Welp.

May. 19th, 2017 07:12 am
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[personal profile] gaudior
So, who else spent yesterday constantly refreshing Twitter and the Associated Press with a mix of excitement and dread?

Mostly excitement, for me-- I mean, I have spent the last three decades hearing that the American government is based on "a series of checks and balances" to keep things from ever getting too dire. They are very dire now indeed, but if those checks are starting to get their balancing on, that would be pretty great.

Otherwise, I get to come to terms with the notion that the entire country is run primarily by racist, sexist oligarchs who would do anything to preserve their power, and that only outright revolution will actually stop them.

It's just... I cannot get used to how many different genres the next few years could be. And how rapidly it goes back and forth, which one is most likely.

I like the one where this is all the lead-up to the rise of the diverse and rainbow-strewn socialist utopia, but while I'll keep working for that one, I'm not holding my breath.

--R

Reading: Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Ibram X. Kendi

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Date: 2017-05-19 01:28 pm (UTC)
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God, yes, the genres. That's what keeps tripping me up. I don't know how to emotionally react to each e.g. resignation -- is it the crumbling of the last-gasp evil empire? Is it a conspiracy clearing the way for an even more compromised and terrible appointee? Is it all a smokescreen while we wait for the terrorist attack that will justify canceling elections? Are the nukes coming?

I was saying yesterday that I need to borrow someone's history textbook from like 2150, to get the really high-level overview of the next decade or so. Just a very brief Cliff's notes version, so I have some kind of outline to peg my understanding to.

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Date: 2017-05-19 05:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
So, who else spent yesterday constantly refreshing Twitter and the Associated Press with a mix of excitement and dread?

I mostly check in with the Guardian and the New York Times, but I think it's the same behavor.

I like the one where this is all the lead-up to the rise of the diverse and rainbow-strewn socialist utopia, but while I'll keep working for that one, I'm not holding my breath.

At the moment I would enjoy, whatever the outcome, Not Dystopia. (And since I believe we are in fact living in one at the moment, that'll be an improvement.)
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