Friday, August 18, 2017


Evol Intent

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From the NY Times:

New York may be a city forever changing, but Mr. [Jeremiah]Moss argues that this time something nefarious is afoot. He describes a global phenomenon he calls “hyper-gentrification,” in which political forces join hands with corporate interests to drive up prices and drive out poor people and the places they go. “The kind of change that we’re experiencing, that kind of change is really different from change as usual,” he said. “It’s change as unusual.” At Housing Works, an audience member near the door called out: “So what are we going to do?” A man behind him grumbled, “There’s nothing we can do.” Is this a call to action or a wake? Maybe a little of both...

Rob's comment: Sound familiar?

CreditIs this a call to action or a wake? Maybe a little of both.

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Comment to the story below

Yes, I’m coining that phrase, bothsidesism (if it hasn’t already been coined and I didn’t see it). Historian Kevin Kruze took to Twitter to put up images of articles from the 1950s using the same kind of “both sides are too extreme” rhetoric that Trump is now peddling. 

Sometimes both sides really are to blame in a given situation. This is not one of them. Bothsidesism in this situation is a lazy way to get out of taking a stand, which is all the more absurd because what political stand should be easier to take than “Nazis are bad”? If you can’t even commit to that position, you shouldn’t be allowed to run the Tilt-a-Whirl at the county fair, much less the country.

Rob's comment:
The same idea has also been called "on-the-otherhand-ism."

Thanks to Patheos.

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