For the past two days, I willingly subjected myself to racial/political hate speeches with little to no bar for senses.

I had fun agreeing with them, too much fun.

They are also hard to pull away from, like a game of spot-the-fool so I can tweet my next brilliant agreement. I have to say, half of them are pretty excellent.

But it doesn't take long before their collective lack of self-awareness wears on you. Now harmless people on the street are candidates for threats.

@ykgoon Racial and political hate feels very different to me. Racism (and xenophobia) has a strong component of fear of the outsider. Political hate is much more complicated.

I get two different feels from political conflict, both assuming a mindset where the other side is still part of the tribe. One is a paternalist frustration at the stupidity of one's fellows, the other is rage against defectors. The difference is class based. Only on the rich do I recognize enough agency to defect.

@ykgoon Ultimately, the upper class becomes an outsider to the coalition, as they have to much incentive to sell us out to be worth courting their allegiance.

But at no point of a political hate speech do I feel "belonging" and alignment with the group. It all just feels like a targeting exercise, with the audience being the rockets. I don't like being treated like a disposable weapon.

@machado well in my context they are bundled together and confused as one another 😞

@ykgoon Here in Portugal we are at a turning point. We have been importing american issues with a 10 year delay, but our old political status quo broke down hard in 2015. The right took a brutal hit from the austerity period.

Now the right has a few figures trying to import racial or anti-migrant narratives, but it's not selling. And some urban leftists are trying to import the gender issues narrative, but it's not selling either.

The only thing that could get people to vote is class conflict.

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@machado I dunno if that's a better scenario or worse. Having engaged with these idea-terrorists, I cannot in good conscience recommend everyone to "participate in democracy". It truly can be toxic in that it makes you forget there are worthier things to do in life.

@ykgoon From an outsider perspective, it does feel like the term "culture war" is increasingly accurate, and American society is indeed broken in a way that can't be easily fixed.

It's an interesting contrast. People in a small country can safely assume political agency has been transferred so far away from us it's pointless to stress about it. The presidents that matter are not the ones we get to elect.

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