“This is how crazy the world has become”.
“Camouflaging liminality as an escape route from marginality in todayâ€™s America has the sole purpose of reconciling the interests of billionaires with those of the marginalized sector of its population.”
“Since WWII, the number of mass killings (defined as an idiosyncratic, not state-sanctioned, killing spree with multiple victims) has been growing exponentially at a rate of 5% every year. This means that every 20 years or so, the number of mass killings triples (1.0520Â = 3).”
“The ongoing parody of self-destruction comes with an embedded option on resurrection (political and/or commercial) or an implicit promise of a lucrative â€œafterlifeâ€ with â€œ70 virginsâ€ in the form of book deals, high-commission speech opportunities, TV appearances, Fox News correspondent, or consultant positions.”
“Smartphones have become a tool for governing â€” they enable one to shape opinions, diffuse dissent, streamline emotions, manufacture consensus, assassinate opponents, stage revolutions, and declare wars and victories, imaginary and real, all alike.”
“All other things aside, 2017 will be remembered as the year when madness gained acceptance in mainstream politics and everyday life. Last year raised one key question that begs for an answer: Why is there such a similarity between the mindset of right wing conservatives and the mentally ill?”
As this year melts into next, we thought we’d revisit five key problems the country faces for readers who have a keen interest in the extent to which America, while not the barren, bone-strewn wasteland imagined in Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, does have a set of rather serious issues it needs to address in 2018.
“Modern day misogyny, as the ultimate male fantasy, is a nostalgia for the times of lower entropy, a return to the past as a site of coherence, and a relapse to the patriarchal setting when man held their â€œnaturally deservedâ€ upper hand and He (who is a male) ruled the world.”
“Thereâ€™s no shortage of ways to autotune our thoughts and behavior as citizens and investors. Scripts, symbols, tribalism. Some come from our own minds and some from external sources. Some we force on others. But we always, always have a choice. Do we allow others to write our scripts?”
“Itâ€™s clearly the playbook for our modern markets, where we are trained by the Nudging Fed and the Nudging Street. We are Clever Hans, dutifully hanging on every word and signal from Janet or Mario or Goldman or Merrill as we stomp out our investment behavior.”
“Realizing and accepting this has made me â€” an eminently replaceable, untenured, gay, mixed-race woman with PTSD â€” realize that no matter the precariousness of my situation, I have a responsibility to model the appreciation of difference and care of thought I try to foster in my students.”
“Many of the unfair ‘opportunity hoarding’ mechanisms used by the upper middle class have racist origins â€“ exclusionary zoning, legacy preferences, for instance â€“ and now serve to entrench class positions, as well as racial gaps.”
“No, no, no. Then we know what weâ€™d be doing. Weâ€™d be scheduling immediate hearings in Congress about the worst domestic terrorism event since 9/11. Then Donald Trump would be tweeting every hour â€œI told you so,â€ as he does minutes after every terror attack in Europe, precisely to immediately politicize them.”