Important Reminder for AU makers (so you don’t mess up?)

Hello everyone now this is a completely unexpected message I decided to make to any AU maker who would like to incorporate AU CREATORS in their own work.

Just a bit earlier today I found a parody of an already existing story where I appeared, and I was used as the background of Ink’s character (Ink’s mom, actually. which is the complete truth haha). Thing is, for the sake of the story, I was portrayed as an alcohol/drug addict who was rather violent and contemptuous. (don’t you worry tumblr user who made that AU, keep being amazing and making good work<3)

Now this isn’t based from actual facts (I WOULD HOPE SO), but this is complete fiction. You might ask, then what’s wrong with it then? And I’d answer, you’re right, what’s so wrong about doing fiction based on people?

That’s where it’s a bit alarming.

You’re using actual people for backstory.

I wouldn’t really mind people portraying Ink as the most vicious, dark hearted of characters, for the simple fact that… he’s a character. AND I let free interpretation. But that subject, well. I was honestly conflicted about it at first, to say not really alarmed, but when I asked to my friends what they thought about these kind of cases, they told me that this was absolutey wrong. And I kinda realized that yes, using my name to make a backstory around a character without perhaps considering that I am a person with my own life, my own problems, with feelings, maybe I could’ve taken this interpretation terribly wrong, maybe I could’ve been offended, hurt, reminded of terrible events that occured in my life- just. Please, for the sake of the artists you would like to include in your alternate universes, go talk to them FIRST or use common sense, you should not let your fiction reach such an extreme level.

I’m not even talking about my personal case (frankly, I’m chill, I don’t get angry for these things), but for everyone.

Don’t blame yourself if you did that mistake. Just please, don’t forget that behind the character you adore, there’s a person. It’s like saying you love Markiplier and afterwards you make an AU of him being abusive with his friends, being drunk and violent for your entertainment just because he is an image. And it’s even easier to corrupt MY image- you never saw my face, you don’t know my age (also imagine portraying me as a drug addict/alcoholic if I was a minor that’d be worse and you could get in serious trouble please save yourselves sweeties), you can create anything you’d like around me whatsoever. And that’s- that feels wrong. Stick to the characters please. And don’t go too extreme on that either.

Even if it looks appealing for your story, just don’t do anything without consent from the creator. Even if you don’t get any answer. Do yourself that favor. <3

anonymous asked:

What books would Hannibal consider must-reads?

I love this question, but I can’t help but doubt my ability to answer it, because (I’m assuming) my reading tastes and Hannibal’s don’t have much overlap. Does Hannibal like Stephen King and J.K. Rowling? I doubt it. He laughs at Gillian Flynn, and not in the way Flynn wants to be laughed at. He rolls his eyes at House of Leaves. He’s bored by Kate Atkinson, and amused but mostly annoyed by Ursula K. Le Guin (except for The Lathe of Heaven, which he enjoyed, identifying with Haber until he saw how dull his version of reality actually was). He also identifies with O’Brien in 1984, and appreciates all of George Orwell’s writing, while being a little contemptuous of his politics. Would he like Nabokov? Who doesn’t like Nabokov? I can see him being very taken with Pale Fire, but is that only because I’m so taken with Pale Fire? See, this question is hard. I don’t think of Hannibal as someone who has good taste, or at least as someone whose taste I want to imitate, and yet I can’t help but assign to him books I myself recommend! Or, at least, books I’ve read. 

