Not sure how or why it happened. But my last search for the Trump Jr. emails seemed to have tapped into some alternate dimension. The exchange starts off the same, but takes several unexpected turns. . .
Hey, it’s so good to see you. I’m so glad that the nine of us could finally get together. We never seem to be able to find the time, but now that we’re here I have no doubt that this will turn into another epic party. But here’s the thing: we’ve really got to figure out what kind of pizza we’re going to order. We know we want to get one of those LargeHugeTM pizzas over at Slorpy’s, which should feed all of us, so we’re only going to order one single pie.
Odd that we’ve found ourselves in such a specific predicament, but there it is. Nothing a little democracy can’t solve. Continue reading “Don’t Let Anyone Tell You How to Vote (for Pizza)”
When Donald Trump won the election, Polish activist Martin Mycielski freaked out a little. Mycielski is a member of the Committee for Defense of Democracy, an organization that’s currently committed to opposing (or at least slowing down) the Neo-Authoritarian Law and Justice Party that has recently taken power in Poland. After the US election Mycielski believed he saw the same situation happening here in the United States. In an effort to save his American counterparts the confusion he and his friends went through as they watched Poland regress, Mycielski wrote a guide called Year 1 Under Authoritarianism, What to Expect? The guide started as a PDF, but eventually grew into the website LearnFromEurope.org.
The entire site is a great read, but what stood out to me was Continue reading “Consider the Flag”
I’ve been struggling to come up with a way to visualize how the media works in a neo-authoritarian government. One expects the authoritarian to have complete control or almost complete control over the press; active suppression of dissent. Turns out you don’t need to do that at all. If you feed people lies consistently enough, many won’t believe them, but many will, and many more will turn away from any media, which allows the authoritarian to do what they’d like.
Below is a working infographic representing the phenomenon:
The next version will include pinpointed attributions, but for anyone wishing to know more about the modern method of misinformation, read or watch the below:
The Purge is a 2013 horror film that explores the idea of an America where all crime is legal for one night a year. Part of the appeal of the films are how they explore the effects such a festival would have on culture and economics. A central theme is that there are positive outcomes of the Purge: there is almost no crime Continue reading “The Hidden Assumption Behind The Purge”
Up until the election of Donald Trump, it was easy for America to tell itself that it was special, that it would never really suffer the crises of liberal government that threaten the rest of the world. But now it seems that we’re just as susceptible to authoritarianism as the rest of the world. Or are we? Continue reading “Exceptional After All”
After perfectly unambiguous campaign promises about bringing back “a hell of a lot more than waterboarding,” we see a leaked draft executive order bringing back enhanced interrogation techniques and re-opening black sites. Since then, Press Secretary Spicer has since disavowed the document, but given that the Trump Administration has already made progress on the other centerpiece parts of it’s platform like the Muslim ban and the Mexico Wall, and given Trump’s praise of the practice to David Muir, I think it’s reasonable not to assume the issue of torture is going away. So, let’s give it a go one more time: Continue reading “How Torture Really Works, and What It Really Is”