1. When deficit concerns were useful in protecting the White Male Status Quo (WMSQ), they used those. When "family values" were useful, they used those. When "state's rights" were useful, they used those. Law & order. Integrity of gov't. Regulatory certainty...
2. Critics of the right cannot seem to help engaging with those "principles" as though they were actually principles, rules of action meant to guide and bind all participants in a society equally. They can't help taking it seriously when accused of violating those principles.
3. But the right is not deploying principles as their critics conceive them, or the way they're taught in political-science classes, as universally binding rules. They are using the *language* of principle as a *weapon* to gain advantage in a political struggle for power.
1. Since we're thinking about the role of media bullshit in presidential campaigns, let's take a look at how it works. As a preface to this thread: I like Gillibrand fine, but I'm not stanning for her or anything -- this is just an examination of media dynamics.
2. Say your a political outlet & you are in an endless war for clicks & eyeballs. What can draw them? One reliable method is to reinforce people's priors -- confirm to them what they already think they know. People like that feeling. They'll click on that stuff.
3. When it comes to candidates, that means reinforcing whatever "narrative" has built around them. So take Gillibrand. What's the "narrative" that makes Dems suspicious of her? One is the idea that she's faking progressivism & is secretly a Wall Street shill.
Nothing but love & respect for the survivors who confronted Flake ... but honestly, it demonstrates what is so frustrating about Rs. They somehow can't believe problems & suffering are real unless someone in their orbit shoves it in their faces & makes them *feel* it.
You read about this with Rs all the time. Like, an R wants to slash all social spending except on a particular disease his niece has. Or an R who supports background checks because a close friend was shot. Or an R who opposes torture because he was tortured.
The perverse thing is, the press plays these things up as though they are praiseworthy! Uses them to show that this or that R is not really cruel or thoughtless. He loves that cute niece with the disease! Human, just like us.
1. 9/11 did not bring out the best in America. It brought out the worst. It *could* have brought out the best, but the ruling regime immediately co-opted it into a campaign of lies, militarism, anti-intellectualism, and partisan warfare.
2. It deformed & distorted US life, in ways that now seem permanent. It bloated the military, bloated intelligence agencies (and led to stupid, unnecessary new ones), degraded civil liberties, and became a re-usable rhetorical tool for reactionary demagogues.
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I think I have my wife convinced to replaced our dead stove with an electric stove + an induction cooktop (rather than gas). Any final tips, warning, recommendations, supportive words? Not looking forward to replacing our cookware ...
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Keep foil away from stovetop, unless you want to experience permanent bonding. Otherwise, you’ll love it. Our current house came with a gas range, but I’m planning to convert by the end of the year.
Wait, like aluminum foil? What happens?