tragedy in progress

[…]history is looking less like an arc tending towards justice and more like a series of cycles: from enlightenment and progress, through a crash, war or disaster, back to superstition and authoritarianism. It is a grave mistake to miss the signs, to parry anxieties with confident assumptions that once progress has been made it cannot be unmade.
Establishment Democrats’ tendency to punch left ignores that progressives, not moderate Democrats, are the ones who individually and collectively mobilize against fascism. Centrists have traditionally denigrated and attacked protesters—if not ignored them completely. From the Occupy Wall Street movement to the water protectors standing up to the Dakota Access pipeline, to the counter-protests against white supremacists, and the nurses and activists fighting for single-payer health care in California and across the country, the purveyors of the Bernie Bros and alt-left myth are nowhere to be found.

ShareBlue, a centrist outlet, did not run a single story on the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Neera Tanden, Markos Moulitsas, and DNC Chair Tom Perez never tweeted or otherwise mentioned the protests. Meanwhile, a militarized police and security force terrorized Native Americans at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. Instead of embracing movements like Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, anti-fa, or organizing against racism, social injustice, and oppression, centrists cover for establishment forces by pushing false narratives against activists.

In the wake of the Charlottesville protests, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to push through legislation that would enable the prosecution of protesters, in a manner that equates the white supremacist rally to the activists who opposed them. However, when it’s politically beneficial, establishment Democrats are quick to swoop in and seize the public relations benefits, as they did after the Army Corps of Engineers temporarily halted the Dakota Access Pipeline construction. Similarly, after the protests subsided in Charlottesville, Democrats aligned themselves with those who protested the white supremacists.

Moderate Democrats tend to punch left instead of embracing activists and working with them for the betterment of the American people. Establishment Democrats operate in partnership with corporations and elites, and to keep this partnership afloat, they frame anything that challenges it as radical. Terms like “far left,” “alt left,” and “Bernie Bros” are used to invalidate progressives.

Establishment Democrats assert that progressives impede progress and compare them to the far-right, but it is the status quo that enabled Trump’s rise in the first place.


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shagonx: young justice characters / kaldur’ahm

Kaldur is a goddamn greek tragedy in progress. Except he’s probably actually polynesian instead, but you get what I mean.

while i’m loving the idea of shayeris being in polynesia instead of the mediterranean you’ve now launched me into the question of whether shayeris willingly joined atlantis as a subsidiary city state or if it was at some point conquered and now I Have Questions

Heroism and Personal Tragedy in Samurai Flamenco

Before I begin, a caveat: this was written while the show was in-progress; parts of this meta-analysis may be invalidated by later events. Spoilers below the cut.

When people ask me what Samurai Flamenco is about, I usually give them the synopsis of the first few episodes: Hazama Masayoshi, a model who dreams of a better world becomes a vigilante super hero, and he makes friends with a cop, Goto Hidenori. Although he starts off with litterbugs and local ordinance-flouting hooligans, he quickly works his way up to thwarting more “serious” crimes (collecting allies along the way and dodging the disapproving glares of his publicist). I think this is an accurate description of what happens in Samurai Flamenco, but it is not what Samurai Flamenco is about, and I think this most recent episode makes it painfully clear.

Samurai Flamenco is, ultimately, not about a hero, but about heroism in all its forms, and the form that it has chosen to save for last is the heroism required to face personal tragedy.

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What a shame

It is not ok that people do not talk about recovering from a mental illness/coping with a mental illness until they are through the worst of it and made it to a stable place in life.

I’m going to talk about my recovery as it happens so that people who may be going through the same feelings don’t feel alone.

The stigmatism around discussing the uncomfortability of depression and tragedy is inhibiting progress and the opportunity for community through empathy and support.

  • Samuel: It’s good to see the people finally taking a stand against injustice…
  • Connor: Says the man who owns a slave.
  • Samuel: Who, Surry? I practice what I preach, my friend. She’s not a slave, but a freed woman… At least on paper. Men’s minds are not so easily turned. It is a tragedy that for all our progress, still we cling to such barbarism.
  • Connor: Then speak out against it.
  • Samuel: We must focus first on defending our rights. When this is done, we’ll have the luxury of addressing these other matters.
  • Connor: You speak as though your condition is equal to that of the slaves. It is not.
  • Samuel: Tell that to my neighbor - who was compelled to quarter British troops. Or to my friend who’s store was closed because he displeased the Crown. The people here are no freer than Surry.
  • Connor: You offer excuses instead of solutions. All people should be equal and not in turns.