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The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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Just assume everybody in Hollywood or the British government is participating in giant child slave orgies, and you won't be disappointed when it turns out someone did.

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Holy gently caress I know a guy in the Phillipines, and he has been terrified ever since Duterte won the election and has woken up to a new horror story everyday. gently caress youuuuuuuuuuuu

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Aug 13, 2011

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Silver2195 posted:

I couldn't get past the first few lines (the spelling alone was hurting my eyes), but it's a parody, right?

No, it's completely serious and lines like ""And now," Dumbledore continued, "allow me to introduce our new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Halliburton Pepsi!" A man in an expensive suit with a briefcase stepped forward. He was obviously a member of the arch-capitalist bourgeois elite. and ""Wow, that sounds like a great system!" exclaimed Parvati. "Why isn't our country run that way?" The average teenage boy would be overwhelmed by a girl as exotically glamorous as Parvati even paying attention to him, but I hardly noticed her shapely feminine body as I was concerned with a greater cause than delicious sex with her" are meant with utter deadly seriousness. I can see no way someone could manage to be sarcastic about such things

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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I like that he talks like he's being badly translated from Russian

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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She got really obsessed with Vice columnist Molly Crabapple a few years back and obsessively tracked her every movement under the belief that Crabapple was a secret CIA agent polluting the left with her evil boobs.

I would never have known who Molly Crabapple even was if Redkahina hadn't gotten a huge hatecrush on her

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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get that OUT of my face posted:

Incorrect use of the past tense. She namedropped Crabapple in her recent tweets as well. Politically insane people never forget a grudge.

https://twitter.com/MeinyKampfappel

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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Alaois posted:

this is insanely creepy

The best part is when she made her bizarre unhinged parody of Vice Columnist Sam Kriss talk to her bizarre unhinged parody of Vice Columnist Molly Crabapple

https://twitter.com/Sam_Krass/status/755399493068156928

I like this one better though, because it verges into surrealist poetry at times

https://twitter.com/Sam_Krass/status/756642283437654017

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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Sometimes he has a point and sometimes he's just trying to get a rise out of people and sometimes he's just being dumb.

It can go many ways with ol' Slavoj

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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Wheat Loaf posted:

My only familiarity with Zizek derives from a) people on Something Awful citing him as the decisive authority for their critiques of superhero movies; and b) rambling, directionless polemics in the New Statesman around the time of the Greek debt crisis last year going on about "the Enemy" (Germany) and "EU villainy".

Superhero movies are terrible, hth

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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Baronjutter posted:

Stalin was a guy rightfully paranoid at all the western plots around him and did what he had to do to win the war and then keep his encircled and oppressed country together. His "crimes" were overblown and he had no choice, was forced by the west. Meanwhile, Bush killed over 500 BILLION civilians through direct bombing of Iraq alone, the crimes of America dwarf even the most exaggerated "atrocities" committed by the nazi's or soviets or any other regime in human history.

Source your quotes

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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This is still better than the standard Twitter/Tumblr Marxist routine of going "Now of course Churchill opposing the Nazis was good, but he also advocated using chemical weapons on dissident colonialized peoples and let people in Bengal starve rather than help out. We cannot truly support such a man just because he did one very good thing" and then immediately unironically reblogging Maoist propaganda posters and quoting Combat Liberalism.

Like dude, I was agreeing with you up til that point.

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Aug 13, 2011

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Hellequin posted:

Tankie Twitter has been waging a little vendetta against PissPigGrandDad (he's the American weird Twitter leftist who went over to Syria to fight with the YPG), and it's hilarious to watch in its patheticness and thinly veiled jealousy.

I mean: https://twitter.com/la_tanquista/st...707102329901058 ffs.

https://twitter.com/RedKahina/status/807603454604611589

https://twitter.com/mcurryfelidae07...634963252334593

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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Someone show this guy Ancient Aliens and tell him the USG-approved narrative is that it's all lies

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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The two ringleaders of ultra-tankies on twitter are people with the freedom to scream about USG vaccination empires all day because one is a heiress who's never had to work a day in her life due to her father inventing the Playboy Channel, and the other is living off of disability.

