Fascinating read, but wow, what a misleading quote in the onebox. And terrifying how the absence of constant low-level bullying made submission and compliance seem pleasant.
I think it gives away too much, too soon.
But that’s exactly how it works, not just in that one country.
It’s good to get a 3-generational representation of how quickly and completely this happens.
TW: this talks about death and dying.
This is kinda genius and amazing and I want it, if I get the chance.
This report on e-waste and the costs - human as well as economic - is a good one to consider during the holiday shopping season:
“…the kind who brushed the dog and told their children bedtime stories…”
That passage leads into this one:
[ETA] Need to add a pic of Sir Terry!
I will say that the concept of growth helped drive the postwar liberal consensus, and that itself is part of the problem, because of what endless growth demands.
Another pins more blame on the Democratic Party’s cultural elitism.
I would argue that the post-Clinton third wayism wasn’t about “cultural elitism” so much as it was about embracing growth and international trade to drive wage growth…
A handful of Republican senators, including J. D. Vance, Marco Rubio, and Josh Hawley, have embraced economic populism to some degree, but they remain a minority within their party.
And of course, that’s bullshit. Yet more examples of journalists just taking the far right at their word.
When they say “cultural elitism”, it means “not pandering to the science-denying, modernity-hating, proudly ignorant bigots”, doesn’t it?
Yogi Berra has entered the chat: “Always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t go to yours.”
Just another reminder that being smart doesn’t mean that one can’t end up down a conspiracy theory rabbit hole. People have been talking a lot about this book, but I’m glad they’re focusing on this point, because it often gets missed here, that it’s not about intelligence:
Then there’s Junichiro Koizumi, one-time Prime Minister of Japan.
(excerpt) Koizumi was at certain points in his tenure an extremely popular leader. Most people know him very well due to his trademark wavy grey hair. His outspoken nature and colourful past contributed to that; his nicknames included “Lionheart”, due to his hair style and fierce spirit, and “Maverick”.