a mystical möbius — curating facts, ideas, text, and media to create a contemplative space.
This “[UMC] …” series of 3-minute readouts on the present climate within the United Methodist Church [UMC] (here) (here) (here) (here) (here) (here) (here) (here) (here) (‘reset’ here) (here) (here) (here) (here) (here) (last week), is meant to be generative, not definitive. The expressions I’m using for the project are evolving. “Compatibilism” [and its attending humility (Micah 6.8)] is key to “The 95% solution.”
“Political technologists,” a dime a dozen?
“In the U.S., “a dime a dozen” corresponds to typical Facebook users and doesn’t correspond to key political technologists.”
Some (documented) anecdotes
A recent example from Jerry Moran’s Facebook page is plain enough. I had commented under one of Moran’s posts. My remark noted that the senator had been invited to be on KCUR‘s “Up To Date” program on several occasions, all of which Moran had declined. One of his supporters replied: “now why would he go on the demorat station to answer gotcha questions.”
In one dehumanizing dismissal, (“demorat”), my run-of-the-mill Kansas neighbor became a blatant example of full-blown *political technologies* [PT] in the anonymity of Facebook. Never mind that the host of the program, Steve Kraske, is a Republican. — many believe he’s typically quite fair/balanced.
This snippet illustrates that Doc Marshall’s posts aren’t meant to stimulate thoughtful policy discussion, either. Some recent examples in response to Marshall’s typical troll-style post:
…with just a click, regular Kansans become toxic political technologists writing comments like these:
- “The Republican party should be designated as domestic terrorists.”
- “MAGA should be designated as a Domestic Terror Organization.”
- “So should BLM and Antifa”
“So should Biden be declared domestic terrorist!”
My comment was:
Of course, once in a while, we get a breath of fresh air when someone speaks plainly contra the tribal PT context, e.g., this reply made to another post on Marshall’s page:
“My Grandfather was a Republican. My Father was a Republican. I was a Republican. None of us would be able to support the hate group that forms the current Republican Party.”
However, even that is a blanket generalization. Liz Cheney clearly demonstrates that Republicans are not a MAGA monolith; although, in reality, Republican leaders outside the MAGA sphere are, sadly, few in number. Perhaps non-MAGA Republicans are not as scarce among the voter ranks.
My own behavior?