Armas Weekend Reader
2-3 April 2022
This week: war in Europe, the 1619 Project exposed, the words of God in software, shop class as soulcraft, your American dialect, and Jimmy Stewart on strategic airpower. Let’s go —
1) “[T]he book … restores The 1619 Project's original aim of displacing the ‘mythology’ of 1776 ‘to reframe the country's history, understanding 1619 as our true founding.’ This passage was quietly deleted from The New York Times' website in early 2020 just as the embattled journalistic venture was making a bid for a Pulitzer Prize. After a brief foray into self-revisionism in which she denied ever making such a claim, editor Nikole Hannah-Jones has now apparently brought this objective back to the forefront of The 1619 Project.”
2) “A social credit system is a system that pretends to give you civil liberties and freedom. It doesn't overtly send you to the gulag for expressing dissent. Rather, it conditions the benefits of society—economic benefits, the ability to spend your money—on having the correct opinions. If you don’t, then your ability to participate in online platforms is diminished or curtailed entirely. That's the situation that we are gradually heading towards.”
3) “Progressive strategists have quietly built a massive network of social media communities in political battleground states that can activate ahead of elections and policy fights.”
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