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appy-polly-reblogs23 days ago
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#I've just spent an unhealthy amount of money on dolls#But im gonna have the rare blue ghost oneeeeee#And .. Many more because the lady's selling them for really cheap#That doesn't change the fact its gonna cost me a fortune if i take like 10 of them 馃槀馃槀#Okay anyway#I just wanted to say#Well ask#Whats that in your profile picture 馃槀#Ive pretty much memorized it as the little version#Like a little white guy just chilling#And now i clicked on it and.. Cant fall asleep? 馃槀#Anyway you better be all safe and warm and snuggled up by now because you know what happens if youre not 馃敨馃敨#Oh yeah i take stuff that makes me go sleepsleep fast too now#Not that its my decision 馃槀#Basically my mum is into herbal shit now#And if she takes it we all have to because this has never been a democracy anyway#Do i hope that my school will open so i can go to this far away city close to poland to attend it? Yes sir 馃槀#But dont get me wrong im not complaining or anything#Its just the thing tastes like used tea bag#Anyway 馃槀 as always stay safe stay warm get sleep rat sends kissie#Love you baiiiiiiii#鉂わ笍鉂わ笍鉂わ笍鉂わ笍鉂わ笍鉂わ笍鉂わ笍馃А馃А馃А馃А馃А馃А馃А馃А馃挍馃挍馃挍馃挍馃挍馃挍馃挍馃挍馃挍馃挌馃挌馃挌馃挌馃挌馃挌馃挌馃挌馃挋馃挋馃挋馃挋馃挋馃挋馃挋馃挏馃挏馃挏馃挏馃挏馃挏馃挏馃挏馃挏馃挏馃枻馃枻馃枻馃枻馃枻馃枻#馃挓馃挏馃挌馃挀馃挆馃挅馃挌馃挅馃挊馃挋馃挍馃挌馃挋馃挍馃挒馃А鉂o笍馃挓馃А馃挒馃А馃挓馃挌馃枻馃挋馃挅馃挀馃挋馃挌馃挄鉂わ笍馃挊馃挒馃挍馃挒馃挀馃挒馃А馃挓馃枻馃挒馃挅馃挅馃挋馃挌馃挍馃挒馃挏馃挋馃枻馃挒馃挍馃挌馃挋馃挏馃挋馃挅馃挋馃挍鉂o笍馃А#馃挐鉂わ笍馃枻馃挏馃枻馃挓馃挐馃挀馃挋馃挓馃挐馃枻馃挓馃挐馃挓馃挊馃挍馃挓馃挐馃挊馃А馃枻馃挄馃挆馃挆鉂わ笍馃А馃挊馃挏馃挀馃挏馃挓馃挍鉂わ笍馃挐馃枻馃挋馃枻馃挐馃挋馃枻馃挐馃挓馃挊馃挍馃挓馃挏馃枻馃挅馃挓馃挐馃挓馃挀馃挋馃枻馃挊馃挐馃挌馃挒馃挋馃挓#鉂わ笍馃А馃挍馃挌馃挋馃挏馃枻鉂わ笍馃А馃挍馃挌馃挋馃挏馃枻鉂わ笍馃А馃挍馃挌馃挋馃挏馃枻鉂わ笍馃А馃挍馃挌馃挋馃挏馃枻鉂わ笍馃А馃挍馃挌馃挋馃挏馃枻鉂わ笍馃А馃挍馃挌馃挋馃挏馃枻鉂わ笍馃А馃挍馃挌馃挋馃挏馃枻鉂わ笍馃А馃挍馃挌馃挋馃挏馃枻鉂わ笍馃А#I felt like the last short ass heart smash didn't do it justice 馃槀#馃挌馃尭馃挌馃尭馃挌馃尭馃挌馃尭馃挌馃尭馃挌馃尭馃挌#馃挏馃彽锔忦煉滒煆碉笍馃挏馃彽锔忦煉滒煆碉笍馃挏馃彽锔忦煉滒煆碉笍馃挏#馃挋馃尲馃挋馃尲馃挋馃尲馃挋馃尲馃挋馃尲馃挋馃尲馃挋#馃枻馃尯馃枻馃尯馃枻馃尯馃枻馃尯馃枻馃尯馃枻馃尯馃枻
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ravencromwell2 months ago
Americans deify democracy in a way that allows for a dim awareness that they have, from time to time, stood in defiance of their God. But democracy is a forgiving God and America鈥檚 heresies鈥攖orture, theft, enslavement鈥攁re so common among individuals and nations that none can declare themselves immune. In fact, Americans, in a real sense, have never betrayed their God. When Abraham Lincoln declared, in 1863, that the battle of Gettysburg must ensure 鈥渢hat government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,鈥 he was not merely being aspirational; at the onset of the Civil War, the United States of America had one of the highest rates of suffrage in the world. The question is not whether Lincoln truly meant 鈥済overnment of the people鈥 but what our country has, throughout its history, taken the political term 鈥減eople鈥 to actually mean. ...
Thus America鈥檚 problem is not its betrayal of 鈥済overnment of the people,鈥 but the means by which 鈥渢he people鈥 acquired their names.
