Jan. 25th, 2017

solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
LOTS OF RACISM AND ANTI-SEMITISM BELOW. Also lots of misogyny and homophobia and misogyny. Read item 1 - it's important, because it's about how Richard Spencer is actually a _toned-down_ version of his movement - but know that the links take you straight into neofascist/future-fascist territory and it gets _real_ ugly _real_ fast.

Item 2, meanwhile, is about a false-flag operation being batted about on 8chan and even the limited about of text copied over is vile. Even if this one isn't ever pushed, we can expect more of these. Similarly, there is a @NATIONALISTACT twitter account with pro-Nazi posters up around, invoking "Cascadian Nationalist Resistance." (See: https://twitter.com/RedConversation/status/823786561695166465 ) Don't let these fuckers take over our stuff; the left has a long history of handing over symbols and terms as soon as rightists touch them. DO NOT SURRENDER YOUR SYMBOLOGY, IT MATTERS.

Also, we know for sure now that the shooting at UW was in fact a Milo fan and supporter (who also posted to Facebook earlier about "limp wristed" protestors) shooting the protest medic.

It's January 25, 2017; this is the news )
solarbird: (Default)
College Republicans at the University of Washington issued a statement on the violence at their Milo rally, including this implied threat: "If you keep prodding the right you may be unpleasantly surprised what the outcome will be." Here's the link. Here's a backup screenshot.

In comments, they're all off about how Milo Isn't Racist, and how there's "nothing extreme" about Milo or Breitbart. I have a lot to say about that, and I'm copying it over here. I'm leaving it as-typed, not changing underscores (for italics) to actual italics, etc.

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Nothing extreme about Milo or Breitbart" says you're _really_ onboard with vicious - and I mean vicious - misogyny.

As for racism, shall we quote Milo in his own words? Sure, let's. Now, you have to realise, of course, that Milo sugarcoats it as best it can be sugar-coated. He just takes old-school classical White Supremacy/White Nationalism and declares it to be a _good_ thing, and there are lots of idiots who fall for it. Racism _is_ racial collectivism to gain a superior position, is "white tribalism," if you will, and that - along with screaming hatred of women - is what the alt-right is about. It is _definitional_. Here, let's go to Milo himself writing in The Daily Beast, shall we? Sure:

Natural conservatives can broadly be described as the group that the intellectuals above were writing for. They are mostly white, mostly male middle-American radicals, who are unapologetically embracing a new identity politics that prioritises the interests of their own demographic.

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The alt-right do not hold a utopian view of the human condition: just as they are inclined to prioritise the interests of their tribe, they recognise that other groups – Mexicans, African-Americans or Muslims – are likely to do the same. As communities become comprised of different peoples, the culture and politics of those communities become an expression of their constituent peoples.

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The alt-right’s intellectuals would also argue that culture is inseparable from race. The alt-right believe that some degree of separation between peoples is necessary for a culture to be preserved. A Mosque next to an English street full of houses bearing the flag of St. George, according to alt-righters, is neither an English street nor a Muslim street — separation is necessary for distinctiveness.

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Now, doesn't that sound all _reasonable_? Except for the explicit call for segregation - emphasised by segregation that prioritises whites, a.k.a., white supremacy - that's the actual point of all that Nice Friendly Talk. And it doesn't stop there, of course; he's fond of the "human biodiversity" movement, which is old-school Race Theory in new pseudoscientific language.

(You can see that in the same article, he talks about the "intellectuals" of the alt-right who promote it. It's horseshit of course, gosh, Africans are Just So Darned Well Suited to being slaves, and Europeans are Just So Darned Well Suited to being masters. Gosh, _that's_ not racist. What're you going to do next, bring in Richard "I'm Not a Fascist, I'm Just An Authoritarian Who Publishes Articles Promoting Genocide Against Black Africans" Spencer?)

So basically, what I'm saying is, you're lying, and you know it. But you're still afraid of the word "Racist," so you get _real seriously definitely racist_ and go BUT I'M NOT RACIST!!! and when people go "yes, you goddamn well are," you get all pissy, and start running with implied threats.

Well, it's horseshit, and we see through it. You are a disgrace to UW, you are a disgrace to conservatism, you are just flat out a disgrace. How terrible.

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Now, I realise, it's _possible_ that you _might_ have actually been fooled by this. You could in fact be _very_ stupid, and I recognise that for some, it's _really difficult_ connecting ideas across four entirely separate paragraphs. That might _honestly_ be difficult for you. I have no way of knowing.

Was it too many words? Another of your number responded to a bunch of other sourced material with disparaging comments about encyclopaedias and too many words, so putting together four entirely separate paragraphs from an article might be a bit _much_ to ask out of Young Republicans these days.