Which like, god knows I'd like to be able to live like that, but they go around pretending they're ultra proletariat and in touch with the wretched of the earth in a way that their enemies aren't.

Note: Their enemies are, 90% of the time, way less bourgeoisie than them.

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Aug 13, 2011

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TomViolence posted:

Living off disability isn't particularly bourgeois under any conception of the term I've heard, to be fair.

True, but last I saw there were a whole lot of pictures of him playing golf

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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quote:

In The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (1852), Marx gives this description of the lumpenproletariat:

Alongside decayed roués with dubious means of subsistence and of dubious origin, alongside ruined and adventurous offshoots of the bourgeoisie, were vagabonds, discharged soldiers, discharged jailbirds, escaped galley slaves, swindlers, mountebanks, lazzaroni, pickpockets, tricksters, gamblers, maquereaux [pimps], brothel keepers, porters, literati, organ grinders, ragpickers, knife grinders, tinkers, beggars—in short, the whole indefinite, disintegrated mass, thrown hither and thither, which the French call la bohème.[3]

It's the excuse Marxists use to be classist, basically.

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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https://twitter.com/sam_kriss/status/851186574125608960

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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Baronjutter posted:

Macron seems like an absolute disaster but the alternative was worse.
The options seemed to be between a guy who wants to give the rich huge tax breaks and handouts while gutting worker's rights and social services vs an actual nazi who'd probably do the same plus put all the muslims into camps and write romantic poetry to putin.

Hey assuming that Trump wouldn't be hawkish on foreign policy and screw over the poor worked so well here!

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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Lol, "what I MEANT was *a completely different sentiment*"

https://twitter.com/dril/status/660...4262656?lang=en

EDIT: https://twitter.com/RichardDawkins/...012678432894976

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Aug 13, 2011

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https://twitter.com/RedKahina/status/880154672954306560

In which a 700 CE indigenous North African historical and religious figure is "protozionist"

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Aug 13, 2011

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Bogan King posted:

Unironically this.

Artworks and culture overall are in good part the search for submission and surrender. Erotic love is always tinged with surrender. And those that cannot, those who cannot receive love, are usually later reenacting revenge for their own rigidity. Revenge for lost possibilities. In the more American tradition of self help, of therapeutic culture, there is usually only the ‘good mother’. And this will be always haunted by the Laplanche (and Bion) ‘Id Mother’. But these good or safe therapies of the caring mother model still are couched in that adult language of control. The passions that are so mysterious to the pre-linguistic infant. That dreams are usually wish fulfillments does not preclude those traumatic dreams that work to resist fulfillment. The Capitalist system is a collective traumatic dream.
The experience of memories as if they were new is one that results in a validation of repetition, a compulsive irrational panic is established as a kind of authority.
“When repressed events take the form of “fresh experiences” rather than properly ascribing to them the reproduction of the past, reality is clouded with negativity, affective contagion, paranoiac phantasy, and subsequently, qualitative suffering.”
Jon Mills

The collective traumatic dream occludes perception, and in this era of the preeminence of screen life and mass media this clouding of reality is a reinforcing system of both confusing individual traumatic memories (repressed) with an increasingly unreal present where manufactured cultural production is mistaken for the Good Mother, and where the ghosts of that primordial search for Desire are met with a repurposed abuse. The system, the social, as a repetitive abuser. The collective as a kind of battered woman syndrome or Stockholm Syndrome, or variant of Munchausen’s. The symbolic return becomes a form of mental literal return to repeat the seduction but only as trauma.