Dante’s Inferno and Le Vita Nuova, obviously. William Blake, of course. Paradise Lost. Faust. Since he’s apparently into literary works involving Satan, he considers Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita a must, very near his sensibility in terms of mood, humor, and worldview. He loves the Grand Inquisitor scene in The Brothers Karamazov. He appreciates The Waste Land for its language more than anything. He enjoys Frankenstein, and here at least he has the typical reader response, identifying first with the doctor and later very intensely with the Creature, except that Hannibal was rooting for him to kill his maker. Would Hannibal love the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, or are those too obvious a choice? Maybe he reads them as comedies? How about some Ray Bradbury? That seems on the right track, but then again, I’ve only read The Martian Chronicles and that doesn’t exactly scream ‘Hannibal’ to me. Borges and Calvino, perhaps. E.T.A. Hoffmann, I bet. Of Shakespeare, he likes best Titus Andronicus (naturally), The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale. But on the whole he prefers the plays of Webster. The misanthropist in him is delighted by Shirley Jackson and Patricia Highsmith. The humanist in him adores John Keats and Thomas Hardy. He’s fascinated by Melville, particularly The Confidence-Man (because I’m fascinated by The Confidence-Man, whoops, there I go again). 

Would he like Flannery O’Connor and Cormac McCarthy, or is that veering into Will’s domain? Hannibal is probably more of a Proust guy. Nietzsche, another obvious one. I bet he reads specula principum for tips. And Sun Tzu, because lest we forget, Hannibal is basically an insufferable person. He probably reads Finnegans Wake for pleasure.

Not a lot of contemporary stuff on here, maybe because it’s hard to imagine Hannibal cracking open the newest Jonathan Franzen. Maybe he likes Roberto Bolano and Patrick Modiano, those I can see.

Oh, and of course, The Count of Monte Cristo. ;-)

ETA: Forgot to mention that Hannibal circa TGSOE totally has a favorite author – Oscar Wilde, particularly The Ballad of Reading Gaol and De Profundis.

anonymous asked:

What are signs of being in an emotionally toxic relationship?

Hello lovely.

The signs for being in an emotionally toxic or abusive relationship are listed below:-

  1. They humiliate you, put you down, or make fun of you in front of other people.
  2. They regularly demean or disregard your opinions, ideas, suggestions, or needs.
  3. They use sarcasm or “teasing” to put you down or make you feel bad about yourself.
  4. They accuse you of being “too sensitive” in order to deflect their abusive remarks.
  5. They try to control you and treat you like a child.
  6. They correct or chastise you for your behavior.
  7. You feel like you need permission to make decisions or go out somewhere.
  8. They try to control the finances and how you spend money.
  9. They belittle and trivialize you, your accomplishments, or your hopes and dreams.
  10. They try to make you feel as though they are always right, and you are wrong.
  11. They give you disapproving or contemptuous looks or body language.
  12. They regularly point out your flaws, mistakes, or shortcomings.
  13. They accuse or blame you of things you know aren’t true.
  14. They have an inability to laugh at themselves and can’t tolerate others laughing at them.
  15. They are intolerant of any seeming lack of respect.
  16. They make excuses for their behavior, try to blame others, and have difficulty apologizing.
  17. The repeatedly cross your boundaries and ignore your requests.
  18. They blame you for their problems, life difficulties, or unhappiness.
  19. They call you names, give you unpleasant labels, or make cutting remarks under their breath.
  20. They are emotionally distant or emotionally unavailable most of the time.
  21. They resort to pouting or withdrawal to get attention or attain what they want.
  22. They don’t show you empathy or compassion.
  23. They play the victim and try to deflect blame to you rather than taking personal responsibility.
  24. They disengage or use neglect or abandonment to punish or frighten you.
  25. They don’t seem to notice or care about your feelings.
  26. They view you as an extension of themselves rather than as an individual.
  27. They withhold sex as a way to manipulate and control.
  28. They share personal information about you with others.
  29. They invalidate or deny their emotionally abusive behavior when confronted.
  30. They make subtle threats or negative remarks with the intent to frighten or control you.

*Now there are other signs but these are the most common*

If you feel as though you are in an abusive or toxic relationship then I advise you to either sit down with your partner tell him/her that their behaviour and the way the treat you isn’t right and see if you can get them to change (which is very rare) or get out of the relationship as soon as possible. No one deserves to be in an abusive or toxic relationship, we all deserve to be in a relationshp with someone who doesn’t cross those boundaries. I know how hard it is to end a relationship especially a toxic one but you are strong and you can do it.


Don’t fly too close to the sun, you could burn yourself.

