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The American far-right is crashing after its Trump victory high | Cas Mudde | Opinion | The Guardian
Cas Mudde is the author of Populism: A Very Short Introduction and The Far Right in America // reactionary movement never come as far as proactive utopian
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yesterday by asterisk2a
Social Media Is Making Us Dumber. Here’s Exhibit A. - The New York Times
But it’s actually a worthwhile episode to unpack, because it highlights a disturbing, worsening tendency in social media in which tribal allegiances are replacing shared empirical understandings of the world. Or maybe “subtribal” is the more precise, fitting term to use here. It’s one thing to say that left and right disagree on simple facts about the world — this sort of informational Balkanization has been going on for a while and long predates Twitter. What social media is doing is slicing the salami thinner and thinner, as it were, making it harder even for people who are otherwise in general ideological agreement to agree on basic facts about news events.

That’s because the pernicious social dynamics of these online spaces hammer home the idea that anyone who disagrees with you on any controversial subject, even a little bit, is incorrigibly dumb or evil or suspect. On a wide and expanding range of issues, there’s no such thing as good-faith disagreement.

The online anger aimed at Mr. Pinker provides a perfect case study.

...Now, maybe you disagree with certain parts of this argument — I do, in that I think Mr. Pinker overstates the intensity of campus political correctness — but it’s hard to have that debate in the first place when such a wildly skewed version of Mr. Pinker’s point is spreading like wildfire on the internet.

Steven Pinker will be O.K. A fleeting Twitter blowup isn’t going to bruise his long and successful career as a public intellectual. But this is happening more and more — and in many cases to people who don’t have the standing and reputation he does.

It’s getting harder and harder to talk about anything controversial online without every single utterance of an opinion immediately being caricatured by opportunistic outrage-mongers, at which point everyone, afraid to be caught exposed in the skirmish that’s about to break out, rushes for the safety of their ideological battlements, where they can safely scream out their righteousness in unison. In this case: “Steven Pinker said the alt-right is good! But the alt-right is bad! We must defend this principle!”

This is making us dumber.
social-media  alt-right  SJWs  Steven-Pinker 
3 days ago by thegrandnarrative
The Future of Trumpism Is on Campus
At colleges across the country, young supporters of the president are demanding that College Republicans fall into line.
alt-right 
8 days ago by Pasanpr
A Militia’s Plot to Bomb Somali Refugees in Garden City, KS
The town welcomed hundreds of Somali refugees. Then a private militia decided to go “ISIS hunting.”
2017-12  alt-right  terrorism 
13 days ago by Weaverbird
Tory members 'a breed apart' from other main parties, study finds | Politics | The Guardian
Poll shows Conservative grassroots more supportive of the death penalty, obedience to authority and a hard Brexit &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YU9djt_CQM - Authoritarianism: The political science that explains Trump & Trump Brexit Putin AfD = Tyrant - https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/videos/1814546858557902/ //// 30 years thrid way technocracy produced autocracy plutocracy pure unashamedly in your face.
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14 days ago by asterisk2a
U.S. Rabbi Rips Lorde For 'Anti-Semitic' Israel Concert Boycott In Washington Post Ad
Lorde has been blasted as a “bigot” by a U.S. rabbi for dropping a planned concert in Israel to protest the nation’s treatment of Palestinians.Rabbi Shmuley Boteach harshly criticized the 21-year-old singer in a full-page ad in The Washington Post saying she was joining a “global anti-Semitic boycott of Israel.21 is young to be a bigot.”Lord canceled a concert she had planned in Tel Aviv for June after she was contacted by two New Zealand activists, one Jewish and one Palestinian, who urged her to do so to press for Palestinian rights as part of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel founded in 2005.“I have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show, I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one. Tel Aviv ... I’m truly sorry to reverse my commitment to come play for you. I hope one day we can all dance.”
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15 days ago by thomas.kochi
A Militia’s Plot to Bomb Somali Refugees in Garden City, KS
This is a good profile of how right-wing Christian terrorists target refugees in the American heartland.
terrorism  alt-right  Trump  militia_movement 
19 days ago by micahrobbins
Bitcoin’s boom is a boon for extremist groups - The Washington Post
-- The article completely ignores the fact that bitcoin and _dark web_ is a boon for social activists all around the world. And implications for further surveillance of all transactions (good or bad) is completely unaddressed. A courtesy opinion from Tufekci might have helped. There are problems with the promise of blockchain technology but the tone suggests a irrational fear.
cryptocurrency  alt-right  market_microstructure  surveillance  democracy  extremism  social_movements  WaPo  phobia  moral_panic 
22 days ago by rvenkat

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