right wing rhetoric

Misinformation isn’t ignorance.

It’s not about what the people in charge understand, but about what they can get away with by playing on their supporters’ fears & hatreds & lack of previous knowledge & distrusts.

The point of a claim like “Obamacare is in a death spiral because it makes healthy people subsidize the sick” is not to be true, it’s to link up Scary Black “Liberals” with (healthy people’s) fear of losing money with the *presupposition* that it’s failing in scary ways.

It’s fear, fear, fear. Same feeling evoked in each part of the statement. That’s how POETRY works, frens, not communication of information, that’s the level this is working on. Deep, strong, convincing, because the connections it makes are not conscious ones. Note that humans are primarily pattern matchers/makers, especially in fight or fight situations, and also will follow/trust authorities more when scared. 

If an authority says something that’s scary enough, and is confident enough that they can make it safe again, people will doubt themselves rather than the authority. This is how human brains work: we convince ourselves we always agreed, and retcon our own thoughts to match. And that’s how you radicalize a population.

Now consider that a big part of the Republican strategy for like 30 years has been talk about wars on everything, and specifically about being under attack and persecuted. To make their base terrified of so-called Libruls & their war on Christmas, Marriage, Life, The American Way, etc. Of anything foreign, anything UnAmerican.

Oh and keep quietly shifting the boundary of Librul further right, too slow to notice at any given moment. Anyone who responds with scorn is an enemy agent.

Putting in the “scariest” of the “alternative facts” as a presupposition is fucking genius; presuppositions are extra hard to challenge because they’re presented as so universally known they don’t even need to be separately stated. So the person who didn’t know it before is even more scared because they were previously ignorant of the scary thing everyone else obviously knew already. Scared = further trust of the authority that did know.

“Which is why [falsehood]” is always phrasing to watch for; it’s super dangerous.

This is not ignorance. It’s reality-optional power brokering. And very very good at saying the words that get the effects they want from the people they want, over *decades* while we run off in the wrong direction entirely trying to fix their ignorance with facts that’ll just read as further evidence of persecution.

I mean yes fact-checks and pointing out lies are important but they’re so, so far from sufficient. It’s not going to stop “Well I didn’t vote for them but at least they’re doing things!” and it’s not going to stop that position from turning into lockstep over a few years. (what is memory who knows why the previous lot didn’t get stuff done surely it wasn’t people like Paul Ryan who caused that I mean look he’s getting stuff done it’s only Libruls who are divisive)

And I am no good at all at figuring out how to counter this sort of thing, and I’m terrified, but I *can* at least analyze it so yeah have a 3:30am tumblrpost from yr friendly cognitive linguist/semanticist.

anonymous asked:

How popular is Salvini right now? Is there a risk of him winning?

nah salvini is too much of a dumb extremist and only appeals to a specific extreme right wing rhetoric. he is not gonna win anything.

on the other side, the five star movement, which is pretty much salvini lite these days (as in, about the same ideas just very diluted and presented in a way that makes it sound like WE PROTEST CORRUPTION and so grabs protest votes also from leftists) has extremely good chances of winning the elections regardless of them being painfully and obviously inadequate so worry about them, not about salvini D:

Remember this next time you’re in a stupid political argument

What if


just maybe

that person you’re arguing with doesn’t believe what you think they do, didn’t do what you thought they did, didn’t say what you thought they said, and you made it mean something it didn’t

yung-loogy  asked:

It's really telling that when someone's best defense for being called a piece of shit is "Well I have the RIGHT to be a piece of shit."

That’s actually one of the consistent threads you’ll find in right-wing rhetoric, from inappropriateness all the way up to hate speech.

Immigrants should be in your house -- right now

We’ve made a lot of strides in on-screen diversity in the last couple of years. However, one thing I need to see from TV right now, in this time when immigrants are being demonized just for existing – is more fucking immigrants. Look, I’m biased as fuck, because I grew up as a little immigrant kid, and you know you’re different from your friends, and that your family is different from your friends’ families, but you don’t know how to appreciate the gift of living and growing in two cultures yet. However, it’s honestly not about little kids seeing reflections of themselves on the TV screen right now – it’s about potato small-town midwesterners. whom the right wing has deemed “real Americans,” seeing immigrants on their screens as characters that they root for. 

