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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

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

Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Posted: 05 Nov 2017, 7:02am
by Dr. Medulla
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Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Posted: 06 Nov 2017, 3:00pm
by Kory
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.

Re: The Dictator observations thread.

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

Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Posted: 06 Nov 2017, 3:19pm
by Kory
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.

Re: The Dictator observations thread.

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

Re: The Dictator observations thread.

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


Virginians elected a Democratic Socialist to the state house. Wow.

Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Posted: 08 Nov 2017, 8:50pm
by Kory
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.

Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Posted: 14 Nov 2017, 10:24am
by Inder

Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Posted: 14 Nov 2017, 11:17am
by Dr. Medulla
Fake consciousness. Sad!

Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Posted: 14 Nov 2017, 12:19pm
by Flex
This is the only good thing that has resulted from trump.

Re: The Dictator observations thread.

Posted: 15 Nov 2017, 11:41am
by eumaas
I thought this was an interesting piece on the prospects for nonviolent struggle.

https://monthlyreview.org/2017/11/01/revolution-now/