Found myself nodding my head at this from Jonah Goldberg:
“Every form of statism — from absolute monarchy to socialism to fascism — involves the state forming an alliance with some faction or another and giving it preferential treatment. Protectionism is simply statism applied to trade. In short, it is a conspiracy against the public to raise prices, and nothing more.”
Josh Marshall: “For years, at least the notional contours of the immigration debate had it that everybody supported immigration. It’s who we are. It’s the American dream. Immigrants bring fresh energy, skills. We’re all immigrants, etc. Of course, much of the activism against ‘illegal immigration’ was hostility to immigration in general. But it is nonetheless significant that those sentiments didn’t feel comfortable expressing themselves openly. So anti-immigrants politics had to express itself as opposition to illegal immigration.
That’s now out the window. The core of Trump’s reform is a dramatic reduction of legal immigration and changes which change the ethnic and racial makeup of the immigration which continues.”
“Trump’s court evangelicals have become active participants in the moral deregulation of our political life. Never mind whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is of good repute. Some evangelicals are busy erasing bright lines and destroying moral landmarks. In the process, they are associating evangelicalism with bigotry, selfishness and deception. They are playing a grubby political game for the highest of stakes: the reputation of their faith.”
Via Felipe Olave
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean it’s not all one massive global conspiracy
“The firm at the heart of the Paradise Papers leak provided offshore services to a bank accused of facilitating terrorist financing, transnational organised crime and the Syrian government’s chemical weapons programme.”
“In a comparison that is especially striking, recall that in both Recep Erdoğan’s and Vladimir Putin’s first years of national leadership in Turkey and Russia, respectively, they were seen as democratic reformers. Erdoğan was to lead Turkey into the European Union as a model of Islamic democracy and Putin presented himself as the torchbearer of Russia’s shift towards democracy. It took several years into each of their reigns before their authoritarian tendencies were fully exposed. In contrast, President Trump has exhibited the habits and actions of a budding authoritarian in each area of potential democratic decline in just his first twelve months.”
I was really touched by Holly’s words, so giving of her to write this at her end. Gratitude is perspective. My prayers are with her family. Some incredibly powerful lessons she shared, I’m going to do my best to remember them and to continue to follow her heed to “give to others”
Never forget that MLK’s autopsy revealed that his heart had been under so much stress that it looked like that of a 60-year-old, even though he was only 39-years old.
If you spent yesterday posting, arguing, educating, etc., please remember to take time for yourself. Love on yourself—binge, eat, breathe, stretch, meditate.
Love on yourself, before you come back. The struggle is long. It’s been here your whole life. It’ll be here when you return.
Don’t fight every minute of your life.
Your heart may be huge, but it’s not infinite.
I wouldn’t be writing the way I write today or talking about the things I do in the ways that I do without Asha Bandele. And you likely wouldn’t be saying #BlackLivesMatter in the ways that you do today without Patrisse Khan-Cullors.
I’ll probably never be as honest a writer or person as either of these women, but they released this book today and I copped it and you definitely should too.
“It’s not [ignorance]. It’s a concerted effort to put forth these vile and bigoted points of view.”
So many good observations here around the power and violence of words and threats when they’re backed by the ability to fulfill. Is that what dude meant by “take them out”? I thought he meant “take them out [of consideration so we can allocate funds/visas to whyte folk from Norway].”
We don’t know because we weren’t there and the room was full of unreliable and compromised narrators but if that’s what he meant it’s scary because he was floating the idea to the people who could stop him and they didn’t step up the way that they should have. Or maybe one did. We don’t know.
I’m also going to disagree with my fam and not quote Sweet Micky and say we do care. We may not say it, we may not and probably will not discuss it outside of the safest spaces, but certain things hurt the same way bodyshaming and old wounds and acceptance traumas hurt and it may not be necessary or wise to say that in front of your enemy and I get that and I don’t know what you need but I’m just going to tell you that it’s okay to ask for it, and just ask for it from the right places because these things cut deep and not everyone is equipped to hold the kind of space you may need.
Let’s love on us. Let’s accept us. And you don’t have to be exceptional or excellence or magic or royalty to be here. The universe thought you were enough, your parents thought you were enough, and even if the universe and your parents couldn’t provide you with the support that goes to mediocre whyte men who get better jobs and raises and opportunities and legacy credit scores and advantages than you ever will, you’re enough.
Fuck da opps. When they go low, we go lower.
Root work is done in the roots, whether we speaking muladhara or mistik.
Wap kon Jorge.
Terrific Caitlin Flanagan:
“I thought it would take a little longer for the hit squad of privileged young white women to open fire on brown-skinned men. I had assumed that on the basis of intersectionality and all that, they’d stay laser focused on college-educated white men for another few months. But we’re at warp speed now, and the revolution—in many ways so good and so important—is starting to sweep up all sorts of people into its conflagration: the monstrous, the cruel, and the simply unlucky. Apparently there is a whole country full of young women who don’t know how to call a cab, and who have spent a lot of time picking out pretty outfits for dates they hoped would be nights to remember. They’re angry and temporarily powerful, and last night they destroyed a man who didn’t deserve it.”