Taibbi: Censorship Does Not End Well – Rolling Stone
Americans are not freaking out about this because most of us have lost the ability to distinguish between general principles and political outcomes.
IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Volume 20, No. 2 (Summer 2018) - Privilege -
the elite university has as its primary social function the sorting of the population. (And it seeks rents commensurate with occupying such a choice position.) It detects existing inequalities, exacerbates them, and certifies them. And whatever else it does, it serves as a finishing school where the select learn to recognize one another, forging a class consciousness that has lately hardened into a de facto caste system.
education  identity-politics  neoliberalism 
20 days ago
A Literary Inquisition: How Novelist Steven Galloway Was Smeared as a Rapist, Even as the Case Against Him Collapsed - Quillette
“I believe that in order to have civil and human rights for women there have to be civil and human rights, period, including the right to fundamental justice, just as for women to have the vote, there has to be a vote,”
7 weeks ago
10 Things I wish I’d known About Gaslighting – Shea Emma Fett – Medium
How political correctness works:

In stage 1, you know that they are being ridiculous, but you argue anyways . . . over things that shouldn’t be up for debate — your feelings, your opinions, your experience of the world. You argue because you need to be right, you need to be understood, or you need to get their approval. In stage 1, you still believe yourself, but you also unwittingly put that belief up for debate.

In stage 2, you consider your gaslighter’s point of view first and try desperately to get them to see your point of view as well. You continue to engage because you are afraid of what their perspective of you says about you. Winning the argument now has one objective — proving that you are still good, kind, and worthwhile.

In stage 3, when you are hurt, you first ask “what’s wrong with me?” You consider their point of view as normal. You start to lose your ability to make your own judgements. You become consumed with understanding them and seeing their perspective. You live with and obsess over every criticism, trying to solve it.
8 weeks ago
Cultural Appropriation Articles Have Made Us Less Open
Designers find it more efficient to riff on existing designs as a shortcut to creativity without citing references — that’s a problem with our production cycles and copyright law.
copyright  cultural-appropriation 
11 weeks ago
How China acquires ‘the crown jewels’ of U.S. technology - POLITICO
So IP ideology (e.g. under Clinton) wasn't some plot - it was just ideology and a lack of planning. Amazingly stupid.
copyright  patents 
12 weeks ago
Why Nashville Voters Rejected Public Transit | WIRED
Check out the comments. American discussion of transit is decades behind here.
cars  transit  us 
may 2018
Links 5/13/18 | naked capitalism
From what I’ve gathered after years of trying to make myself enjoy romance novels (because they’re totally feminist, as the internet is eager to tell me), the genre has a death grip on the idea of the “alpha male.” That archetype has been dressed in different clothing in recent years, made to have moments of sensitivity or of apparently respectful behavior towards women; but if he isn’t, at bottom, capable of domination, aggression, and possessive protectiveness of his beloved, then he isn’t fit to star in a romance novel.
may 2018
The 'white minority' illusion
It would appear that the "emerging Democratic majority" requires anti-white identity politics as its midwife. That would be inadvisable in civic terms even if demographic trends over the next half century favored non-whites more convincingly than they do. As it is, liberals risk actively antagonizing (and hence galvanizing against them) what will remain for some significant time to come the single-largest demographic group in the United States. There may be more foolish electoral strategies out there, but I'm hard-pressed to think of one.
may 2018
I Don't Give a Damn about the First (Insert Identity Here) CEO or President ~ The Ghion Journal
My native land Ethiopia, and “Africa” as a whole, was shattered and plundered because foreign actors intervened and convinced us to focus on clan above humanity. Fixation on our differences superseded our commonalities; the price we paid for this imprudence is evident.
identity-politics  inequality 
may 2018
Opinion | The Problem With ‘Feminist’ Men - The New York Times
what are strong women to do if even the men who seem like good feminists might be misogynists, too? With right-wing men who oppose women’s rights, what you see is what you get. With these bogus male feminists, it can be crazy-making — especially since women are so often taught to subsume our own doubts and even our own experiences if men tell us we’re interpreting things incorrectly.
may 2018
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