This leads us to another equally important ideal, one that Americans implicitly accept but to which they make no conscious claim. Americans believe in the reality of 鈥渞ace鈥 as a defined, indubitable feature of the natural world. Racism鈥攖he need to ascribe bone-deep features to people and then humiliate, reduce, and destroy them鈥攊nevitably follows from this inalterable condition. In this way, racism is rendered as the innocent daughter of Mother Nature, and one is left to deplore the Middle Passage or the Trail of Tears the way one deplores an earthquake, a tornado, or any other phenomenon that can be cast as beyond the handiwork of men.
But race is the child of racism, not the father. And the process of naming 鈥渢he people鈥 has never been a matter of genealogy and physiognomy so much as one of hierarchy. Difference in hue and hair is old. But the belief in the preeminence of hue and hair, the notion that these factors can correctly organize a society and that they signify deeper attributes, which are indelible鈥攖his is the new idea at the heart of these new people who have been brought up hopelessly, tragically, deceitfully, to believe that they are white.
These new people are, like us, a modern invention. But unlike us, their new name has no real meaning divorced from the machinery of criminal power. The new people were something else before they were white鈥擟atholic, Corsican, Welsh, Mennonite, Jewish鈥攁nd if all our national hopes have any fulfillment, then they will have to be something else again. Perhaps they will truly become American and create a nobler basis for their myths.
--Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
#Ta-Nehisi Coates#book babbling#lit geekery#this is one of those books that is constantly coming up as an act of political reading; the sort of thing I was constantly reminding myself#to get round too. and feeling rather guilty because I knew it was a vital part of the convo I was missing. And then I heard Ta-Nehisi on#Chris Hayse's podcast and was just. floored. not only by the clarity of his thoughts but at how readily he stepped onto the fourth rails of#discussion in our modern era: his utter. deserved saltiness about American exceptionalism; the way in which he just brutally eviscerated#the idea of the events of the Trump presidency being some aboration rather than the newest itteration in a long. long pattern of American#minoritarian rule. but mostly. honestly. the exceptionalism thing. I've rarely heard thinkers link up the intersections of the overblown#American myth abroad to racism at home. So I went yep. it's time I pick this up; the entire conceit of the book is that it's a letter to#his teen son. and I've cut some stuff directed toward him that doesn't make sense out of context. but I wanted to capture this quote in its#entirety. the idea of deifying! democracy holy shit; to the extent that we forgive our own barbarism I'd never seen that metaphor employed#like that and now it's jangling about in my head sparking off all sorts of ideas. and the racism as mother nature discussion and how#that allows the excusing of the inexcusable. this man's thinking is just pure knife-sharp clarity and I'm in awe#politics
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testuserblog4 months ago
Varun Grover, Vir Das rally behind comedian arrested for 'indecent' remarks against Hindu deities
One wonders what in the name of actual fuck is happening. First students, then activists, next journalists, now comedians. Are we leaving someone else who can potentially open their mouth and mood against every unwritten thing the government and the collective foolish intolerance of people is against? It's like we are made to forget everything while we are home with given how so many of these issues actually make their way to the mainstream media. It's scarily familiar thing to have in your conscience when you feel it's dangerous to say anything that could get you locked up just because it was something 'sensitive': don't we remember our history lessons? can't we recall how it all starts?
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ossanshipping4 months ago
oh no this poor bby is hving a panic attack he just lost jiraya and his village back to back and had to swallow his feelings for the Greater Good twice and now ALL THE FRIENDS he's been doing all this for are stopping by one by one telling him they Have To Kill Sasuke and he can't even explain the tragic uchiha backstory he just heard. The series does a lot of weird things but it is a+ with dramatic irony befitting a tragedy
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steorran5 months ago
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achrilock-atmospheric5 months ago
Here鈥檚 a little ditty that鈥檚 part of a conversation I鈥檓 having over on Pillowfort about democracy and stuff, if anybody cares.聽 Posting it around because I鈥檇 be eager to hear what people think about the subject.聽 It鈥檚 been on my mind a lot lately, because we鈥檝e all basically been killing ourselves for a system that just doesn鈥檛 work or bring us anything good on a consistent basis.聽 Asking myself some fundamental questions about this stuff, which is tying me in knots, because I鈥檝e been studying this shit since my college years.聽 I鈥檓 kind of left with a 鈥榞ut鈥 feeling that I鈥檓 not at all comfortable with, which usually means it鈥檚 correct, which makes it that much more uncomfortable, lols. 鈽
This is really bad on my part, but I'm starting to feel like humans weren't built for democratic societies. 聽Like, we can sort of make it work, but if you want any real justice or progress, I'm starting to believe that democracy cannot deliver those things, because people are just too corrupt, too selfish, and too evil. 聽I'm in a place where I'm viewing the American Revolution as nothing more than a coup by a bunch of greedy, slaver merchants. 聽I think humans were made, psychologically, to live under enlightened monarchs. 聽If that weren't true our businesses, workplaces, schools, and even our social groups and families would be more egalitarian, but they simply aren't. 聽Hierarchy is omnipresent, and things usually work better if that hierarchy is well-built and just. 聽I think anarchy or electoral democracy can work, but only in small political spaces. 聽I'm starting to believe that democracy is simply too unstable to provide a fair or just system on the scale of a state. History seems to agree with that assessment.
