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  • I think the SPLC fucked up re Nawiz, and the apology seems like the right thing to do. That doesn't mean all their reporting is wrong or evil; they've done a lot of good work over the years, and continue to be a valuable resource.

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  • Did you read the SPLC article, or just jump right to ad hominem? They discuss that the right's use of the term is traced to William Lind, a white supremacist conservative author. Lind uses the term to claim that Jews are engaged in a conspiracy to undermine western culture by promoting anti racism and feminism. Mark is echoing that theory here, using the term as a shorthand to claim that the left is undermining western culture by promoting anti racism and feminism. Do you think Mark got the term from Schroyer, or is he using it in line with right wing conspiracy nonsense that draws on Lind? I think you're smart enough to know the answer there.// You can still yell at people on the left without cosigning anti Semitic nonsense, you know. It shouldn't' be that hard.

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  • Also, the "term" cultural Marxism was coined by Trent Schroyer in his 1973 book "The Critique of Domination: The Origins and Development of Critical Theory."

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  • It would be better to make your claim without citing the expertise of the now discredited SPLC, whose latest exposure was the loss of a lawsuit to Maajid Nawaz for character defamation. $3.7 million plus an aplogy. Ouch. The SPLC now exists mainly to raise cash.https://www.thedailybeast.com/its-not-easy-to-fight-extremists-if-youre-called-one-why-the-sclc-had-to-pay-maajid-nawaz-dollar3375-million

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  • Hey Mark. So, "Cultural Marxism" is a term initially developed by Nazis; it's an anti Semitic conspiracy theory which is used to claim that Jews are deliberately undermining Western culture. The terms derivation and use is discussed here (https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2003/cultural-marxism-catching)// Whether you mean to or not, using "cultural Marxism" is dog whistling to the far right and anti semites. You should probably avoid it if you don't want to do that.// Beyond that, rock and roll hasn't always just been about freedom. It's also been about ripping off black people—not in the sense that you're stealing music, but in the sense that certain people get paid more and get credit for innovations because of the color of their skin. Rock has also in later days, a it's become irrelevant to pop, been a rallying cry for reactionaries, Rock fans burned disco records because they were made by black and queer people. Though obviously that doesn't fit your narrative here.

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  • Now I see that the D.S.A. doesn't advocate govt control of enterprises but leans more towards cooperatives owned by workers. It's the Michael Harrington model of socialism. They're not really Marxists.

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  • I'd like to know more about her ideas for popular control - a euphemism for govt control - of means of production. All industries, selected industries? Politically, it's unviable on a national level. There are no models of success for this sort of full bore socialism. Venezuela is a model, but not the one she wants.

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  • Great minds must think alike because I keep thinking, "Man, I hope Martin Scorsese has some years left on him because only he can direct a movie about the Trump administration!"

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  • you haven't been to the beach with your husband in 45 years

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  • Smearing gays as child molesters to defend your pedo priest church is pretty disgusting but nothing new for Mark Judge. Father Martin is hardly some gay radical - he won't even directly challenge the notorious "intrinsically disordered" BS theology that Pope JPII cooked up in the 80s to re-pathologize but the the bishops and a vocal minority of law catholics have moved so far to the right that even a milktoast defense of gays triggers a foaming at the mouth backlash that recycles these Paul Cameron inspired lies about gay men and children. Disgusting.

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  • This movie was a Spotify ad. and not a very good one!

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  • I wonder how the command/response of voice activated tools like Google Home or Amazon Echo or even Siri will effect our ability to communicate with each other. I find myself wanting to say "please" when I ask Alexa for the weather. Or to say "thank you" when "she" delivers an answer. I know i don't have to--it's just words in the air to a bot. But if these devices became a part of our world, we further lose the power of politeness just as you suggest. I almost wish Amazon and Google would provide a "politeness" requirement in the code. My favorite part of your post is the risk of becoming like an asshole boss with the one word command. It's a lack of respect, really. And we need to do everything we can to respect ourselves and others by remembering the little things do, in fact, matter.

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  • Bang. Best Trump thing I've read in awhile. Go Crispin.

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  • Seems a little late not to be losing, after two SC appointments, the giveaways, kids in cages, etc. but we won't know who's doing well until November, of course. A party that can lose to Donald Trump can only be called pathetic however. That's not up for debate.

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  • (most working class people were voting against the GOP already, of course.)

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  • Democrats aren't losing at the moment. They keep flipping seats, and are doing very well in elections since 2016. So maybe working class people have figured out that rampant giveaways to the rich, slashing healthcare, and white nationalism are bad and they should vote against the GOP.

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  • It isn't just the political/policy issue. It's the overt contempt outside the policy realm. If they hate you, what do you think their policies will be?

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  • Love it!

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  • I think Hemingway has that effect on people. But perhaps we could say that about all true writers. They leave something of themselves in their books. Thanks for the recommendation..I actually haven't read any Kipling so this could be a good start. :)

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  • Had an English prof fifty years ago who couldn't say enough about Papa. After my class was over, I discovered something which I should have suspected. Prof hadn't been away from academia for more than summer vacation since kindergarten. To pshrink the guy--who was a good guy and an excellent teacher, I would suspect his interest in Hemingway was a way of making himself more of a man of the _-masculine--world. The other issue is that my father had a college friend who was wounded in North Africa and ended up after D-Day censoring correspondents' reports. His view was that the worst thing that happened to Hemingway was when he figured out he was.... HEMINGWAY. Third, I recommend reading Kipling's The Bull That Thought and see if Hemingway might have written it.

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  • Why the fuck do you care so much about a white bitch braiding her hair? Literally looking for anyyyyyy reason to be pissed off and scream cultural appropriation. Is a white bitch in braids disturbing your life so much that you gotta focus in on it like this? Way over thinking. White bitches have long ass hair that we want out of our faces just like you do. Stupid ass racist fucking bitch. White people sure are breaking your balls by wearing braids....Find something else to complain about like maybe black bitches straightening their hair or wearing blonde extensions. OH IM SO HURT BC IM WHITE AND HAVE NATURAL BLONDE HAIR WAHHHHHH. Go cry in a corner somewhere. You say oh idc do you girl no you don’t. You’d rather cut a bitch down than unite as women and build a bitch up. lammmmmmmmmmme as fuck.

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  • Excellent. A big reason why I remained and will remain a full time resident abroad has to do with the laws regarding contribution to the public coffers. Less said about this is better, suffice it to say, living in the states as I am now would brand me if not land me somewhere . Your conclusion (whose morale I concur with) would indicate that the "It was the times" argument is not a valid one and that our direct descendants will view it thus, though the same argument certainly manages to let an awful lot of historic misdeed go mildly criticized by the collective public conscience, albeit in no small measure abetted by massive amounts of indoctrination. Still, I imagine that people not as sympathetic to your essay as I am, which would include, I am guessing, a majority of Americans, can take solace in the fact that the future view of the evil of which we speak will be ameliorated by our muddled times.

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  • I really appreciate that this piece continues to annoy bigots. Madison did a good job.

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  • Why does this racist and profoundly ignorant piece maintain its position in the top five "Most Viewed" articles on this site? This moron Afrocentrist has obviously never seen an episode of VIKINGS.

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