@fidelity I'm not totally sure where cynic comes from but it sounds like you are. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with ancient Greece and I'm also pretty sure it's possible for words to change meaning over thousands of years and through translation into different languages.
Powerful people aren't the butt of cruel jokes, marginalized people are. Then and now.
But yeah, even when the jokes are identical, this time I'm sure they'll pull back the curtain on our hypocrisy and free us all. This version of edgy is not edgy. It's what power tells you it edgy because power likes being powerful and power is white.
Anyway, I'm pretty sure I already won this argument when I wrote Hitler.
If I can think of something worse than the bad thing you're complaining about, the thing you're complaining about doesn't mater at all! That's just how it works! So with that in mind: Hitler! There: I WIN!
Cool that you stopped worrying about pissing people off! There's lots of shows on HBO that make being a sociopath seem great, so congratulations.
Black face 2013: how totally edgy to make fun of the same people who've always been on the receiving end of this cruel joke. And in almost the exact same way. Ironic racism is still racism. In fact it isn't even ironic. It's cynical. And cynics only wake up to take sides with power. In this case the power is, as always, white supremacy. Anyone who thinks post-racial means anything should delete themselves from the world.
Ah ha. Thanks!
Am I reading this wrong? I thought Frashour was reinstated.
The conformity of today's progressives, rallying around a president who when he's not appointing delusional Wall St. free-market zealots and war criminals to his cabinet, he's using flying killer robots to indiscriminately blow up women and children, or expanding the state's power to detain and/or simply kill anybody he wants, is a real, present capitulation to state power that is, I think, far more dramatic and shameful that your hypotheticals (which, I get it, you're kind of joking).
Also, w/r/t your last paragraph: case closed? I think it makes sense to say that learning to use a tool involves a process of internalizing the tool's logic but that doesn't mean you actually become the tool. Having learned to use computers doesn't mean that our brains ARE harddrives. It just seems like it because we've learned how to use them and there's so many of them around.
(For anybody interested in understanding actual conservatism: there's a guy named Cory Robin you might be interested in checking out. He wrote a book called The Reactionary Mind, where he elaborates a theory of conservatism that begins with the idea that conservatism is essentially, "a defense of the private life of power". In other words, it comes from a feeling of having power and seeing it threatened. In this formulation, conservatism appears as a defense of the hierarchies that leftist egalitarian social movements attempt to dismantle, like feminism, civil rights, LGBTQ rights movements, etc.)
New Portland at its absolute worst. I hope everything about this goes down in flames. Except the horses. I hope they escape and get revenge.
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