//Starter continued from (here) with @iwillnotjuggle

The nomad’s eyes were focused on the omnic, as if his glare could burn a hole in the shiny metal of his faceplate. The blue hue of his goggle visor blinked faintly as a distainfully laughter came out from his scorched throat. Now this omnic’s bravado, and his words, contemptuously thrown in Genji’s direction, yes, that was what got him going. What made the blood still running in his veins run, violently burning underneath the metal and what was left of skin.

The egyptian sun was blazing bright in the clear sky, and if Genji could no longer suffer from it as he did before, he still felt the sizzling heat penetrate his body, practically suffocating. Yet there he was, standing proud in front of the reigning omnic Sunyatta, defiant, proud, untamed.

He slowly readied his stance, all muscles sliding in place. No useless movements, all rough yet gracefull preparation. A few shuriken slid to his hand as he made a gesture towards Sunyatta.

“Think I can’t take you? Foolish. Bed or battlefield, you are no match for me.

Sagittarius Chinese Horoscopes

Sagittarius Daily-Today’s Chinese Horoscope

Make a list in order to stay organized today. This is a high-energy time. Don’t hesitate to step in and defend the interests of someone close. Few people are willing to be as direct as you are when you’re fired up. Be realistic before you worry about children in your life.

Sagittarius Today : Chinese = 75% | Intimacy = 69% | Business = 93%

Sagittarius Daily-Yesterday’s Chinese Horoscope

You may be especially moody and sensitive. It may appear you’re isolated and alone. Fight back sadness about the past or dark thoughts concerning the future. Trouble at home may seem worse than it is. Be nice to yourself. Favorite creature comforts or comfort foods will help improve your attitude.

Sagittarius Daily-Tomorrow’s Chinese Horoscope

Don’t repeat old patterns of anger or fear. If someone is stonewalling or contemptuous of you, it is time to stand up and say enough. You may have to defend your own life or encourage the same in someone else. This is a day to explore the power of setting good boundaries.

Sagittarius Weekly Chinese Horoscope

The celestial energy could make you more guarded than usual. Don’t be afraid of challenges or confrontations. They will help you identify what is important and possibly send you in an important new direction. Your reliability and good humor will encourage friends and attract supporters. It’s possible to make positive choices concerning your career. A flexible attitude will bring the best opportunities. Your sense of fair play leads you to stand up for those less able.

Sagittarius Monthly Chinese Horoscope

Think twice about retaining anger as if you didn’t want to give it up. Get it out and over with in a positive way, then get ready to feel and share the relief! The friend zone is not bad. It’s a vote for casual - not serious - dating this month. Professionally, you’re on a mission that is certainly not improbable and you make miracles in the 30 days following the New Moon. Take advantage of the potential dramatic release of energy on what can be power days if you use them right (and of course you will)!

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anonymous asked:

If you don't have a problem with peoples headcanons for napsatablooks gender why reblog from a headcanon blog to mock it? 🤔

“tease or laugh at in a scornful or contemptuous manner.”

We were tagged by a follower and Mod Chara didn’t mock the post when responding to it. If anything, we were responding to the people who were claiming Napstablook was strictly agender and acting as if it was canon.

Overall, just discussing how people need to stop assuming that a character is canonically agender JUST because they/them is used. 

Besides, you can think something is ridiculous but also be chill about other’s doing it themselves. I think the really, and i mean really, outlandish genders are pretty nutty. But if someone wants to call themselves a colossal squid, go for it. As long as it doesn’t hurt anyone, yeah?

-mod bp

Went to a teahouse/coffee shop downtown. There was a table by the windows in the front open–good people watching–but it didn’t have a chair. So I turned to a woman seated at a small table–a single person table to be exact–that had an extra chair and asked: “Are you using this chair?” Without making eye contact, she checks the time on her phone and says “Maybe in about 25 minutes…” Like, to say no, I can’t take the chair because she might be using it in 25 minutes, which like, wtf??? Before I could respond contemptuously though a nice guy knitting at the next table offered me his.

