#8 Metamodern Social Justice - What I'm paying attention to. I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for a while.
Usually I just use this newsletter to share my favourite readings and podcasts, but today I want to preface that with more of my own thinking. If you can tolerate me going on a little theory rant, you’ll be rewarded with some exquisite links at the end 🥰 So, the theory rant: I want to talk about this made up idea called “metamodern social justice”. That’s a dense concept so I need to unpack it in stages. So this is a story about me falling in and out of love with social justice, and finally coming back in again. My relationship with social justice started about a decade ago, participating in various anti-capitalist and anti-patriarchal movements. I embraced these ideological lenses around 2011 because they reveal crucial truths about society. But over time I developed misgivings. To be clear: this isn’t the only thing happening. But I’ve had a more significant reason to be circumspect. Talks Microsolidarity bits Okay! California Is Cleansing Jews From History.
In the fall of 2016, California’s then Gov.
Jerry Brown signed into law a mandate to develop an ethnic studies program for high schools in California. California’s public schools have the most ethnically diverse student body in the nation, with three-quarters of students belonging to minorities and speaking over 90 languages. Luis Alejo, the Assembly member who shepherded the bill through the 15 years required for its adoption, hailed the law, the first in the nation, as an opportunity to “give all students the opportunity to prepare for a diverse global economy, diverse university campuses and diverse workplaces,” adding, “Ethnic studies are not just for students of color.” Elina Kaplan, a former high-tech manager who had just stepped down as senior VP of one of California’s largest affordable housing nonprofits, remembers agreeing wholeheartedly with the idea at the time.
Kaplan began calling friends. Copied link Ethnic studies is a California native. What Is Progressivism? Twenty years ago, few Americans identified as “progressive.”
Ralph Nader’s first Green Party presidential campaign changed that. Naderites needed a way of distinguishing themselves from the followers of the establishment Democrat Al Gore. In searching for a way to explain their politics to others they reached back to a term whose roots went back to the early 20th century. In current American leftist discourse, “progressive,” its sister term “liberal,” and their distant cousin “socialist” all tend to overlap in general use.
Excommunicate Me from the Church of Social Justice. There is a particularly aggressive strand of social justice activism weaving in and out of my Seattle community that has troubled me, silenced my loved ones, and turned away potential allies.
I believe in justice. I believe in liberation. I believe it is our duty to obliterate white supremacy, anti-blackness, cisheteropatriarchy, ableism, capitalism, and imperialism. And I also believe there should be openness around the tactics we use and ways our commitments are manifested over time. People With 'Dark' Personality Traits Responded to The Pandemic With Key Differences. While we've all lived through the same pandemic the past few months, not all of us have responded to the fallout in the same way.
A recent small study suggests that there are some distinct differences in the way people with 'dark' personality traits have reacted to COVID-19 . These dark personality traits include narcissism, psychopathy, sadism and Machiavellianism, and are often linked to negative social outcomes - they're referred to in psychology as the 'dark tetrad'.
Taking refuge from modernity: 21st century hermits. A Computer Forecast of Religion and Atheism. In the United States, the nones have it.
The nones being people with no organized religion and increasingly no belief in God or a universal spiritual power. They have the momentum, attention, and an expectation that in the future they will become a majority of the population, just as they currently are in western Europe, Japan, and China. Or so says the Pew Research Religious Landscape Study, which in 2015 found that almost a quarter of Americans profess no religious affiliation. Within that group, a third do not believe in God or a higher power of any sort (“nothing in particular,” as the study termed it).
Both numbers are up from a similar study in 2007, when 16 percent of the country professed no religious affiliation, and 22 percent of these did not believe in God. Pew expects the percent of religious Americans will continue to fall. Certainly, belief in nothing has market momentum. Diallo says the technical challenge is knowing how to turn the aspects of emotions into algorithms.
A Computer Forecast of Religion and Atheism.