• Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:05 PM
    See post #23 for others:
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:30 PM
    I was going to post about this a few days ago, but I forgot about it until this topic of Marxism vis-ŕ-vis Social Justice "wokeness" came up. It's an article by the ICFI (International Committee of the Fourth International ) at their World Socialist Web Site: Factional warfare erupts in New York Times over the 1619 Project From the article: That's right ... socialists are defending Jefferson (or at least his statues) and American history against the "woke" crowd ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:59 PM
    For more on the intricacies involved in the post-modernism/Critical Theory/Marxism/etc. aspects of Wokism, here's the content pointed to by the "differ somewhat" link from my previous post: Postmodernism Versus Critical Social Justice https://newdiscourses.com/2020/04/postmodernism-versus-critical-social-justice/ New Discourses (14 April 2020) Wait, what?! Postmodernism in its original form would be against Critical Social Justice?! You heard that right. It, like Marxism, would have been, and to the extent that it still gets forwarded, it is. To explore this seemingly bizarre fact, James Lindsay and Helen Pluckrose join old-school postmodernist and libertarian thinker Thaddeus Russell on the Unregistered podcast. In this episode of the Unregistered podcast, these three thinkers take a very deep dive into the roots of Critical Social Justice and its Theory. This means diving deep into each of Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, critical theories more broadly, postmodern Theory, and the more modern fusion of these, for the agenda of Social Justice through identity politics: Critical Social Justice.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:28 PM
    In my previous post, I misspoke when I said that Critical Theory is an "outgrowth" of post-modernism. "Woke" Social Justice theory is actually a fusion of Critical Theory and post-modernism, which developed more or less independently and were brought together in the 1980s & '90s ... In a sense, post-modernism was co-opted by neo-Marxists ... or, depending on how you look at it, neo-Marxism was co-opted by post-modernists ... (this dynamic is mentioned in the article below ...) Actually, post-modernism is a post-Marxist movement, rather than a neo-Marxist one. (It is "post" Marxist because the acid bath of deconstruction dissolves Marxism as thoroughly as it does capitalism - or any other such "meta-narrative.")
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:42 PM
    I think the critical bit will be the part I bolded and underlined. This would definitely end up going to SCOTUS. ACB will have been seated by then - and assuming the same split as described in the OP, and that ACB sides with the guy who just elevated her, Trump wins. And the left then precedes to completely lose its shit, with actions and consequences only to be guessed at ... On the other hand, if one or both of those assumptions are wrong, and Biden gets POTUS, things will be less explosive, at least in the short term (the right just isn't nearly as hysterical or prone to "civic" chaos and violence as the left is). In the long run, though, a Biden win under these circumstances might end up providing more impetus to secessionism and separatist sentiments on the right than a Trump win would do, so that could be interesting. Pretty much the only thing I'm certain about is that, unless there's a clear (enough) winner, it's going to be a complete, utter and wretched mess ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:22 PM
    Streamed live earlier today ... skip to 11:40 ... Denver Shooter Matthew Dolloff Appears in Court https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJSHLq9uWOk
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    Yesterday, 03:56 PM
    That is an excellent analogy. A lot of people seem to think that Critical Theory (CT) and wokeness are inherently Marxist, or that they are some kind of new-fangled version of Marxism. But they aren't. Post-modernism (of which CT is an outgrowth) rejected Marxism just as sternly as it rejected capitalism. As @wokal_distance points out below (and which James Lindsay has also said elsewhere). the only thing CT takes from Marxism is Marxism's "theory of conflict." CT does not endorse any particular economic system, Marxist or otherwise. Critical Theorists may adopt the rhetoric or Marxism as and when it suits their purposes, but it is a big mistake to think that their end goal is the institution of "state socialism" or what-have-you. Their objective is to acquire as much money and institutional/social power as they can, by whatever means. As a result, Critical Theory is presently a much more fundamental and insidious threat than Marxism is even close to being.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:32 PM
    I think that's almost certainly what happens. And it's not like these rhetorical techniques haven't been used since humans first started talking (and maybe even before that). But the woke have distilled, concentrated and weaponized them - and then the rank-and-file left, being "woke adjacent" and having been exposed to this stuff via social media, have adopted them, too. Monkey see, monkey do ...
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:15 PM
    13/ When "fighting racism" or doing some other work of wokeness, getting paid is encouraged. This is often done while claiming that capitalism is evil (by a woke definition). Here, Robin DiAngelo trashes capitalism while charging $20,000 per speech and $340 for a phone consultation. 14/ Getting clout is just as important as getting paid, as this allows you to preach wokeness.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:15 PM
    @wokal_distance on "Woke Hypocrisy on Capitalism" Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/wokal_distance/status/1301437976463831040 Thread compiled @ threadreaderapp.com: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1301437976463831040.html 1/ While activists disrupt, dismantle and deconstruct everything from art to tech, corporations are going woke. Why? Because despite the woke rhetoric about "income inequality," there is ZERO ideological conflict between wokeness and capitalism. None.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:37 PM
    @wokal_distance on "Woke people are liars" Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/wokal_distance/status/1316958063321096192 Thread compiled @ threadreaderapp.com: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1316958063321096192.html 1/ Woke people are liars. They are blatant hypocrites. Always. Every time. Without exception.