A few things I took away from the experience:

1.) some people are selfish dicks

2.) knitters be chill

❝     THOSE  ARE  THE  RAVENS .      ❞     if  he  didn’t  already  appear  contemptuous  of  the  name,    then  it  was  clear  he  was  uninterested.     the  poster  hung  off  the  wall  on  its  shoulders,    ncaa’s  former  pride  and  glory,   with  little  to  offer  besides  an  expired  match  date  with  the  palmetto  university  foxes.       ❝     YOU’VE  NEVER    heard  of  them  .  .  .  ?      ❞

@lightgifted .

a slightly different kind of resisting reader*

You know those poems and novels about straight white males and their quietly discomfited, nostalgia-ridden lives? The ones Buzzfeed makes contemptuous listicles about? Somebody has probably done the joke about how the existence of this genre proves you can write conflict in a utopian setting… But what do you do if you are an AMAB trans person and you find yourself identifying with one of them? Is it your duty, as a former Toast reader and aspiring gay librarian, to burn this part of yourself out with a blowtorch? 

that’s a rhetorical question (of course not) and I can’t think of anything to follow it with except 

Here’s the poem that made me think of it. By Harvey Shapiro

The Need

The deep need to be absolutely
alone in his life so that he can
understand it. 

What does that mean—
to understand one’s life? 
Maybe to feel for the first time
some connection between boy and man. 

He needs to be in his life
the way he needs to be with a woman. 

He is trying to describe
a constant, unappeasable hunger. 


I dunno, maybe the problem is that “connection between boy and man.” Does Shapiro really mean “connection” – linkage, possibly multiple, possibly bidirectional – or is he actually talking about unity? Is it his third-person subject trying to carve himself out of a single block of wood, like the prow of the Argo? Does he need to be alone so that his growth and gender can be achieved totally, without others stealing time and imposing names? The poem has one leg out of lyric; it talks about describing too often to be the impromptu cry of its occasion. Describing is like romance; both are incomplete, both too easily distracted. I identify with that, too. The problem with reading is you learn things! 

I’m not a man and the most recent people I’ve been with aren’t women 

“to [not] be” 

In Gethen, the world of The Left Hand of Darkness, there’s a concept called shifgrethor. At first glance it looks sort of like social status or personal ethos. You can have more or less of it, and if necessary, you can waive it, usually when you need to ask a direct question. We learn that the word “shifgrethor” comes from an old word for “shadow.” The book’s refrain, again: “light is the left hand of darkess / and darkness the right hand of light.” Shifgrethor = the shadow you cast? (I.e. your stature.) Shifgrethor = that which you must hide away in order to be able to show as much as you do, so that for each sign you show to the world, you hide another one behind your back?  Is this internality (the lit-crit term) or an externality (the economic term)? I probably should learn more about fractional-reserve banking and also ore separation. 

If shifgrethor is shadow – darkness, separated from the light by a body – what is the body made of? 

I spend so much of my free time watching The Late Show with Steven Colbert and I feel profoundly unfuckable and very angry at the system that creates desirability. How does fuckability work on Gethen? The population is androgynous, or ambisexual, and they go into heat about once a month. The rest of the time, they’re just not interested. (In sex – they love each other.) But non-human animals that go into heat sure as hell have desirability. Which means I’d guess that either the Gethenians are variably fuckable or that desirability is not the same thing as fuckability. You can be desirable in a community of people who aren’t interested in sex, or in a community of genderless animals – is the problem with fuckability that it’s enmeshed with both gender and biology? And are either desirability or fuckability the same thing as shifgrethor – which might be tied (inversely) to the number of questions you ask, requests you make – or the amount of junk you’re hiding in the place where your trunk should be. I’ve been talking to my friends a lot about a “neoliberal market of bodies and minds,” something I apparently want to abolish, but on further reflection, I’m not sure. Sure, sex seems to work on a system of supply and demand, and we sit with our valued bodies, but what plays the role of currency in this model?  

