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Sad Radicals: dogma and cultlike behaviour within the illiberal Left
Good one about dogma and cultlike behaviour within the illiberal Left: https://quillette.com/2018/12/11/sad-radicals/
The paradigm of suspicion leaves the radical exhausted and misanthropic, because any action or statement can be shown with sufficient effort to hide privilege, a microaggression, or unconscious bias. Quoted in JM, the anarchist professor Richard Day proposes “infinite responsibility”: “we can never allow ourselves to think that we are ‘done,’ that we have identified all of the sites, structures, and processes of oppression ‘out there’ or ‘in here,’ inside our own individual and group identities.” Infinite responsibility means infinite guilt, a kind of Christianity without salvation: to see power in every interaction is to see sin in every interaction. All that the activist can offer to absolve herself is Sisyphean effort until burnout. Eady’s summarization is simpler: “Everything is problematic.”

This effort is not only directed at the self, but also outwards. Morality and politics are intertwined in this system so that good politics become indicative of good morality. Montgomery and Bergman skewer this tendency mercilessly: “To remain pious, the priest must reveal new sins … The new Other is the not-radical-enough, the liberal, the perpetrator, the oppressor.” Because one’s good moral standing can never be guaranteed, the best way to maintain it is to attack the moral standing of others. As Montgomery and Bergman point out, this is also a thrilling and actionable alternative to the discouragement that haunts radicals after each loss in conflict with capitalism and the state. This is how cliques and status games emerge in communities that purport to be opposed to all hierarchy, turning people into what Freddie DeBoer once dubbed “offense archaeologists.”

Bland friendships and events are the result. Conversations are awkward and tense as radicals contort to avoid the risk of hurting each other. As an anarchist, I did not engage with individuals as individuals, but as porcelain, always thinking first and foremost of the group identities we inhabited.

Escape from the paradigm of suspicion is hindered by kafkatrapping: the idea that opposition to the radical viewpoint proves the radical viewpoint. Minorities who question it have internalized their oppression, and privileged individuals who question it prove their guilt. The only thing radicals are not suspicious of is the need for relentless suspicion. As Haidt and Greg Lukianoff write of similar norms on campuses, “If someone wanted to create an environment of perpetual anger and intergroup conflict, this would be an effective way to do it.”
IlliberalLeft  nct  ncpin  IdentityPolitics  Left 
8 hours ago by walt74
Fake News, Bad Presidents: Tyler Cowen Predicts Our Coming 19th-Century Future
“There was lots of fake news. Partisanship was extreme. Media were very biased. Americans reacted politically with extreme emotions and all debates seemed to be full of rancor and bitterness.” That’s Tyler Cowen, author of Stubborn Attachments and a professor at George Mason University, describing not the 2010s but the 19th century. On the latest episode of 2038, Cowen predicts that over the next 20 years, “this nation will go back to an earlier version of its politics, which were highly dysfunctional. You had plenty of people becoming president who probably should not have been. And yet at the same time we muddled through that era and emerged as modern America.”

MP3: https://content.production.cdn.art19.com/episodes/aa745c09-9d21-441f-b1c4-176715d80bb6/d510ade40a18a515dfa5b2dfe77030cbaf3ab91922fd30c385baf337c7c65932ffca8c313caf6ce8913304e44fb120efb05458638ebae450bcff0de721b6e809/2038-Tyler-Cowen-v3.mp3

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- If we’re talking about 19th-century politics, there’s one event that sticks out. Are we headed for a civil war, or some kind of mass armed conflict between Americans?

Although partisanship will go up and debates will continue to become more and more emotional, I don’t see any evidence that we’re headed toward anything like a civil war. The splits are not mainly defined by states or North versus South. Today is a more peaceful era. Police tactics have much improved … the riots of the 1960s are very very far away. So I think a lot of the fighting will stay on social media.

- Do you see that divide playing out geographically as well? Are there going to be parts of the U.S. that are defined as blue America and parts of the U.S. that are defined as red America, with regional rivalries? Or do you see there being some contestation in which the political disputes unfold at a more local level?

Well, right now, as you know, it’s the coastal elite in major cities versus many other parts of the country. But I think that will be in flux. So questions such as, at what rate will former Latino immigrants vote Democratic? Will Asian-Americans defect to the Republican Party in greater numbers? Those are hard to predict. But I don’t see the current coalitions as fully permanent. There’s always competition at the margins and the views of the coastal elite have failed electorally in some ways. And I think they will be moderated, and in the last election cycle you saw that.