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  • phill4paul's Avatar
    10-22-2020, 09:49 PM
    He's a fucking CARD CARRYING MEMBER OF THE SWAMP! :rolleyes:
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  • phill4paul's Avatar
    10-22-2020, 09:48 PM
    Well, everyone has opinions. Mine is that you are a dipshit. <shrug>
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    10-22-2020, 07:37 PM
    I think you're holding him responsible for failing to do things he wasn't actually trying to do. The Giuliani incident itself was secondary to his purpose, and his remarks about the particulars of that incident were highly qualified ("I don't know ...", "I haven't seen the scene ...", etc.). He is not trying to arrive at any conclusions about what Giuliani actually did or did not do. He's just using Cernovich's reference to Twitter's "revenge porn policies" (in conjunction with the AP article about the incident) as a springboard for learning and talking about the details of the law regarding "revenge porn." That's what his whole "vlawg" schtick is about. As he explicitly said at the end of the video, "Any excuse is a good excuse to learn about the law."
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  • phill4paul's Avatar
    10-22-2020, 06:42 PM
    A masterful move. I listened to it. Some parts. Stahl did nothing but say "NO" while he was talking. He cut 'em off at the nuts. Will be interesting to see the segments editing. Bitch Stahl had more "Noes" than a George Thorogood song...
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    10-22-2020, 06:30 PM
    @wokal_distance on "White Supremacy" Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/wokal_distance/status/1318267770694348800 Thread compiled @ threadreaderapp.com: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1318267770694348800.html 1/ EVERYTHING IS ROOTED IN WHITE SUPREMACY!!! -holidays
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  • phill4paul's Avatar
    10-22-2020, 06:10 PM
    Mike Rowe 2024, kicking or screaming. Off the Wall Mike Can you please share your thoughts about why Facebook suppressed the story about Joe Biden’s emails? It’s hard to know what to believe anymore. Fran Marsh Just kidding, Fran. Facebook doesn’t check my posts for factual accuracy. At least, I don’t think they do. But what if they did? Would it comfort you to know that everything I write had been fact-checked? Would Facebook’s “seal of approval,” make this page a more credible source of information? For those who haven’t heard, Facebook and Twitter recently suppressed a front page story in the New York Post that claims Hunter Biden’s personal computer is in the hands of the FBI, along with tens of thousands of emails, some of which appear to claim that Joe Biden was profiting from business deals with foreign governments while serving as Vice President. If the claims are true, the damage to Joe Biden’s campaign could be devastating. However, if the claims are false, the impact could still be very damaging. As Mark Twain said, “a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth has time to put its pants on,” and two weeks before an election, a lie is a dangerous thing. For that reason, Facebook and Twitter apparently decided to suppress the Post article until the claims therein could be confirmed. Consequently, some people are congratulating both companies for taking a stand against the spread of “fake news,” while others are condemning the decision as the very definition of hypocrisy, given the many unconfirmed articles from the mainstream press that both platforms have allowed to be shared – articles with unnamed sources and unsubstantiated claims that turned out to be factually inaccurate, and very bad for Donald Trump. This latest drama, as I understand it, is unfolding because Facebook and Twitter are trying to decide what’s true and what isn’t, and that’s making a lot of people really anxious. Why? Because social media platforms are not supposed to be in the business of vetting the accuracy of content – that’s the job of a publisher. How would you feel if you called your best friend to discuss the contents of the Post article, only to have your call disconnected by AT&T because they didn’t believe the information in the article was accurate, and therefore not suitable for discussion? That would be upsetting, because AT&T is not supposed to be deciding what you can discuss. Why? Because AT&T is a platform, not a publisher. So too is Facebook. Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook can’t be publishers, because they don’t generate their own content. They can’t possibly fact-check everything the mainstream media shares on their platform, or all of the billions of posts their users share every single day. Trust me on this.
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  • NorthCarolinaLiberty's Avatar
    10-22-2020, 03:26 PM
    You've don't something the bolshevik doesn't do. Leftists don't call in to work because they don't work.
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    10-22-2020, 10:10 AM
    Ender replied to a thread Meet Ben Swann in Grassroots Central
    Love Ben Swann!!!
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  • Ender's Avatar
    10-22-2020, 10:09 AM
    Actually, true originalism would mean that everyone could be locked & loaded with no interference from gov & that locals would have their own militias to protect their people from a corrupt gov.
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  • phill4paul's Avatar
    10-22-2020, 07:11 AM
    That would be on every magazine over 10 rds. including your pistols.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    10-21-2020, 10:09 PM
    They really do: "I will lie. I will cheat. I will steal. Because that's morally acceptable in this political environment." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAhKMi6DexA
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    10-21-2020, 10:07 PM
    Just so. The terms for this in woke jargon are "disrupt", "dismantle" and "deconstruct" - all of which are used as synonyms of (and camouflage for) "destroy."
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  • NorthCarolinaLiberty's Avatar
    10-21-2020, 09:00 PM
    Oh, gasp! Someone wrote an editorial.
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  • NorthCarolinaLiberty's Avatar
    10-21-2020, 08:58 PM
    I don't get it because the article is so incoherently written. Sounds like it was composed by No Child Left Behind.
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  • phill4paul's Avatar
    10-21-2020, 06:40 PM
    It's run by a union. Who do you think the employees are gonna help out? When I was in the Navy I didn't have a "United States Sailors Union" I could join. Didn't strike or slow down for increased pay or benefits. Trump should ban Unions from Federal agency employees. We didn't get that in the military. Fuck a slack Postal worker.
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    10-21-2020, 06:26 PM
    Same. As of yesterday. As well as others I know.
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