I really wish there was a way to get people to understand “the problems that we’re talking about are systemic - meaning that no individual is willing these things to happen, but the collective action of a society, and the historical position that society occupies, are causing it - and so this whole ‘my life doesn’t fit this narrative’ thing doesn’t actually mean anything or refute what I’m saying”.
Like, most of the worst conversations I’ve ever had with people (and same goes for friends that’ve had similarly bad conversations) have involved me talking about something in this manner and the other person going “Hey! My experience is different so you’re wrong!” If I could just get most of the people I talk to to latch on to this one concept - “systematic causation” for lack of a better term - then I’d be so much better off with talking to people. It’d be a lot more “lets hash out the details between our views” and less “we’re coming from two different ideological grounds, but you’re unwilling to examine the source of yours, and yet you’re still trying to continue this conversation”.
The bane of my existence.
"The window for the public to weigh in on how federal rule-makers should treat Internet traffic is closed, after a record 3.7 million comments arrived at the FCC. The Sunlight Foundation analyzed the first 800,000 and found that fewer than 1 percent were opposed to net neutrality enforcement. The principle of net neutrality generally means that all Internet traffic is treated equally. But whether the weight of popular opinion can overcome the significant lobbying heft of Internet service providers fighting against stronger net neutrality rules is a huge question mark. An analysis by San Francisco-based data firm Quid found that Verizon alone spent $100 million to lobby Congress on net neutrality since 2009. (That kind of money could buy you 793 houses or 4 million bottles of Maker’s Mark.)"
i only take “#Anonymous” political protests seriously if the people doing it wear habbo hotel outfits and carry “longcat is long” signs to demos