• Anti Federalist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:53 PM
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  • 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-à-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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  • Anti Federalist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    Based on what he has said and written. Everything he writes and speaks about regarding work, life, safety and so on points to self responsibility and living your life as you see fit. Now, I suppose it could be all bullshit...but everything can't be bullshit.
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  • Anti Federalist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:10 PM
    As far as I can see, Rowe is one of the few who would be in political life that would not decide our lives, rather understands freedom. I understand why you think otherwise, but I have to run with that. Just like I did with Ron Paul.
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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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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:55 PM
    Yes... thank you. From your link:
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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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  • Anti Federalist's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:52 PM
    PA Supreme Court now rules that late ballots need not have valid, matching signatures. Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Ballots Can’t Be Tossed Out over Mismatching Signature https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/10/23/pennsylvania-supreme-court-ballots-cant-be-tossed-out-over-mismatching-signature/ Breitbart News 23 Oct 2020 HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously Friday on a key concern surrounding an avalanche of mail-in ballots in the presidential battleground state, prohibiting counties from rejecting ballots because the voter’s signature on it may not resemble their signature on their registration form.
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:19 PM
    Interesting - for some reason I've been operating under the presumption that postmodernism is a neo-Marxist movement... or more precisely that it has been co-opted to be a neo-Marxist movement. I'm going to have to look back to see where possibly I picked up that notion.
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  • oyarde's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:19 PM
    The fact that that thing is an elected official tells you a lot about the state of that area.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    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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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:23 PM
    Critical Theories are, by their own admissions, a virus. I'm not aware of any virus which is discriminating as to how it infects the host.
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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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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:51 PM
    It's remarkable how much of this has seeped into the rank-and-file left/Democrat. I've encountered a lot of victimhood, grievances, condescension, and the like by people whom I'm certain are not schooled in this business. I suspect they learn it osmotically, perhaps while watching leftist news programs or toobs...
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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.
    79 replies | 4457 view(s)
  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:52 PM
    Power generation and transportation is only a piece of the puzzle. I'm often amazed that people are so unaware of from where such things as plastics, paints, synthetic fibers, many fertilizers, and many more come. The ENTIRE modern world is completely dependent upon oil and natural gas. Almost EVERYTHING is built upon it.
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  • A Son of Liberty's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:37 PM
    I'm an avowed anti-statist. I understand what you're trying to convey, here. Am I unaware of some vast movement to de-legitimize the State, presently? I'm sure that there is not one. If there were, I would 100% be behind it. I think it was Tom Woods who once made the following analogy: if slaves had the right to vote to choose between an abusive overseer and a less abusive overseer, wouldn't it be foolish to not vote for the less abusive overseer, even though one KNOWS he's a slave and that the entire institution is immoral? Here's Rothbard on the topic:
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