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10-year-old girl denied abortion in Ohio…
Tucker Carlson went to support Orban and is now in Brazil promoting Jair Bolsonaro. In case you weren’t paying attention.
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How a Paramedic (and Memoirist) Spends His Sundays. Profile of @AnthonyAlmojera in the New York Times.…
The very few places in America where abortion access is guaranteed?! 🤦🏼‍♂#RoeVsWaded1S
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Muscadine Bloodline - Me On You (Tour Rehearsal) #FridayDiscoBackuo
NEW: Early results are in, and the first batch of advanced guided rocket artillery systems the U.S. sent Ukraine are striking Russian targets with deadly efficiency, officials say w/@johnismay…
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Biden in meeting with governors indicates the new strategy is, assuming Dems can pick up 2 Senate seats this year, to go around Sens Manchin and Sinema next year & carve our filibuster exception over their objection
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civil and political society, namely “moral f*gs” get “pwned.”
I completely agree. Starts with the appeals to unilateralism since the natural function of Congress has been overtaken by an Executive since Woodrow Wilson, Exec power seems more efficient-- it is also that rising artifact of hacker subculture, which has taken root now in our…
stating the obvious-- but the obvious needs to be said at its foundational level. All forms and rituals including liberal democratic ones need revitalization or they die and lose their meaning.
identity politics therefore needs to go deeper and look beneath to the elements required for any political community to survive-- and that is the identity that brings people together to create the political community itself and to protect it from outside enemies. I realize I am
is not revelatory to stop there. Said again, even the most saccharine reading of American history that avoids the race issue altogether would be wrong at an elemental level to disregard how critical identity is to any political community. The conversation on
discussions do not go deep enough to understand how identity has always been a component of politics. And in lieu forging a new American identity-- the discussion will default to identity of those factions. But it is not helpful to simply complain about identity politics-- it
So much of politics is about and has always been about identity. The key here is finding a civic identity as Americans that is an umbrella for all the various factional identities. So I suggest that rather than commentating on how everything is identity politics-- such
Not engaging with irrationality in good faith-- or silencing people because what they say is out of some cultural norm-- that is looking at the discourse on the merits and not on the style, IOW listening for what someone is trying to say-- is a way where such things are avoided.
with irrational forces-- and the way to engage with the irrational (thumos/eros as political forces) is with the give and take of discourse-- wrestling within that form to find and create something new (what is learned or fraternal bonds of those kinds of conversation).
Such sayings and pseudo-thinking and quasi-political forms are not the remedy here. As Havel writes, "ideology is a specious way of relating to the world. It offers one dignity and morality while doing away with both." I think now is the time for even more engagement
Communist shopkeeper in Havel's power of the powerless). Putting a sign on your fruit stand that states "Workers of the world unite" was not a remedy for the ossification of former Soviet state.
seek to undermine liberal democracy and deny those factions dignity or rights (the result is the same). They are different sides of the same coin- do not engage in that process with curiosity, and look on such subjects purely through an ideological lens (much like I argue the
and civic society. Avoiding race, class, and gender by not engaging in dialogue on a human level; or by only approaching it from a realm of party speak, talking points, and ideology by those white Americans who avoid such subjects-- are mirror imaging demagogic forces that
The forms of liberal democratic society will only become more brittle, overcome by cynicism, irrationality, and indignation. As I have been suggesting since yesterday, the work to be done is not merely political in the traditional sense; but flows from the culture
Factions that do not engage in discourse with those sub-factions that are interested in preserving liberal democracy will never be able to forged a renewed American identity required for our kind of government to survive.
uncomfortable and to make other people uncomfortable — this is going to go against taboo— see it for what it is and try not to personalize it — 4) enjoy it—
I think the take away is that white women who are interested in securing human rights for ourselves need to 1) stop tone policing WOC 2) Listen and ask questions— try to hear what is being said and not whitesplain— Black and WOC have way more experience here 3) get ready to be
myself to get along in American society. And some of that is about communication skills— but it is also futile.
and education. When I look back there isn’t a thing she said or did that warranted tone policing. Not trying to avoid being an audience to this commentary— I am white— I agree w/ her. So much of my life as a woman (especially being raised as I have been) is tone policing
This conversation reminds me of how much crap my Euro mom put up with from my American side of the family. My mother is blunt and no bullshit about vital things like child support, drug abuse, visitation happening,…
I wanted my baby. My husband and I have tried for years. I got pregnant in august 2021 and then miscarried. My body doesn’t naturally expel so I needed a D&C. I was denied one because my doctor was worried about the laws here in Texas. I waited for 2 WEEKS carrying my loss while
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and will be exploited by them— who will that situ to gain power— encouraging the worse excesses in such people. This force will be reckoned w/politically one way or another. If it is not reckoned with it will only grow more irrational— and at extreme will burn the house down.
If civility culture refuses to engage and learn, & politics remains pure spectacle of consumer content— devoid of a shared human common experience that reincarnates democratic rituals, discourse— factions will find their identity and dignity in the worst demagogues
Liberal democracies require liberal democratic discourse.…
When I said secularism, I meant sectarianism.…
Maaaaaaan. It's not the confrontation that's dividing us - it's the unwillingness to confront the devil because he happened to piss in the water we were baptized in.…
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is a weakness in this context politically.
Some of this is a class thing. I know. I get it. But I consider myself a good gauge because I live in a lot of worlds (maybe that’s delusion)— not suggesting I am above any of this— but this characteristic of American white culture (especially upper middle and up) is a weakness
Civility is not avoidance. An inability of American white culture to confront reality head on and to deliberate with others is hurting the country and I believe only making rhetoric more extreme overall.
So we can add this to the list of rights denied or threatened by criminalizing abortion... Women lose physical autonomy. Privacy. Free movement (now threatened) Right to vote (now threatened) #2ndClass…
Mass incarceration of women who have sought abortions (in jurisdictions were criminalized ) is going to strip those women of the right to vote as convicted felons.
Who is the real (better) farmer in this song? Hint: It isn't Homer.…
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