–Reina Gattuso introduced me to the term fuckability, and I don’t really know its history. I had been using the inverse, patheticness, which was very masculine of me.–

Besides, in addition to a neoliberal market of bodies and minds, there are actual markets for bodies and minds going on. Are these contiguous? Probably not. Not along the most urgent axes. 

Sorry for writing another post whose rhetoric runs on questions. 

EDIT: while I am intrigued by the possibility of being a “reader*”, I should add: 

* The title of this post refers to “The Resisting Reader,” a foundational work of feminist reader-response criticism by Judith Fetterly. Roughly, she discusses the work that girls and women have to do to read themselves into stories that persistently fail to represent female characters doing things that comport with having a human subjectivity and individual desires.  

i know i use the joke  “what was my life before dan and phil?” a lot but literally what was i even doing with my existence…?

the things i’m interested in, the way i look at the world, the way i feel about my self, all of these things they’ve effected for the better and i honestly don’t know what kind of contemptuous mess i would be if i hadn’t known they existed.

Sagittarius Chinese Horoscopes

Sagittarius Daily-Today’s Chinese Horoscope

Don’t repeat old patterns of anger or fear. If someone is stonewalling or contemptuous of you, it is time to stand up and say enough. You may have to defend your own life or encourage the same in someone else. This is a day to explore the power of setting good boundaries.

Sagittarius Today : Chinese = 67% | Karma = 92% | Mistakes = 66%

Sagittarius Daily-Yesterday’s Chinese Horoscope

Make a list in order to stay organized today. This is a high-energy time. Don’t hesitate to step in and defend the interests of someone close. Few people are willing to be as direct as you are when you’re fired up. Be realistic before you worry about children in your life.

Sagittarius Daily-Tomorrow’s Chinese Horoscope

The energy today supports greater compassion for others. This is especially important when many people are hungry and doing without. There is a major cosmic flow at work that allows anyone willing to embrace the healing power of universal love to set aside any reason for fear or discouragement.

Sagittarius Weekly Chinese Horoscope

This could be a time when you dig in and refuse to compromise. Be sure to pick your battles carefully. Powerful forces are pushing for change and a fresh start. Align yourself with the way things are flowing. You can embrace fresh hopes and a feeling of increasing confidence. This can make you a powerful voice to defend or protect those most vulnerable or you care about most. You can be an eloquent speaker for the interests of others.

Sagittarius Monthly Chinese Horoscope

Think twice about retaining anger as if you didn’t want to give it up. Get it out and over with in a positive way, then get ready to feel and share the relief! The friend zone is not bad. It’s a vote for casual - not serious - dating this month. Professionally, you’re on a mission that is certainly not improbable and you make miracles in the 30 days following the New Moon. Take advantage of the potential dramatic release of energy on what can be power days if you use them right (and of course you will)!

Not Sagittarius? Checkout Your Horoscope:

Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces


The Man With The Moustache pressed me to build a castle for him,

in his booming voice –

“Quick – if you may,
For my time is precious,
As how
are blue in summer!”

While I contemplated this absurd request,
I observed him with an astute eye…

He wore a lovely cravat of the silkiest white,

rotund belly
violet waistcoat
and the most fantastic

I had ever seen.

He carried a mahogany walking stick,

with a
strange gleam
in his brown eyes.

So I set myself to this curious task with gusto –

One, two!

And buckled his shiny shoes;


a contemptuous brick,
for every brave
in the sky…

six –

Heaving the unhappiest of mirrors
from gay wheatfields,


Then eight…


bursting asunder,

in all
directions –

(I caught as many as I could, for his splendid garden)

Nine, and then, obstinately,

As The Man With The Moustache handed me a sack of gold for my efforts…


My eyes flutter open, as the bubble is burst,
The sunlight laughs,
as frightened squirrels and sleepy cats
gladly take cover
from the resulting hullabaloo –

“There’s a phone call for you!”

MBTI Types as Lebanese Arabic Swear Words

Not meant to offend anyone. Chill.

