#democracy and stuff
Watched the penultimate episode of years and years.
Was literally trembling throughout. Fam was like - why are you breathing so weird
Because every single thing in this damn series is too close - we're too close
They get it but they really don't get it I guess the way I get hit by it
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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’s heresies—torture, theft, enslavement—are 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 “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” 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 “government of the people” but what our country has, throughout its history, taken the political term “people” to actually mean. ...
Thus America’s problem is not its betrayal of “government of the people,” but the means by which “the people” 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 “race” as a defined, indubitable feature of the natural world. Racism—the need to ascribe bone-deep features to people and then humiliate, reduce, and destroy them—inevitably 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 “the people” 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—this 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—Catholic, Corsican, Welsh, Mennonite, Jewish—and 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
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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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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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The norms restorer has logged on i see 😪
Here’s a little ditty that’s part of a conversation I’m having over on Pillowfort about democracy and stuff, if anybody cares. Posting it around because I’d be eager to hear what people think about the subject. It’s been on my mind a lot lately, because we’ve all basically been killing ourselves for a system that just doesn’t work or bring us anything good on a consistent basis. Asking myself some fundamental questions about this stuff, which is tying me in knots, because I’ve been studying this shit since my college years. I’m kind of left with a ‘gut’ feeling that I’m not at all comfortable with, which usually means it’s correct, which makes it that much more uncomfortable, lols. ☺
This is really bad on my part, but I'm starting to feel like humans weren't built for democratic societies. 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. 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. I think humans were made, psychologically, to live under enlightened monarchs. 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. Hierarchy is omnipresent, and things usually work better if that hierarchy is well-built and just. I think anarchy or electoral democracy can work, but only in small political spaces. 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, ‘should’ be thinking, but I’m not gonna lie and say the thoughts haven’t crossed my mind of late. You gotta call ‘em like you see ‘em, you know?
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we’re reading “an indigenous peoples’ history of the united states“ in class and i think this is the only worthwhile thing ive been taught so far this year.
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you know what, i think today is a great day to pull a fillmore and blast the hendrix national anthem from my car as i drive around town.
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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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It boggles me that a lot of people write off “conspiracy theories” because they don’t think human beings are capable of deliberate evil
Like in the 20th century, government officials in communist countries “conspired” i.e worked together towards a common goal, and about 100 million people died as a result of this “conspiracy.” Thats 50x more than the holocaust killed, but again, genocide wouldn’t be possible without people conspiring together, usually in secret. And I’m pretty sure the anyone who spoke out against tyranny were shamed and silenced; maybe even written off as insane.
In the 1960’s, 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 “charming.”
It’s 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’s why they go to such great lengths to program people into shutting down when they hear the word “conspiracy,” 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’t mean it’s 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’t mean you should trust what he’s saying unconditionally
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Should The US Be Considered A Democracy?
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Widely known on Naboo as the child hero who participated in the Battle of Theed, affectionately nicknamed “Prince Skywalker” for his regular presence at Queen Amidala’s 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’s 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’s systemic failings. After all, the boy is not a reformist, but a revolutionary...
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Social democracy is a hoax created by the liberal commentariat 👉👈 menschevists stfu and dni 💔
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It’s an open secret that while everybody says they want to live in a democracy, most people don’t. 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. 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. Now, it’s 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. 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. They refuse to concede that they could ever be wrong on any subject, so they double down on EVERY subject. When one side says they want to hurt people who are different than they are, that’s bad. That’s wrong. There’s no room for debate on this, it doesn’t matter that they think they’re morally right, they’re clearly not. They never stop to think about the implications of their beliefs, they just parrot everything they’ve been taught because they do not personally suffer from it.
It’s 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. They don’t want to live in a world where the thing they don’t want to happen could ever happen. They want everyone around them to be smart enough to “do the right thing,” even if what they think is right is actually wrong. If their leaders have to suppress votes and interfere with elections to prevent the “bad guys” from winning, then that’s totally fine by them; that’s the only moral option in their eyes. They want to cheat to win.
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Hot take Dimitri makes a terrible king and should not be king