1 y ago in Zitate
Diese Gesellschaft braucht Täter wie Wolfgang Priklopil, um dem Bösen, das in ihr wohnt, ein Gesicht zu geben und es von sich selbst abzuspalten. Diese Gesellschaft benötigt die Bilder von Kellerverliesen, um nicht auf die vielen Wohnungen und Vorgärten sehen zu müssen, in denen die Gewalt ihr spießiges, bürgerliches Antlitz zeigt. Sie benutzt die Opfer spektakulärer Fälle wie mich, um sich der Verantwortung für die vielen namenlosen Opfer der alltäglichen Verbrechen zu entledigen, denen man nicht hilft – selbst wenn sie um Hilfe bitten.
  1 y ago in Stuff

Memories of unethical actions become obfuscated over time

Despite our optimistic belief that we would behave honestly when facing the temptation to act unethically, we often cross ethical boundaries. This paper explores one possibility of why people engage in unethical behavior over time by suggesting that their memory for their past unethical actions is impaired. We propose that, after engaging in unethical behavior, individuals’ memories of their actions become more obfuscated over time because of the psychological distress and discomfort such misdeeds cause. In nine studies (n = 2,109), we show that engaging in unethical behavior produces changes in memory so that memories of unethical actions gradually become less clear and vivid than memories of ethical actions or other types of actions that are either positive or negative in valence. We term this memory obfuscation of one’s unethical acts over time “unethical amnesia.” Because of unethical amnesia, people are more likely to act dishonestly repeatedly over time.
  1 y ago in Zitate
Die Generation vor uns hat sich bei uns immer damit entschuldigt, dass sie von dem, was im Faschismus passiert ist, alle gar nicht so richtig gewußt haben, was er wirklich war. Und ich glaube, dass wir, unsere Generation, nicht mehr die Möglichkeit haben wird -- wenn wir zulassen, dass es zum Schlimmsten kommt -- dann werden wir einfach nicht mehr die Möglichkeit haben, der nächsten Generation zu erklären, dass wir von allem nichts gewusst haben; wir wissen heute alle alles.
  1 y ago in Quotes
A person can become free through acts of disobedience by learning to say no to power. But not only is the capacity for disobedience the condition for freedom; freedom is also the condition for disobedience. If I am afraid of freedom, I cannot dare to say "no," I cannot have the courage to be disobedient. Indeed, freedom and the capacity for disobedience are inseparable; hence any social, political, and religious system which proclaims freedom, yet stamps out disobedience, cannot speak the truth.
  1 y ago in People

Stav Shaffir

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  1 y ago in Quotes
Google's answer is, wake up, grandpa, this is the new normal. But all they're doing is trying to port a bug in the Internet over to the real world, and calling it progress.

You can dress up a bug and call it a feature. You can also put dog crap in the freezer and call it ice cream. But people can taste the difference.
  1 y ago in People

Noam Chomsky

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talks @ Google 2008
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  1 y ago in Zitate
Dem Blöden fährt bei jedem sinnvollen Wort der Schrecken in die Glieder.
  1 y ago in Quotes
Those who build a back door into their life will one day use it as main entrance.
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Ideology does not arise from pure reason, it does not spring from the void. Ideology does not exist on its own, only in conjunction with power structures; ideology is completely subordinate to physical power. Ideology does not create power, it rationalizes it.
  1 y ago in Quotes
When a group has no specific task (and consciousness raising is a task), the people in it turn their energies to controlling others in the group. This is not done so much out of a malicious desire to manipulate others (though sometimes it is) as out of a lack of anything better to do with their talents. Able people with time on their hands and a need to justify their coming together put their efforts into personal control, and spend their time criticizing the personalities of the other members in the group. Infighting and personal power games rule the day. When a group is involved in a task, people learn to get along with others as they are and to subsume personal dislikes for the sake of the larger goal. There are limits placed on the compulsion to remold every person in our image of what they should be.

The end of consciousness-raising leaves people with no place to go, and the lack of structure leaves them with no way of getting there.
  1 y ago in Quotes
Anti-Semitism, in short, is not merely conflated with anti-Zionism, but even extended to Zionists who are critical of Israeli practices. Correspondingly, authentic anti-Semitism on the part of those whose services to Israeli power are deemed appropriate is of no account.

These two aspects of "the real anti-Semitism," ADL-style, were illustrated during the 1988 U.S. presidential campaign. The Democratic Party was denounced for anti-Semitism on the grounds that its convention dared to debate a resolution calling for a two-state political settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In contrast, when an array of Nazi sympathizers and anti-Semites were exposed in August 1988 in the Bush presidential campaign, the major Jewish organizations and leaders were, for the most part, "curiously blasé about both the revelations and Bush's response to them," largely ignoring the matter, John Judis comments. The New Republic dismissed as a minor matter the "antique and anemic forms of anti-Semitism" of virulent anti-Semites and Nazi and fascist sympathizers at a high level of the Republican campaign organization. The editors stressed, rather, the "comfortable haven for Jew-hatred on the left, including the left wing of the Democratic Party," parts of the Jackson campaign, and "the ranks of increasingly well-organized Arab activists," all of whom supported the two-state resolution at the Party convention and thus qualify as "Jew-haters."

The point is that the ultra-right Republicans are regarded as properly supportive of Israel by hard-line standards, while the Democratic Party reveals its "Jew-hatred" by tolerating elements that believe that Palestinians are human beings with the same rights as Jews, including the right of national self-determination alongside of Israel. Following the lead of the major Jewish organizations, the Democrats carefully avoided the discovery of anti-Semites and Nazis in the Republican campaign headquarters and the continuing close links after exposure.

The same point was illustrated by the revelation, at the same time, that the Reagan Department of Education had once again refused federal funds for a highly praised school history program on the Holocaust. It was first rejected in 1986 "after a review panel member complained that the views of the Nazi Party and the Ku Klux Klan were not represented." Republican faithfuls charged the program with "psychological manipulation, induced behavioral change and privacy-invading treatment" (Phyllis Schlafly); citing "leftist authorities" such as New York Times columnist Flora Lewis, British historian A.J.P. Taylor, and Kurt Vonnegut; being "profoundly offensive to fundamentalists and evangelicals"; and even being "anti-war, anti-hunting" and likely to "induce a guilt trip." A senior Education Department official attributed the rejections to "those on the extreme right wing of the Republican Party." In 1986 and 1987, this particular program had been "singled out for a refusal." In 1988, when the program "was the top-rated project in the category [of history, geography, and civics], created by then-Education Secretary William J. Bennett," the entire category was eliminated.

But "the extreme right wing of the Republican Party," whatever its attitudes towards Nazis and the Holocaust, is adequately pro-Israel. There was no detectable protest, and the issue did not arise in the last stages of the election campaign.

The cheapening of the concept of anti-Semitism and the ready tolerance for anti-Arab racism go hand-in-hand, expressing the same political commitments. All of this, again, is merely "antique and anemic anti-Semitism."
  1 y ago in Blog

nothing new under the sun

Any leash transforms people on both ends, and the very desire to have power over others betrays a lack of inner strength and integrity, to put it mildly. We may pretend to ourselves and each other that power is an end in and of itself, but that's just because we're frightened of what it covers up. You see, when you physically step on a landmine, you can't just go on pretending you still have legs; but not so with psychological abuse, trauma and neglect resulting in a haywire personality development. When it comes to the mind, routing around elephants on couches (both in ourselves as well as the people we interact with or even look up to) seems to be the default reaction.