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How ‘The Workshop’ Has Corrupted Rational Political Discussion

Hipster med ölThe original version of this article was a response to Rachel Haywire’s post on her own website entitled “What is the Workshop? where she attacks the pressure to conform to a “facade-liberal” cultural norm and the cause of the week political culture that all of us involved in the hipster creative-professional subculture have to publicly subscribe to if people aren’t going to back away from us.

She called the memetic creation machine that produces these norms “The Workshop”. This structure is intended to create artisanal memes and mass-produce them into the various political subcultures.

Her post described what it does, I describe here what it’s for, as in its political objectives. While this post is intended to stand by itself, it’s best understood after reading hers linked to above.

After posting the comment, it occurred to me that the ideas expressed deserved wider circulation.

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The Death Of The Left Right Paradigm

From the about section of Disinfo:

We disagree with any labels such as “progressive” or “conservative,” “left” or “right,” “right” or “wrong”

There are a number of thought viruses embedded within the Disinfo brand that are key to the awakenings triggered within its keenest readers, commentors and contributors. Thanks to these concepts our core community is able to disagree on everything and yet still instantly recognise and respect those who ‘get it’.

The inevitable expansion of the brand means it’s worth re-introducing and re-articulating some of these ideas for newcomers. One of the most important is the often misunderstood aspect of political identity[1]. It’s possible the notion of neither labeling yourself as left wing or right wing will be entirely new. If that’s the case I envy you as someone who listens to a great album for the first time, welcome to a world revealed by The Death Of The Left Right Paradigm.Read the rest

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Red Brain, Blue Brain: Republicans and Democrats Process Risk Differently

Both of the major U.S. political parties may suck scum, but they are not the same.  Via ScienceDaily:

A team of political scientists and neuroscientists has shown that liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they make risky decisions, and these regions can be used to predict which political party a person prefers. The new study suggests that while genetics or parental influence may play a significant role, being a Republican or Democrat changes how the brain functions.

Dr. Darren Schreiber, a researcher in neuropolitics at the University of Exeter, has been working in collaboration with colleagues at the University of California, San Diego on research that explores the differences in the way the brain functions in American liberals and conservatives. The findings are published Feb. 13 in the journal PLOS ONE.

In a prior experiment, participants had their brain activity measured as they played a simple gambling game.

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‘Tis the Season (for Election Season Propaganda)

With election season in full swing it looks like the perfect time for some heavy-handed and poorly executed right-wing propaganda extolling the virtues of religious freedom. (You know, as long as you pick the right religion.) Last Ounce of Courage is the story of a Harley-riding small town mayor named Bob Revere (Revere! Get it? Get it?) standing up for the rights of a horrifically "persecuted" majority religion. Watching the trailer leaves me with a couple of questions: First, how stupid do the producers think the public is that it won't see Last Ounce of Courage for the ham-fisted propaganda it really is? Second, in this day and age of Koch brothers super money could they not even get enough funding for Kirk Cameron?
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‘The Lie of the Conservative Batman’

Via Mutiny Radio:

One pundit has taken to task the cultural appropriation of Batman as a conservative figure, particularly in the context of The Dark Knight Rises:

But even if the movie were a direct allegory to our failed structure, it could hardly be seen as a conservative endorsement, as bloggers on both sides have contended. More likely, the chilling dystopian vision of a city torn into a No Man’s Land reads as a warning against radical demagoguery and institutional deception. And though some may not agree with the aims of the Occupy movement, it takes a willfully ignorant or forcefully disingenuous mindset to equate them with the insane philosophy of either a chaotically sadistic Joker or a frighteningly focused and cold-blooded Bane (portrayed by Tom Hardy).

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