You right-wing folk do realize that if you do, somehow, manage to destroy democracy for good, we’re not just gonna lay down and die, right? Like, you think the lefties are insufferable right now? Wait until we don’t have a political process. It’s not your intimidating demeanor that keeps us at bay. It’s our hope that things can be made better through peaceful means. You go ahead and take that away from us, and see what happens. Fuck around, and find out.
Also, I’m tired of fucking around on Youtube looking for a song or a movie clip, and half of it is chains of white supremacist and conspiracy theory rabbit holes, or bait channels that lead to that shit, or some far-right state propaganda. Tired of being on social media and having to check a thousand years of post history to make sure you all aren’t fucking horrible filthy gas station bathroom creatures trying to indoctrinate morons to whatever fucked up bullshit your pathetic horrid little gray matter subscribes to before I like or reblog anything, ‘cause if you get that shit wrong here come the fucking posturing white knights to put another notch on their belts because allies are disposable. Like, seriously, sometimes I wish a fucking asteroid would liquefy the surface of this planet. Also, if you think I’m shit? If somebody told you I was shit? If you heard from your girlfriend’s boyfriend’s hamster that I’m not a good person?Find the fucking block button and use that shit. Eat my ass. Have a nice day, or burn in the Hell of your own pathetic posturing stupidity. Totally your call. ☺
If you’d grow tall, lines of insects stand astride,
for small-as-small, among such-walls-skies as wide.
And growth-as-grand-or-gnat-gain-spark-gave in kind,
with upturned-eyes-upon horizons-heart and mind.
I honestly believe that humanity as an Anthropocene species is probably doomed. We’ll survive in some form, probably, but not in a contiguous era analogous to the present one moving forward into the future. I say this because human communities, be they authoritarian, neoliberal, anarchic, or interpersonal, more often than not do not self-select for actual merit when choosing practical decisionmakers. More often than not they select for arbitrary traits based on subconscious desire, or even more frequently they select the best performers, the best social liars. And the systems that presently dominate the world exacerbate these self-selecting errors. And the problem is compounded by the follower human impulse to conform, and to attack, based upon arbitrary criteria, anyone who does not conform, and thus the flawed systems are preserved and strengthened. We are monkeys still scrambling for feathers to put in our hair, or shiny rocks to string around our necks, always ready to exhibit sexual prowess, either practically or abstractly, as a means of social dominance. We don’t select for wisdom or ability. We select for our subjective, flawed models of what wisdom and ability look like. And then the masses dutifully follow. And, thus, it is only a matter of time before a beautiful liar leaps from a cliff that is too high, and takes human civilization with them.
So, let’s have a little talk about Tim Scott.
For those who are unaware, Tim Scott is a South Carolina Senator who recently gave a rather batshit, Christian nationalist, reactionary oration as rebuttal to Joe Biden’s speech before the Congress this week. He has since drawn criticism from progressives and from the left, with people referring to him as ‘Uncle Tim’ or an ‘Oreo,’ both pejoratives meant to indicate that he is a black person who champions white values and intentions over the liberation of people from his own ethnicity.
I can’t revoke Tim Scott’s black person card, because, as I said yesterday in an unrelated matter, while I know what it is to be part of a genetic minority and while I’ve faced many of the same interpersonal and systemic challenges as a black person, I ain’t black. So that’s between black folks and Scott. What I will say, though, is that when I saw that speech my first thought was ‘this guy is a hypocrite and he is betraying any kind of liberative agenda.’ I didn’t tweet it out or participate in the ‘Uncle Tim’ shenanigans because, believe it or not, my dickhead meter does have a red line and sometimes I actually notice when the needle’s about to hit it. I do think the same thing, however, every time I see Michael Steele (former Republican National Committee chairman) on NBC talking about what it means to him to be a black conservative (translation, a black reactionary helping to oppress people from his own ethnicity by trying to redeem what has been, for decades, a proto-fascist, white supremacist political party).
So, after all of this happened on social media, MSNBC commentators swooped in, last night, to decry the ‘race traitor’ language. People in the neoliberal press started writing hot takes about how people can’t stand a black conservative, about how the left is out of control etc, etc. I don’t think that quite captures the crux of the issue, though. I think that’s a very typical establishment response to criticism of the establishment. I think it was a bit of a self-serving, coordinated hit job. What do I mean by this?
You see this reaction by the mainstream often, and typically it is directed at liberative voices on social media in a very derisive and dismissive way. There’s a lot of language about ‘crossing the line’ and ‘mutual respect’ and ‘civility.’ The reason this happens is that the paid commentators and the sociopolitical brokers of the world, who have access to platforms more expansive and far-reaching than a tweet, are, liberal or conservative or overtly fascist, at their core reactionary forces. You see this in NBC’s ‘conservative curious’ atmosphere (even while the country was slipping into fascism because of that party and that way of thinking). You see it in the mainstream media’s continuous embrace of liberal narratives of false equivalence. This logical fallacy that people who want to use the status quo to oppress people and people who want to overturn the status quo to liberate people can somehow meet at some mystical, morally supreme ‘middle,’ if only all the radicals can be silenced and everyone can learn to get along (looking at you, Barack Obama…).
And when voices of liberation see someone used in a token manner (because that’s what people like Tim Scott and Michael Steele are, whether they understand that or not, tokens) it is disheartening to them because they understand the propaganda value of that move, as do the reactionaries masquerading as woke in those anchor chairs and behind those editorial desks. The mainstream, liberal or conservative, center prides itself on sociopolitical stasis, on tranquility and order at the cost of justice. In fact, their social, political, and economic positions rely on that kind of anti-revolutionary position. Same as it did during the time of slavery, when people in nice clothes said there had to be a way to compromise the slaveholder and abolitionist position. Same as when there were Jewish people who collaborated with and informed to the Nazis, because something about impolite conflict just didn’t sit right with them, because they hoped they could maintain their positions in whatever order followed.
So, I can’t confiscate these guys’ black dude cards. But I can point out that the corporate coalition in this country, which has allowed and enabled fascist activities and policies, which has used the narrative of token oppressors to marginalize voices of genuine liberation, and which continues to tell their own ‘big lie’ that there is a middle ground between exploitation and liberation, only cares about civility when their own agenda or behavior or operatives are criticized. They react in the way they have reacted because liberative rhetoric is dangerous to all of these people and the positions they hold as representatives of an exploitative, propagandistic order, and because, deep down, a lot of these people, politicians, copy writers, correspondents, and anchors, understand that they are functionaries in a system that does not care about liberation, of black people or of anyone else. They understand that they are capitalism’s pet prisoners, overseeing those who might generate actual resistance and imposing cognitive, emotional, and practical boundaries on folks with a true liberative agenda, on behalf of the people paying their salaries. I’m not saying they’re all bad. They aren’t. Not even the tokens. A lot of them do fantastic work, and are tremendous professionals. But they are participants in a reactionary oppressive agenda, and that shows through most when they use that vast media machine to criticize people for calling out what is essentially hypocritical, propagandistic nonsense.
So, it’s for black people to say how black Tim Scott is. But I can certainly safely call him an asshole, and I can share some of that glory with all of the people defending his right to be an oppressor from an oppressed group of people.
Not your tormentors, and not your doom,
only a conscience, which but you soothe.
Finished filling the lake, and built a house. Now, all I have to do is dig out all that sand (and build the view ☺).