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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

After the punch was memed to hell and back, Richard Spencer has since held fewer public speaking arrangements, basically saying, "It's not fun anymore." The punch showed that the dragon, for all his bluster, is a coward with feet of clay. Fascists are obsessed with presenting a facade of strength, and few things hurt them more than have that image cracked. So much of the factitious splitting of the alt-Right, came about because of the punch.

Also, the punch also turned Richard Spencer into a fucking joke, which is something Fascists hate even more. As much as they hate their strength being revealed for the posturing BS it is, Fascists hate being laughed at even more.

In any case, my concern isn't so much about converting Richard Spencer and his cheerleaders as it is about stopping him. Since that punch basically sent him running scared, clearly punching works.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

It's a reoccuring theme on the Right: they have no problem with oppression, so long as it is done by the right people for the right reasons. Their worship of Putin illustrates this fact so very well.

Soviet dictators ran roughshod over the rights and lives of their people, but they did so in the name of communism, which makes their actions wrong. Whereas Putin runs roughshod over the rights and lives of his people, but he does it in the name of cronyism and unfettered free market capitalism, which makes his actions okay; hence the Right's fanboyish worship.

Even if many forms of radical Islam shares many values in common with the Christian Right, the problem is radical Islam oppresses people in the name of Islam, not Jesus, which makes their actions wrong. If they tortured women and killed unbelievers in the name of Christ, that would be okay, but instead they do these things in the name of Allah.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Basically yes. There really aren't any jobs outside of Food Service or Retail, and because there are so few jobs, they fill up fast and generally stay filled up. If somebody quits or leaves their job for whatever reason, the manager has countless applicants waiting to take their place. The factory, mining, farming jobs that sustained most of these places have gone the way of the dodo and aren't likely to come back. Even if you're fortunate enough to live not too far from a major metropolitan area, congratulations: the money you save in rent by choosing to live in Small Town USA instead of Major City, will soon be devoured up by transportation costs.

In any case, few things annoy me than pundits opining about Small Town America or Real America™. First of all, most of these paeans to Real America™, are written by people living in New York City or LA or other major metropolitan areas, people who likely haven't spent a day in a small town, never mind lived in one. cf. David Brooks's infamous [One Nation, Slightly Divisible] (https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/David_Brooks) which was universally hated by Red States and Blue States.

From what I've managed to gather from all these editorials, written or otherwise, by various pundits, Real America™ is small, rural, and predominately White. Coastal cities do not count as Real America™. Major cities also do not qualify as Real America™. While you can't step outside anywhere in New York City without seeing a veritable sea of humanity, somehow in a city of 8 million people there isn't one single Real American™.

Unlike most of the writers of these hymns to Real America™ or the politicians and pundits who endlessly reference them, I have actually lived in several small towns that would probably fit their definition of Real America™. My father is a preacher, so I have spent a considerable amount of time in various Podunkvilles, have sat in the pews with them and eaten with them at church dinners and the few restaurants in town.

Right now, I am living in the reddest part of a red state, people who would die before they voted for anyone without an (R) next to their name. We are pretty much owned and operated by the Good Ol' Boy Network.

Naturally, a lot of them are Donald Trump supporters. I am able to sympathize with them on some level, because they do have legitimate concerns that need to be addressed, but again, my sympathy only goes so far, because in voting for Trump, they demonstrated they would happily throw minorities and women under the bus on the off-chance it would improve their own lives. Most would call that pretty reprehensible. They are being screwed over so badly, but again, they still choose to elect these people, they choose to support these horrible policies.

Though one thing I raise my eyebrow at, regarding the article, is the fact her dying hometown has a population of 14,000. Compared with some of the places I've lived, 14,000 is a freaking metropolis.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

In addition to the "no sermons," you should follow the lead of texts like "The Little Red Schoolbook." It was first published in the 70's but remains very relevant today and gods, how I wish I had this book when I was an angry teenager. I had to learn the stuff it teaches by experiment.

The book kind of takes the tone of the cool older sibling, like your big brother or sister who gives you the kind of advice Mom and Dad can't. Mom and Dad may mean well, but their experiences are far removed from their kid's, whereas the cool older sibling can more clearly remember what it was like. The cool older sibling is also less likely to be a sermonizing dick about what you're going through. Granted, I'm aware not every older sibling is cool, but I believe I've made my point.

Anyway, kids would probably easy relate and enjoy stuff in the tone of the book's opening.

Grown-ups do have a lot of power over you: they are real tigers. But in the long run they can never control you completely: they are paper tigers. Tigers are frightening. But if they’re made of paper they can’t eat anyone. You believe too much in the power of grown-ups, and not enough in your own capabilities.

