tbh the people who probably bear the most singular responsibility for stopping the Vietnam War were....*drumroll*....the Vietcong and North Vietnamese https://t.co/NI6LrtoNc6
50,000+ casualties and still no ability to control territory. A persistent opponent that could, even after being utterly decimated post-68, continue to deny ground.
it takes a while but eventually the US public does a cost-benefit analysis.
the model e-celeb:
a. launders their pathology in one of the major culture war ideological camps
b. powerful friends
c. too small for big people to care about, too big for medium and small status people to harm
the model e-celeb is publicly pious but everyone "knows" privately that they are a pathological liar with a long history of dysfunctionalityt and anti-social behavior
however, no one can say this publicly out of fear of the e-celeb's friends. and the e-celeb is safe from people powerful enough to challenge them because they are too insignificant for any powerful people to care about
in the second season of GITS: SAC there is a virus that activates people to commit acts of public suicide. It is depicted as a kind of self-replicating virus, but also one that targets people generally predisposed to have pre-existing radical beliefs.
It is contained within a fake essay by a real Marxist revolutionary theorist, which activates a virus when downloaded and read.
The virus is partly masterminded by an intelligence operative working on behalf of a foreign power, but also sets in motion events that the operative and his patrons cannot control.
wokefluencers in center-left journals: ABOLISH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE! ABOLISH THE CONSTITUTION! I AM ANGRY, HEAR ME ROAR
center-left politicians: *taps mic* is this thing on, um yeah so just don't forget to vote for our favorite insider technocrats
the similarities to the pre-Trump GOP are growing stronger and stronger in an uncomfortable way. What happens when the base finally gets fed up with being scammed
you're telling people that they're in a Manichean struggle of good against evil and giving editorial space to absurdly inflammatory hate-click material. and then you tell them that they need to vote for the boring, party-backed, technocrat centrist type