fatalle nation

Book idea

I’ve been seriously considering writing a book comparing the rise of the Far Right in the US, Europe, and Japan to reactionary nerd culture culminating in shit like Gamergate.  I mean you see patterns, a previously privileged group who define themselves strongly with a certain identity are consistently screwed over by large corporate powers.  At the same time the previous homogeneous group is finding itself exposed to more diversity from historically oppressed groups, specifically women and minorities, who have bene there the whole time but are only now getting the self confident to insert themselves in to the larger group.  This scares the privileged group, and that fear is compounded by the 2008 economic crash and subsequent economic chaos.  Rather than fighting against the corporations, they blame women, minorities, and ‘outsiders’ for all of the problems in their life.  They embrace a mix of bigotry, anti-intellectualism and conspiracy theories so hard that they move the overton window and start to create their own alternate reality, since anything factual utterly disproves their world.  Hyperbole, paranoia, and militant extremisms consume the movement until it starts to destroy the entire culture it previously was a part of, and forces everybody to comfort the underlying tensions that had been there for decades or centuries.  The whole time this is encouraged by a sort of nihilist killing joke culture that dwells in 4chan and is so entirely detached from consequences or basic sympathy they either don’t know or care what kind of damage they do.  

If I could ever get the free time and startup capital I could make this happen, you could find a lot of value comparing Gamergate and similar movements to the Nationalist movements of Europe and the entire notion of Nerd Persecution. You could also go into what happens when Social justice becomes a culture.  

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April 13th 1919: Jallianwala Bagh massacre

On this day in 1919, the Jallianwala Bagh massacre occurred in the Jallianwala Bagh public garden in the Indian city of Amritsar in the Punjab region. The gathered crowd were non-violent Indian nationalists - protesting British conscription of Indians and heavy war tax - and pilgrims celebrating the holiday of Baisakhi. Fifty British soldiers, under the leadership of Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, opened fire on the gathering; Dyer told his men to shoot to kill. The Jallianwala Bagh garden had only a few narrow entrances, and the stampedes to flee at these narrow pathways caused a number of additional deaths. A curfew was in place, and thus no-one could attend to the wounded, who were left to die overnight. The British Raj claimed 379 fatalities, but the Indian National Congress put the figure much higher at around 1,000. The brutality of the unwarranted attack, and initial praise for Dyer from the British government, caused outrage in India. The massacre seemed emblematic of the issues of rule by a foreign power, and the tragic incident is seen as an important step on the path to Indian independence.

washingtonpost.com
Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide
A Post analysis reveals about 2.6 fatal police shootings a day in 2015, nearly twice the rate reported by the FBI in the past decade — a statistic based on incomplete data from police agencies.
By https://www.facebook.com/wesley.lowery.9

385 in 5 months

16% were unarmed

25% were identified as mentally ill

about half of the cases were complex social situations and domestic disturbance calls.

While over half the fatal shooting victims were white, 2/3 of Hispanic and Black victims were unarmed.

When adjusted for demographics, black men and women were killed ad 3x the rate of all other races.