i’ve posted this story before but Norman Spinrad wrote a quite famous novel called The Iron Dream - it’s basically a pulp sci-fi type story but with the conceit that it was written by an alternate history hitler and it features an introductory essay by a fake academic talking about history and going on about how great the story is. you can see the wikipedia here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Iron_Dream and the storyline is pretty much an exact sci fi version of hitler’s own politics and dreams, with a clear stand-in representing jewish people who are fought by hitler’s glorious aryan nation. it is clear that the book is aimed at showing how messed up a lot of our stories of domination and triumph are and particularly how many fantasy and sci fi novels have horrifying ideas about racial politics and supermen.
but not everyone got the point. apparently “The American Nazi Party put the book on its recommended reading list, despite the satirical intent of the work” and to quote spinrad himself
"To make damn sure that even the historically naive and entirely unselfaware reader got the point, I appended a phony critical analysis of Lord of the Swastika, in which the psychopathology of Hitler’s saga was spelled out by a tendentious pedant in words of one syllable. Almost everyone got the point… And yet one review appeared in a fanzine that really gave me pause. “This is a rousing adventure story and I really enjoyed it,” the gist of it went. “Why did Spinrad have to spoil the fun with all this muck about Hitler?””
which is a pretty good summary of how even the most obvious satire will always find a happy audience among those it’s ostensibly attacking, as well as those who just don’t care
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fakeness is important here; the Heinleinian superman isn’t so much a fantasy - such men do exist, these self-sufficient hyper-individuals, but mostly because the ways they rely on others for support and encouragement are not visible to them. even in horrid libertarian tracts the dependence of men on women and the patriarchial family unit on society flits behind the eyes like a half-remembered nightmare, speaking itself only via negations or statements of human nature
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Greg Lauren F/W 13.
each coat is custom made and then chewed by an angry dog of the buyer’s choosing
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Lets clear this out!
Yes, we are the couple from the cat pic, but that story is fake! we didnt wrote it!
Fortunately the real story is much more happy. Thats why we decided to upload a photo from our families together, our parents and our sisters! We have supportive families that love us and acept us. Is important to us that you share the real story behind this photo because is much more powerful and positive the true story, and we like to spred the positive message that everything always turn out just fine! you dont have to hide this from your family, they just need time to understand. The soon you tell them the soon you stop suffering and the aceptation process begin.
Love to all of our followers and please share the real story and the positive message that we want to spred!
Si! Somos nosotros los de la foto del gato pero esa historia no es real, nosotros no la escribimos!
Afortunadamente la historia real es mucho mas feliz. Es por eso que decidimos subir esta foto de nuestras familias juntos, nuestros padres y hermanas. Tenemos familias que nos apoyan y nos aceptan. Es importante para nosotros que compartas la historia real detrás de esa foto porque es mucho mas poderosa y positiva que la falsa, y queremos esparcir el mensaje positivo de que todo siempre termina saliendo bien! No tenes q esconderles esto a tu familia, ellos solo necesitan tiempo para entenderlo. Mientras mas rápido se los digas mas rápido vas a dejar de sufrir y el proceso de aceptación va a comenzar mas rápido.
Cariños a todos nuestros seguidores y por favor compartan la historia real y el mensaje positivo que queremos esparcir!
Reducing an out of context picture of strangers to inspiration porn is so dehumanizing.
Oh internet you are so full of dark and light I just don’t even know what to make of you sometimes!
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California Scheming | Jacobin
“Examples are numerous. In the days preceding the solidarity strike last fall, UCLA management illegally warned international student workers that striking could mean the loss of their visas. At UC Berkeley, the Vice Chancellor informed management that the strike was illegal and asked that they tell workers ‘they must meet their scheduled teaching responsibilities.’”
hey this is a money quote but read the whole dang thing
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The world ends, Godzilla begins.
All Artwork Copyright Olivier SILVEN.
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Anonymous asked: Can you draw me pearl patting Steven on the head?
i went overboard im so sorry
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