The Radical Notion

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Newsflash: Knowledge is power! June 11, 2009

Here’s your history lesson of the day.

Affiliation with the National Socialist German Workers’ Party does not, in fact, make one a “leftist” or “left-wing extremist”. The idea that the word “socialist” means that fascism, the actual type of government espoused by the Nazi party, is the logical extension of progressivism is facile and asinine. Here’s a hint: racial supremacy, legally enforced gender roles, execution of homosexual people, jingoism, statism, militarism, and corporatism, while not unheard of under “liberal” regimes, are not what we’d call the “go-to” hallmarks of progressive governments. Here’s a quote from the WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE (talk about a good time to link to Let Me Google That For You):

According to most scholars of fascism, there are both left and right influences on fascism as a social movement, and fascism, especially once in power, has historically attacked communism, conservatism and parliamentary liberalism, attracting support primarily from the “far right” or “extreme right.”[32]

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Body Hair In Commercials April 6, 2009

As apparently body hair is my bĂȘte noir, please allow me to share with you three FOUR recent commercials that dealt with the PHENOMENON that adults grow hair on their body on places other than their scalp and their perfectly arched eyebrows.

This first one is by Boost Mobile (via); the thesis of the commercial seems to be that their product is less “wrong” than others. The main character in the commercial says that her luxurious armpit is “not wrong”, but it’s ambiguous as to whether or not we are supposed to take that at face value (she’s right, body hair isn’t wrong!) or laugh at her (dude, her armpit hair’s three feet long! WTF?). In any case, insinuating that if women were to let their body hair grow, it would be even more rampant and uncontrollable than that of men is both idiotic* and does nothing to stop the perception that the only thing that stands between a woman and utter bestial hideousness is a Schick.

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Just so you know… October 14, 2008

Filed under: Obama,Racism,Republicans — theradicalnotion @ 10:59 pm
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Disclaimer: not voting for Barack Obama is not, in and of itself, racist. Certainly, there are racist reasons not to vote for him, but there are racially-neutral reasons to do as well (coming from both liberal and conservative viewpoints). I personally am not ecstatic with his stances on several issues, particularly on LGBT rights and women’s rights. He is not my ideal candidate, though in all respects he is much more in accord with my views than McCain. So, I am sympathetic to the notion that somebody might not buy into the messianic Obamania that has permeated the left in the past year, and not want to have to answer to cries of “racism!”.

Nonetheless, this much is true: a vote for McCain is a vote for racism. It is a vote for many other things; it’s a vote for misogyny, for idiocy, for fiscal irresponsibility, for homophobia, for ineptitude, and lots more fun stuff. But racism is what we will focus on today.

The Republican party, of course, has a long and storied tradition of racism (even more so than America in general has said history). Alternet has an excellent post on how if McCain were really more concerned with issues than party lines or ideology, he would have broken with the Republican tradition of bigotry and hatred.

What a sick joke: if McCain had been the maverick he thinks he is and expects to be taken for, if he had continued to tell George W. Bush to stuff it and conducted an honorable campaign, he might have single-handedly redeemed his own party, the party whose rank and file voters and most powerful member famously regarded him as some kind of traitor. But by trying to fit in and play by the established rules, he’s treated fence-sitters and swing voters to a sight designed to convince them that to support McCain/Palin is to sign on to march off a cliff with the rest of the caveman army.

As it stands now, however, even bigwig conservatives are distancing themselves from and condemning McCain’s tactics.

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Miscellanea October 6, 2008

Sorry, peeps, but ’tis the midterm season again, so no insightful postage today. But as I can certainly identify with your (perhaps imagined on my part) near-constant pursuit of erudition and greater procrastination material, I will link to some more good articles from the past few days.

This is becoming a pattern, isn’t it? Ah well. Tomorrow I will, of course, be liveblogging the second presidential debate, in which McCain will probably just come right out and ask Obama if his SSN starts with 666, and I will cry.

No time for categories today! We shall post these links WILLY-NILLY, with NO REGARD for alphabetizing, subject matter-izing, or conveniencizing!

  • Another study confirms the wage gap and unequal treatment given to men and women in the workplace, but in an interesting way: they interviewed transgendered people before and after transitioning, and catalogued the differences in the treatments. While I would be the last to argue that trans people don’t face discrimination (duh), it is interesting that merely transitioning produced at least some of the societal benefits or disadvantages inherent in each gender, in spite of previous socialization and any other bigotry directed towards them.
  • This explains the vomitous speeches I’ve been hearing from McCain and Co. all day – cognizant of the fact that he cannot beat Obama on his policies, especially economy-wise, he has blatantly resolved to focus on “character attacks” – i.e. racism, xenophobia, and [insert your favorite type of bigotry here].The sad part is that this will undoubtedly be effective, at least for some people.

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Follow-Ups October 4, 2008

So, a day and a half after the Debate to End all Debates, the group consensus* seems to be that Palin did wonderfully in the eyes of conservatives (especially male ones who admitted to being a bit turned on by her performance; via), and not as awful as most liberals thought she would, as long as you don’t take things like facts into account. I think the flow chart below accurately summarizes the liberal viewpoint, though I wish it had incorporated “contrived folksiness” or “deliberate mentions of the word ‘nucular’ “:

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