In 2021, I did a posting about Smedley Butler and the great Wall St banker’s plot to overthrow the US government. [stderr]
Russians are all in the news, today.
One of the flaws I think many skeptics share is a love of consistency. If we’ve done any studying of philosophy, or even practiced thinking, we tend to feel that “but you contradicted yourself!” is a winning point.
There’s a trope going around, lately (i.e.: since 2016) that goes something like:
Person A: says something critical of democrats
Person B: (rageflail) If you don’t support democrats you’re setting us up for another Trump, and you’re killing the planet! You’re probably a Bernie Bro!
Last night around 4:00am I woke up briefly, obsessed with an invidious comparison.
Someone over at PZ’s, in a comment, mentioned “confederate flag toilet paper.”
When I was in 9th grade, I was propagandized, and I don’t mind.
We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
The US and its allies have set up a re-match for the Cuban Missile Crisis, which most people recognize as the time humanity was closest to a full-up nuclear war. Congratulations, American presidents!
Lately, there has been a lot of discussion about the US’ slide into fascism, whether or not Trump is a fascist, etc. It’s interesting, because yes indeed the US is on the cusp of collapsing from a pseudo-democracy into an authoritarian empire, but it also conceals a deeper problem. Namely, that the US has always been more or less fascist. I.e.: “I was fascist, before fascism was even cool.”