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YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: President Barack Obama | Predictions From 2008
'After the election of President Barack Obama in November 2008, Stefan Molyneux made predictions about how Obama's "revolutionary" presidency of "hope" and "change" would ultimately turn out. Going back a video uploaded on November 5th, 2008, Stefan responds to his younger self and the accuracy of his prior forecast. -- Original Video: [The Truth About Voting: Part 3 - Yay Obama!] November 5th, 2008 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2YsJVF-920' -- "This is how you get closure in dysfunctional relationships..."
philosophy  history  america  politics  statism  socialism  predictions  StefanMolyneux 
yesterday by adamcrowe
Wired - October 2016 by min-mag.com - issuu
@Google #jigsaw: Tries to protect people against cyber bullying [but nuance is everything, machines need work]
google  digital  twitter  bully  politics  thug  russia  intimidation  internet  cyber  jigsaw  privacy  security 
yesterday by csrollyson
He Was a Crook: Hunter S. Thompson on Nixon - The Atlantic
Some people will say that words like scum and rotten are wrong for Objective Journalism — which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place. He looked so good on paper that you could almost vote for him sight unseen. He seemed so all-American, so much like Horatio Alger, that he was able to slip through the cracks of Objective Journalism. You had to get Subjective to see Nixon clearly, and the shock of recognition was often painful.
politics  journalism 
yesterday by jellis
A toolbelt for the next 2-4 years and beyond
A toolbelt for the next 2-4 years and beyond by via MechanicalGirl http://ift.tt/2jIDoWF
IFTTT  NewsBlur  politics  &  current  events 
yesterday by adamthelibrarian
He Was a Crook: Hunter S. Thompson on Nixon - The Atlantic
“Some people will say that words like scum and rotten are wrong for Objective Journalism -- which is true, but they miss the point. It was the built-in blind spots of the Objective rules and dogma that allowed Nixon to slither into the White House in the first place. He looked so good on paper that you could almost vote for him sight unseen. He seemed so all-American, so much like Horatio Alger, that he was able to slip through the cracks of Objective Journalism. You had to get Subjective to see Nixon clearly, and the shock of recognition was often painful.”
eulogy  politics  history 
yesterday by leereamsnyder
Spiked -- Obama is not your ‘magical negro’ by Brendan O’Neill
'...the extraordinariness of Obama’s presidency lay in its replacement of politics with therapy. Its transformation of the president from a politician who does things for people into a person who makes people feel things. Its turning of the commander-in-chief into therapist-in-chief. Its confirmation that politics is no longer about wealth and things and the concrete stuff of daily and national life, but is about self-esteem, cultural images, being a ‘catalyst for psychological change’, as one appraisal of Obama puts it. The Obama era was striking because it confirmed the decommissioning of the political citizen, and of politics itself, and its replacement by an empire of emotion in which leaders speak and the citizenry feels and nothing much else happens. -- The response of the media and much of the political set to Obama’s leaving has been intensely emotional. Not since Princess Diana died have respectable newspapers been so stuffed with gushing photo-spreads and memorials and over-the-top comparisons (Di was a secular Virgin Mother; Obama is an amalgamate of Lincoln, Gandhi and King). Observers and the Twitterati are expressing a sense of loss entirely out of proportion to a politician leaving office, which is a regular occurrence in the adult realm of politics. That’s because they’re losing more than a politician. They’re losing a healer (of history’s wounds); a voice of ‘wisdom and grace’, as every gushing editorial describes him; a man who applied ‘balm’ to our personal and political ‘traumas’, as one observer sees it; someone who in recent months had become ‘therapist for those suffering from Trump anxiety’, in the words of the Guardian. The turning of Obama, of the institution of president, from commander of a nation into shaper of feelings, into provider of historical medicine and guarantor of self-esteem, means his leaving is experienced as a profound loss, a mourning. It opens a psychological gap. Some observers claim they feel genuinely ill. The usurping of politics by therapy, and of the citizen by the patient, is complete. -- ... Obama was cheered not for improving people’s lives but for making people feel, rightly or wrongly, that their lives had improved. As argued by the authors of Obama on our Minds: The Impact of Obama on the Psyche of America, Obama’s great service was to ‘the cultural image of African-Americans’ and to ‘perceptions of social opportunity’. This is striking; clearly what matters is not whether Obama tangibly improved African-American people’s lives or really, physically expanded social opportunity, but that he cultivated new images of African-Americans — that is, his own image — and created a perception of opportunity. Because politics isn’t now about things; it’s about feeling. -- Obama’s own language is the language of therapy. His early slogan ‘Yes, you can’ was straight from the world of self-help. He speaks of empowerment. Apparently his very image can be empowering. According to the political thinker George Lakoff, speaking in 2008, ‘You look at him and… you feel empowered’. He’s referring, not to political power — which is something you must win and use and tangibly impact on the world with — but to therapeutic power. Which is not power at all, of course. Rather, empowerment is another word for feeling good, for self-esteem. ‘Be empowered’, said Michelle Obama in her final speech, addressing America’s young people. This is not ‘be powerful’ or ‘seize power’ or ‘here is more power and more liberty’; it’s ‘feel confident’; it’s ‘perceive of yourself as powerful, even if you are not’. It doesn’t seek to change people’s living conditions (politics) in order that they might have more control over their lives; it seeks merely to boost self-esteem, and in the process, through the misuse of language, it obscures where actual power lies and why it remains jealously guarded. -- The treatment of Obama as therapist-in-chief continued throughout his time in office. In 2015 a writer for the New York Times hailed Obama as ‘cognitive therapy for the country’. He praised Obama’s eschewing of ‘sterile facts’ — political concerns — in favour of being our ‘our therapist-in-chief’. At the end of 2016, following Trump’s victory, the Guardian thanked Obama for ‘play[ing] therapist to Western allies suffering from Trump anxiety disorder’. The infusion of politics with the language and outlook of therapy is now so entrenched it goes unnoticed.'
rkselectiontheory  faggotry  emotionalism  soma  politics  america  idiocracy 
yesterday by adamcrowe
Photos: the crowd at Donald Trump’s inauguration vs. Barack Obama’s - Vox
President Donald Trump boasted his inauguration would have an "unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout."
But aerial shots of the National Mall from President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration...
politics 
yesterday by jellis

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