“I don’t understand what you’re saying about X but I got an opinion on X just the same.”
“You can tell me facts all you like but nothing’s going to change my mind.”
“There’s a lot of pointless chatter in the world. I prefer to break a thing down to the yes/no true/false parts. That way I cut through the bullshit and my opinions have a firm foundation.”
“I believe in free speech. It’s a yes or no principle. I say yes. The first amendment makes yes the law of the land.”
“I want Law and Order. Trump backs crackdown on chaos. Trump is for Law and Order.”
“Social media is a cesspool of anonymous unaccountable sock puppets, talking point bots, incel trolling and everybody shouting at once their opinions about everything. All locked in echo-chambers divided by specious political tribalism.”
“Social media brings out the worst in everyone. Mainly because there’s no accountability. You can say what you want and there’re no consequences when you act like an a$hole.”
“Why should I respond to every message on my social media? I reply where I can, especially to the most annoying or deplorable comments. What’s so bad about using my finite time to hit the best and the worst, to make a difference?”
“I’m not convinced this is true. How do I test this?”
According to our initial 30-day experiment and subsequently adjusted by results sent by readers of this page, the percentage weight of responses to the three categories:
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Identity politics has spread like a virus in the past decade, as neoliberal corporate political elites blend partisan duopoly atomization tactics with team-game activism of gender and sexuality movements whose proven efficacy in their extraordinarily successful campaigns for gay equality is a blueprint for achieving sociocultural goals. Like most opportunistic strategies prosecuted against the general public by elite interests, identity politics has its roots in genuine and persistent inequities.
Critical race theory (CRT) is a useful case in point.
#BlackLivesMatter is a good timeline of recent identarian viral vector manipulation.
Civil Rights movements of the 1950s and 1960s were the grassroots of activist awakening. The 1970s and 1980s saw the capture of the successor leaders (Clyburn, Sharpton, Jackson) and the fermentation of a usable post-modernist version of Critical Race Theory in universities and colleges nationwide.
What had been a marginalized complex of movements were looked on more favourably by the duopoly elites seeking to win popular polarized votes during the 1990s and 2000s and pushed to divisive extremism in the 2010s by way of calcifying the corporate-oligarchy stranglehold on federal, state and local power dynamics.
Democratic Party has taken on the “pro” civil rights mantle, appropriating the civil rights cause, buying in its most prominent advocates and mobilizing a generation of tech-savvy young adults to take command of the equality messaging moral high ground. Republican Party, on the other hand, has followed its natural populist inclinations to shepherd the “anti” reactionary white majority and the aspirant ‘tradition-loving’ star-spangled melting pot into reliable “Make America Great Again” voter blocs.
“Polarization into extreme ‘base’ blocs is an excellent control mechanism for subverting democracy’s universal suffrage into a shock absorber for continued corporate duopolist domination of power and wealth. Propaganda can be perpetual, easy to learn your particular team’s orthodoxies and gratefully devoured by the respective loyal supporters. Stability litmus of public opinion and ‘lively debate’ in the public square can compete for the small percentage of floating voters without ever facing a challenge from ‘third rail’ non-conformists.”
Keith Fenton (@Horseshit_McKay) replying to @mulier_loquax @jscushing and 2 others – How.can racism be created by a campaign against racism?
Femi (@Femi_Sorry) – Because racists don’t like it when people from ethnic minorities have a voice, so they get angry, accuse them of having a secret political agendas, and call them divisive, so that it looks like anti-racism is what is responsible for the racial unrest.
Futon Mindful (@Futon_Mindful) – Bullshit identity politics is designed to look like courage but in reality achieve nothing & impact not a single plutocrat’s bottom line. Taking the knee. Orange marches. Group mandate gestures are perverse misdirections that serve only to play into entrenched power inequities.
Patrick O’Flynn (@oflynnsocial) – Ming has lost the plot here. The meaning of knee-taking does not belong to Eng footballers. It is the gesture of the Cenotaph defacers and imported from rancid US ID politics. You simply cannot adopt it in the expectation of universal acclaim.
James O’Brien (@mrjamesob) – Trying to put my finger on why it’s always ‘Brexiters’ who have the biggest problem with a peaceful protest against racism..
Merton Jo (@MertonJoJo) – Flynn is a bigoted moron. But he’s right about ‘taking-a-knee’ being a poisonous purity test, imported from identity politics of US duopoly war games. If he was smarter he’d be keen on these divisive public gestures that look courageous and pro-active but change nothing.