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Donald Trump’s True Allegiances | The New Yorker
“This is the inescapable fact: on November 9th, the United States elected a dishonest, inept, unbalanced, and immoral human being as its President and Commander-in-Chief. Trump has daily proven unyielding to appeals of decency, unity, moderation, or fact. He is willing to imperil the civil peace and the social fabric of his country simply to satisfy his narcissism and to excite the worst inclinations of his core followers.”
politics  culture  government 
yesterday by leereamsnyder
We Live in Fear of the Online Mobs
We now effectively live in a forager band filled with people we don’t know. It's like the world’s biggest small town, replete with all the things that mid-century writers hated about small-town life: the constant gossip, the prying into your neighbor’s business, the small quarrels that blow up into lifelong feuds. We’ve replicated all of the worst features of those communities without any of the saving graces, like the mercy that one human being naturally offers another when you’re face to face and can see their suffering.

And, of course, you can't move away. There’s only one internet, and we’re all stuck here for the rest of our lives.

Private coercion starts looking less and less like a necessary, if sometimes regrettably deployed, tool of local community-building. Without the tempering instincts of intimate contact, without the ability to exit, it looks a lot more like brute, impersonal government coercion -- the sort that the earliest and highest U.S. laws were written to restrain. [...]

That power keeps growing, as does the number of subjects they want to declare off-limits to discussion. And unless it is checked, where does it lead? To something depressingly like the old Communist states: a place where your true opinions about anything more important than tea cozies are only ever aired to a tiny circle of highly trusted friends; where all statements made to or by the people outside that circle are assumed by everyone to be lies; where almost every conversation is a guessing game that both sides lose. It is one element of Margaret Atwood's "A Handmaid's Tale" that does resonate today: Any two acquaintances must remain so mutually suspicious that every day, they can discuss only the pleasant weather and their common fealty to the regime.
socialmedia  internet  politics  from instapaper
yesterday by ayjay
Johnny Cash's family tells white supremacists to get Johnny's name out of their mouth
Rosanne Cash is the eldest daughter of American legend Johnny Cash. After receiving some information that her late father’s memorabilia was showing up in images circulating around the Charlottesville KKK riot, she wanted to make things very clear—Johnny Cash had zero time for white supremacist bullshit. Taking to her Facebook account, Rosanne Cash posted this:
A message from the children of Johnny Cash:
We were alerted to a video of a young man in Charlottesville, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi, spewing hatred and bile. He was wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the name of Johnny Cash, our father. We were sickened by the association.
music  country  politics  racism  protest  johnny_cash  KKK 
yesterday by rgl7194
Political And Religious Dogma
Tillerson hopes for opening after North Korea 'restraint' -
IFTTT  Diigo  Instapaper  news  politics  n 
yesterday by Buffalo_Goku
How America Went Haywire - The Atlantic
The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.
culture  politics  atlantic 
yesterday by jorgebarba
The Real Threat to America Comes From Americans | Foreign Policy
The Real Threat to America Comes From Americans « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
politics  culture  history  media 
yesterday by philjr

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