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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Dr. Medulla » 03 Nov 2017, 6:39pm

http://www.newsweek.com/tax-cuts-republ ... ump-701094

If it gets more Americans to think of themselves as working-class and that the American dream of getting rich is a actually a pipe dream, that's a good thing. Well done, crass Republicans, well done.
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Kory » 06 Nov 2017, 3:00pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
03 Nov 2017, 6:39pm
http://www.newsweek.com/tax-cuts-republ ... ump-701094

If it gets more Americans to think of themselves as working-class and that the American dream of getting rich is a actually a pipe dream, that's a good thing. Well done, crass Republicans, well done.
I dunno, there's a lot of Americans that plug their ears and scream lalala and all that.
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Dr. Medulla » 06 Nov 2017, 3:12pm

Kory wrote:
06 Nov 2017, 3:00pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
03 Nov 2017, 6:39pm
http://www.newsweek.com/tax-cuts-republ ... ump-701094

If it gets more Americans to think of themselves as working-class and that the American dream of getting rich is a actually a pipe dream, that's a good thing. Well done, crass Republicans, well done.
I dunno, there's a lot of Americans that plug their ears and scream lalala and all that.
It's been said many times that one reason why non-wealthy Americans resist taxing the rich is because they think they'll be rich one day, and so they don't want to fuck over their future selves. I have know idea whether that rationale actually exists—it strikes me as simple shitting on the average person's intelligence via hypothetical—but it's harder and harder for anyone to think that they'll be better off than their parents anymore, let alone become wealthy.
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Kory » 06 Nov 2017, 3:19pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
06 Nov 2017, 3:12pm
Kory wrote:
06 Nov 2017, 3:00pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
03 Nov 2017, 6:39pm
http://www.newsweek.com/tax-cuts-republ ... ump-701094

If it gets more Americans to think of themselves as working-class and that the American dream of getting rich is a actually a pipe dream, that's a good thing. Well done, crass Republicans, well done.
I dunno, there's a lot of Americans that plug their ears and scream lalala and all that.
It's been said many times that one reason why non-wealthy Americans resist taxing the rich is because they think they'll be rich one day, and so they don't want to fuck over their future selves. I have know idea whether that rationale actually exists—it strikes me as simple shitting on the average person's intelligence via hypothetical—but it's harder and harder for anyone to think that they'll be better off than their parents anymore, let alone become wealthy.
I've heard that a lot too. I can't think of any other way to account for my blue-collar father's political opinions.
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Absolutely. Here's another collection of words:

Table salt (spoon hinge)
Octopus (Ukraine)
St. Petersburg (arms)
Ginger beer (cauliflower)
Pat Sajak (PSak)
Lamp post (self evident)
Florida Timeshare (ditto)
Heraclitus (EMI)
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Dr. Medulla » 06 Nov 2017, 3:30pm

Kory wrote:
06 Nov 2017, 3:19pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
06 Nov 2017, 3:12pm
Kory wrote:
06 Nov 2017, 3:00pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
03 Nov 2017, 6:39pm
http://www.newsweek.com/tax-cuts-republ ... ump-701094

If it gets more Americans to think of themselves as working-class and that the American dream of getting rich is a actually a pipe dream, that's a good thing. Well done, crass Republicans, well done.
I dunno, there's a lot of Americans that plug their ears and scream lalala and all that.
It's been said many times that one reason why non-wealthy Americans resist taxing the rich is because they think they'll be rich one day, and so they don't want to fuck over their future selves. I have know idea whether that rationale actually exists—it strikes me as simple shitting on the average person's intelligence via hypothetical—but it's harder and harder for anyone to think that they'll be better off than their parents anymore, let alone become wealthy.
I've heard that a lot too. I can't think of any other way to account for my blue-collar father's political opinions.
We privilege some types of evidence and reject other kinds. We apply optimism and charity to some situations and cynicism and fear to others. That's kind of a simple way of looking at it, but it does come down that kind of privileging and desire to belong to particular herds but not other particular herds.
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Dr. Medulla » 08 Nov 2017, 7:34am



Virginians elected a Democratic Socialist to the state house. Wow.
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Kory » 08 Nov 2017, 8:50pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
08 Nov 2017, 7:34am


Virginians elected a Democratic Socialist to the state house. Wow.
Reminds me of Pitt the Younger in Blackadder.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 14 Nov 2017, 11:17am

Fake consciousness. Sad!
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Post by Flex » 14 Nov 2017, 12:19pm

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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by eumaas » 15 Nov 2017, 11:41am

I thought this was an interesting piece on the prospects for nonviolent struggle.

https://monthlyreview.org/2017/11/01/revolution-now/
"The only thing that really occurs to me that I can say on this is to point out how fascinating it is that the Hassan-i-Sabbah archetype keeps turning up over and over again ... He disappears up into the mountains and is never seen again. Believe me, he'll never be seen again. He'll live forever because of that."

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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Dr. Medulla » 20 Nov 2017, 5:50pm

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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Post by Kory » 20 Nov 2017, 8:51pm

I'm with Cal.
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Absolutely. Here's another collection of words:

Table salt (spoon hinge)
Octopus (Ukraine)
St. Petersburg (arms)
Ginger beer (cauliflower)
Pat Sajak (PSak)
Lamp post (self evident)
Florida Timeshare (ditto)
Heraclitus (EMI)
Developers (Developers Developers)
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