging in free speech: they're trying to take away your freedom to ignore them.

-

People who say "freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences" are confusing free speech with censorship. The proper consequences for free speech are more speech, including criticism and mockery.

-

Scenes with two characters are the most fun to write, but scenes with three characters are the most satisfying.j

-

For their politician, it's all about ego; for your politician, it's all about principle.

-

How neoliberalism works: Want universal health care? Hey, we'll give you Harriet Tubman on the $20!

Malcolm X's take on black nationalism rejects left identitarianism

Malcolm X:
I used to define black nationalism as the idea that the black man should control the economy of his community, the politics of his community, and so forth.

But when I was in Africa in May, in Ghana, I was speaking with the Algerian ambassador who is extremely militant and is a revolutionary in the true sense of the word (and has his credentials as such for having carried on a successful revolution against oppression in his country). When I told him that my political, social, and economic philosophy was black nationalism, he asked me very frankly: Well, where did that leave him? Because he was white. He was an African, but he was Algerian, and to all appearances, he was a white man. And he said if I define my objective as the victory of black nationalism, where does that leave him? Where does that leave revolutionaries in Morocco, Egypt, Iraq, Mauritania? So he showed me where I was alienating people who were true revolutionaries dedicated to overturning the system of exploitation that exists on this earth by any means necessary.

So I had to do a lot of thinking and reappraising of my definition of black nationalism. Can we sum up the solution to the problems confronting our people as black nationalism? And if you notice, I haven’t been using the expression for several months. But I still would be hard pressed to give a specific definition of the overall philosophy which I think is necessary for the liberation of the black people in this country....

Monday, April 20, 2020

shared on April 20ths: Christian Zionists, more

The people who make the rules that let them win always think the rules are fair.

-

Christian Zionists are never called antisemitic, but they may be the worst antisemites: They support Israel because they believe the Bible requires Israel's existence before God can send Christians to Heaven and Jews to Hell.

-

If you prefer "liberal" to "neoliberal", you are hiding the way the wealth gap stopped shrinking and began growing under neoliberalism:

"1989, richest 1% owned 23.6% of US wealth. Rose to 30.9% in 2018.

Top 1% own a majority of all shares of stock.

Since 1989, bottom 50% of Americans wealth dropped from 3.8 to 1.2%.

Inequality worsened from Clinton to Trump. Capitalism's burden." —Richard D. Wolff

-

Rich people have always known the solution to poverty for their own kids: give them money. They try to hide the fact that solution works for everyone. #BasicIncome

-

It’s odd that people who claim to understand inflation think socialists don’t. Millionaires were the face of capitalism a century ago. Billionaires are its face now.

-

The #Sanders campaign is doing a fine job of revealing which rich people care about working folks and which don't.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

shared on April 19ths

When someone says we need a woman in power, I remember Maggie Thatcher. When someone says we need a black person in power, I remember Idi Amin. Yes, identity should not limit you, but your politics always matter more than your identity. #WhatIdentitariansCannotGrasp

-

Neoliberals, I'm sorry. I keep trying to find a name you won't object to, but nothing else is as precise. I realize that's why many of you object to it.

-

We need a short name for the yacht-and-helicopter class. The 1% is a simplistic tool. It makes conservatives think Bernie Sanders and the Koch Brothers are peers.

-

Politics finally make sense when you realize every political group, including your own, is a secular cult.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

shared on April 18ths

My problem: When I see sacred cows, I want to barbecue them.

-

The funniest argument against raising taxes is the idea that rich people might fire workers. Rich people do not hire workers out of the goodness of their hearts. They hire them because they expect to make more money by hiring them. Taxes are irrelevant.

-

I defend the right to speak of people I wish would shut up to protect the right to speak of people I want to hear. #freespeech

-

it takes more strength to be kind than cruel.

-

The questions matter more than the answers. Which is why I sometimes share things that have conclusions I do not support.

