I wrote about why the left is so much worse at shifting the Overton window than the right. http://tinyletter.com/thebestsophist/letters/making-space-for-radicals-39-am-i-still-a-leftist-if-i-reject-liberalism
Tech friends! Your skills are needed! Sketch City—a civictech group in Houston—has several digital projects to help support volunteer and emergency relief logistics. Info for contributing in the link ☟ http://snaps.bernardyu.com/322Z382x0o2U
Treat people as whole people. Not just workers, not just experts. But whole people. Parents, siblings, hobbyists, nerds, busy, complicated, tired, hungry, friends, family.
Make space for the beautiful, the messy, the difficulty and pain. Let folk be whole fucking people who carry their community and their hearts with them wherever they are. Let people be broken and joyful in whatever measure they need.
Do that and people step up and shine brighter than the best full spectrum bulb you can find.
So I’m temporarily working with the amazing folks at OpenNews. And words like this are why I love them dearly: https://source.opennews.org/articles/acknowledging-our-full-selves/
Sometimes that results in (mostly) white feminists defending Tina Fey’s sheetcake sketch as satire—without regard of her broader history of work that often pushes for a sort of head-in-the-sand brand of political action as well as ignoring her history of being racist, ableist, and transphobic.
Other times its arguing for a pacifism as a universal rule without regard for how authoritarian power would often *love* to be able to steamroll over pacifists.
Now, I’m neither white nor pacifist—I will fucking defend my people with whatever tools I have—but I think about how liberalism teaches people to think about and apply principles in a way that focus on individual acts without understanding the broader contexts in which actions occur—which ultimately perpetuates systemic injustice.
Over the last two weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about the intersection of acceptable political action, pacifism, satire, and the role of scholars and the petit-bourgeious in fighting fascism and white supremacy.
One piece I’ve been thinking about is this piece on pacifism in the context of white privilege.
one of my bunnies has multiple malignant tumors—none around vital organs as far as we know (xray in 11 days). She is still happy, without pain, eating well, and curious. But it’s only time now.
And I don’t have enough money to live under the same roof—she is with a friend of a friend because I don’t have anywhere that is bunny-friendly to live.
My bunny is dying of cancer and I can’t afford to live with her.
nazis marching right now
There are hundreds of Nazis marching around the University of Virginia campus right now. They are wearing swastikas, carrying torches, chanting nazi chants.
My friend is livestreaming to document that this is real and not overreactionary radical stories: pscp.tv/w/1ypKdlnmEadKW
My heart is broken a million ways to sunday and this is merely one of the reasons why.
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