ESTP: Doob/Doobbi Bear; a contemptuous insult used to mock someone who is pushy, selfish, and ice-cold

INFP: Hmar/Hmara Donkey; a self-embarrassingly stupid person

ESTJ: Kalb/Kalbi Dog; an outrageously mean-spirited person

ESFP: Ba-ara/Thawr Cow/Bull; a person who thinks they are a pleasure when they are anything but

ENFJ: Khinzeer/Khinzeeri Pig; an inconsiderate, greedy person; offensive

ENFP: Mastool/Mastooli Spaced-Out; an airhead

ENTJ: Sa-eel/Sa-eeli Pest; a person who sticks their nose in others’ businesses and is socially clueless

ISFP: Koll khara/Koli khara Eat shit; used to shut someone up

ISTP: Lhass teezi/Lhasi teezi Lick my ass; used to tell the other person that what they’re saying is bullshit or insignificant. Extremely vulgar.

ENTP: Ibn el kalb/Bint el kalb Son/Daughter of a Dog; like son of a bitch, but it’s the father that gets insulted here. Extremely vulgar.

ISTJ: Baghl/Baghli Mule; a superficial, greedy person

ISFJ: Tays/Taysi Billy-Goat; a foolishly stubborn person

INTP: Tfeh laik/Tfeh laiki ~Spit~ On You; you are disgusting

INFJ: Sharmoot/Sharmoota Bitch. Extremely vulgar.

ENTJ: Basa Sort of like “fuck”, but “basa” can also mean “the middle finger” or “an unfavorable situation”. Extremely vulgar.

INTJ: Tidhak bala snen/Tidhaki bala snen May you laugh without teeth. I think that’s enough.

Inspired by @tickiry ’s post.

Can’t stand Myself… What an UGLY PUTRID INSIDE SELFISH,, aloof, assuming, audacious, autocratic, beggety, bossy, bragging, cavalier, cheeky, cocky, conceited, contemptuous, cool*, disdainful, domineering, egotistic, know-it-all, lordly, on an ego trip, overbearing, peremptory, pompous, presumptuous, pretentious, smarty, smug, sniffy, snippy, snooty, snotty, stuck up, supercilious, superior, swaggering, uppity, vain, A-hole!!!! REALLY GET OVER YOURSELF!

“That rock needs a nap. Its eye is all red!”

webber: perpetual sweetheart

willow dismisses them all as weird dumb rocks, except the red one, which she likes, of course

wickerbottom praises them for being useful tools:

“The fewer search parties we have to organize, the better.”

woodie is vaguely contemptuous and mistrustful, he acknowledges that they’re useful, but creepy:

“Makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.”

innocuous enough but i’m willing to bet that’s serious biz for a lycanthrope you dig.. they are rather conspicuously from the moon

(red) “Marks Wolfgang’s way, and good weight for squats!”
(yellow) "Hmm, maybe Wolfgang try shotput?“
(orange) "Is creepy, but maybe Wolfgang not get lost so much now.”

aw, does wolfgang legitimately canon get lost sometimes.. wendy sounded like she assumed he was faking it pfftpfh


amiable - дружелюбный
awesome - почтительный
communicable - коммуникабельный
straightforward - прямой, откровенный
detached - отчужденный
fair - справедливый
unfair - несправедливый
faithful - верный
disloyal - неверный, ненадежный
frank - искренний
hypocritical (deceitful) - лицемерный
honest - честный
suspicious - подозрительный
just - справедливый
unjust - несправедливый
merciful - милосердный
merciless - безжалостный
sincere - искренний
false - лживый
sympathetic - сочувственный
indifferent - безразличный
reliable - надежный
unreliable - ненадежный
open - открытый
two-faced - двуликий
outspoken - прямой
reserved - сдержанный
trustful - правдивый
withdrawn - замкнутый, отрешенный
untrusting - ненадежный
trustworthy - заслуживающий доверия
treacherous - коварный
quarrelsome - вздорный, драчливый
trusting - доверчивый
sociable - общительный
keeping aloof - отстраненный
contemptuous - презрительный
sly (cunning)- хитрый
meek - кроткий
haughty - надменный
composed - уравновешенный
affectionate - любящий, нежный
jealous - ревнивый
gentle - мягкий, учтивый
harsh - грубый, резкий
tender - чуткий, нежный
severe - суровый
flexible - гибкий
tough - упрямый, несговорчивый
mild (soft) - мягкий
strict - строгий
rigorous - безжалостный
cruel - жестокий
good-natured - добродушный
firm - твердый, настойчивый
pushy - пробивной
wicked - злой
friendly - дружественный
hostile - враждебный
dignified - с чувством собственного достоинства
mean - подлый
regretful - полный раскаяния
noble - благородный
selfish - эгоистичный, себялюбивый
polite - вежливый
impolite - невежливый
tactful - тактичный
tactless - бестактный

