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December 01, 2016

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agoodcartoon:motherfucking memory hole you could drive a truck...



agoodcartoon:

motherfucking memory hole you could drive a truck thru

The fact that they can’t or won’t remember anything is kind of the problem.

December 01, 2016 06:06 PM

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Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century

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by Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History
Yale University

“Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

1. Do not obey in advance. Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely given. In times like these, individuals think ahead about what a more repressive government will want, and then start to do it without being asked. You’ve already done this, haven’t you? Stop. Anticipatory obedience teaches authorities what is possible and accelerates unfreedom.

2. Defend an institution. Follow the courts or the media, or a court or a newspaper. Do not speak of “our institutions” unless you are making them yours by acting on their behalf. Institutions don’t protect themselves. They go down like dominoes unless each is defended from the beginning.

3. Recall professional ethics. When the leaders of state set a negative example, professional commitments to just practice become much more important. It is hard to break a rule-of-law state without lawyers, and it is hard to have show trials without judges.

4. When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words. Look out for the expansive use of “terrorism” and “extremism.” Be alive to the fatal notions of “exception” and “emergency.” Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary.

5. Be calm when the unthinkable arrives. When the terrorist attack comes, remember that all authoritarians at all times either await or plan such events in order to consolidate power. Think of the Reichstag fire. The sudden disaster that requires the end of the balance of power, the end of opposition parties, and so on, is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Don’t fall for it.

6. Be kind to our language. Avoid pronouncing the phrases everyone else does. Think up your own way of speaking, even if only to convey that thing you think everyone is saying. (Don’t use the internet before bed. Charge your gadgets away from your bedroom, and read.) What to read? Perhaps “The Power of the Powerless” by Václav Havel, 1984 by George Orwell, The Captive Mind by Czesław Milosz, The Rebel by Albert Camus, The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt, or Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev.

7. Stand out. Someone has to. It is easy, in words and deeds, to follow along. It can feel strange to do or say something different. But without that unease, there is no freedom. And the moment you set an example, the spell of the status quo is broken, and others will follow.

8. Believe in truth. To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.

9. Investigate. Figure things out for yourself. Spend more time with long articles. Subsidize investigative journalism by subscribing to print media. Realize that some of what is on your screen is there to harm you. Bookmark PropOrNot or other sites that investigate foreign propaganda pushes.

10. Practice corporeal politics. Power wants your body softening in your chair and your emotions dissipating on the screen. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people. Make new friends and march with them.

11. Make eye contact and small talk. This is not just polite. It is a way to stay in touch with your surroundings, break down unnecessary social barriers, and come to understand whom you should and should not trust. If we enter a culture of denunciation, you will want to know the psychological landscape of your daily life.

12. Take responsibility for the face of the world. Notice the swastikas and the other signs of hate. Do not look away and do not get used to them. Remove them yourself and set an example for others to do so.

13. Hinder the one-party state. The parties that took over states were once something else. They exploited a historical moment to make political life impossible for their rivals. Vote in local and state elections while you can.

14. Give regularly to good causes, if you can. Pick a charity and set up autopay. Then you will know that you have made a free choice that is supporting civil society helping others doing something good.

15. Establish a private life. Nastier rulers will use what they know about you to push you around. Scrub your computer of malware. Remember that email is skywriting. Consider using alternative forms of the internet, or simply using it less. Have personal exchanges in person. For the same reason, resolve any legal trouble.
Authoritarianism works as a blackmail state, looking for the hook on which to hang you. Try not to have too many hooks.

16. Learn from others in other countries. Keep up your friendships abroad, or make new friends abroad. The present difficulties here are an element of a general trend. And no country is going to find a solution by itself. Make sure you and your family have passports.

17. Watch out for the paramilitaries. When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and pictures of a Leader, the end is nigh. When the pro-Leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the game is over.

18. Be reflective if you must be armed. If you carry a weapon in public service, God bless you and keep you. But know that evils of the past involved policemen and soldiers finding themselves, one day, doing irregular things. Be ready to say no. (If you do not know what this means, contact the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and ask about training in professional ethics.)

