Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Must read: The Wages of Roediger: Why Three Decades of Whiteness Studies Has Not Produced the Left We Need | nonsite.org

The Wages of Roediger: Why Three Decades of Whiteness Studies Has Not Produced the Left We Need | nonsite.org: "The popular claim that Trump’s election signified resurgent white supremacy is not only wrong—it’s dangerous."

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Yes, "wokescold" is better than SJW

Sorry to be late to this. I've wished for years that someone had come up with a less ironic name than "social justice warrior"—it's too easy to think that's damning both the original social justice workers and the angry people who appropriated "social justice" as a justification for being awful. "Wokescold" is much better because "woke" is so clearly a cultish term like "enlightened" and "scold" cannot be interpreted as praise.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

3 short films about Bret Weinstein, Heather Heying, and Evergreen State College





Monday, April 22, 2019

Hypervigilance and Social Media

Hypervigilance and Social Media « Nina Paley's Blog:
My impulse is to check the internet to find out “what’s happening” — who is reacting to me, to my event, to my film; what are they saying, thinking, doing. They say abuse survivors are “hypervigilant”; it’s a symptom of PTSD. Certainly those being actively abused are. Social media supplies abuse and enables hypervigilance, everything a victim needs. It’s perfect for compulsively monitoring your abusers. Every social subtlety is significant, a cue and a clue to your safety, who will come to your aid and who will betray or condemn you, as Robin Dunbar elaborated in Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language. We constantly need to know where we rank in the hierarchy, who our allies and enemies are, and how those alliances shift. We need not only keep track of our friends and enemies, but our friends’ friends and enemies, and our enemies’ enemies and friends. For this, the human brain was designed; language evolved merely to keep better track of ever-shifting ranks, alliances, and enmities, according to Dunbar. No wonder fecebook is so addictive.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Julian Bond explains how identitarianism hurt the Black Power movement

From Tapes & Transcripts | The Two Nations Of Black America | FRONTLINE | PBS:

HENRY LOUIS GATES, Jr.: Well, how did the black power movement relate itself to the Civil Rights movement? Was it a coda? Was it an aftereffect? Was it the next step? Was it the real revolution, or not the revolution?

JULIAN BOND: It promised to be the next step, but I don't think it ever realized that promise. A section of the movement became more nationalistic, pulling on this long stream of nationalism that's ever-present in black America, and schisms between black and white workers developed. Whites were expelled. The movement lost its interracial nature. It lost its larger support in the larger community. They were harmful to the movement. And while they didn't kill it, they certainly slowed it down.

The High Cost of Denying Class War by Yanis Varoufakis

The High Cost of Denying Class War by Yanis Varoufakis - Project Syndicate:
Polite society seemed not to give a damn that it had become easier to get into Harvard or Cambridge if you were black than if you were poor. They deliberately ignored that identity politics can be as divisive as apartheid if allowed to act as a lever for overlooking class conflict.

Identity Politics and the Left - Eric Hobsbawm

Institute of Education, London on 2 May 1996

Identity and Identity Politics | Marie Moran

Identity and Identity Politics | Historical Materialism

The Two Nations Of Black America | Henry Louis Gates

Tapes & Transcripts | The Two Nations Of Black America | FRONTLINE | PBS

A New Sense of Direction (1968) - M. L. King

A New Sense of Direction (1968) | Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs: When finally reaching for clubs, dogs and guns they found the world and the nation watching. It was at this moment that the power of non-violent protest became manifest.