I’ve been reading right-wing media - not all the time, because the point of the exercise is understanding and past a point it just breeds exhaustion. But my impression is that the way right-wing media interprets the protests and the outrage and the fear and anger at Trump’s presidency is something like this:
The left won a lot of battles in a row, and they got used to winning every fight they got into, so they picked fights that they couldn’t possibly really care about, just to grind our faces in the dirt. And then they lost! And we won! And they are handling this with immature hysteria and obstructionism and riots, and we basically have to wade through them to put the country back on the rails, and where we fail it’s their fault and where we succeed it proves that they’re ineffectual and intellectually bankrupt and have no tactics beyond crying and complaining and calling people racist. And they’re complaining about things they were fine with under Obama so they’re not actually sincere anyway. And they still have a stranglehold nearly everywhere, but maybe now people’ll start to see through them and we’ll have a chance to roll it back.)
(Some examples of fights we ‘couldn’t possibly really care about’: making employers cover health care plans that included contraception coverage, making bakers bake wedding cakes for gay people, letting trans people use restrooms of their choice.)
And the presence of the narrative imposes a sort of filter, where things you do that make sense within it, or reinforce it, don’t get seen by half the country. Sometimes that doesn’t matter. But sometimes it really does; sometimes I want to be able to talk to the people who voted for Trump and be heard and be understood to be saying what I’m actually saying and not just ‘blah blah liberals won and won and won and can’t handle losing and are going to call you racist no matter what racist racist racist’.
So, obviously, I think this narrative is unfair in many, many ways. But what I’m really interested in right now is, what could a person do or say in order to slip past the narrative? Because it’s, well, encompassing - narratives usually are. Peaceful protests fit into the ‘the left is all bluster and whining’ arm of it and violent protests fit into ‘the left is a danger’ arm of it and no protests fit into the ‘we are the silent majority’ arm of it. And there are battles which really are worth fighting but which are trivial and silly to people sufficiently removed from them, like fights over letting trans people use public restrooms.
But narratives are not all-encompassing - the vocal opposition of Senator McCain to Trump’s conduct doesn’t fit into it at all, the conservative judges overturning Trump’s executive orders doesn’t fit into it very well, the testimony of veterans about why their translators saved their lives and deserve the opportunity to live here which they were promised doesn’t fit into it.
Those are, of course, all examples of conservatives who can challenge the narrative by already having credibility within it. I can’t think of a great way for a liberal to establish that credibility - emphasizing that you understand why they believe the things they believe was tried very loudly during the campaign, and I think it mostly totally failed (both at establishing that, and at going from ‘we understand each other’ to ‘the filter you’re seeing me through isn’t capturing what I want and what I actually want is reasonable and comprehensible and human’.)
I feel like one important project of the next few months is figuring out how to communicate past the filter, how to say things that aren’t easily sorted into the narrative, and how to build from there enough trust that our concerns and fear and anger are heard as concern and fear and anger, instead of being easy to round off as ‘they lost and they’re sore losers’. I want past the filter. I want to be able to make myself understood. And I do still think that there’s some way that can be achieved.
Yesterday, my community had an off/off year election for many of its elected officials, including the two mayors of our respective twin cities. The results suggest a way we might stop the Trumpian wave and regain progressive momentum.
Two things about our local results stood out for me. First, more students than usual participated in the election. (Still not a lot, but more is better than less.) If you can bring young people into the process, traditional campaign demographic change, usually in ways that favor more progressive candidates.
Second, liberal and progressive candidates in this area bound themselves together and promoted each other. They sent out flyers; they talked each other up at events. (I live in a VERY Republican area.) They ran for offices no Democrat had run for in 40+ years.
And it appeared to work. Liberal and progressive candidates won lots of the available seats, including some no Democrat had even tried to win in decades.
This is a good first step. One cannot beat the Trumpist vulgarians by blogging. You have to engage i grassroots politicking, politicking that changes the political calculus for higher officials.
So, this was a beginning. It’s not enough: not by a country mile.
are Andrew Weaver's recent tweets/replies as awkward as they feel to me or??