Children and grown-ups are not natural enemies. But grown-ups themselves have little real control over their lives. They often feel trapped by economic and political forces. Children suffer as a result of this. Cooperation is possible when grown-ups have realised this and have started to do something about it.

In addition, just point out that there's nothing edgy or world-changing about being a dick. Anyone can be an asshole, but it takes real courage to care about things and try to fight for an actual cause, rather than just triggering UR libs!!!!!1!!!

Heck while schools tend to focus on adult leaders in political movements like MLK, Jr. and the like, the real truth is that the vast majority of civil rights marchers or anyone working for a progressive cause, were young people, teens and twenty-somethings putting themselves on the line for something they believed in. But again, history is taught as strictly being made by upper-class White Adults. Geez, I wonder why...:eyeroll:

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Amen. You don't want to be lumped in with Nazis? Then stop propagating Nazi imagery and slogans, stop linking to people who espouse the Nazi ideology, and stop espousing Nazi ideology yourself. It's not that hard.

Oh, I forget, Pew is supposed to be doing all this "ironically" which somehow makes it okay, even if doing it "ironically" is somehow indistinguishable from being an actual Nazi.

Fuck Nazis. Fuck all of them. Literal and hypothetical, fictional and nonfictional, ironic and unironic. Fuck them any day of the week, any time of the week.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote (edited )

The article was interesting, but I am like, "Really?!" at the opening line.

Autism isn't a superpower, but good luck telling that to Hollywood.

Don't get me wrong: I totally agree with the idea that we should have the Magical Autistic Savant who exists to make neurotypical people better people, but given the largely negative cultural memes surrounding Autism, I'm more in favor of overly positive superlatives. It mustn't be forgotten that our culture overwhelmingly hates Autistic people and would rather they not exist at all*, so even if Sam from Atypical or the guy from The Good Doctor are something of exaggerations, it is a refreshing change of pace to have positive exaggerations, to actually have Autistic characters in leading roles. Fiction, regardless of media, is one of the best ways of confronting long-held societal prejudices.

To put it simply showing someone from a maligned group simply just being a person, falling in love, trying to achieve their goals and dreams, while enjoying life, does so much more to defeat prejudices than lectures or sermons. Get more stories out there, especially with Autistic PoC or women, because since the default stereotype of someone with Autism is White and Male, both Autistic PoC and women fall through the cracks.

Though for those who want to see a really good example of Autistic representation, Billy from the 2017 Power Rangers movie is one of the best portrayals out there.

First of all, it is explicitly said that he is Autistic--this isn't just implied nor is it a fan theory--but he is never depicted in a negative light for this. In fact, he's continually shown to be the best of the group, the one who not only puts the pieces together faster than them, but also the generally when it comes to heroism, being courageous and noble. He knows what's at stake and wants nothing more than to do whatever he can to save the lives of others. And Billy is PoC in this adaptation, which further adds to the appeal since PoC are under-diagnosed when it comes to Autism. The film has its problems and the quality is uneven, but Billy alone almost makes it worthwhile.

*Thing I've learned thanks to Mother Culture: if a parent kills or tries to kill their child, they're scum who should rot in prison. If they kill or try to kill their Autistic child, they are poor innocents who suffered so much and are rewarded with an appearance on Doctor Phil.

For the record, I know we live in a deeply ableist society stubbornly opposed to providing any sort of aid in raising a child with any kind of disability. Parenting a normal kid is often, at times, a rough and thankless job. The difficulties an Autistic child brings to the table, probably add to the stress.

That doesn't change the fact that it's still wrong to murder your child. Go to an ER or a police station, stand there and beg for help until you're blue in the face. Heck, even if you just abandoned the kid at the ER, well, I'd still think that's a scummy thing to do, but again, still better than murdering your child.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

When it comes to Trump, treat every word from that anus-shaped mouth as a poisonous promise. Don't dive into denial. It should be abundantly clear that he is not merely mistaken. He is actively driven by bad faith and therefore, the smartest move is to assume the worst. Don't relax your guard around him until the fucker has been run out on a rail. Then afterwards, don't trust Pence or any of his cronies.

Again, generally you should assume that someone is acting out of good faith, merely mistaken rather than evil. You should give someone the benefit of the doubt and assume you're dealing with reasonable people, until you have proof otherwise. However, once you have proof otherwise, don't bother. Pretending to be dealing with reasonable people when you're clearly not, is suicide.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Yeah, if only large numbers of people had continually pointed out that he's a goddanged con artist with a well-documented history of being a racist dillhole. I mean, who would have thought electing someone who had no experience with politics into the highest political office in the land, was a real dumb idea?