-

When you stare into the abyss and the abyss stares back...get a room, you crazy kids!

Friday, April 17, 2020

shared on April 17ths

When people complain about Assange, they are complaining that Wikileaks revealed embarrassing truths about someone they like.

Reminder: Wikileaks has never lost a law suit.

-

We need a term like "visceral socialism" to describe the unsophisticated anticapitalism of people like Malcolm X, who was killed before he had time to develop anything like Du Bois's communism or King's democratic socialism.

-

The fastest way to make people hate you is to ask for evidence for things they believe without evidence.

-

In 2019:

Just realized I'm a bear. It's a cool, wet, gray day in Minneapolis. I slept eight hours (more than usual), but all I want to do is hibernate.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

shared on April 16ths: two kinds of Basic Income, more

The silliest thing some leftists believe: That by hiding from Fox News, the left can win and Fox will be discredited.

Cowards never win. Speak bravely and patiently where anyone will listen.

-

catastrophe = cat ass trophy. Coincidence? I think not.

-

I could support either of two versions Basic Income:

1. A smaller UBI of around $1000 US a month, plus medicare and food stamps for all.

2. A larger UBI of $3000 a month that would let people eat freely and buy good private insurance.

Note that no form of UBI has anything to do with socialism. UBI only calls for taxing the rich. Socialism calls for nationalizing major businesses and redistributing land and homes so everyone has a share of the world we're all born into.

-

In 2017:

Happy eggs and bunnies day!

-

In 2016:

Wall Street! I'll talk to you every day for a year for what you paid Hillary for one talk. Heck, I'll even bring donuts. What do you say?

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

shared on April 15ths

Notre Dame was a celebration of the human ability to make art. People of all religions and no religion came to see what people could do. They knew it belonged to us all. All great art does.

-

Identitarian censors think the only form of writing should be autobiography.

-

Reminder: Do not engage with Lost Cause Clintonites.

-

Feels beat facts.

-

A surprisingly hard truth for most humans to grasp: if you don't behave better than your opponents, onlookers will think you're just as bad.

-

Historical quote of the day:

“Your socialist is the true abolitionist, and he only fully understands his mission.” —Virginia Senator Robert M.T. Hunter, March 25, 1850

-

Critics of politeness fail to understand that it's effective. Or perhaps they do, so they want to deprive their opponents of its use.

-

I’d happily call neoliberals a precise name they preferred, but I don’t know what it is. Calling them Clinton Dems when she’s not running seems silly, and “progressive” is both meaningless and claimed by people on both sides.

-

Dear sexist Clinton fans, please stop promoting myth that witches are female. A dictionary will tell you they can be men. #AmandaMarcotte

-

I'm tempted to start referring to the Clooney Class—the people who are rich enough to pay $353,000 to sit at a table with George Clooney at a fundraiser for Mrs. Clinton, whose definition of "Democratic" is not the same as mine.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

shared on April 14ths: black humor, more

When I say "I'm amused that...", I usually mean I'm choosing to be amused because the alternatives are rage and despair, and both are poison to the soul. Sometimes we have to laugh at horrors to keep doing what matters. People who criticize black humor don't understand its purpose.

-

When TV shows decline, they become their own fanfic.

-

I am always amused by people who think large newspapers owned by capitalists don't have a bias. You have to read between the lines with claims like "All the news that's fit to print." Who decides what's fit and how to present it?

-

As belief systems go, politics may be more blinding than religion. Religious people are sometimes afraid they’re wrong. Political people rarely are.

-

I have finished our taxes. Now I need something new to procrastinate about.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Shared on April 13ths

Neoliberals talk about structural racism in the same way conservatives talk about crony capitalism: they think the only thing wrong with capitalism is its present manifestation.

