Can a free society sustain this kind of rallying and resistance long enough to get us through this? I don’t know. It’s likely to take years, but I’m heartened we aren’t just rolling over. For all the crap we give millennials, this is the kind of fight they’re built for – they’re disproportionately smart, hard-working, interested in the well-being of others, resistant to being told what to do without a good reason. All of that can make them extremely challenging to work with, but it equips them (and society) well for this era.
FWIW, I’m now a dues-paying member of the ACLU. Godspeed, folks.
This is what’s particularly infuriating about our unique flavor of 21st century plutocracy. The owners – basically a high council of billionaires who can make the league do anything they want with no oversight – voted to enable something they actively think is a terrible idea, simply because they opposed the idea of one of their own ever having their actions restricted for the league’s greater good.
And now? They want some purple elephant to fall out of the sky and give them that exact greater good. They had every ability – and the only ability – to stop an outcome that is just as undesirable for them as it is for the regular people with no such ability at all. But they couldn’t be bothered.
Power without leadership or responsibility. That’s why people have lost faith in “elites”, whether they aim their rage accurately or not.
This is such bizarre analysis from Chris Cillizza.
Trump is just not introspective. A question about heroes by its very nature necessitates some level of introspection from the person to whom it is asked. What makes a hero? What are the traits you most admire in a person? Who are the sorts of people that you model yourself after? Trump simply doesn’t open up. Ever. He is constantly moving forward. He doesn’t look back. He doesn’t second guess. He assumes he has always done the right thing. In a way, it’s a remarkable personality trait and one that as someone who constantly second guesses himself, I sort of admire. The point is that Trump doesn’t engage in navel-gazing in public — and, my guess is, in private either.
This goes on and on, attempting to build a complex psychological profile for someone who is – clearly, if you read the actual, in-context question and answer session – a big, babbling idiot.
Trump is an idiot. His success, such as it is, is due to luck, a lack of decency, and the ability to cater to people’s worst qualities, like their fascination with attention and conflict. I don’t even think he has a plan, or has ever really had a plan – he’s just completely devoid of any complex, multi-stage thinking, and that (along with his inherited wealth and ability to say insane things with no shame) has made him the perfect famous person to accidentally take over our dumb, fractured, nihilistic society.
All of that is true, and the incredible success – again, such as it is – that he’s had co-opting the world’s greatest political experiment, the United States, is very real. But… the man is still an idiot. He just is. Don’t try to map him onto the profiles of guys like freaking Dwight Eisenhower.
Yet these pieces were not what pulled traffic—and Daulerio was all about the traffic. He once told a Deadspin staffer, “If less than three thousand people click on what you write, you fucked up. You might have fucked up the title. You might have fucked up the picture. You might have picked a story that no one cares about, but you fucked up.”
I don’t like that Gawker Media was sued into non-existence, and I don’t like that Daulerio now owes Hulk Hogan a hundred grand for it. But boy, this sounds like a terrible way to write, think about, or publish things of any real value.