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'Crazy Rich Asians,' Singapore, and Ethnic Identity - The Atlantic
"Singapore’s extraordinary efforts to avoid internal cleavages, through a national project of respect for racial and religious differences, embody the promise and perils of what the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor has called the “politics of recognition.” (He’s from Montreal, so for him Quebecois language politics is front of mind.) In this influential model, the benevolent state is to confer public acknowledgement on various identities. And state recognition is certainly a way of being respected; the trouble is that it’s also a way of being reified. I’ve called this the Medusa Syndrome: When the state gazes at us—with its identity cards, educational stipulations, and other instruments of recognition—it invariably fixes and rigidifies a phenomenon that’s neither fixed nor rigid. The strategy is never going to be adequate to the real-world complexities, to compound identities that can grow as pleated as an accordion. But it may be the only strategy that such a managerial city-state has."
singapore  racism  politics  kwame_anthony_appiah 
39 minutes ago by PeterErwin
Suspended Twitter Account Plays A Role In Misleading Viral Video : NPR
A suspended Twitter account appears to have help spread video of a controversial encounter between a group of Catholic school boys and a Native American elder.
diversity  politics  media  propaganda  protest 
1 hour ago by javagar
The Suffocation of Democracy | by Christopher R. Browning | The New York Review of Books
Horrifying.

“If the US has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy, it is Mitch McConnell. He stoked the hyperpolarization of American politics to make the Obama presidency as dysfunctional and paralyzed as he possibly could. As with parliamentary gridlock in Weimar, congressional gridlock in the US has diminished respect for democratic norms, allowing McConnell to trample them even more. Nowhere is this vicious circle clearer than in the obliteration of traditional precedents concerning judicial appointments. Systematic obstruction of nominations in Obama’s first term provoked Democrats to scrap the filibuster for all but Supreme Court nominations. Then McConnell’s unprecedented blocking of the Merrick Garland nomination required him in turn to scrap the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations in order to complete the “steal” of Antonin Scalia’s seat and confirm Neil Gorsuch. The extreme politicization of the judicial nomination process is once again on display in the current Kavanaugh hearings.”
ww2  nazis  mitch_mcconnell  culture  mcconnell  america  trump  fascism  democracy  history  authoritarianism  government  politics  war 
4 hours ago by alexpriest
Watch Out For the Billionaires' Compromise
They will tend to do everything they can to maintain what are euphemistically known as “business-friendly” or “pro-growth” elected officials, which in America means Republicans; when the pendulum swings left, they will attempt to do the next best thing: pull the Democratic party to the center, by discrediting the left and empowering “moderates.”

This is coming. Be ready.
economy  politics  america  commentary  money  socialism 
5 hours ago by inrgbwetrust

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