So here's an even shorter summary of his and the alt-right belief system, leaving out the in-between parts, but still all his own:

"mostly white, mostly male middle-American radicals [...] are unapologetically embracing a new identity politics [where] culture is inseparable from race [and] separation between peoples is necessary for a culture [race] to be preserved."

Could've been written by the KKK in 1870. No meaningful differences. White separatism, explicitly prioritising whites, meaning white supremacy. In. His. Own. Words.

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[A later addendum]

David Whalen: Wait wait wait, did you _actually say_, "Anyone with a modicum of journalistic skill can tell the difference between Spencer's Alt Right, and Milo's alt-right. However, I suspect most of them simply don't care."

Really?

That's FUCKING HILARIOUS. Milo himself _specifically_ points to Spencer as a founding thinker - a word I use provisionally, at best - of the ~~alt-right~~, and notes he's been "accused of racism." Publishing articles LITERALLY SUPPORTING GENOCIDE OF AFRICANS will get you that, I guess.

So you can try to wedge them apart all you want to. Milo doesn't. Or at least didn't, before Spencer got sucker-punched and everybody with even the tiniest shred of decency left in their bodies cheered and we all got a good reminder that the way the Greatest Generation got their nickname was by killing fascists indiscriminately. I guess acknowledging the founding role in the ~~alt-right~~ of Richard Spencer got a little _dodgy_ all of a sudden, but it's still out there. From Milo. In his own words.

(Here, you can search for it. It's in a FAQ WRITTEN BY MILO, so you _should_ be able to manage it: "The media empire of the modern-day alternative right coalesced around Richard Spencer during his editorship of Taki’s Magazine. In 2010, Spencer founded AlternativeRight.com, which would become a center of alt-right thought.")
solarbird: (molly-braceforimpact)
Okay, so the Trump immigration/wall order is out, and includes action against sanctuary cities/counties/states, and by that, they mean they get to define 'sanctuary', at their sole discretion, and cut all Federal grant on that basis.

The plan, as I see it, is to really fuck the west coast. I believe that the Secretary's 'sanctuary' label - which echoes Federal use of 'terrorism sponsor' label - is intended to be used politically. This is entirely a tax looting operation. Historically, Oregon and Washington have received about 80% of tax dollars back in Federal spending; that's what I mean when I say we are very large tax exporters. The goal here is to reduce that to zero, so it can all be spent on Trump supporter states. Authoritarians always loot: this is a looting operation.

It's also meant to destabilise our economy. It will affect everything - transit, infrastructure, health, education, you name it. The goal is to drive us immediately into budget crisis, which they will then blame on us in their propaganda. And let's not lie: they will succeed in causing a crisis, barring immediate (and successful) legal actions and injunctions. We have to be ready to deal with that. It will not be easy.

It is absolutely a declaration of economic war against us. Treat it as such.

(Also, I don't think the first "or" in "or which has in effect a statute, policy, or practice that prevents or hinders the enforcement of Federal law" (section 9(a)) is in the slightest bit unintentional. I think they're coming after things like legalised pot as well. If you have friends who don't care about the primary issues, hit them on that, maybe that will stick.)

Here's the relevant section:

Sec. 9. Sanctuary Jurisdictions. It is the policy of the executive branch to ensure, to the fullest extent of the law, that a State, or a political subdivision of a State, shall comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373.

(a) In furtherance of this policy, the Attorney General and the Secretary, in their discretion and to the extent consistent with law, shall ensure that jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply with 8 U.S.C. 1373 (sanctuary jurisdictions) are not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary. The Secretary has the authority to designate, in his discretion and to the extent consistent with law, a jurisdiction as a sanctuary jurisdiction. The Attorney General shall take appropriate enforcement action against any entity that violates 8 U.S.C. 1373, or which has in effect a statute, policy, or practice that prevents or hinders the enforcement of Federal law.

(b) To better inform the public regarding the public safety threats associated with sanctuary jurisdictions, the Secretary shall utilize the Declined Detainer Outcome Report or its equivalent and, on a weekly basis, make public a comprehensive list of criminal actions committed by aliens and any jurisdiction that ignored or otherwise failed to honor any detainers with respect to such aliens.

(c) The Director of the Office of Management and Budget is directed to obtain and provide relevant and responsive information on all Federal grant money that currently is received by any sanctuary jurisdiction.

(Source for text: http://www.12news.com/news/politics/national-politics/full-text-read-trumps-presidential-executive-orders-regarding-the-border-wall-and-immigration/392606198 )

eta: Yes, the Supreme Court has ruled that only funds related to the law(s) at hand can be suspended or withheld. However, that assumes respect for law and democratic norms, neither of which are present in the Trump administration, or any part of the ~~alt-right~~ neofascist movement which backs him.

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