They are. Here’s some of them:
Andrew Weaver (BC Green Party leader) is an arrogant asshole. He’s a party leader and he’s smearing citizens (he was accusing people who support teachers as NDP partisans), attacking other political leaders, name calling, blatantly lying (saying the NDP was absent during the 2014 teachers strike when they were actively there).
This isn’t even going into the Green candidate’s offensive MLK speech (and Weaver’s defence of that candidate’s racist caricature); another Green saying that he wasn’t concerned if the BC Liberals won the election, and comments surfacing that show Andrew Weaver has been making disrespectful comments towards teachers.
The BC Greens are a complete mess this election. If I was a Green supporter I’d have a hard time defending them after this week.
For years, conservatives have been telling us that a healthy business-friendly economy depends on low taxes, few regulations, and low wages. Are they right?
We’ve had an experiment going on here in the United States that provides an answer.
At the one end of the scale are Kansas and Texas, with among the nation’s lowest taxes, least regulations, and lowest wages.
At the other end is California, featuring among the nation’s highest taxes, especially on the wealthy; lots of regulations, particularly when it comes to the environment; and high wages.
So according to conservative doctrine, Kansas and Texas ought to be booming, and California ought to be in the pits.
Actually, it’s just the opposite. For years now, Kansas’s rate of economic growth has been the worst in the nation. Last year its economy actually shrank. Texas hasn’t been doing all that much better. Its rate of job growth has been below the national average. Retail sales are way down. The value of Texas exports has been dropping.
But what about so-called over-taxed, over-regulated, high-wage California? California leads the nation in the rate of economic growth — more than twice the national average. In other words, conservatives have it exactly backwards.
So why are Kansas and Texas doing so badly? And California so well?
Because taxes enable states to invest in their people – their education and skill-training, great research universities that spawn new industries and attract talented innovators and inventors worldwide, and modern infrastructure.
That’s why California is the world center of high-tech, entertainment, and venture capital.
Kansas and Texas haven’t been investing nearly to the same extent.
California also provides services to a diverse population including many who are attracted to California because of its opportunities.
And California’s regulations protect the public health and the state’s natural beauty, which also draws people to the state – including talented people who could settle anywhere.
Wages are high in California because the economy is growing so fast employers have to pay more for workers. And that’s not a bad thing. After all, the goal isn’t just growth. It’s a high standard of living.
Now in fairness, Texas’s problems are also linked to the oil bust. But that’s really no excuse because Texas has failed to diversify its economy. And here again, it hasn’t made adequate investments.
California is far from perfect. A housing shortage has been driving rents and home prices into the stratosphere. And roads are clogged. Much more needs to be done.
But overall, the contrast is clear. Economic success depends on tax revenues that go into public investments, and regulations that protect the environment and public health. And true economic success results in high wages.
So the next time you hear a conservative say “low taxes, few regulations, and low wages are the keys to economic business-friendly success, just remember Kansas, Texas, and California.
so apparently at some point in time there was Avatar: the Last Airbender Discourse and
what ??????? was it even about????????! like I’m just imagining “aang is too liberal because he won’t kill the fire lord.” “zuko has firebender privilege.” “sokka is the embodiment of toxic masculinity and if you like him you’re a misogynist.”
This probably won't go anywhere but the American people should start demanding a process to recall the president.
This seems like a good idea in the age of Trump, but could you have imagined what would have happened with something like this during the Obama Presidency.
This would likely lead to a constant rehashing of elections, with the United States never having a stable government. Most elections are close, with the loser coming only a few percentage points away from winning. In only two elections since 1992 has the President received more than 50% of the popular vote (both were Obama). With almost half, or in some cases more than half, the country voting against the President in the election, how could the presidential seat ever remain filled with a process for recall in light of the current partisan environment?
Why do people act like Somalis aren’t liberators? Why do they choose to ignore our work in liberation and decolonizing our lands and minds? We were one of the first African Nations to not only be liberated, but to wage open War with Britain. We went to war with Italy, and Britain. And won.
We fought for our liberation, won, and turned around and fought for the liberation of other Africans.
