The next 40 years are going to be full of things that keep happening that could “never happen.”
Or practically anywhere else in the world, for that matter https://t.co/PVQOPnYOLf
— Nils Gilman (@nils_gilman) September 13, 2020
Exactly. The US is far less racist than most places, including (to progressives) paradisiacal Europe. Obama would’ve never been elected (the equivalent of) President in most Western European countries.
Not a chance in hell.
It must be shocking to do well in school, get a job, and realize your success is mostly about faking your importance in a bureaucracy.
— James Marsh (@JamesMarsh79) September 12, 2020
I can tell you it is in fact shocking to get out of the army, where you are often in real life or death situations, and then go to work in corporate America where so much inconsequential depends on so little of any importance. It took me a while to get socialized from mostly being able to say whatever I wanted to engage in the necessary corporate-speak!
I don’t wish I’d stayed in the army, but what a culture shock that was.
As I was writing a friend earlier, the demonstrated failure of our elites and our society has made me much more supportive of high immigration to the US.
After all, what’s there to preserve? Unlike a lot of people who were against mass immigration, I have no interest in a white ethno-state. I’d be against mass immigration from North Africa for cultural reasons (because I actually care about women), but other than that, go crazy.
We should offer anyone from Hong Kong immediate asylum and then citizenship right away, of course. Probably Taiwan, too. What could this possibly hurt that is worth preserving? Nothing. Open the borders, let ’em all in. Fuck it.
“They knew many things but had no idea why. And strangely this made them more, rather than less, certain that they were right.”
–Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
I just stumbled on EM Forster’s The Machine Stops. Published in 1928. It’s about a distant future in which humanity lives in physically isolated cells, communicating only by video link, controlled by an omniscient global technology platform. This is the opening scene. pic.twitter.com/v5ZywMth2c
— James Plunkett (@jamestplunkett) September 12, 2020
This was first published in 1909 in actuality. I’ve read it; it’s short, worth reading, and extremely prescient.
It predicts modern liberalism quite well. Read it here for free.
i would like to formally apologize to the Jurassic Park franchise for every time i’ve gone “why would they just?? constantly reopen the parks?? people are DYING????” 2020 has me seeing clearly now
— ˗ˏˋ lars ˎˊ ˗ (@larsaddams) August 9, 2020
That always bothered me when people watch movies and complain about those in the film doing stupid stuff.
Man, people do mad stupid shit in real life ALL THE FUCKING TIME. Are you an oblivious halfwit or what?
A lot of folks acting as if 2020 has just been a string of bewildering bad luck, rather than what it truly is: a concentration of widely and reliably predicted and interconnected disasters that advanced nations of the world could have mitigated or prevented but chose not to.
— Kane Wishart (@kanewishart) September 11, 2020
Right. We knew another pandemic was inevitable. Did nothing. We knew once this one flared, what it’s course would likely be. Did nothing. We knew climate change was going to lead to what’s happening now in the West and worse. Did nothing. We knew the financial crisis would throw millions out of their homes into precarity, often for life. Did nothing.
All of this was both predictable and preventable. Don’t fall for the “who could have known?” propaganda that occurs immediately after and for years following such disasters. Though I see that many of you already are.
Control your own mind — don’t let others do it for you.
One of the things that really struck me in thinking about this is that we need to retire the standard framework for thinking about climate change denial. We've trained ourselves to think the dichotomy is between people who embrace science/people who don't, but that's not adequate
— Luke Savage (@LukewSavage) September 11, 2020
Have been saying this for years. No one listened. 99%+ of people are climate change denialists. Human stupidity knows no bounds.