- Are we looking at a world where everybody is just kind of constantly on edge about politics?

Well, I wouldn’t say everyone. The happy people will be those who turn off their smartphones, or who don’t put Twitter on them, and who just go about living their lives. And that is, in fact, most Americans, either now or in the future. But I think the intellectual classes — people in media — will become less and less happy. They’ll be more stressed and every day they’ll feel like they’re being put through the wringer. And again this is not the distant future. I think this is America right now.

- Do you think it means that some people in those classes are going to turn themselves off of electoral politics?

They seem to get more and more interested. It’s like an addiction. So I find it striking that, say, the reading of fiction has fallen about 50 percent since Trump was elected. You know — what fiction can compete with what we see happening in the White House? So I don’t see that changing any time.
nca  ncpin  Podcasts  Polarization  DGNI  Politics 
12 days ago by walt74
Cottbus – Ein Feature über Gewalt in einer überforderten Stadt
In Brandenburg ist die Gefahr am größten, Opfer eines Neonazi-Angriffs zu werden. Und in Cottbus, der 100.000 Einwohner-Stadt in der Lausitz, warnt der Bürgermeister bereits vor der Entstehung rechtsfreier Räume. Seit Monaten gibt es fremdenfeindliche Proteste und Übergriffe von Neonazis, aber auch Angriffe von Flüchtlingen auf Bewohner. 4.300 Geflüchtete leben in der Stadt, in der die AfD bei der Bundestagswahl die meisten Zweitstimmen geholt hat. Cottbus ist berüchtigt für ein hochgradig fremdenfeindliches Milieu. Der Verein "Opferperspektive" sieht in der Universitätsstadt bereits eine "Atmosphäre allgegenwärtiger Bedrohung" - die militante rechte Szene versuche, "den öffentlichen Raum zu dominieren".

MP3: http://media.ndr.de/download/podcasts/podcast4292/AU-20181119-1158-0900.mp3

[audio src="http://media.ndr.de/download/podcasts/podcast4292/AU-20181119-1158-0900.mp3"]
nca  ncpin  Podcasts  Nazis  Crime  Violence 
12 days ago by walt74
Peter Sloterdijk über Brüderlichkeit - „Der Sozialstaat ist die Honigpumpe der modernen Gesellschaft“
Schulden wir allen Menschen in gleichem Maße Solidarität? Wie hält es Peter Sloterdijk, der Philosoph des Trainings und der Selbstoptimierung, mit der Sorge um die Nächsten? Teil drei unserer Reihe über "Freiheit, Gleichheit, Brüderlichkeit".

MP3: https://podcast-mp3.dradio.de/podcast/2018/11/25/peter_sloterdijk_ueber_bruederlichkeit_ganze_sendung_drk_20181125_1305_044aa17a.mp3

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Philosophy  Podcasts  nca  ncpin 
12 days ago by walt74
Die Van Berg-Konstante (3/3): Nach der Welle
Als "Frostmann"hat Van Berg eine Riesenwelle ausgelöst. Die hat nicht nur ihn, sondern auch die, die ihn gefunden haben, kräftig durcheinander gewirbelt. Aber was passiert, wenn die Welle abebbt und die Aufmerksamkeit weiterzieht? // Von Serotonin Regie: die Autoren / WDR 2018

MP3: https://wdrmedien-a.akamaihd.net/medp/podcast/weltweit/fsk0/178/1785781/wdr3hoerspiel_2018-11-26_dievanbergkonstante33nachderwelle_wdr3.mp3

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Hörspiele  Podcasts  nca  ncpin 
12 days ago by walt74
Die Van Berg-Konstante (2/3): Die Anderen
Mann überlebt Jahrzehnte im ewigen Eis! Politik, Presse, und die sozialen Medien drehen durch. Alle versuchen die Sensation auszuschlachten und die maximale Aufmerksamkeit für sich zu gewinnen. Van Berg und seine Geschichte werden zum Spielball der Interessen. // Von Serotonin Regie: die Autoren / WDR 2018

MP3: https://wdrmedien-a.akamaihd.net/medp/podcast/weltweit/fsk0/178/1785787/wdr3hoerspiel_2018-11-26_dievanbergkonstante23dieanderen_wdr3.mp3