I want immigrant characters on every show – characters whose cultural background is an important part of them, but isn’t necessarily part of their plot. I want to see immigrants who are naturalized citizens and immigrants who are undocumented. I want to see immigrants who have accents and immigrants who moved as children and speak with the same California burn or Southern drawl around them. I want to see refugees, years after they’ve calmly settled into their new communities, living their lives. 

I want to see first generation kids who were raised bicultural – Latinx characters like my coworkers, who speak perfect English and switch into perfect Spanish to share chisme; Chinese-American characters like the kids I went to school with, who visited their grandparents in China every break and went to Chinese school on weekends. I want to see first generation kids who don’t feel connected to their family’s culture at all – ones who feels sad about it, and ones who don’t. 

I want to see immigrants whose families left their mother countries to escape religious oppression or to seek economic opportunity, immigrants who came to the US for school and stayed for love, immigrants who liked the idea of America’s wide-open skies, immigrants here from want and from necessity. I want, selfishly, for once in my life, to see something represent that a hell of a lot more Russian and Eastern-European immigrants are engineers (many of whom are here on H1-B visas…) and doctors than trafficked sex-workers, assassins, and mobsters. 

I grew up in one of the most diverse places in this country, surrounded by families living every possible version of the immigrant experience, including my own. Immigration is only one story in a life full of them. If more people who find themselves swayed by right wing, nativist rhetoric could see more immigrant stories that aren’t about immigration, but the ordinary, extraordinary American life that comes after, they wouldn’t be so afraid. 

Demand immigrant representation in all your media – it literally doesn’t have to change anything about the story, but it does add depth to characters AND help to humanize a vast, diverse group of people who apparently terrify a lot of U.S. voters. 

there’s a weird sort of parallel to how the frankfurt school was mythologized by the far right and how the illuminati were mythologized by the far right? in both cases they were basically just a short-lived but influential community of social theorists which wrote some extremely good left-wing theory, who were then exaggerated into these sinister boogeymen in the imagination of the far right.

i wouldn’t be surprised if within 20-40 years or so the right-wing rhetoric about the frankfurt school has reached the same feverishly exaggerated absurdity as the rhetoric about the illuminati, and right-wingers start claiming the frankfurt school literally controls the world.


The good thing Marvel TRIED to do….

….and how the ham-handed handling turned it into an EPIC FAIL.

Since its’ early days, back around WWII, Marvel has always snuck politically and socially relevant issues into its’ comics.

Back around the 1940’s, it was the creation of Captain America as a steadfast hero, fighting against the evils of Nazi Germany.

These days, it is the rise of right-wing political movements, often of a fascist bent, such as the tea party or the republicans following Donald Trump, or Pegida in Germany.

The difference between the 1940s and today is that the “enemy” is no longer an outsider. These days, it is our neighbours, our co-workers and the people who we thought were our political allies that we need to be wary of and take a closer look at.

People we felt comfortable and “at home” with….until now.

Pretty recently, things such as the “Black Lives Matter” movement, the European refugee crisis and the legalization of gay marriage have become the center of public discourse. In the wake of these, many of us have been surprised by seeing people we thought we knew spout racist or homophobic or islamophobic slogans with immense vitriol, something that has come as a rude awakening to many.

(Hell, a friend of mine spent days going through her social media accounts during the refugee crisis here in Germany, cursing a blue streak as she unfriended strings people she had been mutuals with for ages, but which she needed to cut out of her life, due to the right-wing, anti-refugee rhetoric they had started spouting.)

The problem of course, ISN’T that this development is NEW or that it is something which has come completely out of the blue.

The problem is that the roots for all of this hatred, all of this bigotry, have always lurked at the foundation of our societies.

We have only been very much in denial about it.

Or, as the cap of Krystal Lake, a Home Depot employee recently proclaimed (and rightly so):

“America was never great.”

In that sense, taking something we know and love, something we thought was safe and good, and turning it into something threatening and vile?

Certainly reflects current global socio-political developments, and might be considered as much of a call to arms as the original Captain America in the 40s was.