We helped liberate Kenya, don’t act that didn’t happen without Somalis. We were one of the few nations vocal from the beginning of the liberation of South Africa, sad to know they still have their colonizers on their lands.
We fought for the liberation of Nigeria, and Algeria.
Even during the European slave trade we fought them on enslaving and shipping Africans off our port. We put our bodies and lives on the line for African liberation fronts.
We help protect our neighbors from European Colonizers.
During the Civil Rights movement and Liberation movements in American we were vocal about Black Americans Liberation. In fact we sent Somalis to America to learn and help Black Americans on their Liberation fronts. Somali Women held rallies and protest and did ground work on the campaign of freeing Angela Davis.
We also helped Liberate djibouti from France. We campaigned for them. Once they were liberated, we didn’t force them to rejoin Somalia, but let them chose their own fate for independence.
But majority of them are ethnically Somali tho…. Ayyy.
We were for heritage and culture preservations. We even Fought African Imperialists like Ethiopia. Fought for our peoples Liberation in Ogadenia. We have been vocal about the Liberation of Ogadenia and Oromiya.
We were one of the first African, and one First Nations to have Women Fighter pilots in the 70s. We had women in the military. We made equatable laws for women’s civil rights. We had equal pay for all genders. This is Somalia in the 70s, and 80s.
We fought American Imperialism in 90s while were going through a Civil War. And won. Think about that. We were fighting each other, going through a ravaging war, stopped to turn around and deal with America. Beat their ass, recorded it for the media to play around the world so these American Imperialists couldn’t pretend like it didn’t happen and went about our way without breaking a sweat. We did that it days, not weeks or months. But in days. Americans love to make us out to be savage Africans. But they were on our sovereign lands, and we had every right to treat them like an unwelcome enemy. Were we Brutal, sure. But brutality is served when brutality is received. Especially with an enemy that has no morals. They went home cry because they met a real adversary, and they weren’t gonna do us like they did to Iran, and later Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
We are ruthless with our enemies. Especially with western imperialists, and every time y'all are surprised by that.
Captain Phillips was bullshit. These so called, “Somali Pirates” fought against Imperialism, and against Capitalism. Those fisherman were fighting for their communities.
Westerns, Asian, and Arab nations were stealing from our Ocean, then dumping toxic materials into it, using our Ocean for military positions etc. All without our permission. They stole from our fishermen, and communities whose only sources of food was coming from the Somali sea. They starved those communities. Several towns Economy was tied to that Sea. When they dumped toxins and waste into our sea, our people got sick. People were being Poisoned, similar to what is STILL happening in Flint, Michigan. Many Somalis got cancer because of the toxins dumped in our sea. No one was doing anything about this.
So we took up arms against our enemies who refused our calls to cease what they were doing. They mad because we “pirated ships”, aka we took what was ours. They were making billions from our ocean, and we weren’t seeing any of that money. Of course, Western countries got mad as if we weren’t doing the same to them thieving Arabs and Asians. Like how dare we fight for ourselves.
That’s the thing about us we are willing to die for our people and lands. If we are defeated, a thousand more Somalis will take our place. We just about that life.
We’ve been saying Black Lives Matter for centuries. So y'all need to stop sleeping on Somalis, and many of y'all like to erase our blackness.
Learn the History in Africa, and the diaspora, then asks yourself this,
Where would African Liberation Movements be without Somalia in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s?
A lot of the movements in ending institutional racism in Europe, Canada, and Australia is done by a majority Somali community. Think on that.
However, we are also not free from anti blackness and colorism. For example the treatment and abuse Somali Bantus have endured for centuries is a cloud over Somalia’s history in fighting anti blackness.
Sadly, aside from white supremacy, a far greater supremacy affects us the most. Arab Supremacy, which is the root of modern Somalis anti blackness, and internalized racism.
Our Moto is:
We Somali first
And then Muslim
Let me tell you guys about the absolutely bonkers election my province had last night.
Why is it bonkers, you ask? Because we still don’t know what government we got out of it.
