Authoritarian attitudes have been consistently linked to feelings of disgust, an emotion that is thought to have evolved to protect the organism from contamination. We hypothesized that body odour disgust sensitivity (BODS) might be associated with authoritarianism, as chemo-signalling is a primitive system for regulating interpersonal contact and disease avoidance, which are key features also in authoritarianism. We used well-validated scales for measuring BODS, authoritarianism and related constructs. Across two studies, we found that BODS is positively related to authoritarianism. In a third study, we showed a positive association between BODS scores and support for Donald Trump, who, at the time of data collection, was a presidential candidate with an agenda described as resonating with authoritarian attitudes. Authoritarianism fully explained the positive association between BODS and support for Donald Trump. Our findings highlight body odour disgust as a new and promising domain in ...
Turkeys most violent riots in decades may have been started by the destruction of a small Istanbul park, but they have exploded in a show of defiance at what many see as the creeping authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.. In power for more than a decade, Erdogans Islamist-rooted AK Party has increased its share of the vote in each of the past three elections, ushered in unprecedented political stability and overseen some of the fastest economic growth in Europe.. Now in his last term as prime minister, Erdogan is trying to leave his stamp on Turkey by recasting foreign policy, overhauling the constitution and even transforming the ancient Istanbul skyline.. But some, including former supporters, accuse him of growing increasingly authoritarian, muzzling the media, tightening his AK partys grip on state institutions and putting religion at the centre of politics in violation of Turkeys secular constitution.. "If it were up to the prime minister, I would be wearing a head scarf," ...
The ongoing take over of Crimea by Russia, and its intense political campaigning to annul the results of the Kiev revolution, took most observers of international politics by surprise. Normally, one has not been considering Russia as a serious contender of the United States for hegemony, as a country with serious economic or military resources, or even as a country with a particularly serious ideology. American and European political science has for decades been busy with "transitions to democracy" and the evaluation of their relative successes (even though there is a recent shift toward the study of authoritarianism), and in International Relations, China seemed to be the only possible opponent to U.S. unilateral hegemony. European Studies examines the various neighborhood policies of the European Union, measuring their relative success in "democratization." The U.S. and European leaders therefore reacted to the events in Russia and Ukraine with surprise: John Kerry spoke of Russias ...
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The reaction to Westpac handing over Nicky Hagers data to police is still playing out. Rob Hosking observes a creeping authoritarianism from the current government.
Their uniting feature, however, is that both groups, however much state intervention they seem to desire, want to achieve their authoritarian impulse via social dominance. They want to change the culture so that that which they deem unthinkable is what everyone deems unthinkable, and thats an authoritarian impulse. They want call-outs. They want social shaming, sometimes on grand scales. They want serious real-world consequences, like no-platforming, blacklisting, firings, individual marginalization (to be distinguished from the marginalization of ideas), and perhaps even vigilante retributions (which may not actually include physical violence) in response to perceived deviations, often vastly in excess of any reasonable definition of "justice." They want punishment, and they want to make examples of offenders. Thats an authoritarian impulse. Whether the state acts upon it or not, the mob, or as they would have it, the prevailing culture, can act just as (or more) effectively and with equal ...
The Authoritarian Personality_ involved a series of studies sponsored by the American Jewish Committee which were supposed to define a certain personality type which would be easily taken up with antidemocratic propaganda, in light of the tragedy and disaster that was the Third Reich. Scales were developed to assess Antisemitism, Political-Economic Conservativism (which amounted to support for laissez-faire capitalism), and Authoritarianism (the F (for Fascist) scale). Both the Antisemitism scale and the Political-Economic Conservativism scale involved predictable statements in which the subjects had to state their level of agreement with in order to achieve a score. The F scale, involved a series of statements which were designed to measure conventionalism, authoritarian submission, authoritarian aggression, anti-intraception (i.e. Opposition to the subjective, the imaginative, and the tender-minded.), superstition and stereotypy, power and toughness, destructiveness and cynicism, ...