A lot of people were pointing out Trump's weaknesses before and after the election. But the mainstream found it easier to dive into denial and convince themselves that a racist fascist con man who throws hissies over any slight, however small, would magically transform into a calm, well-reasoned leader. In any case, he was a source of great ratings, which was what really mattered. I mean, what did you expect them to do? Act like actual journalists by doing actual investigating and reporting? :eyeroll:

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

I have a difficult time working up much outrage in all this. How different is this from the Rich's usual tactics for stacking the deck when it comes to colleges? There's the good old fashioned Legacy admission, but probably colleges will find it easy to relax its standards when some rich fart whips out their checkbooks. If nothing else, they can afford the best tutors and advisors to help their kid properly package themselves, so as to better convince schools to admit li'l princess or prince.

The Rich have long stacked everything, including education, in their favor. This latest scam isn't really anything new.

Heck, I'd be really shocked if anyone faces much by way of consequences. I doubled over laughing when some news pundit said something along the lines of "They may be able to buy their way into college, but they can't use that money to buy their way out of jail." Seriously, what's the rent like on the rock they've been living under?

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

I too, get more than just a little suspicious about discussions about civilization. Given that the term has so long been tied up with racist, jingoistic BS, it's hard to hold any discussions, because you can't entirely be sure what definition the other person is using. You have to dig deep into the surrounding text, really read between the lines, to understand what definition they're using, because without this understanding, these discussions are very tricky.

If we are defining civilization as "a group of people with a shared way of life/beliefs about the way the world works and the upbringing of children," then just about every group of people qualify, including tribes in the Amazon. If, however, our definition of civilization necessitates a massive hierarchy with vast disparities of wealth between various levels of society, then you understand why the Western World has long taken a dim view of indigenous groups.

Though when we talk about indigenous peoples, we must be careful to remember that they didn't have just one way of life; they had many. Some of them were nomadic, while others, the extent of their wanderings was they had a summer home and a winter home which they traveled between. Others were semi-nomadic, living in one place until the land is used up, then moving to some place else, coming back to original location a few generations later, after the land has had time to heal.

Indigenous tribes' lifestyles depended on where they lived. They were smart enough to know that a one-size-fits-all standard of living (where everyone has the same kind of houses, eats the same food, does the same kind of work), doesn't work. Really, the only way so-called Civilized Man has made it work is with the help of a state powered by vast infusions of nonrenewable resources.

Then again, I also find these discussions somewhat limiting, because they too often, seem to operate under the either/or mindset, where we can either have the cool tech of today or live like cavemen pounding on stuff with rocks. There's no reason we can't meet halfway, figure out how to marry the old and the new. I'm a firm believer in "Hold onto what works and jettison what doesn't."

In any case, people will still create art and take care of each other, regardless of what new civilization comes about.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote (edited )

Obviously, we need more than reform, but I support politicians like AOC nonetheless. However satisfying it may be to send everything crashing down, the truth is the rich and the powerful would mostly escape the chaos that followed. It will be the most vulnerable, the poor, disabled, minority groups, who will suffer horribly. We'd eventually recover, but it would be a long time and again, vulnerable groups of people would suffer and die.

Ideally, our culture will come to its senses and dismantle this system that's killing us, before it comes crashing down and kills even more, but in the mean time, whatever staves off a collapse and gives us more time to prepare for the inevitable crash, is a good thing. Inadequate protection is still better than no protection whatsoever. As a White Female, I'm not facing the same kind of dangers as some minority groups, but others aren't so lucky; any protection or time we can get for the vulnerable, is a good thing. Any obstacles you can throw in the path of fascists like Trump, however small, is a good thing. Even if they do get past it, slowing them down still probably bought more time for others to escape.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

My anarchy vision for the future is already based more on a tribal-band form of living, because I am totally of the Small is Beautiful mindset. The tribes may form alliances with other tribes, but they'd be more Iroquois Confederation-style alliances, where while there's a common code/law that unites the tribes, each one still maintains its own sovereignty and can conduct their own affairs as they see fit, so long as it doesn't interfere with the lives of the other tribes. As tribes, stuff would be voted on and decided on by the adult members of the tribes. I guess that qualifies that as democracy, but I'm not sure.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Only in White Girl Liberalism can racism be seen as one of those issues where people can agree to disagree on, because apparently this is one of things akin to someone liking pistachio ice cream, while someone else hates it.

