Tag: power


The Paper Tiger Who Grew Claws

"'I understood the infamous spiritual terror which this movement [the Social Democrats] exerts, particularly on the bourgeoisie, which is neither morally nor mentally equal to such attacks; at a given sign it unleashes a veritable barrage of lies and slanders against whatever adversary seems most dangerous, until the nerves of the attacked persons break down... This is a tactic based on precise calculation of all human weaknesses, and its result will lead to success with almost mathematical certainty... I achieved an equal understanding of the importance of physical terror toward the individual and the masses... For while in the ranks of their supporters the victory achieved seems a triumph of the justice of their own cause, the defeat...

British filmmaker Adam Curtis explains what’s going on

The creator of the also excellent Century of the Self film series released his latest film in October, 2016. Dubbed HyperNormalisation, it offers both a history lesson of the complicated relationship between the West, the Middle East, and Russia, as well as an unflinching look at the roles played by technology, surveillance, and the media on our modern condition of general confusion, destabilization, and surrealism.

Why we should forgive Kim Davis like Jesus would but like she can't apparently do as only a 4-yr disciple

Look: i'm not Christian but i was raised in the church and you know -- i can super get on board with, & always try to have compassion with my fellow humans. As #WWJD would have wanted. There's good stuff in there. But Kim Davis seems to miss the proverbial forest for the trees. It's like the freshly minted newborn foal that balks at the idea of Grace. She's ungainly and on spindly legs and trying to figure it out.I think at heart Kim Davis is actually trying to do the right thing, which is what is truly tragic in this bizarre situation that ultimately has more to do with the vicissitudes of Kentucky law than with any larger religious interest.Kim Davis has been a sinner in a very deep way -- more than most of us -- and she's quite hone...

police brutality

Why do we still feign shock at police brutality and abuse of power? Because we hope that ingratiating ourselves to power will reward us, and fear that exposing its moral bankruptcy may harm us. ### See also: * Rodney King * Michael Brown * loose cigarette seller Eric Garner * 14-yo killed in NY * every peaceful protest ever * Nixon * subprime mortgage crisis * Savings and Loan crisis * bank bailouts in array[list years] * inflation * financial advisor scams * Bernie Madoff * Uber #powerbehavingbadly