At a CNN-hosted town hall debate, Donald Trump said that the US governments core focus should be on security (times three!), health care, and education. In spite of this vague, rambling answer, and much other blathering in support of big government, the real estate mogul has a large, intense following, which includes people on the right, the left, and even some paleoconservatives and libertarians.. In some ways, its understandable: if the normal process of politics revolts you in any way, the dream of anti-candidate Trump is sweet. The approval rating for the presidency in general is around 30 percent, according to Gallup. For Congress, its a stingy eight percent. People - or at least the people Gallup calls - do not seem terribly impressed by their elected officials.. Nor should they be. Powerful men and women spy, meddle, steal, and go to war, whether the people want them to or not, and then pat them on the head and coo euphemisms when people get upset with the results.. Into this travesty ...
The abhorrent conclusion of denying a person a dignified choice for dying is a necessary consequence of earlier decisions to automate decision-making (decision-makers can not make decisions contrary to the evidence) and to preserve social harmony (participates are obligated to cooperate, because there is no accountable human decision-maker). To allow big-data to save health-care, we…
For some of us, this was an expected result given the fact that illiberal democracies have become more the norm than the exception in many countries with different cultures and religions. Erdoğans authoritarianism is not a new type of political Islam and but old school nationalism combined with illiberal democracy, just like Putin in Russia and Modi in India. Erdoğans authoritarianism has nothing to do with Islam but uses religion supported by the ideology of Turkish nationalism. The main obstacles blocking Turkeys democratic path are set up by the founding paranoia of the state about its enemies outside and its distrust of ethnic minorities inside. This nationalist tradition has been ruling the country, both in the name of conservatism and religion. In practice, Erdoğan has been in power for the last 14 years and mastered the paranoia of inside and outside enemies by using nationalist and anti-western discourses. The referendum was about confidence in Erdoğan. One of the crucial ...
For too many in the chattering classes, the imaginary fascism of Donald Trump or Milo Yiannopoulos excuses the real-world censorship and intimidation practiced by the illiberal left.
The trial of prize-winning Turkish journalist Nedim Sener resumed today. His case, along with many others, are raising concerns about Turkey and its model democracy in the Middle East.
Despite the ruling Islamist partys anti-democratic tendencies, Turkey may not suggest a linkage between political Islam and autocratic governance.
Extreme libertarians built blockchain to decentralize government and corporate power. It could consolidate their control instead.
You seemed to have been trying to tie authoritarianism to the Republicans exclusively rather than accurately portraying both parties as mostly authoritarian. EXC was just pointing out an example of Obamas authoritarian streak. Obama also has been delcaring that Republicans should stop their talking and get in line with him. Obamas rhetoric and some of his actions seem authoritarian. One suspects that you label the Republicans as authoritarian yet not the Democrats or Obama as a way to slur them and ignore some of the Democrats problems.. Using your definition of conservative: you think Obama is conservative because of how much he fights for tradition? Are you sure about that? Obama is keeping the status quo on torture and gay rights. I could see how he leans socially conservative on those areas. But then I can think of other areas in which he leans liberal on social issues (ie. abortion, gun control and affirmative action) I can not see how Obama is in any way a conservative on economic ...
Unfortunately, I didnt have enough space in the title to accurately describe the study lol. But this study claims authoritarian style mothers leads to depression and alochol use in their kids, whereas authoritarian fathers has the opposite effect. Quote New research published in Addictive Behavio...
The United Kingdoms Brexit plans continue to lurch from crisis to crisis.. The real problem is Brexit itself, and it has implications for all of us, Professor Robert Patman says.. In the latest Global Insight, the University of Otago international relations specialist examines apparent illegal activities around the original referendum.. Among other concerns, Brexit appears to have been the template for Russian collusion with the Trump election campaign in the United States, Prof Patman says.. "British democracy is in crisis, he says.. "Once the independent rule of law is eroded for partisan reasons, then you are opening the door to authoritarian rule.. Prof Patman is calling on Prime Minister Ardern, and leaders of other liberal democracies, to speak directly and clearly to the British government about these concerns.. "If we dont want to see the rise of authoritarianism, then we need to speak out.. ...
Abstract Abstract:. How do authoritarian leaders insulate their regimes from the contagion effects generated by cross-national waves of popular protest? This article compares the strategies of leaders in four authoritarian regimes-Azerbaijan, China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia-and their responses to the color revolutions and the Arab uprisings. This comparison reveals that these countries have developed an elaborate and similar toolkit to defend the authoritarian status quo and that vigilant autocrats take preemptive measures even when popular uprisings erupt in geographically distant regions or within very different political systems.. ...