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The Corruption of “Liberalism”

The fathers of socialism and modern interventionism were fully aware that their own programs were incompatible with the political postulates of liberalism. The main target of their passionate attacks was liberalism as a whole. They did not make a distinction between the political and the economic aspects of liberalism.

But as the years went on, the Socialists and interventionists of the Anglo-Saxon countries discovered that it was a hopeless venture to attack liberalism and the idea of liberty openly. The prestige of liberal institutions was so overwhelming in the English-speaking world that no party could risk defying them directly. Anti-liberalism’s only chance was to camouflage itself as true and genuine liberalism and to denounce the attitudes of all other parties as a mere counterfeit liberalism.

The continental Socialists had fanatically smeared and disparaged liberalism and progressivism, and contemptuously derogated democracy as “pluto-democracy.” Their Anglo-Saxon imitators, who at first had adopted the same procedure, after a while reversed their semantics and arrogated to themselves the appellations liberal, progressive and democratic. They began flatly to deny that political freedom is the corollary of economic freedom. They boldly asserted that democratic institutions can work satisfactorily only where the government has full control of all production activities and the individual citizen is bound to obey unconditionally all orders issued by the central planning board. In their eyes all-round regimentation is the only means to make people free, and freedom of the press is best guaranteed by a government monopoly of printing and publishing. They were not plagued by any scruples when they stole the good old name of liberalism and began to call their own tenets and policies liberal. In this country the term “liberalism” is nowadays more often than not used as a synonym for communism.

The semantic innovation which the Socialists and interventionists thus inaugurated left the advocates of freedom without any name. There was no term available to call those who believe that private ownership of the material factors of production is the best, in fact, the only means to make the nation and all its individual citizens as prosperous as possible and to make representative government work. The Socialists and interventionists believe that such people do not deserve any name, but are to be referred to only by such insulting epithets as “economic royalists,” “Wall Street sycophants,” “reactionaries,” and so on.

This state of affairs explains why the phrase laissez faire was more and more used to signify the ideas of those who advocate the free market economy as against government planning and regimentation.

-Ludwig von Mises, “Laissez Faire or Dictatorship” (1949)

marsianh I also don’t care if you’re aromantic or not. You…

Also just like having sex doesnt mean u are disrespecting someone, lying to them or feeling contemptuous of them, having romantic feelings doesnt make one superior. Having romantic feelings or being in a relationship doesnt alone make someone, good, kind, respectful or anything. It doesnt inherently make the sex ‘pure’ or whatever and i feel its even dangerous to think so.

Yes! Definitely! Like, none of this is to say that people can’t find romantic love to be extremely important but when people insist that the presence of it makes a relationship objectively good, that can be pretty dangerous. A lot of people find themselves in relationships that aren’t good, but choose to stay in them because their partner “loves them.” It’s entirely possible for someone to participate in romantic intimacy and still say or do hurtful things, and it’s entirely possible for people who don’t participate in those things to be good people. 

Rio Olympics 2016: 'I don't even know who Lilly King is': Justin Gatlin bites back over criticism

Controversial US sprinter Justin Gatlin has contemptuously dismissed the teammate who questioned his presence at the Rio Olympics, as he and Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt cruised into the semi finals of the glamour event of the Games.

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