RSDB kicks off the COTW with some reactionary fire:
The Enlightenment (posthumously) eats its children.
Problems feel more existential if your relationship with authority all your life has been a passive-aggressive mix of awed respect and loathing, mainly stemming from a mix of the random capriciousness of the system and consciousness of the consequences of failure. Life used to be harder in many ways, but it was also clearer, and with easier chances to rebound: if you wanted to just disappear and start over in a new city, it used to be feasible. Much harder to go anonymous and start again these days without your past dogging you.
Let me put this another way: talk to many a typical Millennial from a position of direct authority over them, and ask them a clear but loaded yes/no question that puts them on the spot. More than with older generations, you won’t get a straight response: you’ll get a “well…” and then full minutes of word salad that tries to cloak the answer. That’s a conditioned response. The real feeling it betrays is: “How do I disengage from this situation ASAP without saying the wrong thing to this guy who could potentially damage my life if I get this wrong?” There’s understandably less willingness to take risks in a world that remembers them much more and might not let you recover.
Exaggerated? Yes. But completely illogical given the circumstances of many of their upbringings, and their experiences as young adults? No. It is a rational if poor response to what they’ve largely been taught: you are replaceable with hundreds of other struggling 20 and 30-somethings who are treading ground that could collapse at any moment. Unfortunately, this also leads to a willingness to dump your problem off someone else: if there’s a chance for the Millennial to redirect you to someone else, they will try that first.
Not My Economy on Wokeness as the neo-liberal atma weapon preventing the populist left, right, and center from ever converging on the establishment:
They won’t be coming for the banks. The rage people feel has been masterfully re-directed away from the system itself and toward that system’s enemies. Yale graduates genuinely believe that a welder who makes 25 bucks an hour is who is preventing them from living the boomer-consumer dream lifestyle.
This is not an organic expression of grassroots anti-cop sentiment, nothing about the left is organic. This is basic coalition/machine politics. Municipal budgets are BTFO, so something is going to get cut. Democrats found an opening to cut the money that goes heavily to blue collar right wing men. It’s about leverage for negotiating police union contracts and getting the guys with guns under idealogical control.
Still, OP could be right, in the long run. Some of these white libs may wake up and realize they got memed into implementing the Cato Institute neoliberal wet dream small government agenda in exchange for a statue of Pepsi presents: Lin Manuel Miranda, sponsored by BNY Mellon. If that happens it will be very interesting to see where it goes.
As the commercial and residential real estate markets collapse in the coming months, the currently untenable financial situations of municipalities across the country are going to become catastrophic. The Fed preemptively promised months ago to cover the shortfalls, because the dollar is invincible and inflation is impossible so there’s nothing to worry about. Didn’t you see we trimmed the balance sheet a bit last week? Oh, the market dropped 3% over those five days? Purely coincidental!
For those insist Thomm is a pure-blooded troll, exhibit A as evidence to the contrary:
George Floyd and a dozen other blacks were all up to no good when they were killed.
But there are others who were not. People here point to Justine Damond, but the greatest injustice of all in this category was Daniel Shaver.
The murder of Daniel Shaver was unusually disturbing. Really in a class by itself.
He truly could not have avoided execution. They were absolutely intent on killing him, and were getting frustrated that it was taking longer than they wanted for him to make a mistake. This is the sort of killing where I saw that it could happen to any of us.
A white cop killing a white civilian, so there is no dimension of race here at all.
The cop who killed him had everything pointing to him being a bad cop. His gun had ‘You’re Fucked’ engraved on it, for Christ’s sake.
If there was one killing that was completely beyond any possible chance of framing as ‘the cop made an error’, it is this one. There is really no other example that is this bad. Truly. Again, this could happen to any of us.
Hard to argue (viewer discretion is advised).
Twinkie provides an opportunity to repeat that had Trump brought Pat Buchanan on as chief of staff instead of Saboteur Priebus, the president’s first term would’ve looked much different than it does today:
There used to be similar grumbling at the Reagan White House – that most of the key personnel at the Reagan White House were not Reaganites. That’s always been the great failure of conservatives and now nationalists – fixating on the soundness of ideas and neglecting the inculcation and development of a wide pool of competent public intellectuals, elected officials, and administrators who can govern well once the elections are won.
So the consequence of rightist electoral victories are so much sound and fury that energize the opposition, but little in the way of achieving desirable police goals.
More than anything else, Trump needed someone to ensure the congruence of his instincts and his personnel. He never got that person because he never demanded to.