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From a strictly stylistic point view, Fosters anthropomorphic discourse concerning the principle of autonomy, to which most of the time he refers as a real being, is notable. However, problems arise as many times the reader might have the impression that far from being a mere literary device, this anthropomorphic way of writing seems manipulative, a problem which increases as soon as these formal questions are connected to issues concerning the books essence. It is not only that the authors discourse can be perceived as unidirectional, as he continuously presents autonomy as a being with authoritarianism, egocentric or dictatorship manners (autonomy is for example described as "ruthless," "fat and [*794] brutal in power"), while the other "contenders for a voice" are always described as humble, positive and just looking for their place without pretending to monopolize the bio-legal debate. The really problematic question is that the reader would probably expect much more evidence and ...
I fell in love with the idea immediately and have cherished and brooded over it ever since. That spontaneous response in me has something to do with my particular background, which is part of a larger pattern I see almost everywhere I turn in the Church and in society these days. So, at the risk of being too self-referential, let me explain a little.. The formation of my soul involved a large element of authoritarianism in various guises and modes. There was sternness and staunchness in my upbringing; many rules, demands and expectations, and too little in the way of affection, closeness, and encouragement. I grew up "good", morally and religiously, but shy and insecure, full of anxiety, self-doubt, and self-reproach.. The friendship of evangelicals in my adolescence-the consciously personal and affective character of their spirituality-and then later, the warmth and liveliness of the religious atmosphere of my alma mater, saved me. Most importantly, I learned, slowly and spastically, to ...
I fell in love with the idea immediately and have cherished and brooded over it ever since. That spontaneous response in me has something to do with my particular background, which is part of a larger pattern I see almost everywhere I turn in the Church and in society these days. So, at the risk of being too self-referential, let me explain a little.. The formation of my soul involved a large element of authoritarianism in various guises and modes. There was sternness and staunchness in my upbringing; many rules, demands and expectations, and too little in the way of affection, closeness, and encouragement. I grew up "good", morally and religiously, but shy and insecure, full of anxiety, self-doubt, and self-reproach.. The friendship of evangelicals in my adolescence-the consciously personal and affective character of their spirituality-and then later, the warmth and liveliness of the religious atmosphere of my alma mater, saved me. Most importantly, I learned, slowly and spastically, to ...
By Marcelo Cavarozzi. From the Introduction. One of the consequences of the intensifying of authoritarianism from the mid-1960s onwards was that both reversions to a party-controlled democratic government were made against the will of the military, rather than under its protective tutelage. Hence, the installation of civilian regimes in 1973 and 1983 were the culminations of open confrontations between the collapsing military regimes and the oppositions of the time. The confrontational style of politics that prevailed during the transitions could have hardly been avoided. Although each one of the last presidents of both dictatorships, General Lanusse and Bignone respectively had been explicity appointed to administer the liquidation of military rule, the armed forces made last-minute efforts to determine who their successors would be, or at least to impose restrictions upon them. Although the military failed to achieve those objectives, military intransigence acted as a catalyst for significant ...
Fahrenheit 451" is perhaps his most successful book-length narrative. An indictment of authoritarianism, it portrays a book-burning America of the near future, its central character a so-called fireman, whose job is to light the bonfires. (The title refers to the temperature at which paper ignites.) Some critics compared it favorably to George Orwells "1984." François Truffaut adapted the book for a well-received movie in 1966 starring Oskar Werner and Julie Christie. As Mr. Bradburys reputation grew, he found new outlets for his talents. He wrote the screenplay for John Hustons 1956 film version of "Moby-Dick," scripts for the television series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and collections of poetry and plays. ...
The three contradictions (Pakistan=Islam+Urdu, civil-military establishment, role of Islam in public sphere)...provide a three-part structure to this book....This thematic framework is intended to enhance our understanding of the Pakistan Paradox. Indeed, so far, none of the consubstantial contradictions of Pakistan mentioned above have had the power to destroy the country. In spite of chronic instability that they have created, Pakistan continues to show remarkable resilience. This can only be understood if one makes the effort to grasp the complexity of a country that is often caricatured. This is the reason why all sides of the three tensions around which this book is organized must be considered together: the centrifugal forces at work in Pakistan and those resisting them on behalf of Pakistan nationalism and provincial autonomy; the culture of authoritarianism and the resources for democracy; the Islamist agenda, and those who are fighting it on behalf of secularism or Muslimhood a ...
