Monday, May 4, 2020

shared on May 4ths

The rich have to despise the poor. If they didn't, they would have to end poverty.

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Rich identitarians are not interested in diversity based on class because they know the oldest rule of privilege: you don't socialize with the help.

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It's harder for identitarians to create diversity because they try to include people on the basis of race or gender. If they tried to include people on the basis of class, diversity would follow naturally because the working class is more diverse than the ruling class.

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The right talks about cultural Marxism. Why doesn't the left talk about cultural capitalism? Is it simply that we fish take our ocean for granted?

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It's a shame we don't have a neighboring country that's found a good model for health care that we could adopt.

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There're no such thing as new stories and old ones. There're just stories you haven't read and stories you have.

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Derrick Bell and Malcolm X show how neoliberals and anti-capitalists see the same problem. One blames society; one, capitalism.

"racism is an integral, permanent, and indestructible component of this society." —Derrick Bell

"You can't have capitalism without racism." —Malcolm X

I spent years wondering if Malcolm was wrong. Since the '60s, capitalists have been trying to create a class system that's racially proportionate. I finally realized Malcolm is right. Due to limited class mobility, the only way to end the effects of racism is to share the wealth.

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When someone says “intersectional”, think “neoliberal”. The meaning does not change. Derrick Bell and Kimberle Crenshaw were privileged liberals who liked capitalism and rejected the New Deal understanding of race, so they came up with a new approach that neoliberals embraced.‬

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from 2019:

Just took my first bike ride of the year to Fort Snelling. Beautiful trail along the river. At the end, I looked up the steep hill to the fort and said, "Not today."

The ride back was beautiful too.

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