19. Be as courageous as you can. If none of us is prepared to die for freedom, then all of us will die in unfreedom.

20. Be a patriot. The incoming president is not. Set a good example of what America means for the generations to come. They will need it.“

Timothy Snyder
Housum Professor of History
Yale University
Author: “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning” (x)

For your consideration.

November 21, 2016 01:33 AM

November 20, 2016

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astralika: agoodcartoon: agc. Let’s see: 1. The Ford Plant was...



astralika:

agoodcartoon:

agc.

Let’s see:

1. The Ford Plant was never going to move to mexico, and Trump made that up

meanwhile, Leader of the neo-nazis says Trump’s the real deal

2. The rise of the dollar (or any currency) isn’t necessarily all good, as also evidenced by the fact that Japan’s had a DEFLATION crisis

Meanwhile, Trump literally appoints a white supremacist to his staff.

3. Well, if officials aren’t allowed to lobby once out of office, why is Trump allowed to essentially lobby to himself while in office

Meanwhile, Trump’s VP has some of the longest anti-gay history in America today

4. The stock market being up was after it plunged hard during the election when Trump was continuously pulling lead, it’s incredibly easy to believe that this is a stock market bubble that’s ripe for bursting, and how in the hell does the stock market, played on only by upper-class people, help the whining middle class who thought that somehow one of the biggest corporate moguls - and the biggest failure of a corporate mogul at that - would somehow help them?

Meanwhile, there are perfect comparisons to be made between Trump’s proposed muslim ban and post-9/11 muslim registry

5. Ah yes, that good ol’ assimilation. You know, that thing where you better look like a good ol’ nuclear family or die. And we can try to make you look like us, with conversion therapy! Oh, sorry, with repeated electric shocks and long term emotional abuse! 

And to top it off for this fifth panel, I’ll just refer to AGC’s own Civil Protests in Cartoons, Then and Now.

To sum it all up, Here’s a thread about not putting up with your family’s shit. No, we WON’T be seeing you this Thanksgiving. You don’t want to give us rights to exist, we won’t exist in your life.

November 20, 2016 06:39 AM

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benito-cereno: davidmann95: And stay safe. It doesn’t get...



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davidmann95:

And stay safe.

It doesn’t get posted often, but I’m pretty sure this panel is the real thesis of All-Star Superman

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October 02, 2016

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The world is full of surprised, and I am not in favor of several of them.
	-- Brain Drain, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #12

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September 22, 2016

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  "Sounds ingenious," Gurgeh said.  "Does it work?"
  "So they'd have us believe.  In fact it's used as an excuse for not
giving people a proper trial, and anyway the rich just bribe their way out.
So yes, as far as the rulers are concerned, it works."
	-- Iain M Banks, The Player of Games

September 22, 2016 09:17 AM

August 31, 2016

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In this universe of ours, with its wealth of errors and legends, historical
data and false information, one absolute truth is the fact that Superman is
Clark Kent.  All the rest is open to debate.
	-- Umberto Eco, The Book of Legendary Lands

August 31, 2016 03:17 AM

July 08, 2016

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Why does everyone here have these incredibly cumbersome ways of
sending me messages?  Don't you people have e-mail? 
	-- Randy Waterhouse, Cryptonomicon

July 08, 2016 06:17 AM

<X11R5> Man, appparently people pay serious money for solutions.

July 08, 2016 06:17 AM

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May 04, 2016 03:17 PM

September 28, 2015

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<sarah> eat the rich, gain their powers

September 28, 2015 09:17 AM

June 06, 2015

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I sure do dislike change.  The Sun has moved in the sky and I distrust it completely.
	-- Leonard Burton, Welcome to Night Vale

June 06, 2015 06:17 AM

May 17, 2015

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Every Bitcoin tale
Begins with, "Fuck you, got mine!"
Ends, "Fuck, you got mine!"
	-- Purplekeyboard, Reddit

May 17, 2015 09:17 AM

March 02, 2015

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<neale> stop thrashing!

March 02, 2015 06:17 AM