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twitter discourse, mental health
like fuck, this country just barely survived an attempted coup, thousands of people are dying a day, the right wing is still out there spreading lies and creating fascists, climate change threatens us all with extinction... I need SOMETHING, you know? Or I'm going to accept the premise "nothing can ever get better" and check the fuck out.
twitter discourse, mental health
I post these same kinds of takes honestly myself. But... I want out. My body is out of anger and outrage. I need, NEED, to be able celebrate wins, even inadequate ones I am critical of, even partial ones, even problematic ones, or I am going to give up and burn out.
twitter discourse, mental health
I'm unfollowing a bunch of people I actually like on twitter. A lot of them have takes I agree with, and I like them personally... but every time I see what they post I want to drink myself to death because it's so cynical and jaded, and I never see anything positive from them.
There are some major blind spots in US politics.
1- Rich people will use their money to impose regulations that keep other people poor.
2- Suburban lifestyles are very expensive to maintain because of the amount of infrastructure required to support them.
3- Some problems require both deregulation AND government action to solve.
4- Some problems cannot be solved by throwing money at them.
5- Some problems can only be solved by painful societal shifts that hurt everyone in the short run.
nobody wants to attack suburban development. That is the third rail of american politics. Suburbia is a product of regulation, and those regulations are a product of market forces driving people to use their wealth to prevent deregulation and preserve waht is by now the traditional american lifestyle. It requires both deregulation and government action to solve, and radical amounts of both, and solving it will hurt the middle class. it is the perfect blind-spot in american politics.
imo, nobody is really seriously talking about fixing this problem. Democrats and a lot of people on the left focus on taxing and spending out. But there is a limit to what this can accomplish if the root problem of suburban sprawl is not addressed. Republicans and libertarians focus on deregulation, but again, what you need to deregulate is zoning restrictions which would radically reorganize the structure of the city, not fire safety regulations on individual buildings.
now people are moving out of the state with their money. With remote work, the people actually making money in CA are moving out to other places so the money goes farther. But if these places don't learn from what happened here, the problem will repeat elsewhere for the exact same reasons, because the suburband sprawl problem is nationwide. (looking at you Masschusets, Texas, Colorado, Arizona and North Carolina)
the state is now pouring money into social programs, but ultimately all of these are mitigation. because what actually needs to happen to fix the situation is that the housing market needs to crash. And if that happens, a lot of what's left of the middle class people in the state, people who invested in the suburban dream, will lose their life savings, and local government will go bankrupt because they get all their money from property taxes..
So nobody fixes the problem.
while the money didn't really trickle down, the cost of living increases definitely trickled up. Businesses have to pay their employees absurd amounts of money while those employees continue to have a mediocre quality of life. More and more, small business couldn't compete, then medium business couldn't compete, and now even the big companies are leaving while 43% of homeless people in the country live in CA because CoL is so friggin high.
this is still a problem, even in a situation where wealth is evenly distributed and where the average person owns a home. But as money flowed into California via big tech, the cost of living kept going up, high-education employees kept getting higher salaries, housing prices kept going up, but the supply of housing was kept low via regulations pushed by homeowners who wanted to keep the values of their homes high and a lack of govt. action.
I believe the fundamental problem at the heart of California's stratified economy is suburban development. The US has committed to this idea of making people rich via home ownership and home values.
As a result, it is politically impossible right now in CA to build high density, low income housing in urban centers. In addition, suburban development results in tons of expensive to maintain infrastructure cities cannot afford.
I had the strangest feeling today. I suddenly felt like I was living in the United States again.
I know like, the the US has been awful since forever in so many ways.
And yet... that is the feeling I had. Like the last 4-6 years were the mirror universe US, it's worst parts exaggerated, it's best parts minimized.
You know what. I'm sick of the knee jerk cynicism of the online left. Substituting critical analysis with simply distrusting everything and everyone is naivety masquerading as being informed. You aren't thinking, you aren't engaging, you are just immediately deciding things are bad because you've decided everything is bad.
PA Coup, uspol
No doubt about it now. This is a coup. PA State Senate does not ahve the authority to overturn the presidential election results. They don't ahve the authority to declare State Scotus rulings or legally mandated actions be the governor void without going through proper legislative procedure. They don't have the authority to refuse to seat members or remove the Lt. Governor from his position.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL
I genuinely do not understand how to process the degree of daily inhumanity we see in our society. I either want it to stop, or I want to burn this society to the ground.
In the face of cruelty I search for meaning in the world. Meaning has become so hard to find, it twists me inside. Deep down I know there is no higher purpose to any of the horror of this last year. And slowly I find myself more and more learning to embrace the violence, the horror, as the true way of things. Yet in doing so, those who stand up to it... that is where meaning lies.
The world burns, and I try to just do the next, good thing.
cyberpsychosis, cult 45
I'm not gonna engage on thsi thread, but if I was, I would try posing as a fellow cultist... and then try to convince them to try to stick it out with their family and friends for the good of the cult. Socially isolating people is part of how cults work. If you encourage them not to isolate, it increases the likelihood they will pull themselves out.
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