For a long while we have not had an exactly stated policy on building a public image. We have just been ourselves and done our jobs and hoped somebody would catch on. This is basically what protected us. And we should keep doing it.. But the time has come to also build a public image as an outflow publicity action.. The image is:. SCIENTOLOGISTS ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE CLEANING UP THE FIELD OF MENTAL HEALING AND EFFECTIVELY HANDLING MENTAL HEALTH ON THE PLANET.. Note that it is dual. We will handle the first part of it first, "cleaning up the field of mental healing." It is a dirty, inhuman, rotten field, full of graft, misappropriation, phony authoritarianism and betrayal. Because it is like this we get a backflash from it. We are the only ones in it who have clean hands and effective technology. So we have no choice but to NOISILY clean it up. That builds that much of the image. By uniting with other civic, humanitarian, and civil- and human-rights groups we can make an organized ...
Mr Cameron said, "let us be proud that this is a Christian country, where we stand for the freedom to practise your faith, and where we stand up for Christians and all those who are persecuted anywhere in our world".. He went on to visit a Sikh temple in Kent, to mark the Vaisakhi festival, and told people there: "Im proud to be the first prime minister to host a Vaisakhi reception at Number 10".. In January this year, the Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said that free speech has to be for everyone if it is to mean anything, as he warned against "knee-jerk authoritarianism" in the wake of the terrorist attacks in France. ...
When a public body says it is to carry out a consultation exercise, what does that suggest to you? Naively, I once believed that it involved asking people what they thought about a particular policy, setting out all the facts in an objective fashion, and if those likely to be affected did not like what they saw to drop or modify the original plan. It turns out, however, to mean nothing of the sort.. Ask the people of Southampton and its environs in south-west Hampshire. They have just been the subject of a "consultation" on whether to add fluoride to their water supply. There were 10,000 responses, 78 per cent of which were opposed. The local health authority carried out a telephone poll, which also showed a majority against. But it is going ahead anyway. Not only is this an affront to any concept of local decision-making, it is a breathtaking piece of social authoritarianism. Whether or not fluoride helps reduce tooth decay is irrelevant. Medication should not be added to the water supply; and ...
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And if you still think this is another manifestation of Chinas authoritarianism, just using safety as a pretext, you might like to bear in mind that the US authorities have required drone owners to register their machines for over a year. However, those regulations have just been struck down by a federal court in Washington, D.C., and its not clear what the FAA will now do. Perhaps more interesting than arguing about Chinas real motives here, is information in the South China Morning Post story about who is using this technology in China: ...
Young people in particular, says Giroux, no longer see much hope in such an unfair society with its ethos of greed. The mall and the prison he writes, have become the preeminent institutions for symbolizing what the future hold for them as they suffer the soft war of commodification or the hard war of hyper-punishment and possible incarceration. This marginalisation of youth can be seen in in any city and town in New Zealand. The belief in the common good with its shared social bonds, established after the Great Depression (in America by Roosevelts New Deal by the Welfare State established (and at the same time by the first Labour Government in New Zealand) have been replaced by rampant selfish individualism. In response, around the world, young people are taking things into their own hands (the 99%) demonstrating against this creeping authoritarianism - about the pernicious effect of corporate influence in all aspects of life.﻽﻽﻽﻽﻽﻽﻽﻽﻽﻽﻽﻽﻽﻽ ...
Republicans embrace presidential authoritarianism, continuing a foul bipartisan tradition of legislating immigration through the executive branch.
At issue, in Ellisons time and today, is the degree to which any individual voice is allowed to express himself. And Ellison rightly resented any force that would stifle this, whether it be the lingering dregs of Southern slavery telling the African-American how he must act or who he must be in telling his story as well as the myopic critics who would gainsay any voice by way of their boxlike assumptions about other Americans. One sees this unthinking lurch towards authoritarianism today with such white supremacists as Jonathan Franzen, Lionel Shriver, and the many Brooklyn novelists who, despite setting their works in gentrified neighborhoods still prominently populated by African-Americans, fail to include, much less humanize, black people who still live there. "White supremacist" may seem like a harshly provocative label for any bumbling white writer who lacks the democratic bonhomie to leave the house and talk with other people and consider that those who do not share his skin color may ...
