[FoRK] old favorites

Aaron Burt aaron at bavariati.org
Sat Dec 17 08:05:43 PST 2016

On 2016-12-16 18:44, Stephen D. Williams wrote:
> I like to think there are a lot of things that people feign believing
> for various performance-arty reasons, or at least I hope
> that's the case because the alternative is too depressing.

I stick with "performative".  Folks are affirming tribal allegiance and 
counting coup by uttering things that mean *nothing* to their day-to-day 
lives, but they think will hurt the enemy tribe.  Just talkin' shit with 
your buds.

I can forgive folks for being tribal and doing tribal things, it's how 
we survive in the wild.
I can sorta forgive folks who rile up their fellows by shouting that 
other tribes are oppressing them, it's a very old trick.
I can not forgive the folks who cynically make a buck (or win political 
office) by promoting tribalism and reinforcing our worst tendencies.  Of 
course, the ultimate costs of doing that are externalized.

 From the wrong side of the Potomoc,

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