We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Lock down and Utility Bills:
I have no trouble imaging that when the Biden cabinet meets they all receive an agenda titled:
Kill the American Dream
Make America Suck Again
Strategies to appease China at the expense of Working Americans
Initiatives to accelerate wealth transfer from Middle America to the global corporatists
5 Steps for concentrating wealth into fewer and fewer hands.
FWIW: Despite being a Boomer, I watch Tim Pool's podcasts. He is a Millennial with a significant YouTube following. I believe he got his start at Occupy Wall Street.
His panel is gleeful over GameStop et al. They see it as an opportunity to establish common ground between the Right and Left.
I have watched maybe a dozen podcasts on GameStop. There seems to be a common belief that the short squeeze was " the revenge of people screwed over by WS/banks in 2008". IOW it was an intentional, organized, planned effort as opposed to something that, once initiated, spiraled and cascaded into a real blow to the hedge funds. Can anyone confirm this claim? I suppose we might even embrace the power of "and".
FWI, the things you can do to fight Wokery are good, but the "make like-minded friends' is a bit echo-chambery for my tastes.
I agree that it's an important point and one which all people should do - I have many like-minded friends (and hopefully more than I know here on Maggie's).
But it's also important to challenge yourself. Simply settling into groups of like-minded people means you reduce the inputs of new information, wind up repeating the same information (even when it's bad or misguided) and simply become a cohort of close-mindedness.
The challenge is to stand up to friends who disagree with you. That is something I enjoy living in Progressiveland NYC area. Many of my friends are Progressives, if not full on Woke, and letting them know when they are wrong - and often badly so - is a great joy to me, and hopefully (but not usually) a wake up call to them.
I should note that I rarely let them know where my real beliefs lie. If they did, they'd likely shut me down completely as that is the Progressive way. But it shouldn't be the way open-minded and forward-thinking people act.
I don't hide my thoughts out of fear. I don't actually hide them at all. I used the term "rarely let them know" because I know how to let them know in a fashion which enables me to shame them.
Whenever they behave in a fascist manner (which is frequent), I simply let them know "Hitler said/did that." It's a chilling reminder for them, though frequently they respond "You think I'm like Hitler?" No, I don't. But if you're going to say things like that you should be aware that you're acting in a fashion not too distant from what you revile.
My boss 2 years ago (massive Progressive), somehow found out I was a Libertarian. She confronted me about it, not in a bad way. We have a good relationship. She simply said "I'm shocked and appalled."
I asked her about what? That I'm free-thinking and willing to take in ideas from all sides and consider them, rather than hewing to a dead and dying ideology?
QQQ,, But it's also important to challenge yourself. Simply settling into groups of like-minded people means you reduce the inputs of new information, wind up repeating the same information (even when it's bad or misguided) and simply become a cohort of close-mindedness. ''Buldog,,,2 Feb 2021''
My first rule of dealing with psycho-wokery is to just ignore them unless they become belligerent or vindictive. The 'Hitler said that' response is great, but when they begin to get obnoxious, it's time to get right back in their face when they get into yours. Tell them where to go, tell them to f*ck right off, and never, never apologize. Chances are you haven't done anything wrong, and besides: Apologies are like blood in the water to these sharks.