And going by what Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort recently said in an interview with Time magazine, this IS what Marvel has been going for here:

“…..why Hydra’s rhetoric sounds an awful lot like that of a certain presidential candidate.”

Hello Donald Trump.

“In the comic the Red Skull of Hydra talks about “criminal trespassers” who “make a mockery” of America’s borders and calls the refugees in Germany an “invading army” bringing “fanatical beliefs and crime” to Europe. Obviously, this hate speech is nothing new for the organization, but it sounds like rhetoric we’ve been hearing this election. […]We try to write comics in 2016 that are about the world and the zeitgeist of 2016, particularly in Captain America.[…] So we can talk about political issues in a metaphoric way.”

Hello Republican Party, Hello islamophobia and racism, Hello Pegida, AfD, Front National….

There should be a feeling of horror or unsettledness at the idea that somebody like this can secretly be part of this organization. There are perfectly normal people in the world who you would interact with on a professional level or personal level, and they seem like the salt of the earth but then it turns out they have some horrible secret — whether it’s that they don’t like a certain group of people or have bodies buried in their basement.”

Hello usually nice and friendly people in the neighbourhood that you have exchanged recipes with during a cook-out, and who turned into frothing at the mouth assholes when a local gym was converted into a temporary refugee shelter.

Captain America turning into a Hydra sleeper-agent is basically Marvel saying “Maybe we as a society have spent too much time patting ourselves on the back, congratulating ourselves on how good we’ve been doing, fighting evil elsewhere, but all the while ignoring the rot deep in our midst.”

And yeah, that’s definitely a conversation worth having.


Marvel has overlooked some REALLY important things which are now effectively blocking the conversation they wanted to have AND they badly hurt fans in the process.

For one, in order to muster the energy to care at all, people need HOPE.

People need ONE good thing to believe in (minimum).

Because if there is nothing in the world that is good…..why bother fighting at all?

For many, to some extent, the embodiment of that hope is Steve Rogers.

Not just Captain America….no.


He is the one who keeps us believing that there is good in the world, that there is something out there worth living and worth fighting for, that there is good in us.

And Marvel just took that shining beacon of hope away.

So why should we still care?

The answer is: we don’t.

And above all, we’re hurt and royally pissed that something that was so precious to many of us got taken away.

And sorry Marvel, grieving and bloody furious people?

NOT in the mood to start a deep reaching dialogue on current socio-political developments.

The second mistake Marvel made was treating Hydra like a blank slate that they could use at will to serve as a stand-in for the harmful politics and ideologies we face today.

And in theory, this could have worked. If you go by their history, Hydra is an organization that infiltrates whatever other organization it needs to in order to further their own power, like a parasite.

The problem is, to most people, HYDRA is NOT a blank slate.

Hydra in the comics might not have originated as a Nazi organization, and they might not have been following Nazi ideology for decades either, but thanks to the fact that some of their leaders, like the Red Skull DID originate as bona fide Nazis, (almost) everybody and their aunt still SEES them as Nazis.

To many Marvel fans, Cap’s fight against Hydra is a very important symbol for the fight against anti-semitism and racism, and it has been for such a long time, sometimes for more than one generation of their families, that Hydra’s actual ideology doesn’t matter to them.

And yes, Marvel has made attempts in the past to turn Hydra into a more generic villain, but due to how deeply entrenched the sentiment that Hydra = Nazis is, those efforts did not take…..and it seems Marvel has been completely oblivious to this fact.

Sorry, but you as the writers and editors for a comic, you might very well mean one thing….but all of that does not amount to jack shit if the majority of your readers and the rest of the world don’t perceive it that way.

Marvel would have needed to take a helluva lot more time and invest a ton more in effort in order to turn Hydra into the blank slate it would have needed.

AND they would have had to give people something else to serve as a worthy symbol and rallying point for the fight against anti-semitism and racism, but sadly, the representation for both is sadly lacking up to date. Black prominent heroes are few and far between and jewish ones are even rarer.