This is not what an American, or somebody who is obsessed with their own agency and freedom, 鈥榮hould鈥 be thinking, but I鈥檓 not gonna lie and say the thoughts haven鈥檛 crossed my mind of late. 聽You gotta call 鈥榚m like you see 鈥榚m, you know?
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dyke-crossing5 months ago
we鈥檙e reading 鈥渁n indigenous peoples鈥 history of the united states鈥 in class and i think this is the only worthwhile thing ive been taught so far this year.
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knitcowboy6 months ago
im gonna talk about the us presidential election just this once, and im gonna say
wtf is up with your voting system? like i it obviously pisses everyone off,, why is it still like that lol
(don't actually explain that to me i do know, but it's just so wild seeing the "freedom" country being so transparently horrible with voter suppression and everything like i cant believe were just running behind yall blindly)
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startledstars6 months ago
It boggles me that a lot of people write off 鈥渃onspiracy theories鈥 because they don鈥檛 think human beings are capable of deliberate evil
Like in the 20th century, government officials in communist countries 鈥渃onspired鈥 i.e worked together towards a common goal, and about 100 million people died as a result of this 鈥渃onspiracy.鈥 Thats 50x more than the holocaust killed, but again, genocide wouldn鈥檛 be possible without people conspiring together, usually in secret. And I鈥檓 pretty sure the anyone who spoke out against tyranny were shamed and silenced; maybe even written off as insane.
In the 1960鈥檚, members of the FBI conspired against Martin Luther King.
And as for individual evil: just look up Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy or any number of whackos who killed and even ate parts of other human beings, while appearing completely normal, maybe even 鈥渃harming.鈥
It鈥檚 obvious that people are capable of evil. A group of people are capable of appearing to have your best interests at heart, while working against you behind your back. Evil exists, and evil people gravitate towards each other, as well as positions of power. Refusing to even consider this fact when constructing your paradigm of reality only makes it easy for these evil people to accomplish their ends.
That鈥檚 why they go to such great lengths to program people into shutting down when they hear the word 鈥渃onspiracy,鈥 or any narrative besides the one considered mainstream. Some theories are batshit crazy and have no basis in reality, but many are true and worth looking onto.
Tldr just because an idea makes you uncomfortable doesn鈥檛 mean it鈥檚 untrue. and just because some guy on tv wearing a suit Looks Pretty Smart and Seems Confident while he reads lines off a teleprompter doesn鈥檛 mean you should trust what he鈥檚 saying unconditionally
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achrilock-atmospheric6 months ago
Should The US Be Considered A Democracy?
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shatouto6 months ago
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Widely known on Naboo as the child hero who participated in the Battle of Theed, affectionately nicknamed 鈥淧rince Skywalker鈥 for his regular presence at Queen Amidala鈥檚 side during her reign as her darling adopted brother, Minister Anakin Skywalker already has an edge in his campaign for a seat in the Galactic People鈥檚 Parliament, despite being one of the youngest politicians to ever endeavor such a project. Some predict that he will fail, will even put himself in life-threatening danger, for being so vocal, so radical about the Republic鈥檚 systemic failings. After all, the boy is not a reformist, but a revolutionary...
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It鈥檚 an open secret that while everybody says they want to live in a democracy, most people don鈥檛.聽 When you get down to it, what they really want is to live in a place where their party has total control; they like the idea of democracy, but they want their voice and their opinions to be the only ones that matter.聽 It stems from the very nature of subjective morality; what I mean is everybody thinks that they are in the right, that allowing an opponent to have power would be a moral failing, something they could never forgive themselves for allowing.聽 Now, it鈥檚 one thing to be steadfast in your beliefs, everyone has that right, but while a lot of issues do indeed have some gray area, many of them are clearly black and white.聽 A lot of issues have definitive right and wrong positions, and the reason our political system is so fucked up is because half the country has taken the objectively wrong side on those pertinent issues.聽 They refuse to concede that they could ever be wrong on any subject, so they double down on EVERY subject.聽 When one side says they want to hurt people who are different than they are, that鈥檚 bad.聽 That鈥檚 wrong.聽 There鈥檚 no room for debate on this, it doesn鈥檛 matter that they think they鈥檙e morally right, they鈥檙e clearly not.聽 They never stop to think about the implications of their beliefs, they just parrot everything they鈥檝e been taught because they do not personally suffer from it.
It鈥檚 not that people want to live in an authoritarian state, they just want to live in a society that has the same moral compass as they do.聽 They don鈥檛 want to live in a world where the thing they don鈥檛 want to happen could ever happen.聽 They want everyone around them to be smart enough to 鈥渄o the right thing,鈥 even if what they think is right is actually wrong.聽 If their leaders have to suppress votes and interfere with elections to prevent the 鈥渂ad guys鈥 from winning, then that鈥檚 totally fine by them; that鈥檚 the only moral option in their eyes.聽 They want to cheat to win.
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achrilock-atmospheric8 months ago
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