Dec. 17th, 2014 03:35 pm
In 1937 Bertrand Russell wrote an essay entitled "The Superior Virtue of the Oppressed," in which he attacked the sentimental assumption of the title, pointing out that while the oppressed are no worse than we are, they are also no better, and given the opportunity, would act as badly we have. Since then, Robert Heinlein has dramatized the idea (the three-monkey parable in Stranger in a Strange Land), and the State of Israel has given us an object lesson. At a more trivial level, the whole Fake Geek Girl thing strikes me as a marvelous horrible example of learning the wrong lesson from oppression.
Dec. 17th, 2014 05:36 am
Dec. 16th, 2014 05:41 am
Here’s the thing about men like David Koch: Making money is basically just a video game to them. For the rest of us, making money is about being able to pay for things we need and want, such as rent and food and actual video games. But David Koch has made so much money that he literally cannot spend it all. There is nothing he would want to buy he cannot already afford. The only purpose at this point in making more money is for the pleasure of beating your high score. In other words, it really is just a very consuming video game. But unlike when you kill people in Call of Duty or crush candies in Candy Crush, the game David Koch is playing is very real. Millions of people will suffer and die because he wants to “win” his video game by manipulating the public to avoid taking action on global warming. That is evil and hateful and selfish on a level that puts the word “selfish” to shame--Amanda MarcotteThanx to Pandagon.
Dec. 14th, 2014 08:11 am
The heavily armed security forces in this large and highly militarized country have long walked the streets with impunity, rarely if ever held accountable for violence committed against civilians. In recent weeks, however, several such incidents have ignited public anger and threatened to open new fault lines in a nation with a long and tragic history of sectarian violence.--Slate
Dec. 13th, 2014 07:10 am
John Scalzi pointed out that one should never be surprised by a headline that reads, "Blablabla has worst impact on poor people." Black people likewise. Of course the police are particularly nasty to POC, but in Berkeley they are showing that they can be nasty to whites too. Another way white people can find out how the cops treat POC is getting caught using ritually unclean substances, or in some cases living next door to someone who uses ritually unclean substances.