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Disturb the comfortable; comfort the disturbed.

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pluralistic , to random
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Today's threads (a thread)

Inside: Larry Summers' inflation scare-talk incinerated climate action; and more!

Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2023/11/20/bloodletting/


violetmadder ,
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I keep remembering Yanis Varoufakis talking about how Larry Summers sat him down and explained to him, "Electoral politics must not be allowed to change financial policy."

pluralistic , to random
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Progressives: if you want to lose to conservatives, all you need to do is reflexively praise and support everything conservatives turn into a culture-war issue, without considering whether they might be right. Because sometimes...they're right.


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18+ violetmadder ,
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It's no accident or coincidence that the Republicans started screeching about election rigging the moment progressives noticed what was done to Bernie.

Now we can't talk about our elections being compromised, without liberals telling us we're buying right-wing lies.

It's also no accident that the Republicans only screech about the forms of election rigging that aren't happening, while the more effectivforms both parties use-- like gerrymandering-- pass unremarked.

clayrivers , to blackmastodon
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💛 “The Redux: If Not Now, White Folks, When?”

I’m not a fan of the term “ally” as it has a performative ring. It implies doing as opposed to being. But I’ve come to accept the word as a metonym for a larger concept: good people. Better people.



violetmadder ,
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@clayrivers @BigAngBlack @blackmastodon @BlackMastodon I thought I was doing pretty good. I try to be open-minded and sympathetic and work on my ignorance. But I still had no idea. I come from one of the whitest parts of the country, and I had no idea.

It took living in a big city in another state, then hearing Michelle Alexander explaining the New Jim Crow, for me to start to get it. The scale of it.

It took the movie Get Out, for me to start to grasp how my friendly whitebread liberal culture looks from the outside. The spine-crawling cringe of us, that I can't fully turn off even in myself, it's so built-in.

The vertigo is staggering. A lot of puzzle pieces start to come together.

I think a lot about James Baldwin, and the clipped, sharp, high-tension-wire exasperation in his voice. Already so sick of this shit, beyond tired, decades before I was born. Speaking as clearly as possible right into the faces of people who still couldn't see or hear him, and somehow not screaming at them. So tired.

The things we don't see, right under our noses, even when we think we've been looking.

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