At issue, in Ellisons time and today, is the degree to which any individual voice is allowed to express himself. And Ellison rightly resented any force that would stifle this, whether it be the lingering dregs of Southern slavery telling the African-American how he must act or who he must be in telling his story as well as the myopic critics who would gainsay any voice by way of their boxlike assumptions about other Americans. One sees this unthinking lurch towards authoritarianism today with such white supremacists as Jonathan Franzen, Lionel Shriver, and the many Brooklyn novelists who, despite setting their works in gentrified neighborhoods still prominently populated by African-Americans, fail to include, much less humanize, black people who still live there. "White supremacist" may seem like a harshly provocative label for any bumbling white writer who lacks the democratic bonhomie to leave the house and talk with other people and consider that those who do not share his skin color may ...
This past June, Karen Hobert Flynn was appointed as the tenth president of Common Cause, the nonpartisan government accountability advocacy group founded in 1970. Hobert Flynn has been involved in Common Cause for more than 25 years and has delved into reform efforts in a number of areas ranging from political money and democracy to voting rights. She headed up the groups Connecticut office for more than a decade and helped implement one of the strongest state campaign-finance reform laws in the country. The American Prospect sat down with her to talk about her new role and her thoughts on the issues confronting our democracy today. This is an edited and condensed version of our conversation. Jennifer Baik: We are at a pivotal moment in our history where the United States could creep into authoritarianism, continue on our current trajectory, or move in a more progressive direction. How would you characterize the historical moment?. Karen Hobert Flynn: I have never seen-in the 30-plus years Ive ...
Journalism (real and fake) and the fate of democracy (its truths and post-truths) have suddenly become a hot topic around the world. A veritable political and media storm has social critics and pundits perplexed as to how to explain many of todays political events. The storm has spread out from the unexpected results of the American presidential elections along with the return of right-wing populism, and the subsequent series of attacks on Immigrants, DACA, LGBTI, and many other vulnerable communities. It comes with a return of ethnic nationalism and the Brexit referendum, a new Cold War, and the globally publicized impeachment ("constitutional coup") of the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff. These examples are not simply a shift toward right-wing authoritarianism, bigger big business, militarization, or the scapegoating of minorities, but in many instances the fabulous denial of social facts journalists, politicians and social scientists are expected to trust in order to carry out their ...
Turkey has defeated a coup - and unleashed a violent mob. In standing up to their military the Turkish people have at last broken with the past and tamed the army - but at what price?. Exactly who orchestrated the coup remains unclear. And, as usual in Turkey, conspiracy theories abound. While the government points the finger at the Pennsylvania-based Islamic cleric Fetullah Gülen, whom Erdoğan accused of attempting to oust him with a corruption scandal in December 2013, others believe the president himself stage-managed it all to consolidate his power by quashing the military for good.. According to this theory, Erdoğan now has a cast-iron excuse for future authoritarianism, having established himself as the countrys undisputed guardian of popular rule - after all, the coup failed after his supporters responded to his call to take to the streets. I dont share this view. A better theory is that Friday was a last-ditch attempt by factions of the army desperate to remove Erdoğan before he ...
Turkey has defeated a coup - and unleashed a violent mob. In standing up to their military the Turkish people have at last broken with the past and tamed the army - but at what price?. Exactly who orchestrated the coup remains unclear. And, as usual in Turkey, conspiracy theories abound. While the government points the finger at the Pennsylvania-based Islamic cleric Fetullah Gülen, whom Erdoğan accused of attempting to oust him with a corruption scandal in December 2013, others believe the president himself stage-managed it all to consolidate his power by quashing the military for good.. According to this theory, Erdoğan now has a cast-iron excuse for future authoritarianism, having established himself as the countrys undisputed guardian of popular rule - after all, the coup failed after his supporters responded to his call to take to the streets. I dont share this view. A better theory is that Friday was a last-ditch attempt by factions of the army desperate to remove Erdoğan before he ...
Events in Egypt - where so far things have not deteriorated to the levels of carnage now seen in Iraq or Syria - have not reached their conclusion, perhaps not even their mid-point. Islamic-style authoritarianism is the dominant characteristic of governance shared by both the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, theocrats and non-theocrats: one or the other must be dominant. They cannot share power. There will be no coalition government or government of national unity. One side or the other must come out on top after the bloodletting is done (which could be a long time indeed). Neither will there be anything approaching genuine liberal democratic civil society in Egypt for possibly an even longer time. The foundational building blocks of civil society-individual liberty, freedom of belief and speech, genuine universal equality before the law, citizens participation in their own governance that goes beyond a mere ballot box exercise-are simply not there and cannot develop there as long as so ...