So sorry Marvel, but you CAN’T get people to think about the swing to the extreme right in western politics, about Trump and Pegida and all the other skeletons that have come crawling out of our collective closet as long as the first and only thing that most people think when they hear “Hydra” is “Nazi”.

Yes Marvel, you might have been well-intentioned and the things you wanted to start a conversation about ARE something we as a society need to talk about.

But the ham-handed, tone-deaf and totally oblivious approach you took will make sure that NONE of this really gets through to people.

Now go and fix this.

Stop implying that people have to be mentally ill to support fascists or right-wing extremist rhetoric or to engage in oppressive speech or behavior. Stop saying that racist rhetoric is “psychotic” or “crazy”. This directly contributes to the stigma regarding people with certain mental illnesses or symptoms. We absolutely need to call out this type of rhetoric and behavior, but we can do that without using language that demonizes people with mental illnesses for no reason.

[Note: felt compelled to edit this post (the original version contained the word “paranoid” along with “psychotic” and “crazy”) after it was pointed out to me that “paranoia” can be used to describe certain types of racist behavior and that this usage is not meant to evoke the clinical usage of the term. This is absolutely true, and something I hadn’t considered when initially making the post.]

Bernie’s biggest obstacle to the White House is the defeatist attitude of an electorate that is constantly being told by big money that big money is the only factor in winning elections – “How can Bernie get anywhere against the money and power of Hillary?” we keep hearing. He could save the middle class but his policies don’t attract corporate or billionaire political donations, so we’re supposed to think that it’s hopeless.

Thank goodness that gloomy attitude didn’t prevail in New England a couple hundred years ago when the big money and all the power was in the hands of King George and his empire. Imagine if the patriots had read more press about the hopelessness of their campaign.

There will be those – certainly some in my neighborhood – who will interpret Bernie’s calls for political change as evidence of commie plots to enslave us all. It won’t be anything new: right-wing rhetoric has been demonizing the left for the last 40 years. But this time, rather than stock up on ammunition, jerky and canned beans to survive the coming Communist hordes, we might think about giving Bernie’s style of socialism a chance. I like living in a democracy and the idea of a government – whether big or small – that works for me instead of against me sounds appealing. Don’t you feel it? That’s the Bern.

Ebola was a scare tactic used by opportunistic Republicans. The government responded appropriately, despite all the right wing rhetoric, and “we the people” came together to solve the situation.

We’re not allowed to be scared. If we point out attacks in France, attacks in MENA, rising right-wing rhetoric, then we need to calm down. It isn’t the thirties any more, after all- all that kind of thing’s over. And goyim quote Never Again and are so smug, so confident if they were around back then they’d be on the right side of history, and close their eyes to everything that’s happening around them.

So apparently a number of people on Tumblr have decided recently that posts saying things like, “bi women are still bi, regardless of the gender of their partner” and “bi women in relationships with men are still wlw” and “hey, we get it, bi women in relationships with men often feel isolated from lgbtq+ communities, so here’s some positivity to remind you that you’re still one of us” and “heads up, some of those ‘shout out to bi women who prefer women’ posts were made by gatekeeping biphobic non-bi people and aren’t all that positive” are lesb / ophobic and, amazingly, “basically the same as right-wing Christian rhetoric.” I’ve seen claims that the “mainstream bi community” on Tumblr “prioritizes men” or “centers straight relationships.”

I don’t know what these people are seeing on their dash, and maybe it’s completely different from what I’m seeing, somehow. But the bi bloggers I know ALL share these posts alongside posts that say things like, “bi women in relationships with women, your sapphic love is beautiful” and “wlw never need to feel ashamed for finding girls attractive because we don’t have the male gaze and never will.”

But even if that weren’t the case, bi people talking about our own experiences and making positivity posts for different subsets of our community is not automatically dismissive of or harmful to other groups. Bi women making positivity posts for bi women are not hurting bi men or lesb / ians. Bi women who make positivity posts for bi women in relationships with men are not hurting bi women in relationships with women.

