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A little aside on that topic: The prefered spelling is "trans women". Making it a noun is considered somewhat othering, just like "the gays" instead of "gay people" or "Blacks" instead of "people of colour".
I just wish that this could be presented in a way that doesn't require a lot of pre-existing knowledge from the audience about cultures they didn't grow up in (both in terms of Buddhism and Marxism)
That said, I can unfortunately see how, in the warped understanding of an MRA, the Matrix framework applies to the oppression he experiences by feminism and political correctness (I wish you could see how hard my eyes are rolling right now). And, as Arthur says, those guys probably get off on appropriating the work of progressive trans women to fuel and propagate their reactionary delusions.
hat said, I can unfortunately see how, in the warped understanding of an MRA, the Matrix framework applies to the oppression he experiences by feminism and political correctness (I wish you could see how hard my eyes are rolling right now).
Arthur: If it is part of your ideological framework that everyone is brought up in a ideological or cultural framework hostile to yours, then the red pill narrative fits.
Cheriola: I got the impression that the extreme right is co-opting the "red pill" metaphor not primarily for anti-feminist goals, but more for distinctly anti-social economic / political ideology, which I assume goes more along the lines of Randian libertarianism.
I have read that Bannon and his ilk are also big fans of Lenin. At which point I hit a wall of "Does Not Compute" - though probably just because of my aforementioned lack of any detailed knowledge of what the various strains of Communism-associated "isms" actually entail. I just know that my country once subscribed to an ideological system called "Marxism-Leninism", whose mere existence to me implies that Leninism has more in common with Marxism than with the kind of ideologies the Western right-wing normally are subscribing to.
The film makers have rather ingeniously used the venue of a science fiction action picture to articulate a praxis that contains within its coordinates the requisite dialectical critiques of prior failed praxis, including Althusser’s theories of ideology.
When I really love a show or book, I'm sometimes so scared that the sequel will be disappointing or even ruin what was great about it in the beginning, that I can't bring myself to watch the rest
stereotypical presentation of non-Western cultures, and even Wolfgang is basically a German stereotype about Russian immigrants
that absolutely cringe-worthy first part of Will's storyline, especially the way all the law-abiding people of colour around him advocate for cruelty against people of colour who are criminals, while he, the white cop, is better than that
and let's just say that gay viewers were not amused about the show condoning straight female fetishisation of gay people through the character of Daniela
in real life depressive people often don't have big traumatic reasons for their mental illness
I do mean real Communism here, not the Soviet-style one-party state-socialism that is reffered to as "Communism" in the West.
Basically, the society she writes only works because people have removed all sociopathic / greedy / religious impulses from human nature, through education, indoctrination, mandatory therapy and even brain surgery. It's not as awful as it sounds, nor as unusual - all human societies indoctrinate their population with their moral values and try to limit antisocial behaviour through sometimes drastic means, and what else is education / aculturation if not an effort to make children fit into the society they are born in?
which leaves the reader to conlude that the author really thinks rapists rape because of high testosterone levels, not because social inequality breeds sociopathy and abuse. (The society enslaves all straight men for public safety reasons. And there are no women shown to ever abuse their power over the men.
And that society could also only work in a universe where transgender people and bisexual men don't exist
if she could havbe thought of a realistic way out of the dilemma, she would be a strong contender for a Nobel Prize, and I don't mean for literature.
Well, it probably would, if I had an evil sibling or colleague who wanted to ruin my online reputation by impersonating me, or something.
Michael Parenti has pointed out (and he probably wasn’t the first) that Mussolini and Hitler co-opted a lot of left-wing rhetoric about revolution and fighting corrupt elites to sell fascism in the 20s and 30s.
*I call him that because according to Naomi Klein, it hurts his brand to insinuate he’s not the one calling the shots.
As for the article itself, I had to stop for a minute when I reached this part:
I don’t claim to understand what causes depression, but trauma clearly ain’t it in all cases, and my impression is that it’s not even in most cases.
Part of the problem for me was that I didn’t find any of the characters particularly compelling,
(I think removing all sociopathic and greedy impulses is impractical and overkill;
And I still don’t quite understand why Western Marxists and liberal progressives take such a hardline anti-religious stance.
(Privilege: when you can shrug off a story which seems to call for the enslavement of people from your demographic in the certain knowledge that the negative consequences for you and people like you will be effectively nil.)
gay people - the last of which the Allies didn't even free but just put in another prison
Robinson: I call him that because according to Naomi Klein, it hurts his brand to insinuate he’s not the one calling the shots.Cheiola: Uh... Are you talking about Trump or about Bannon here? If it's Trump, I agree. Though I'm not so sure it's Pence pulling his strings.
