Globalization Isn’t the Problem.

“Curious that the burden falls on the American working class to lift poor Chinese out of poverty by giving up their jobs while the American 1% gets richer from globalization. That is class warfare in its essence.

The American working class voted in the people who oversaw the wholesale gutting of the labor union while presiding over stagnant wages. The deal was that manufacturing would head out and we’d all transition to service economies. This has been possible and the transition has been successful in multiple western economies.

Globalization isn’t the problem. It’s the businesses owners capitalizing on market instability to slash wages. There was no way to stop globalization. There was a way to make sure people can live a comfortable and dignified life throughout the transition. The Republican governments did NOTHING to ameliorate the situation. Now we blame something that was inevitable instead of the crooks that looted the country over the past four decades.” Metafilter


“Way back when, Colbert famously said that “reality has a liberal bias.”

“Which was cute, and funny, and true.

“What nobody was expecting was for a huge chunk of the population to metaphorically say “oh, if reality has a liberal bias, then fuck reality.”

“There’s is, as far as I can tell, not only a “post-truth” feeling to Trump and his followers, but an avid dislike of truth.

“If they don’t believe that the media tells the truth, and they don’t believe in science, and they only believe in their own prejudices, fake Facebook news and email forwards, what hope is there?

How can you recover a democracy when almost half of the electorate have proudly declared that they don’t have even the slightest regard for facts and logic?

“It freaks me out to the point of shutdown. This isn’t an American thing, it freaks me out up here as well. “Focus on school boards, try to fix things so kids develop some logic and fact-checking skills, and hang on and pray that we can survive another generation” is not a strategy that really sits well.”

Source: “He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president” | MetaFilter

President Pence in 2018

“Seriously, Trump will be impeached within 2 years. His is the kind of presidency that can only happen as a “Change” candidate, which means he is useless to the right in 4 or even 2 years, as it becomes clear to his “movement” how full of shit his populist rhetoric was.

“Now that he has swept in the far right conservatives and handed them everything they’ve ever wanted, they will turn on him as soon after the inauguration and confirmation hearings as possible, digging up (or manufacturing) some kind of massive legal or ethics violation excuse (I’m guessing they already have all the evidence they’d really need stashed away somewhere, because come on: “I’m hearing” such evidence exists).

“And then they will be able to push him out and replace him with their own guy, all while grandstanding about how responsible they’re all being for holding “their” president accountable (it’s how they’ll be able to distance themselves from the fact that they were the ones who put him there in the first place). Make no mistake about it – this is a Pence presidency we’re talking about here. They all hate him, and they are not just holding their noses for power and profit. They are also counting the hours to sweet revenge. Once they have consolidated their power, the far right will gut Donald Trump like an oversized carp and flush the entrails directly into the public water supply (all sewage filtration and treatment plants having been shut down as emblematic of government overregulation).”

Source: “He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president” | MetaFilter

Where We Get the Fascist Right Wrong

“And that’s where we get the fascist right wrong. The fascist right actively gets its satisfaction from hurting other people. That’s why we keep losing – we’re all like “I am doing this political stuff, but really I would rather be home making dinner or on a date or playing with my kids or reading a book”; they’re all “I’m out here heckling LGBTQ people and it’s great”. Racism, violence in general, sexual violence in particular, making people cry or hurt – that’s stuff that they actually do because it’s fun.

“A lot of people who are not part of the fascist right don’t understand this and that’s why we’re just bowled over when we see people doing stuff that’s horrible. We can’t get our heads around how they could enjoy it and actively want to do it, so we keep thinking that it’s some kind of mistake or sign of some personal suffering on their part.

“The people who tortured prisoners at Abu Ghraib did it because torturing prisoners was fun and no one bothered to stop them. There were other reasons wrapped up in it – chains of command, group culture, etc – but the social ground for what happened was that people tortured because it was fun.

“We need to get our heads around this and be ready – policy discussion and economic problems are not really of concern to the fascist right and they will not stop just because something is a bad idea or produces obvious social harm. It’s easy to be confused or hypnotized by this kind of…well, let’s call it evil, because it fills the social function of evil. It’s easy to look into the void, right? That’s how they get you. We have to give up on the idea that there’s some kind of policy or humanitarian angle which will reach these guys (and they’re mostly guys), because they are actively motivated by the opportunity to do harm.”

“You Fucking Children”

“London Review of Books: Is this how democracy dies?

“But in reality their behaviour too reflected their basic trust in the political system with which they were ostensibly so disgusted, because they believed that it was still capable of protecting them from the consequences of their choice. It is sometimes said that Trump appeals to his supporters because he represents the authoritarian father figure who they want to shield them from all the bad people out there making their lives hell. That can’t be right: Trump is a child, the most childish politician I have encountered in my lifetime. The parent in this relationship is the American state itself, which allows the voters to throw a tantrum and join forces with the worst behaved kid in the class, safe in the knowledge that the grown-ups will always be there to pick up the pieces.

“This is the most incisive piece of criticism on voter psychology I’ve read since the election. It expresses so much of what I’ve felt but haven’t been able to put into words, and it targets a deep, deep resentment I have about all the activism I’m doing – I didn’t make this mess but I’ve got to turn over my life and my sanity to trying to clean it up because who the fuck else is going to do it?

“I bet there’s actually a pretty large chunk of Trump supporters who would actually prefer not to have a bunch of neo-Nazis cozying up to power, but are they freaked out about it? No, and why should they be? It’s not their responsibility to reign in their President-elect; the same sliver of over-sensitive, politically correct, over-educated group of engaged people, the same ones who are always protesting and sharing articles on Facebook and donating to political causes – those are the ones who are going to days of their lives to making phone calls and nights of sleep to worry and stress; they’re the ones who are going to donate money they don’t have to the ACLU; they’re the ones who are going to spend all their energy flinging themselves against the system, trying to keep it from running completely off the rails.

“And when they succeed, and things are a tiny bit less worse than we were afraid it would be, all those non-voters and smug Trump voters will look at us smugly and say, see? I told you it wasn’t going to be fascism. You’re always overreacting. Boo hoo!

Fuck you, you fucking children. I wish with all my heart I could stand back and watch you experience the consequence of your terrible decision, except-as is the case with so many terrible decisions made by white people–the problem is that you’ve set it up so that a whole lot of innocent people will get hurt worse than you.”

Source: I still wake up and remember who is the President-elect | MetaFilter

Over Fifty Times Donald Trump Has Denied Climate Change on Twitter

“That’s the people who manage his golf course. Trump himself has shown that he has a fundamental lack of understanding of what climate change is and science itself.