It’s absolutely necessary to consider whether some voices are being drowned out or ignored, and to think critically about who benefits from the type of positivity posts that get widely circulated. Trans and non binary bi people, bi people of color, and bi ace people, for example, experience multiple kinds of marginalization and we need to be careful not to contribute to that marginalization when we write and share uplifting posts. Bi women in relationships with women experience particular kinds of biphobia and homophobia, and it’s vital to discuss that and to support the people who face those challenges. Maybe this is a conversation that isn’t being had or isn’t being heard, and if that’s the case, that’s something we need to change.

However, what I’m seeing right now sounds nearly identical to the same old biphobic, misogynistic “basically straight” rhetoric that violently excludes some bi women from support communities and deliberately ignores their struggles with biphobia and homophobia (some of which are the same as those experienced by bi women in relationships with women, and some of which are different). Talking about how bi women’s experiences differ based on the gender of their current partner is not biphobic. However, encouraging some bi women to talk less about their own experiences, or to be less positive about them - that is silencing, and it IS biphobic. Bi women in relationships with men are still bi, and we maintain our right to speak in the bi community alongside bi women in relationships with women, bi women in relationships with non binary people, and bi women who are not in relationships at all. It’s honestly difficult to see resistance to this assertion as anything other than a belief that bi women in relationships with men are “basically straight” and are thus talking over “actual LBPQ women” when we speak about our relationships and experiences.

Hillary Takes Knocks At Bernie and His Supporters

“I want you to think about this,” Clinton said, addressing young voters. “It can’t be just about what we’re going to give to you. It has to be about we’re going to build together. Your generation is the most tolerant and connected our country has ever seen. In the days ahead, we will propose new ways for more Americans to get involved in national service and give back to our communities because every one of us has a role to play in building the future we want.”

What we’re going to GIVE you? Hillary is using right wing rhetoric regarding “free things”, totally losing her credibility. We have taxes to pay for programs we need. Higher education and reduced student debt are needs for the generation you are patronizing. Also, why does it have to connected with national service? Why can’t it just be lower cost or free education if you have good grades? ‘Most tolerant’ does not mean you can treat young people poorly and expect them to be OK with it. It’s another example of Hillary telling young Americans to temper their aspirations and dreams. 

Shorter Hillary: I will give you half of what you need, but I am going to make you work your ass for it. [Look what Bill Clinton did with welfare reform in 1996]


there’s an entire subsection of internet dedicated to editing ultra right-wing rhetoric onto pictures of the grumpy old lady from hallmark in mspaint

vintagebitch  asked:

it seemed like u were dissing veterans in the comic and honestly that's not cool. they work hard for our country's freedom and defend us.

I didn’t post that comic as a method of “dissing” veterans. It was meant as commentary on the actual title of Veterans Day and how it, in my opinion, was unnecessarily changed from Armistice Day. Armistice Day was a hallowed anniversary because it was supposed to protect future life from future wars. Veterans Day, instead, celebrates “heroes” and encourages others to dream of playing the hero themselves, covering themselves in valor. 

And what are you talking about “defend us”? Last time I checked this country has a rich history of being the offenders and occupiers. Please keep you’re right-wing rhetoric off my blog.

So finally I want to ask you: How do soldiers killing each other solve the world’s problems?

It’s such a common right-wing rhetorical tactic to appeal to the idea that identifying and attempting to resolve social problems is actually just an attempt at fabricating social problems in order to “create divisions”.

That’s what’s at the root of colorblind racism: the belief that racism isn’t a problem, and that the assertion that it is does nothing beyond “tear us apart” and “keep us divided.” It’s also a tactic used by Phyllis Schlafly towards feminist movements: she created that narrative that feminists like Betty Friedan have “convinced” housewives that they’re unhappy with their roles, instead of simply pointing out existing dissatisfaction. It’s also visible with “outside agitator” rhetoric, such as criticism of people like Al Sharpton for “stirring the pot” (as a Facebook comment I saw yesterday put it).

That’s an integral mechanism for the continued existence of oppressive social structures: challenging the status quo for its flaws is seen as the fabrication of flaws, and identifying forces that divide people is seen as creating division. Not only does this invalidate the experiences of marginalized people, it actively ignores them so as to replace their actual opinions with the assumption that they’re all happy.

Pointing out that society is divided is the first step in rectifying said divisions. A bullet has to be removed from a wound before the wound can heal.