Some people believe that all people, regardless of age, race, gender, religious beliefs, or orientation, are human beings and deserving of the rights that come with it. While some people only think that full humanity belongs to those who are White, Christian, and Male, and anyone else should just die. Sometimes you've gotta agree to disagree, am I right? Compromise is key to healthy relationships. :eyeroll:

Though while chica bends over backwards to defend Adolf Hipster, wait until she crosses him in the slightest and discovers he won't do the same for her. The respect of Toxic Neo-Nazi Fucks is ALWAYS conditional. Once you've lost their respect for whatever reason, even if it's just existing, they will not stop going after you; they will never relent.

It's what Philosophy Tube said in his video (which everyone should watch) "The Philosophy of Antifa:" If you decide to stop being a fascist, anti-fascists will leave you alone. They may not like you or want to have a beer in a pub with you, but they will leave you alone. Whereas if you cross a fascist in any way, they will not stop until you have ceased to exist.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Here's a video of the Dapper Richard Spencer getting the shit-eating grin punched off his smug face. Because any discussion about him, benefits from a video of the punch. It's propaganda of the deed done right and a reminder that the dragon is actually a coward, the monster has feet of clay, and can be easily defeated.

https://youtu.be/fErUIxAK2HA

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

During the Eisenhower administration, we had a tax rate of 90%. You wanna know what happened? We had a nightmarish era of peace and prosperity during which we built most of our infrastructure and implement programs that enabled us to beat Russia to the moon in the the sixties.

Heck, during the era of Republican Jesus, I mean, Reagan, tax rate was about 60%, so she's not too far off.

I have made this statement before and will probably make it many times once more: Eisenhower was the last Republican president who didn't leave his country in worse shape than it was when he took office. I know about his rule in CIA-orchestrated coups, but again, feel that the good mostly outweighed the bad. When the governor of Arkansas refused to comply with court orders to integrate his schools, Eisenhower was the one who dispatched the 101st Airborne to protect the students and force the schools to integrate, thus :gasp: overriding Arksansas's State Right to be an asshole to black people.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Since counting your pennies won't do jack if you get sick, I say go ahead and enjoy the little comforts you can, the little stuff that makes a difficult life easier to bear. Have that fancy latte, eat at McDonald's. Because again, you can't sack away enough nickels and dimes to pay for medical care, and it also doesn't do you much good when it comes to rent and auto repairs. Don't let some rich asshole shame you, because you want to eat something besides ramen noodles every now and then.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote (edited )

Here's a basic Yellow Vests 101 video. Again, I'm still cautious, because working class movements almost invariably involve racism in the modern era. Then again, Working Class is one of those terms I'm just generally sick of, because working class is usually code for "white men." Apparently women and PoC don't work; we make our living accusing innocent white men of sexual assault and sponging off welfare. Who knew?

https://youtu.be/zn_GHA850eQ

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote (edited )

I've been kind of concerned about this movement. I hope it is a genuine movement on behalf of the common people, but gods almighty, I've more or less gotten suspicious of any movement where the words "populist" or "nationalist" are used. Maybe those words once had neutral or positive meanings, but now both are pretty much code words for White Supremacy. So I'm worried that while this may bear some of the trappings of a genuine workers' rights movement, it'll eventually break into yet another White Supremacy, Neo-Nazi movement.

Because the idea that both White people and PoC work hard and are being screwed over by those in power? That's unpossible.

Of all the strategies the ruling classes have used to keep the 99% divided, racism may be one of the best, most effective ones. Even now, the general idea is that all workers are racist, even though the fuckers driving this Nazi revival, are about as Working Class as Donald Trump is. Or in other words, they're people born into upper-middle to upper class backgrounds who want to pretend that they are jes' plain folks, even though they haven't spent more than a day in a working class community.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

It's why I like the ideas behind Solarpunk so much better. Too often we wind up in debates about technology, and it always seems to get reduced to a simplistic dichotomy where we can either have our amazing tech and all it brings or go back to living like caveman. The idea is ludicrous on the surface. It assumes that we have an all-or-nothing choice in all this.

But there is no reason it has to be like that, no reason we can't take the old and marry it with the new. Hold onto what works, but jettison what doesn't. Clinging to traditions without thought is stupid, but completely throwing all ideas out the window without bothering to study them is stupid as well.

For example, when it comes to medicine, we can hold onto what we've learned regarding germ theory and antibiotics, but try to figure out how to implement them in a way that demands fewer nonrenewable resources. Germ theory is easy enough; just wash your hands frequently and throw your tools into boiling hot water.

So much of our problems and our discussions center around how we can't have that or we must have that, but that's sloppy thinking. A smarter approach would be, "Okay, how can we use this more efficiently?" Like rather than constantly produce new gadgets, we can accept that we've produced a shitton of them and rather than do all the work involved to make more slightly upgraded models, why not cannibalize old versions for parts, see if we can figure out how to make it work for a newer model?