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I think this was the last time visiting my neighbour across the street. Apparently she’s heard I visit the library very often, that I did not sign up for the new bible club, and that I read “dangerous” books. She has arranged for her pastor to visit me. Bit at a loss for words.
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We are on the edge of a spy scandal with major implications for how we understand the Trump administration, our national security, and ourselves. open.substack.com/pub/snyder…
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1/2 We really should have a serious discussion on why “legal experts” are stunned, when so many Cassandra’s, of OSINT, IC and journalism, were ahead of the curve at the time already.
'Deliberately deceived the nation': Legal experts stunned by 'jaw-dropping' report on Barr, Durham protecting Trump dlvr.it/ShXqHR
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2/2 We tend to think of our governance structures as neat and separate, but we need to acknowledge that Citizens United ended that. We have government, but we also have a regime of force dynamics. A social club of DoJ & ex-DoJ toxic fixers is one such force dynamic.
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This is painfully relevant. Because when crime of the worlds above and below meet and develop economies of scale, authoritarianism always follows. Typically imposed from above, guided from below. Nativism, populism, authoritarianism - networked corruption. Thread 🧵👇
NEW: US-style deals that allow big companies to pay to avoid criminal prosecution have spread around the world — and so has a pattern of repeat corruption offenses, an ICIJ investigation has found. 🧵bit.ly/3uRmQik
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An inconvenient truth. The key features of the GOP’s populist radical right ideology - nativism, authoritarianism, and populism - are not unrelated to crafted mainstream ideologies and mass attitudes. 1/2 They are best seen as a wilful radicalization of mainstreamed values.
Based on the horrified reactions of the few people who have watched it, the video of the killing of Tyre Nichols by 5 Memphis police ofcrs, to be released this eve, figures to be the worst this country has ever seen. Looking forward to discussing w/ @mitchellreports at 12 noon ET
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2/2 A population in a state of fear, is easily lured into enabling a State of Fear. A process which would be next to impossible, if it wasn’t for the cooperation by corporate media, functioning as narrative engines. Consider the barrage of “copaganda” across the decades.
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The painful, often inconvenient, irony is that Trump’s use of conspiracy theory, belief systems & belief traps wasn’t just far less effective than historical use of this by oligarchs. But that none of the tools for it were his to begin with. Each of them was provisioned to him.
Trump “used well-worn conspiracy strategies like poisoning the well, repetition, and fraud. Above all, he counted on his conspiracy being “self-sealing” (can never be proven true or false), and he counted on his followers being both gullible and cynical— +
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Auschwitz didn’t just take time. We tend to see such horror as something between a result of agenda, and accumulation of madness. But we ignore, forget, that it is foremost a product of individual and then collective failure to stop any such agenda from establishing agency.
At Auschwitz we see the end of the process, but the Holocaust did not start from gas chambers & murder. The hatred developed from marking a victim who could not escape its fate, from ideology & words, through legal exclusion, violence & dehumanization. Auschwitz took time.
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Technically, Transnational Organized Crime is at war with us. It’s foundational to every vector in todays discourse coalition of authoritarianism. 1/3 We are still waking up to the complexity of this global conflict between civil society and uncivil power. Foreign, and domestic.
Replying to @jenmercieca
In retrospect, we've always been at war with Russia. We just didn't realize it until last year.
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The ongoing Triple Insurgency, of Plutocracy, Crime and Cult, is televised, and sponsored. By Boeing. And Wal-mart. And General Motors. And Aflac. And Ford. And J&J. And PwC. And AT&T. And so forth. All continue to provision the architects of authoritarian agenda, and agency.
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Once upon a time the adagio of “follow the money” worked well enough. Unfortunately, when our historically recurring twin insurgencies of plutocracy and crime were accompanied by a third, cult, it no longer did. Follow the narrative. Follow the strings. Follow the money.
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As both in- and out-group are target and resource alike to authoritarians we, the out-group, are faced with a bit of a question: why and how are we, opponents of authoritarianism, a resource to it? post.news/article/2IprYrU8GR…
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It’s worth exploring this in more ways than a NYT would ever allow to be explored. 1/2 Here’s an old paradigm folks with a background in counterinsurgency and intelligence should recognise.
“rural Americans are more likely than urban Americans to be on Medicaid and receive food stamps…And because rural America is poorer than urban America, it pays much less per person in federal taxes…metropolitan areas hugely subsidize the countryside.” nytimes.com/2023/01/26/opini…
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2/2 The architects of today’s authoritarian agenda, four decades old, have created a system where we pay for their agency. And we can’t afford not to. For many bad and good reasons. It’s a subtle reminder that we can’t solve our challenges without dealing with the architects.
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Once upon a long ago, I told a professor “thank you for your service, professor”. An man who had served in our military, who then served as a teacher. The next time we met this man told me he had cried, after my goodbye. Because I thanked him as a teacher, not as a soldier.
Do your students say "thank you" when they are walking out of class after it has ended?
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The truth is that while I did thank him as a teacher, I did so in a manner of cultural reflex - typically reserved for a very different profession. As it made him reflect, he got me to reflect. We don’t value education the way we should. It is a service, with all that entails.
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Democracy dies in Euphemisms, and Reductionist Fallacies. Neither are an accident.
One reason our country is so “polarized” is because white supremacist strategies to stoke division and destroy public education are never described as such by corporate media outlets. They use cravenly immoral euphemisms that won’t upset consumers in thrall to “anti-woke” BS.
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