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First published October 1, 2009
None of what was being said was new, it's just that what was once considered unacceptable was suddenly being celebrated.It's been nearly a decade since Roy collated these writings, and I have to wonder, while she was putting together her vicious satire of Bush's visit to India, she could have foreseen a US president so vitriolic, so inept, so swelled up by the smell of his own perfumed and fascist asshole that he would make war criminal Bush look like a well educated Franciscan monk. God knows I never saw it coming, but I was young in 2009, smack dab in the midst of the transition between high school and college, and back then my hell holes functioned on a much smaller scale than afforded by imperialism, fascism, and genocide. Now that I'm older and have leaped from the frying pan and into the fire, I see justification for what the "neutral" no nothing centrists would call the Tumblr hivemind/SJW/Antifa violence: neo-Nazis, "Grab them by the pussy"-ists, white supremacists, all of them left and right, front and back. And yet, no small thanks to said Antifa violence and none at all to state bankrolled pigs in uniform, the damage has been contained and combated more than I could have hopped for. There's still a bigoted mess just outside my door, but Roy helps me create the language and call to action necessary to fight it, and while she's not perfect, she's a fuckton better than most.
Each time you defend the right of an institution, any institution (including the Supreme Court), to exercise unfettered, unaccountable powers that must never be challenged, you move toward fascism.
There is no terrorism like state terrorism.
I like the companies who make AIDS drugs that no one can afford. I love that kind of dark, edgy humor.Roy takes the time to point out the various traps spawned by a society that thinks itself democratic but defines democracy along such narrow and oligarchical lines (think Ancient Greece with the slaves and the brood mare status of women in general) that it is all too easy to argue for free speech for the would be hirers of assassins and an equal platform for both genocide aiders/abetters and anti-genocide activists. All's fair in love and war, and in the US, free speech only means the government can't (overtly) come after you, but it doesn't protect one from those who know what it's like to be first targeted by dogwhistling and sealioning and boiling frogs until finally the deluge hits and what's after you now, pray tell. One major caveat I have with Roy's line of thought, however, is her lazy usages of "insane" and "mental house" to characterize aspirants to fascism, as her gleeful exposition on who, other than Jewish people, were targeted by Nazis is worth shit if she doesn't acknowledge and subsequently incorporate into her rhetorical framework how disabled and mentally ill people have been demonized, sterilized, and exterminated by both the left and the right, and it was Nazis in 1939 who participated in this much glorified tradition. A decade since the publication of this work
Criminals are not meant to resign. They're meant to be charged, tried, and convicted.
Anti-terrorism laws are not for terrorists; they're for people that governments don't like. That's why they have a conviction rate of less than 2 percent.
"Union" (racial/ethnic/religious/national) and "Progress" (economic determination) have long been the twin coordinates of genocide.As one can tell, I'm of two minds when it comes to this work. ON the one hand, it predicated much of what my experience of the 21st century as an adult has been, and my only reason for not regretting reading it sooner is that I doubt I would had the necessary toolkit back in January of 2017 to engage with it, although I would've caught a glimmer of the need for one in the hellscape of November of 2016. On the other, Roy disappoints like a great number of so called great thinkers do by gleefully indulging in the throwing of the disabled/neuroatypical community under the bus in order to portray the dangers of a genocidal fascism that will, like so many other genocides before, go after the weak, mentally ill, physically disabled, first. It's a shame. If she still holds by that, I won't be there to speak for her when they finally come for her, as I'll have already been taken away.
In other words, genocides are often denied for the same set of reasons genocides are prosecuted. Economic determinism marinated in racial/ethnic/religious/national discrimination.
In the genocide sweepstakes, while pleading for justice for one people, it is so easy to inadvertently do away with the suffering of others. This is the slippery morality of the international politics of genocide.
A superpower never has allies. It only has agents.What will you do.
What happens now that democracy and the free market have fused into a single predatory organism with a thin, constricted imagination that revolves almost entirely around the idea of maximizing profit?
Even if it were true (which it most certainly isn't) that every person who has been killed was in fact a gangster, terrorist, insurgent, or extremist—it only tells us there is something terribly wrong with a society that drives so many people to take such desperate measures.
There is absolutely no reason to believe that history will repeat itself. Not unless it is made to. Not unless people actively work to create such a cataclysm.