Friday, June 26, 2020

shared on June 26ths

Civility is not niceness or etiquette. It is only the most formal form of politeness. It is loved by diplomats and hated by people who love war.

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The rightwing and leftwing fans of incivility have confused changing the world with having a hissyfit.

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I long thought the "civil" in "civil disobedience" meant "polite" because Gandhi, King, and Malcolm X were polite, even—or especially—when they were angriest.

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Neoliberals hate being called neoliberals for the same reason racists hate being called racists: they know many people hate what they promote.

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Dear people still struggling to understand that neoliberalism is a descriptor, not an insult:

Under the old liberalism, the wealth gap was narrowing. Under the new liberalism that began with Jimmy Carter, the wealth gap is expanding. The new liberalism's name is neoliberalism.

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