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On the Milo Bus With the Lost Boys of Americas New Right

"This is a story about truth and consequences. It’s a story about who gets to be young and dumb, and who gets held accountable. It’s also a story about how the new right exploits young men — how it preys not on their bodies, but on their emotions, on their hurts and hopes and anger and anxiety, their desperate need to be part of a big ugly boys’ own adventure."

"It is horribly ironic that of all the disgusting nonsense Yiannopoulos has said — about women, about Muslims, about transgender people, about immigrants — it is only now that the moderate right appears to have reached the limits of what it will tolerate in the name of free speech. The hypocrisy is clarion-clear: This was never, in fact, about free speech at all. It was about making it OK to say racist, sexist, transphobic, and xenophobic things, about tolerating the public expression of those views right up to the point where it becomes financially unwise to do so. Those suddenly dropping Yiannopoulos are making a business decision, not a moral one — and yes, even in Donald Trump’s America, there’s still a difference. If that difference devours Yiannopoulos and his minions, they will find few mourners."

"It is vital that we talk about who gets to be treated like a child, and what that means. All of the people on Yiannopoulos’ tour are over 18 and legally responsible for their actions. They are also young, terribly young, young in a way that only privileged young men really get to be young in America, where your race, sex, and class determine whether and if you ever get to be a stupid kid, or a kid at all. Mike Brown was also 18, the same age as the Yiannopoulos posse, when he was killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014; newspaper reports described him as an adult, and insisted that the teenager was “no angel,” as if that justified what was done to him. Tamir Rice was just 12 years old when he was shot and killed in Cleveland for playing with a toy gun. The boys following Yiannopoulos are playing with a toy dictator, and they have faced no consequences as yet, even though it turns out that their plastic play-fascism is, in fact, fully loaded and ready for murder."

"It seems perfunctory to point out the hypocrisy of building a movement and a career on the back of insulting people — Muslims, migrants, women, people of color — while nursing a hair-trigger sensitivity to any personal attack you haven’t pre-approved. That hypocrisy, though, does not appear self-evident to anyone within this movement, because a fundamental tenet of far-right pro-trolling is that it’s only other people’s feelings that are frivolous. Their own feelings, by contrast, including the capacity to feel shame when they’re held accountable for their actions, are so momentous that infringing them is tantamount to censure, practically fascism in and of itself. These are men, in short, who have founded an entire movement on the basis of refusing to handle their emotions like adults."

"If Yiannopoulos is as screwed as he seems, the left has little to celebrate in the manner of the defeat; he has been brought down, after all, by the one weapon we don’t want to give power to. He has been brought down not by reasoned liberal argument, nor by moral victory over his cod theories, nor by anti-fascist agitation. He has been brought down by conservative moral outrage. Specifically, by conservative moral outrage over gay male sexuality. I can think of nobody on Earth who more richly deserves to be humbled and held accountable. I just wanted my team to be the ones to do it."

Posted by Alittleliberal | Wed Feb 22, 2017, 03:46 PM (2 replies)

Foundations of Geopolitics

Hey yall, First post in a while.

I would like to take the time now to remind everyone about the book Foundations of Geopolitics by Russian philosopher Aleksandr Dugin. This book has essentially become a training manual for Russian geopolitical doctrine. Here are a few important things the book addresses.

1. "Military operations play relatively little role. The textbook believes in a sophisticated program of subversion, destabilization, and disinformation spearheaded by the Russian special services. The operations should be assisted by a tough, hard-headed utilization of Russia's gas, oil, and natural resources to bully and pressure other countries."

2. "France should be encouraged to form a "Franco-German bloc" with Germany. Both countries have a "firm anti-Atlanticist tradition"

- Le Pen the rabid nationalist in France is being supported both directly and indirectly by Russian interests. Her biggest opponents data is being accessed by Russian security forces to leak info that suppresses his vote. Thats the only feasible way La Pen could win. Sound Familiar?


3. "The United Kingdom should be cut off from Europe."

- Brexit. Like in France there is little doubt that Russian misinformation campaigns were common in the lead up the Brexit vote. The Russian Federation has a long history of using internet trolls, bots, compromised real accounts and other means to spread disinformation and propaganda. I don't need to tell any of you to take a look at ANY article or internet forum that is critical on Putin and the Russian deep security state. You will see an eerily familiar pattern among the pro Russian posters.


4. "Ukraine should be annexed by Russia because "“Ukraine as a state has no geopolitical meaning, no particular cultural import or universal significance, no geographic uniqueness, no ethnic exclusiveness, its certain territorial ambitions represents an enormous danger for all of Eurasia and, without resolving the Ukrainian problem, it is in general senseless to speak about continental politics". Ukraine should not be allowed to remain independent, unless it is cordon sanitaire, which would be inadmissible."

-See the Ukraine Crisis.

5. "Russia needs to create "geopolitical shocks" within Turkey. These can be achieved by employing Kurds, Armenians and other minorities."

-In reality this ones playing out a little differently then played out in the book. Putin is using the syrian crisis to isolate Turkey from the west.


6. Russia should manipulate Japanese politics by offering the Kuril Islands to Japan and provoking anti-Americanism.

- Holy shit didn't Trump just suggest the the Japanese PM do this, this weekend? Yes yes he did.


7. "Russia should use its special forces within the borders of the United States to fuel instability and separatism, for instance, provoke "Afro-American racists". Russia should "introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements – extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics."

- So now we have Trump. Ya know, the guy with 3 senior staff members who have resigned because of Russian connections (Page, Manafort, Paul). The guy with decades of business interests in Russia. The guy who's SoS was the CEO of an oil company who has a 500 billion dollar deal on the line with Russia's state oil company. The guy who's senior policy adviser is neo-nazi propaganda mogul who has a fetish for war with China, which brings me to.

8. "China, which represents a danger to Russia, "must, to the maximum degree possible, be dismantled". Dugin suggests that Russia start by taking Tibet-Xinjiang-Mongolia-Manchuria as a security belt. Russia should offer China help "in a southern direction – Indochina (except Vietnam), the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia" as geopolitical compensation."

It really looks like Bannon is playing by Dugins playbook. There's a group called Cambridge analytical and they are a data analysis company that was very active in the UK pre Brexit and the US during the presidential campaign. Bannon is a board member of the group and Conway also has a connection via the Mercer family. Robert Mercer is a large shareholder of CA. CAs parent company is the SCL group. Here's this gem from SCLs Wikipedia page

"After an initial commercial success, SCL expanded into military and political arenas. It became known for involvement "in military disinformation campaigns to social media branding and voter targeting".[5] According to its website, SCL has participated in over 25 international political and electoral campaigns since 1994.[2] Since 2009, it has also started to apply its operations for disaster management and disease prevention."

I think that Trump is at best being taken advantage of by Putin and at worst is a Russian asset and that many members of his inner circle are compromised. I think we are seeing Putins takeover play out in real time and this is the playbook that's being used. I really hope I'm wrong but what the fuck does this look like to you?
Posted by Alittleliberal | Tue Feb 14, 2017, 03:31 PM (0 replies)
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