So after Bernie Sanders bombed at Netroots because of his incapacity to say “Black lives matter”, Hillary Clinton posted a message on Facebook that says “Black lives matter.”
Of course, it’s great that she managed to squeeze it out (after refusing to do so and hiding behind the profoundly idiotic “All lives matter” only a couple of weeks ago). But God, does she have to do this naked opportunism thing in such an obvious and contemptible way? This reminds me of the worst moments of her campaign back in 2008 (“Oh, how dare he say anything against guns? I crawled out of my mother’s womb with an AK-47.”)
The brilliant Alice Miller on the fallacy of forgiveness:
Some therapists work under the influence of various interpretations culled from both Western and Oriental religions, which preach forgiveness to the once-mistreated child. Thereby, they create a new vicious circle for people who, from their earliest years, have been caught in the vicious circle of pedagogy . This, they refer to as “therapy”. In so doing, they lead them into a trap from which there is no escape, the same trap that once rendered their natural protests impossible, thus causing the illness in the first place. Because such therapists. . . cannot help patients to resolve the consequences of the traumatization they have suffered, they offer them traditional morality instead.
Remember, a therapist who is a professional and not a quack will never ever ever push you to forgive.
The idea that forgiving is somehow morally superior to not forgiving, to holding on to a grudge, to feeling anger is a means of social control. And every time you praise somebody for forgiving or push yourself to forgive you reinforce structures of oppression.
See more of this great article here.
In mixed company, I expressed concern that young people had no interest in political activism.
“No, we are very politically active!” a bright young creature interrupted me. “I literally don’t know a single person my age who doesn’t use hashtags! I have participated in a hashtag campaign last week, for example.”
112 years of movies about space aliens have demonstrated how unimaginative and boring human beings are about this subject.
If somebody is treating you badly, it can never be your fault. There can never be an ounce, an hair-breadth of your fault in your being mistreated by anybody. If somebody is mistreating you, it’s completely, totally, utterly 100% about them. If you never existed on this planet, they’d be doing exactly the same thing to somebody else.
And another reminder: there is no such thing as criticizing a person for their own good. Somebody who nags, criticizes, points out your “defects”, puts you down, reminds you of every obstacle that exists in your path, etc. is doing this for their own good, not yours. And their good consists of hurting people, which tells us a lot about this sort of individual.
Does anybody understand what Hillary Clinton is doing any longer? The election is hers to win but she seems bent on minimizing her chances. First, there was that very off-putting CNN interview. Then she decided not to show up for Netroots Nation.
And it’s kind of disgraceful that “one-track Bernie” (with all due respect) is drawing crowds that are twice as large. Hillary ‘ s campaign is way too low key compared to what it should be at this point. When was the last time you read an interesting piece that discussed her? In the meanwhile, interesting articles that reference Walker abound. Even though he’s not mentioned positively in them, the crucial part at this point is that he does get mentioned.