-

‪Bernie Sanders shows how racialism has changed. Fifty years ago, the identitarian right would’ve attacked him for being Jewish. Now the identitarian left attacks him for being white.‬

-

Writers, when you hit the third syllable of a word, ask if there’s a better choice. If not, keep the word.

-

"Many" is one of the least helpful words. It only means "more than a few", but it's often used to imply something is greater than it is.

-

Internet, only Hitler is literally Hitler. Anyone else is metaphorically Hitler.

You're welcome.

-

The people who know the least about others are the most willing to claim to know all about them.

-

What artists say about their work is never more than a half-truth. The work itself is the truth.

-

The only thing artists should respect is art.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Shared on April 12ths

‪Fascism is totalitarian capitalism—that’s why fascists have always been supported by rich capitalists. You can see the fascist strain in US capitalism by looking at the people who oppose free speech in general and whistleblowers like Assange in particular.‬

-

When politicians say they're going to take "a tough stand", they mean they're going to risk other people's lives.

-

A fun fact for renters: "landlort" (pronounced almost like English "landlord") means "land turd" in Danish.

—via Simon Kongshøj

-

When the ruling class says "we don't have the money", they mean "that money's gone to Panama accounts."

-

Now that I'm over 60, I think "Don't trust anyone over 30" may be even better advice than it was when I was 20.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Shared on April 11ths: Assange, more

The only good thing about Julian Assange's arrest is the responses reveal who thinks we should be free to speak and who wants the power to silence us.

The only amusement that will come from Julian Assange's arrest: Journalists who love censorship will desperately try to explain why he is not a journalist protected by the First Amendment, but they are.

-

Responses to Assange reveal the US political divides:

Left identitarians hate him because two women said he abused their trust during consensual sex.

Neoliberals hate him because he exposed Democratic Party shenanigans.

Nationalists hate him because he exposed US misdeeds.

-

Everything in life is politics. In any system with rich and poor people, the rich are able to do more because the rest of us are able to do less.

-

Listen and read are not passive verbs. To understand, you must engage. If you don't, you'll assume everyone else uses words exactly like you do.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Shared on April 10ths

The creepiest thing about left identitarians is, like right identitarians, they want to know your race and gender before they decide what to think about your opinion.

-

When the rich want us to die for them, they tell us we’re fighting for democracy. When we want to have more say in our government, they tell us we’re a republic.

-

We've been marching to protest war a long time—my first march was in the '60s. And the only good it does is remind us we're not alone. Which is good. But not good enough.

-

I hate the "marketplace of ideas" metaphor because I hate the notion that speech can be bought and sold. The metaphor may be a bad translation of the original term. The agora was both a market and a commons, and it's the latter sense that's meant in the metaphor, I believe.

-

Free speech assumes everyone is unequal—it is the only thing that allows the powerless to speak. It's why for so many years free speech was valued by American leftists and why groups like the ACLU were formed. The powerful, from Mao to McCarthy, have always hated free speech.

The social justice community's opposition to free speech can be traced to social justice's origins in organized religion.

To religious authoritarians, free speech is the freedom to sow discord and deny God's will. It is Satan's freedom.

Censorship comes from two assumptions:

1. Might makes right.

2. The censors are too weak to survive if they let their opponents speak.

-

People who say "You always want the last word" mean "I always want the last word."

-

If we value learning, we have to be able to admire people for what they get right and ignore what they get wrong. Only cultists require purity of vision.

-

My preferences in religion and politics are the same: I hate the authoritarian forms and love the egalitarian forms.

-

Self, don't click on anything that claims to offer the real reason for anything.