Robinson: I call him that because according to Naomi Klein, it hurts his brand to insinuate he’s not the one calling the shots.
Robinson: As for the article itself, I had to stop for a minute when I reached this part:Cheriola: Because you agree, disagree, or because your eyes glazed over at the string of incomprehensible terminology, like mine did? ;P
Robinson: As for the article itself, I had to stop for a minute when I reached this part:
I don't remember 1984 being that bad. Though of course I read that in a German translation. (In highschool, as part of the obligatory "anti-Fascism innoculation trifecta" of 1984, Fahrenheit 400-something, and Brave New World.
Also, his free use of weapons is really, really silly in a country with stringent gun control, even for someone who might believably have connections to Russian illegal arms dealers. I laughed my ass off when he used that rocket launcher - within line of sight of an office building of the federal police right across the river.
the creators have made it look like Wolfgang has some sort of fetish for women of colour, which gives his budding romance with Kala a bad aftertaste. (Yes, there is a large Turkish minority in Berlin. But most of them would not run around unveiled or even naked in an unisex bathhouse.
From what I've read, the plot-point about Chicago 'ghetto' hospitals refusing to accept gunshot wound victims is actually true. (They don't have the funding to keep a 24/7 emergency team of trauma surgeons on staff.) But having that injustice presented the way it was, by an African-American nurse no less, was a really bad idea.
I came away with the impression that Daniela's endangerment was just the spark that finally made Hernando face up to what had been bothering him for a long time: That Lito is hiding him like something to be ashamed about. And that's why he broke up with him.
Lito came out for Hernando (and for himself, to finally stop leading a double life), not for Daniela.
And as far as I remember, Daniela does take responsiblity - she's voluntarily resigning herself to a lifetime of domestic abuse - to make up for her stupidity and invasiveness. It's what redeems her character. (Well, that and the fact that hating her would be like kicking a puppy.)
The Sensates themselves enjoy it and presumably only people already aroused get pulled into the clusterfuck (Capheus wasn't in the mood so he only got a little physical backwash, not the full stereo mindmeld - I like to head-canon him as asexual, for his reaction in that scene and a few other reasons), so it's not exactly non-consensual.
It should have been enough to show her having been diagnosed with depression, and maybe refer back more indepth to her blink-and-you-miss-it suicide attempt scars that were already shown in an early episode. But that probably wouldn't have been enough for most neurotypical people in the audience to feel sorry for her and retroactively realign their mental picture of her to cut her some slack.
The one guy just stood out for being memorable for all the wrong reasons. KSR is just not very good at compelling characterisation.
They're just not... much fun to be around, or even fun to loathe. They're just very ordinary. Which may be the point, since the books are usually about how communities deal with their problems, not about singular heroes, like in more libertarian scifi.
There is an audio version of Chill and Grail, yes.
In the real world, all we can hope for is to break the cycle that makes kids turn into sociopaths in the first place - i.e. removing child abuse (including parental beatings), severe childhood trauma (wars etc.), and doing our best to remove the various social oppressions and otherisations that lead to partial sociopathy … Besides that, removing social structures that inherently encourage sociopathic behaviour (e.g. shareholding companies, or badly supervised prisons, or the CIA) would help a lot.
If you want, I can do a whole song and dance routine on why Socialist states are doomed to always end up with a dictatorial government, no matter how well-meaning the people who set up the system were originally.
And the reason for that ultimately is ordinary, personal, I-want-the-best-for-my-family type greed that almost everyone is guilty of because it's just human nature.
Incidentally Grail suggests a similar system for choosing political leaders: There's a citizen lottery for who gets to be a candidate, then a democratic election to weed out the truly unsuitable. And it's your civic duty to serve your term as best as you can if your number gets called up. You don't get to opt out. Basically, it works much like jury duty in the US.
To clarify: I don't think the author meant to call for the enslavement of men
The book's seeming condemnation of the concept of "the revolution will not be civilized", I can't excuse, though. Not when it's a rebellion against slavery.
Unfortunately, this recommendation of "make up already" requires ignoring that the colonized population has very real and serious grievances that need to be addressed, even if the major atrocities happened generations ago. It's not okay to treat it as a conflict of equals, nor of people who are equally "in the right".
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