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John Holdren, Obamas Science Czar: Forced abortions and mass sterilization to save the planet. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2296340/posts. Holdren on Abortion and Morality. http://www.verumserum.com/?p=7328. More you need to read re: Holdren via MMalkin. Well, I did read one of Holdrens recent works. It revealed his clingy reverence for, and allegiance to, the gurus of population control authoritarianism. Hes just gotten smarter about cloaking it behind global warming hysteria. In 2007, he addressed the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference. Holdren served as AAAS president; the organization posted his full slide presentation on its website.. In the opening slide, Holdren admitted that his "preoccupation" with apocalyptic matters such as "the rates at which people breed" was a lifelong obsession spurred by Harrison Browns work. Holdren heaped praise on Browns half-century-old book, "The Challenge of Mans Future," and then proceeded to paint ...
Find out more about the 100 books that have been published to Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) in June 2017. They span a vast range of subjects - from the Littlehampton Libels to publishing social science research, and from a literary biography of Pamela Hansford Johnson to the reciprocal relationship between political modernization and authoritarianism in Germany.. This update includes Growth, Employment, and Poverty in Latin America, an Open Access title by Guillermo Cruces, Gary S. Fields, David Jaume, and Mariana Viollaz.. You can find new books in the following subject modules:. ...
The philosophical nature of the character has invited political critiques, and resulted in comparisons drawn against the political and philosophical views of other fictional characters. Of the various positive analyses drawn from Anarky, two points which are continuously touched upon by critics are that Anarky is among the most unusual of Batmans rogue gallery, and that his challenge to the ideologies of superheroes is his best feature. The authors of "Im Not Fooled By That Cheap Disguise", a 1991 essay deconstructing the Batman mythos, refer to Anarky as a challenge to Batmans social and political world view, and to the political position indirectly endorsed by the themes of a Batman adventure. As the Batman mythos is centered on themes of retribution and the protection of property rights, the invitation to readers to identify with Batmans vigilantism is an invitation to adopt political authoritarianism. The authors summarize that position as "the inviolability of property relations and the ...
I gather Goldberg says a bit nastily that FDR developed so many fascist trappings, it is hard to tell whether fascism is more characteristic of the left or the right. I guess before World War II it would have been legitimate to say fascism, defined as populism plus authoritarianism, was somewhat more likely to arise on the left than the right. Although there were bright people on the right--moreso than after World War II--the left often seemed to be where the action was. Post-War, however, there seems to be little excuse for pretending the confusion continued. Fascism is to the right as communism is to the left. Both extremes are likely to commit violence, create new elites, and oppress the common people while claiming to liberate them; but fascists are far more likely to work with the old, right-wing elites: property owners, church, military. Communism, in its crazy war on its own people for not being socialist enough, is pretty well forced to keep making a clean sweep of the old elites. ...
From Richard Heinberg This months Museletter brings together three essays that sound alarms on the early days of the Trump administration. Millions of Americans now share the profoundly disturbing experience of watching and waiting as their nation lurches toward authoritarianism. In a previous essay, I described the Trump administration as a
The President once again demonstrated his disdain for civil rights and his penchant for authoritarianism on Friday when he signed a presidential memo prohibiting transgender Americans from serving in the military.
Margaret, #85, your insight on authoritarianism reminded me of the time I was out sailing on Seattles Lake Union, and we happened upon a catamaran that had two masts side-by-side, instead of fore-and-aft like most mono-hull boats with more than one mast. The skipper of the boat I was assisting on hollered over to the other boat, "Hey, which one is the foremast?" He thought it was hilarious, but I, in my morbid obsessive way, wondered why the fuck he would even do that-obviously the other boat was different, and worked different, and its skipper was managing fine with two equal masts.. So now I am recalling all the times I was the one in/on the unusual vehicle-tandem bike, recumbent bike, unicycle, three-wheeled car, three-wheeled truck, front-wheel-drive motorcycle (its been a long, strange trip)-and how many people seem confused by something different, even angered, and how they feel free to comment and ridicule. (Ive had ideas of mine slagged by complete strangers, and I was sore tempted to ...
In the last year, hundreds of people have been killed in antigovernment demonstrations over human rights abuses and the governments authoritarianism.
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