-

Why am I so good at spotting other people's typos and so bad at spotting my own? #rhetoricalquestion

Adam Smith and Karl Marx quotes relevant to whether writers are working class

Thinking about whether writers and freelancers are working class brought me to two quotes, one by Adam Smith and one by Karl Marx:

“There is one sort of labour which adds to the value of the subject upon which it is bestowed: there is another which has no such effect. The former, as it produces a value, may be called productive; the latter, unproductive labour. Thus the labour of a manufacturer adds, generally, to the value of the materials which he works upon, that of his own maintenance, and of his master's profit. The labour of a menial servant, on the contrary, adds to the value of nothing. Though the manufacturer has his wages advanced to him by his master, he, in reality, costs him no expense, the value of those wages being generally restored, together with a profit, in the improved value of the subject upon which his labour is bestowed. But the maintenance of a menial servant never is restored. A man grows rich by employing a multitude of manufacturers: he grows poor by maintaining a multitude of menial servants. The labour of the latter, however, has its value, and deserves its reward as well as that of the former.” —Adam Smith

”Milton, for example, who did Paradise Lost, was an unproductive worker. In contrast to this, the writer who delivers hackwork for his publisher is a productive worker. Milton produced Paradise Lost in the way that a silkworm produces silk, as the expression of his own nature. Later on he sold the product for £5 and to that extent became a dealer in a commodity. But the Leipzig literary proletarian who produces books, e.g. compendia on political economy, at the instructions of his publisher is roughly speaking a productive worker, in so far as his production is subsumed under capital and only takes place for the purpose of the latter’s valorisation. A singer who sings like a bird is an unproductive worker. If she sells her singing for money, she is to that extent a wage labourer or a commodity dealer. But the same singer, when engaged by an entrepreneur who has her sing in order to make money, is a productive worker, for she directly produces capital. A schoolmaster who educates others is not a productive worker. But a schoolmaster who is engaged as a wage labourer in an institution along with others, in order through his labour to valorise the money of the entrepreneur of the knowledge-mongering institution, is a productive worker. Yet most of these kinds of work, from the formal point of view, are hardly subsumed formally under capital. They belong rather among the transitional forms.” —Karl Marx

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Shared on April 9ths

I understand why capitalists take it personally when socialists criticize capitalism—nobles took it personally when democrats criticized feudalism—but we don’t blame people for conforming to an existing system. We only blame people who try to stop the creation of a better system.

-

Identitarianism is the belief that black and white mice should be ruled by a perfectly proportionate mix of black and white cats.

-

When you say someone deserves to be rich, be ready to say who deserves to be poor for that rich person's sake.

-

Identitarian neoliberals: "We could end poverty tomorrow with #BasicIncome but that wouldn't end racism or sexism, so let's not."

-

From 2019:

My Facebook ads are all by Democrats I haven’t heard of who want me to give them money for reasons they won’t specify. The Democrats are determined to offer a neoliberal candidate for every possible identity. I expect a furry any day now.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Shared on April 8ths

The ancients saw skin tones, not race. They divided us by culture, class, and sex. My favorite example:

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one...

-

The idea that rich people deserve to be rich is the modern version of the divine right of kings.

-

If you insist on talking about "dead white males", don't include anyone who lived before the Elizabethan age. We don't have any evidence of white people before then, and the evidence before 1680 is slight.

-

I deleted a post about open borders. I may write a long piece on open borders and reparations, but if I ever do another drive-by post on either subject, mock me for wasting my time on irrelevant subjects.

To be clear:

My goal is no borders, but that's impossible so long as capitalism exists, and I want what Malcolm X wanted for reparations, the end of capitalism.

-

‪Current frustration: Leftists who have a clear picture of what life will be like after the revolution (no borders, needs met, etc.) and no sense of the intermediate step. We must be able to explain to people with jobs, children, and mortgages or rent to pay how we can get there.‬

-

If I was a superhero, I would be Captain Introvert: I would stay home and think about how tiring criminals are.

-

If hunting is a sport, is assassination one too?

-

The old left boycotted people for what they did. The new left boycotts people for how they make them feel.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Shared on April 7ths: open borders, more

Anyone who thinks the only choices are open borders or closed borders is a victim of limited imagination. We need sane borders that do not drive the working class into the race to the bottom that the Koch Brothers dream of.

