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    taibbi.substack.com | Matt Taibbi | 7/20/20 | 17 min
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    • chronotope
      ScoutScribe
      2 weeks ago

      Taibbi's endless obsession with these particular cherry-picked cases in a world where so much worse is going on around us is telling.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        2 weeks ago

        Yes, people take up weird causes. I have endless obsessions too. (The evils of social media. Particular aspects of climate change.) But "cherry-pick" is a word that has negative connotations, especially since the hardest part about writing is choosing what to write about, and all sides of this particular debate have an unlimited number of real world cases to choose from when making an argument. Racism is a widespread evil that is often quite subtle. Free speech is disappearing. That's subtle too. On the surface, these causes interfere with each other. Writers like Taibbi, I think, are working to untangle this false dichotomy. Taibbi wrote a book called "I Can't Breathe," about the tragic death of Eric Garner. It's clear that he cares about justice, freedom, equality, etc. His background is credible and he's an excellent writer. Beyond that, I share his perspective that the left is wildly unhinged. Everything, everywhere is unhinged right now.

    • mads2 weeks ago

      The author should spend more time researching the ideas and theories he so callously calls underdeveloped. They’re not. Racial trauma passed down from generations is real, so yes additional vacation based on experiences makes sense, anti-racism as a journey is well backed. I see the concern of shutting down conversation by de-platforming, but the limited examples are blowing the reality out of proportion. Let’s take the mic away from people who have had them for too long, let’s give that space to new thinkers and change makers and dreamers. If it’s scary and uncomfortable, let’s listen first then engage.

    • jbuchana
      Scout
      2 weeks ago

      This reminds me of older superman comics when they would enter the "bizzaro world."

      Lately I've been seeing claims that it's not enough to not be a racists anymore, you must be "anti-racist." Is that what this is all about?

    • sjwoo
      Scribe
      2 weeks ago

      Honestly, at this point, I've never been more envious of Henry David Thoreau. No wonder he just got the hell out of dodge.

      Does the term "political correctness" even exist anymore? I never hear it. It seems like it's been superseded by many of its uglier and sneakier spawns...

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
        2 weeks ago

        lol - per usual, we’re on the same page.

        Honestly, at this point, I've never been more envious of Henry David Thoreau.

        I just bought an iPhone after five years of flip phoning. We’re all participants in democracy whether we like it or not.