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Chase bank can NON CYNICALLY diversify its workforce & board room while destroying working class black or gay people & leaving them homeless. gay or black isn't a class. There are gay & black rich ppl who destroy gay & black workers. Wokeness useful •because• it mystifies that.
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This take is unfortunately as common as it is confused. He seems to believe only 'materially significant changes' matter--as he is saying Wokeness is an historically trivial phenomena without producing them--and yet fails to realize that the point is precisely to PREVENT them.
Replying to @basiltuesday
yeah and neither is really influencing policy in a materially significant way. the political elites exploit trends of the day to sanitize their programs of austerity and warfare. that’s just what they’ve always done and that’s what they’re currently doing. welcome to the world
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Or, rather, we are witnessing the intended material effects--those being the enrichment of the new Silicon Valley overlords and the transition to a new era of neo-feudalism.
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It's really not that difficult to grasp. Even Nancy Fraser has said 'there is a tendency for the politics of recognition not to enrich but to eclipse and replace the politics of redistribution'. It's actually much worse than that, but it's a fundamental insight.
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Or we might consider the correct answer, which is that "the dominant ideology is always the ideology of the ruling class," and try to think through all its implications.
I set out trying to understand Woke Capital. Instead, I think I found the explanation for why every institution is liberal. Wide variety of evidence suggests liberals care about politics more, and caring is the first step to shaping institutions richardhanania.substack.com/…
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Community understood on the basis of immutable, personal characteristics rather than on intersubjective and normatively binding interactions with people IRL is perfectly suited for the totally atomized individual-consumer (bugman) of the global neoliberal order.
Replying to @jackmurphylive
It makes no sense. As an immigrant I want to belong to my new community too! All these identitarians want to just live as islands unto themselves. They’d rather belong to abstract categories where they don’t need to reciprocate any regard or respect, than actual communities.
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Everyone can be isolated in their own little pods, plugged into the digital marketplace, stimulated this way and that on the basis of their 'identity' as belonging to this or that abstraction--identities that are really just the product of marketing campaigns. Totally deworlded.
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When your 'identity' is so constituted, it can also function very effectively as a means for manufacturing consent. When all your relationships are parasocial relationships with 'other people' who don't exist (ek-sist), you can be persuaded only as black/woman/whatever.
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They're still 'fortifying' democracy, I guess.
CONFIRMED: First-of-its-kind call between more than 100 top corporate leaders on Saturday focused on how to respond to proposed changes in state voting laws. Participants included top leaders of airlines, media, law, investment.
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Can you imagine living in a culture where manufacturing consent takes the form of something like the Aeneid?
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The eager willingness with which people accept the idea that there are no [insert gender/nationality/ethnicity] thinkers in the canon due only to bigoted exclusion of their very meritorious works but won't consider that politics might produce unfair exclusions is very striking.
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It's the only difference we really care about--or at least functions metonymically as such--and yet it is unfathomable to these people that a virtual monopoly in this arena over the institution that gatekeeps the canon might exclude valuable insights on that basis.
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"He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby becomes a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee."
Let’s face it, the Dissident Right is just plain perverted.
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The lesson in 'it's cringe to say nice things about someone you said horrible things to/about in life' should be that you stop saying horrible things to/about people in life. Cenk, of course, draws the opposite lesson--'I should shit on the dead too'.
The idea that you say artifically nice things about people after they die is weird. I've never understood the logic of it. Rush Limbaugh was a terrible person while he was alive. He made a living by attacking the powerless. His death does not in anyway change or redeem that.
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It's a total nonsense concept. He opposes 'the people' a la, say, Hobbes, because it suggests a unity, such that in their unity, sovereignty can be transposed into the 'transcendent' sovereign position. 'Multitude' is supposed to be some not unified in this way. Magically.
Replying to @ghostofchristo1
Hardt and Negri have a lot of jargon for this don't they. It's the 'multitude' or some such nonsense
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Not to mention that insofar as the concept has any substance, the form of sovereignty that would appertain to the democratic, self-managing, immanent sovereignty of 'the multitude' is Capital par excellence. He says he wants to oppose Empire with 'counter-Empire'. What he means
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really amounts to little more than the global marketplace identified as an ideal by someone like Adam Smith.
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Yeah, obviously the government shouldn't care about whether the widespread use of a pointless drug is making all its citizens permanently dumber. They should only care about, like, raising the GDP or something! Protecting hedge funds and free trade. Duh!!!
Do you think this justifies making its use illegal?
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