Leapdragon 2016 - Aron Hsiao Was Here

Rants directly and by proxy.  §

So:

  • I seriously can’t believe that Trump and Clinton are our general election candidates. Like, I can’t believe it. Yeeeeech. Scary and disappointing and troubling and everything else. This is a cataclysmic comment on U.S. political culture and on U.S. culture in general. Ugly. So ugly.
     
  • The policy core of my problems with identity politics and the focus on self and identity are reflected in this article at Spiked! Online, which is fast becoming one of my favorite spots to read. Identity politics is narcissism, pure and simple, and demands for safe spaces are demands invariably made by the privileged. Some will want to shoot me now. Okay.
     
  • Love me or hate me, I am coming to the realization that the thing that matters most is that you actually engage me as me. I am not here to be anyone’s paper cutout, good or bad.
     
  • I had the distinct misprivilege of hearing a moustached man clad in cowboy boots and hat today pronounce the word “jalapeno” as jaaa-laaa-PEEE-noh. This is life in Utah.
     
  • There is no room for judgment, reflection, or nuance in our politics or in our epistemology in the U.S. Everyone chooses sides, then accepts their marching orders. Anyone that doesn’t is claimed by all sides to be the enemy. This is why we have Trump and Clinton. And it’s bogus. We have gone off the rails.
     
  • Read this.

I don’t know. I think I’m angry again.