Lying Media Bastards

April 30, 2009

United Serfs of America

From Matt Taibbi:

The reason the [right-]winger crowd can’t find a way to be coherently angry right now is because this country has no healthy avenues for genuine populist outrage. It never has. The setup always goes the other way: when the excesses of business interests and their political proteges in Washington leave the regular guy broke and screwed, the response is always for the lower and middle classes to split down the middle and find reasons to get pissed off not at their greedy bosses but at each other…

But actual rich people can’t ever be the target. It’s a classic peasant mentality: going into fits of groveling and bowing whenever the master’s carriage rides by, then fuming against the Turks in Crimea or the Jews in the Pale or whoever after spending fifteen hard hours in the fields. You know you’re a peasant when you worship the very people who are right now, this minute, conning you and taking your shit. Whatever the master does, you’re on board. When you get frisky, he sticks a big cross in the middle of your village, and you spend the rest of your life praying to it with big googly eyes. Or he puts out newspapers full of innuendo about this or that faraway group and you immediately salute and rush off to join the hate squad. A good peasant is loyal, simpleminded, and full of misdirected anger. And that’s what we’ve got now, a lot of misdirected anger searching around for a non-target to mis-punish… can’t be mad at AIG, can’t be mad at Citi or Goldman Sachs. The real villains have to be the anti-AIG protesters! After all, those people earned those bonuses! If ever there was a textbook case of peasant thinking, it’s struggling middle-class Americans burned up in defense of taxpayer-funded bonuses to millionaires.

Posted by Jake on April 30, 2009 7:32 am

April 22, 2009

The Nitty Gritty

Sometimes a blogger’s most powerful work can be found in their comments section instead of their post. In an already interesting post by Amanda Marcotte about psychology and American eating habits, the comment threads turns to feminist angles on the subject, in which Marcotte knocks this one out of the park:

Treating women like they are their bodies is the purest form of objectification. It’s why women are judged primarily by their weight and the number of penises that have touched them instead of things like what they think and what they do. It’s why so many people find contraception and abortion repulsive, because they indicate that a woman is control of her body, and not just a passive piece of flesh. It’s why female pleasure is considered suspect—because it reminds people that there’s a subjective being inside that flesh, one who experiences what her body does, one who controls it. We prefer to equate a woman with her body.

Feeling that your body belongs to you is a male privilege, and I fully intend to claim it.

Posted by Jake on April 22, 2009 9:28 pm

April 15, 2009

An Experiment

What happens if I click on this
Cornify repeatedly?

Awesome.

Posted by Jake on April 15, 2009 10:15 pm

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