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Hörspiele  nca  ncpin  Podcasts 
12 days ago by walt74
Die Van Berg-Konstante (1/3): Van Berg
Vor 130 Jahren ist er verschollen - und jetzt wieder zum Leben erwacht! Tiefgefroren überlebte der Wissenschaftler Van Berg im ewigen Eis. Wenig später flieht er aus der Pathologie, und von nun an sind alle hinter ihm her. // Von Serotonin Regie: die Autoren / WDR 2018

MP3: https://wdrmedien-a.akamaihd.net/medp/podcast/weltweit/fsk0/178/1785776/wdr3hoerspiel_2018-11-26_dievanbergkonstante13vanberg_wdr3.mp3

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Hörspiele  Podcasts  nca  ncpin 
12 days ago by walt74
State Like Sleep (2018) | Official Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRWZYDVdgyw

One year after her husband's (Michiel Huisman) untimely death, a young widow (Katherine Waterston) receives an unsettling phone call that forces her to revisit the past.

DIRECTED BY Meredith Danluck
STARRING Katherine Waterston, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Michiel Huisman, Mary Kay Place
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
12 days ago by walt74
The Appearance Trailer #1 (2018)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLx3P6animg

US Release Date: December 7, 2018
Starring: Jake Stormoen, Kristian Nairn, Baylee Self
Directed By: Kurt Knight
Synopsis: When a medieval monk unexpectedly dies in a horrific way, the Church sends Mateho the Inquisitor, a rational man of science, to investigate the alleged 'witch'. When Mateho himself becomes implicated as more monks die mysteriously, he must learn that science cannot explain the horrors around him, before he is seduced by the evil that haunts this monastery.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
12 days ago by walt74
VOX LUX [Official Trailer 2 - "Wrapped Up"]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y4ti900jog

Directed by BRADY CORBET

VOX LUX begins in 1999 when teenage sisters Celeste (Raffey Cassidy) and Eleanor (Stacy Martin) survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of catastrophe — while also catapulting Celeste to stardom. By 2017, the now 31-year-old Celeste (Natalie Portman) is mother to a teenage daughter of her own and struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention.

Select Theaters December 7th - Everywhere December 14th

Vox Lux (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- Featuring Original Songs Written by Sia
- Including “Wrapped Up" Performed by Natalie Portman
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
12 days ago by walt74
Deadly Class Season 1 Trailer | 'Chosen'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffv0Tn2985E

US Air Date: January 16, 2019
Starring: Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor, Maria Gabriela de Faria
Network: SyFy
Synopsis: A teenager is recruited into an elite private school filled with the children of crime families and affluent criminals.
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Series  Trailer 
12 days ago by walt74
We Are Little Zombies (Wî â ritoru zonbîzu) Trailer - Makoto Nagahisa-directed movie
Synopsis for Makoto Nagahisa's We Are Little Zombies (Wî â ritoru zonbîzu) from the Sundance Film Festival: "Their parents are dead. They should be sad, but they can't cry. So they form a kick-ass band. This is the story of four 13-year-olds in search of their emotions."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44NAaE4_kMI
ncpin  ncv  Movies  Trailer 
12 days ago by walt74
1983 | Official Trailer | Netflix
Every country has its secrets. Three unlikely rebels will stop at nothing to uncover the truth behind the lies. New series 1983. Streaming on Netflix from 30th November.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Is8d_FnMTg
ncpin  ncv  Series  Movies  Trailer 
12 days ago by walt74
Why a 21st Century Enlightenment Needs Walls | Jonathan Haidt | RSA Replay
Just as the Enlightenment coffeehouse did in its day, the advent of social media has brought down barriers to participation in public discourse. More people than ever take part in public conversations about the big issues of the moment, and yet it seems we are becoming ever more polarised and stuck. Has this all-inclusive openness come at a cost?

Acclaimed social psychologist Jonathan Haidt visits the RSA to argue that – paradoxically – the very openness of these platforms have proved fatal for the kind of thinking, debate, provocation, and orthodoxy-challenging that is so necessary for liberal democracy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6j5aQhaQR4
ncpin  ncv  Lectures  JonathanHaidt  DGNI  SocialMedia 
13 days ago by walt74

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