Humor plays a key role in maintaining systems of oppression. Under the guise of “just having fun”, people with toxic beliefs denigrate groups who are already discriminated against. But it is largely people’s reception to the prejudiced jokes that determines how harmful they are.
I identified 6 behaviors when it comes to prejudiced humor, from most harmful to most disruptive, to help us know where we stand and explore where to go next.
I see a lot of legitimate concerns and complaints about Mastodon and the Fediverse (on moderation, poor usability, missing features, etc). But perhaps a big reason for many people's difficulties is a gap in expectations and a deep unfamiliarity with non-hierarchical spaces.
Yesterday I caught up with two Brazilian friends, talked about Lula's election, and the future of the country. Though they spoke of revolution, I was sad that the idea of prefigurative politics was completely foreign to both of them. It’s hard to imagine any genuine political, social, or economic revolution without it.
There seems to be a lot of confusion as to what degrowth is, so a very quick overview, because it may be the most important economic idea of this century.
Degrowth is not about giving up technology and comfort. It does not aim at getting rid of cars, computers, AC, internet, electricity, etc. Degrowth is based on the idea that in a world of finite resources, it is delusional to think that we can grow our economies infinitely.
I grew up in a Zionist household, spent 12 years in a Zionist youth movement, lived for four years in Israel, and have friends and family who served in the Israeli Defense Forces. When that is your world, it’s hard to see apartheid as it’s happening in front of you.
Amidst the public outrage around the murder of George Floyd and police abuse, many are once again focusing on “bad apples” and the need for police reform. But the cause of abuse or brutality isn’t bad training, bias, or lack of accountability. It isn’t a few “bad apples.” The problem is policing itself.
Many white people have an idealistic and simplistic understanding of racism: good people are not racist, racists are bad people; and while overtly racist bigots exist, the vast majority of white people are decent people who judge others “by the content of their character.” But the reality is more complex.