May 7th, 2012

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Salsman Amendments

A few months ago, I bumped into James Salsman online; given our history of involvement in various projects, I probably should've met him earlier, likely offline, but oh well. He's one of the more prolific human posters I follow on G+. Recently he put together a proposal (not sure if he wrote it himself, nabbed something from Occupy's MoveToAmend project, or something else) for legal reform and put it up on a legal petition site. Some thoughts:Collapse )

You might also enjoy the further conversation on James' post on the specifics.

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Property Destruction Factions in Occupy

SFGate had an okay article on the faction of occupy in Oakland/SF that've been allegedly smashing stores. Collapse )I am willing to support even violent direct action, and potential destruction of property or governments, but only when the situation makes such action prudent and ideally effective towards serving some decent social need. Direct action has a heavy cost on society and is not to be entered into lightly. I don't believe this support actually marks me as unusual categorically; most people we know today would, I hope, have been willing to take part in the Underground Railroad were they transplanted into the past, doing what it took for that operation to be successful. The causes and types of progress such devotion might cause me to support might mark my positions as a bit unusual, perhaps.

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There's an essay by Tamara Nopper on racetraitor.org, a site that someone I was having an unpleasant discussion with on G+ pointed me at as something he was involved with; the essay is one of the first things I read on the site, and I pretty strongly disagree with it. It also strikes me as batshit crazy; the wrong kind of social justice movement and actively harmful to these causes. I'm willing to dig through it and write a detailed response (for you, not really for the author, who is in my estimation not likely to accept my criticism), but I'm not sure it'd be interesting for people to read. Writing it would also be fairly unpleasant because it involve digging into the nitty-gritty of a document I consider actively repugnant. It might be worth it if a few of you might like to read a more detailed breakdown though. If you like, skim the essay, and let me know what you think in the poll (and optionally leave a comment if my poll options don't capture what you think very well).

Poll #1838995 Racetraitor essay response?

After reading this essay, I think:

It's batshit crazy
0(0.0%)
I mostly disagree with it
1(33.3%)
It has some decent points amid some things I disagree with
1(33.3%)
I think it's mostly sensible
1(33.3%)
I agree with it wholeheartedly
0(0.0%)
It's not that interesting
0(0.0%)

Would I like Pat to write a response to it?

Pat would probably offend me with what he'd say
0(0.0%)
No need, it's crazy
1(50.0%)
Meh
0(0.0%)
It would probably be TL;DR
0(0.0%)
Sure
1(50.0%)