Freud wrote of the ‘sexual research of children’. The instinct for knowledge, in other words. And I suspect this is more and more blunted in a society of pathologically narcissistic parents. And this can be seen in certain artworks that over time have taken on new meanings. Gerald Leslie Brockhurst was an early 20th century British portrait painter and etcher. He was close friends with Augustus John and became notable for the scandal of running off with his fifteen year old model (he was forty two). Brockhurst was always a minor figure, melodramatic to some degree, and an almost cinematic quality that borrowed from noir films and Sirk, both. He fell into a kind of tradition of symbolist colorizing and almost Pre-Raphaelite romanticizing. But today, his paintings, particularly those of his most famous model, feel disturbingly hallucinatory. And deeply unsettling for a kind of obsessive technique of meticulous detailing. There is also a kitsch Renaissance quality, too. To look at Stanley Spencer, today, an artist far more sophisticated and of far better taste (sic), one still feels a sort of repressed vision, a dullness almost. Perhaps out of that entire era of English realism only William Orpen (half a generation earlier, really), in a few works, approaches the perversity and freshness of Brockhurst. And it is the quality of seduction in Brockhurst that strikes one. It is highly ambivalent for one thing. Now I digress here because something important seems to be lurking in such reexaminations — in a time of selfies and indifferent and constant image production. The very idea of realistic has taken on new meanings. Brockhurst’s world, the gaze of his models, is a world that at least feels less narcissitic, and one in which surrender, on an individual level, is not only possible but almost inevitable.
“‘Perhaps’ the principal site of transference, “ordinary” transference, before, beyond or after analysis would be the multiple relation to the cultural’, to the ‘intrusive, stimulating and sexual’ messages that continuously invade the living human, renewing the traumatic aspect of the childhood enigma and sustaining the drive
to translate.”
Jean Laplanche


The current state of U.S. culture is reflected in the hysteria of the educated class regarding the election of Trump. On one level this is like watching a textbook example of scapegoating (per Girard). The most disturbing aspect is that the hysteria is channeled (and originally manufactured) by the DNC and the Clintons. This is primarily the creating of propaganda that aims to demonize Putin and the Russian state. No thought is given at all, AT ALL, to the repercussions of nuclear war. Or even of a limited conflict with another global power. On Trump’s side there are repeated attacks on Iran and China. The U.S. state continues to build military bases that form a noose around China and Russia both. But those protestors on the street seem indifferent to this. What exactly is the fear of Trump? Certainly he is unpleasant and then there is the image of his eldest sons, figures of repulsion to be sure; but how much better, if at all, are the images of Clinton and Kaine? What drives these protests, really? For it is not rational in political terms. If one cites the LGBT community, then all one has to do is point out that Clinton has intimate ties to Saudi Arabia where gay people are beheaded. The narcissism is mostly white. Minority anxietyabout Trump is real, and partly justified, but only partly. Obama and the Democrats have done nothing to address police murder and violence. So the internalizing of that violence is like the enigma the infant can’t process. Why is nothing said? Hundreds of unarmed black men and women are brutalized and killed. Yet Obama speaks of fake news instead. Speaks of how small Russia is, and how he *knows* they hacked the election. Except that is all lies. This is a new register of violence, if we see it in the terms of our psychic economy. The missing statement. The missing judgement. And the missing representation of the ruling class. Meanwhile TV and film churn out ever emptier one dimensional narratives that also utterly ignore the people meant to pay money to see them

The Vosgian Beast
Aug 13, 2011

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BobHoward posted:

... What.

It's pretty standard for conservatives and reactionaries to misread 1984 as the Orwell book about the evils of socialism but I'd never seen a leftist do that before.

Hello, I am the only kid in my class who admires Comrade Lenin and Chairman Mao. If you're one of the few teenagers who DOESN'T think counterrevolutionary propaganda like Animal Farm disproves Marx, reblog this post.

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Horseshoe theory is in practice actually true

Not because of any ideological similarities between the far right and the far left, but because people who prioritize ideological consistency over basic humanity are massive fuckwads regardless of what they actually believe in

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Aug 13, 2011

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Silver2195 posted:

To be fair, authoritarian centrists do exist, and I've occasionally considered creating a thread about them to complete the trilogy. Like Tom Friedman's "China for a day" fantasies and Macron comparing himself to Jupiter. I decided against it partly because a lot of D&D and C-SPAM is devoted to making fun of that sort of thing already, and partly because it would spark too much serious political argument for PYF.