So for a party to form a majority government, they have to have at least 44 seats in the legislature. A majority government means the ruling party holds more than 50% of the seats, and can therefore make any decision they want without being hindered by the other parties. A minority government means the ruling party has fewer than 50% of the seats, and therefore has to convince the other parties to vote with them if they want to get anything done.
British Columbia hasn’t had a minority government since 1952, because we don’t do things by halves out here on the West Coast. Until last night, apparently.
So, the magic number is 44, right? The Liberal party “won” with 43 seats, the New Democrats got 41, and the Green Party got the last 3. On paper it looks close, but clearly a minority win for the Liberals, right? Oh no. Because at least three of those seats are so closely contested that they will almost definitely change.
How close you say?
Nine. Frigging. Votes. What the FUCK BC.
So it’ll take a few weeks to sort out absentee votes and recounts, but since there are SO MANY ridings that are THIS close, literally in two weeks we could be looking at:
A Liberal majority
A Liberal minority
An NDP minority OR
An NDP majority
And nobody knows for sure what it’s gonna be! Any of these outcomes is statistically possible! Some are more plausible, obviously, but the fact that such a wide range of possibilities is still on the table the day after an election is nuts.
But anyway, you probably don’t live here and don’t really care about the ultimate outcome of this bizarre situation. But next time an election is coming up in your area, ask yourself whether you could be one of the nine people who decides the enormous difference in the future of a government. Hell, see if you can convince eight of your friends to go vote with you. Maybe you and your buds can topple the government and then go grab a beer later.
my personal favorite thing is when liberals are like “hillary won the popular vote by 3 million votes but its all jill stein’s fault” like u LITERALLY identified the main issue with how the united states elects the president but yeah sure go ahead a blame it on the 1% of votes that went to the green party and not your horrendous fucking candidate lmfao
June is Pride Month, and as you might imagine, it’s a pretty big deal in Hipster Liberal Portland, OR:
I won’t be able to go this year, but I went last year with a friend, and it was super fun! I loved seeing everyone dressed up, sometimes in attire that wouldn’t be “socially acceptable”; I feel like Pride is when people really get to express themselves however they want. There were educational booths on sex positivity and performances by the gay men’s choir and it was a good time. I got Hello Kitty painted on my face :)
Of course, the purpose of Pride Month is to honor the Stonewall riots. Especially in this political climate, it’s so important to remember the members of the LGBTQ+ community who’ve died due to hate. A few months back, I read an article that criticized how Pride has become a “party for straight teens”–while it’s lovely to celebrate being true to ourselves, I don’t ever want to forget all of those who bled for the queer rights movement.
Anyhow, I’ll wrap up this post by setting a goal. Recently, I’ve come to realize that I’m still running away from myself. I haven’t dated another girl since my first girlfriend (over four years ago, so, um, it’s been a while)–every time I met a cute girl at MIT, my brain would go into this automatic damage-control routine of nope, she’s straight, let’s not go there nope nope. So my goal is, while I’m in Paris this summer, to go to some lesbian venues and learn how to flirt, dammit. (I just realized this is going to be very difficult, because my French is awful.)
Your thing about the NYT/sapiosexuals killed me. The NYT was where I got the majority of my news (I lean liberal) but I've always felt the same way about them. I feel like there are no news sources I want to get my news from. The Dream: A news source written by super smart people where every article is written with two opposing sides so that everyone can at least understand the other side's perspective even if they disagree.
Yeah, I pretty much only rely on the NYT for arts/culture stuff, book and film reviews, etc.
the washington post is still mostly tolerable/respectable, as is NPR and The Guardian, if you’re looking for news sources that lean liberal but won’t make you want to tear your skin off
there is no escaping liberal ideology. it’s the bedrock of our society. everything is shaped according to liberalism. denouncing radicals won’t change that ur surrounded by propaganda everywhere u go and in everything u do. even getting ur morning coffee is a politicized action. better to embrace that reality than deny it, because even when someone critically thinks their way into liberal ideology they’ve got a huge helping hand from the entire world around em
About the Curb Your Conservatism video, the first two guys were the conservative and hyperconservative candidates and they got 10,000 votes between them, and the lady, who's the liberal candidate, overwhelmingly won the election