There is a way to have open borders without hurting the poorest members of the US's working class: Provide #BasicIncome to make up for the lost jobs and lower pay.

-

A free press and a commercial press are not the same. A free press needs a right to say what a writer believes is true. A commercial press needs a right to lie.

-

Dear internet, please learn to ask, "Who benefits from this?" For the pretentious: the Latin is "Cui bono".

-

Dishonest rhetoric: Saying people in a civil war attacked "their own people." No. They attacked the other side.

-

From 2016: If Trump's starting the big one, it was good to know you all. We were a species with a lot of promise.

-

Sometimes when I'm petting Barnabas, I'm petting the ghosts of all the cats I've loved.

-

A "real Democrat" is anyone that Democrats really vote for.

-

Commercial media isn't about what's good for us. Commercial media is about what's good for its owners.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Shared on April 6ths

Games designed to produce few winners are meant to produce many losers.

-

Thumbs up and down systems are for people who see the world in black and white. We should at least have a "meh" option.

-

#1 reason most people's friends come from their class: You can afford to do the same things.

-

Identitarians say they don't like poverty, which we could end in a month with #BasicIncome, but they prefer to talk about prejudice, which no one knows how to end. The logical conclusion: identitarians don't want to end poverty.

-

‪Capitalists use “plutocracy” to refer to the worst forms of rule by the rich and hope we won’t notice that every form of capitalism is a plutocracy.‬

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Shared on April 5ths

Whenever I argue with doctrinaire leftists, I'm reminded of the old saying that generals fight the last war.

-

Diversity of identity without diversity of thought is meaningless.

-

If you don't think Easter is a fun holiday, remember that the eggs and bunnies are all about fertility.

-

When a charity is named for its rich founder, its first purpose is public relations.

-

I've yet to see a group that talks about diversity try to include poor white people, even if they have none at all.

-

I hate it when my richer liberal friends support the candidate that richer liberals support. I would prefer a pleasant surprise.

-

I'm feeling burned out on politics again. Don't expect anything political from me for at least half an hour.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Shared on April 4ths

When talking about top-down vs bottom-up politics, remember that Bernie Sanders was not born in or funded by the ruling class. He rose because working people responded to his issues.

-

"That will never work. It goes against human nature."--what conservatives always say about social and technological change.

-

"Human beings will shift their behavior in response to changing circumstances" is a fundamental truth that is grasped by few who claim to understand human nature.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Shared on April 3rds

Artists who sneer at other artists should be pitied for their insecurity.

-

"President Trump" still sounds like the punchline to a joke I don't get.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Shared on April 2nds

Trying to explain why you like religion is like trying to explain why you like poetry: those who don't get it won't get it.

-

When the promo text for a novel begins with the information that the main character is beautiful or handsome, I usually stop reading.

-

Dear people who complain about the things I share:

Why are you following me? I share what interests me. If it doesn't interest you, ignore it or stop following me. I had thought anyone could figure that out, but I was clearly wrong.

You may think I will not block you because I hate blocking people. But I hate being bored more than I hate blocking people.

Will

-

Criticizing capitalists is like criticizing slavers: it's not about the individuals. You can admire Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, and Thomas Jefferson while condemning slavery.

-

I am learning my limits. I cannot argue with Zionists, identitarians, and neoliberals on the same day and maintain my sense of humor.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Shared on April Fools Days

If you want to make me smile, call me comrade or brother.

-

It's not always true that arrogant people are ignorant, but it is the smart bet. #DunningKruger #CognitiveDissonance

-

When people say someone is very smart, they mean that person appeals to their prejudices. Many of the world's worst people have been very smart.

-

‪In the 1960s, men who turned evil got a goatee, except for Malcolm X. He got his when he turned good.‬

-

From 2018, when Easter fell on April 1:

In honor of today's combination of holidays:

He is risen!

April Fool's!