Guess it's Trident Theory now

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Aug 13, 2011

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TinTower posted:

Bunch of people going around saying "actually Trump's trans ban is good", for some reason.

Well you see, the military is bad, therefore Trump beginning the process of systematically stripping a group of their rights by taking away their capacity to serve in an institution America has deified is fine and good actually

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Aug 13, 2011

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JFairfax posted:

I think that on small island communities they shouldn't have wives but rather they should have sheep tied up at various locations for the menfolk to gently caress.

this will solve the problem of wives being property and also the child abuse prevalent in such communities

The incels thread is in GBS, sir

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Aug 13, 2011

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SO MUCH FOR THE TOLERANT LEFT-COMMUNISTS

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Aug 13, 2011

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divabot posted:

we had a great one on the Dark Enlightenment thread where an aggrieved Sam Kriss fan got so OUTRAGED that actually we thought Sam wasn't very good that he called us all autistic and even the other Sam fan asked him to please stop

I mean, there are people I like and respect who think Sam is actually good, but uh

Tankies losing their poo poo and being really weirdly ableist is oddly common. See Genius Playwright John Steppling when someone criticized him on constantly saying capitalism was making people autistic http://john-steppling.com/2014/06/t...s/#comment-7650

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Don't forget all but saying he's an Israeli sleeper agent because he's Jewish

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Aug 13, 2011

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pookel posted:

So, are complete sentences and standard grammar and punctuation also tools of imperialist oppression now?

This man is a playwright in English, his native language

And yet somehow, he reverts to Facebook Grandpa the moment he gets criticized

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John Steppling, much like the "Russia is literally responsible for everything everywhere" pundits who are his mirror image, is confused and thinks the hypercapitalist kleptocracy that is modern Russia is somehow still the USSR

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Aug 13, 2011

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Silver2195 posted:

http://john-steppling.com/2017/07/the-past-is-not-safe/


What's interesting about this isn't the tankie sentiment itself (which is something of a commonplace), but the context it comes in: a rant about how the characterization and scene-setting of movies these days is shallow. Steppling's train of thought in these essays seems to meander.

Everything is a manifestation of a massive culture-wide slide into destruction that only John Steppling can properly diagnose and see coming, so all these things just blend together into his mind. Moving from, say, his Salieri-esque grudge against David Lynch to US foreign policy in Syria seems entirely natural to him.

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https://twitter.com/pslsandiego/sta...853783090577408

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pookel posted:

The Nazis, the survivors, the physical evidence, the former prisoners, the eyewitnesses, the Soviet records ....

Look, if anyone who already disliked communism advanced it, it has to be thrown out

This doesn't apply to evidence in favor of Stalin by pro-communist sources because shut up

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Aug 13, 2011

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Writing your blogpost on twitter is like writing your book on toilet paper

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https://twitter.com/RedKahina/status/895742779913121796

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trapped mouse posted:

I looked up the term pseudofood to see if it was the new vogue way to say frankenfood, but it's not even that exciting. Apparently it's just a synonym for "junk food", but just less aptly named. Could only find one source for the term, an article in "readersupportednews.org"

She talks in like, 40% inane neologisms

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Anti-Citizen posted:

I've seen them pick off some people here and there and it's always a little disappointing, mostly because it'll take someone who was an active net force for progress in this world and make them into a dissafected apathetic rear end in a top hat. Tankie could just be the natural state of left-wing burnout.

Nah that's neocon

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https://twitter.com/xychelsea/status/901517725729783808

https://twitter.com/xychelsea/status/901587609574662144

https://twitter.com/VulpineVanguard...600818394222592

https://twitter.com/circadianwolf/s...765945869430788

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