Atlantian Racism

By Elder.

Having the questionable habit of reading The Atlantic (despite its obvious liberal slant), the last thing I expected to encounter there was racism and a colonial mentality. The sad thing is, the people writing these comments seem intelligent, articulate, and completely oblivious to what their position actually means.

The first article was about the U.S. and immigrants. So far so good, right? Except, the writer implied that immigrants to the United States are a commodity.

“Asia is especially important, and encouraging large-scale immigration from Asia will have benefits far beyond the simple economics of immigration. The United States’ geopolitical strategy for the emerging Asian Century must be to position ourselves as the Alternative Asia, the way we were once the Alternative Europe. “

Specifically, the writer wants so encourage Asians to move to the U.S. because of the benefits the country will receive from it. This in itself would not be so egregious, except the writer also mentions the geopolitical situation, to wit:

“Geopolitics, too, will be centered on Asia. Already, conflicts over the South China Sea, the East China Sea, and Central Asia fill the news. The United States could be involved in stabilizing these conflicts and making sure they don’t disrupt the global economy. In the 20th Century, we stabilized Asia through overwhelming military force, but this is no longer possible or desirable; instead, many believe, the U.S. should be an “offshore balancer,” helping to mediate disputes and organize coalitions of Asian nations to keep the peace. But in order to do this we need to build credibility and trust with the nations of Asia, and having large Asian populations in our own country seems like a good way to do this. “

Truly, it makes me wonder what the writer means when he says the United States ‘stabilized’ conflicts in Asia. Does he mean the Vietnam war, where not only thousands of American soldiers died but more than a million Vietnamese lost their lives? Does he refer to the bombings of Cambodia that led to the rise of the Khmer Rouge? Or maybe he’s talking about a different region, about the American ‘advisors’ in Afghanistan that helped the Mujahideen and led to the rise of the Taliban?

And how exactly does the writer expect to build credibility and trust with Asian nations if he’s treating Asian immigrants as merchandise? Continue reading

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Wallflowers and the Social Phobic

By Younger.

I wasn’t planning on making a personal post so early in the game, but events interfered. A few days ago I saw the trailer for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower“. While a few lines did make me laugh, I got the feeling I’d be irritated by this movie. Skimming over a few reviews pretty much confirmed my opinion. Why? It’s portrayal of social anxiety.

Note that I haven’t read the book or actually seen the movie. This is the impression I got from the trailer. Of course it’s wrong to judge a book by its cover and a movie by its trailer, so here’s the obligatory disclaimer.

We start out with a guy who admits he hasn’t talked to anyone other than his family the whole summer. He want the situation to change, but doesn’t know how. So far, so good. Then it all gets blown out of the window.

All right, it’s not completely unrealistic to suddenly get magical friends who drag you into their social circle of “misfits” and shower you with affection. It happens. Rarely. (Never to me, unfortunately.) But that’s not the point I’m trying to make. My point is, everything about that portrayal rings wrong to me. Charlie is the clean, outsider version of social anxiety. The sweet, cute version you want to hug, not the creepy wierdo version. The kind who can hang out happily with his new friends instead of avoiding them. The kind who can enjoy parties without getting panic attacks. The kind the can talk honestly with his friends instead of saying what he Continue reading

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The purpose of this little experiment

Is to try to face the facts of the world… Unflinching! Undaunted!

That is, when we’re not wasting our (and your) time babbling about insignificant nonsense.

A little bit about the subjects that will  might be covered in this blog:

  • Geopolitics across the globe. We hope to avoid writing both in broad strokes and in nitpicky detail. In other words, to write informed, intelligent and just plain right opinions about the world today as we see it.
  • Reviews of various TV series and Cinema Experiences (otherwise known as movies). Why? Because even we get bored sometimes.
  • Social and Political issues from the social point of view. Plus: postcolonialism, racism, sexism, classism, and other -isms. All this and more without narrow minded liberalism.
  • Shenanigans.
  • Non-psychotic mental illnesses, mainly depression and social anxiety.
  • Analyzing forms and tropes of storytelling. Yes, we’re going to link endlessly to mention TVTropes. If you don’t like that website, well…
  • Stuff.

Now it might sound like we’re all over the place and unfocused. On the other hand, it might also sound ridiculous, and/or mind numbingly boring.

Never fear! We offer here an eclectic selection.

We decided to open this blog because it gets dull with only one other person to debate with. Not to mention, our ego is huge enough to be absolutely certain that people would be delighted to read our ramblings.

Don’t burst our bubble, okay?

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