Driving Blind: Democracy as First Resort

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Ethan Gach

I write about comics, video games and American politics. I fear death above all things. Just below that is waking up in the morning to go to work. You can follow me on Twitter at @ethangach or at my blog, gamingvulture.tumblr.com. And though my opinions aren’t for hire, my virtue is.

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  1. Avatar Johanna says:

    I get that you don’t want to post as often but I’m wondering if listing all of your links on Fridays is more of a redundancy worry since Will already has his Linky Friday posts.Report

  2. Avatar Fnord says:

    RE: A look at the Snowden generation:

    There are people who disagree with me. Allow me to enumerate their deep personal flaws. First, “the disastrous inability to conduct a dispassionate argument”.Report

  3. Avatar aaron david says:

    Regarding independent bookstores. As someone who spent his happiest working years as the night buyer at a used bookstore, the fact that we are still having this discussion 15 years after Borders came to town, and left, speaks volumes. I don’t think they will go anywhere as long as people still read printed materials.Report

    • Avatar Rufus F. in reply to aaron david says:

      A friend has a store where he sells DVDs, furniture, records, and whatever else strikes his fancy. Recently, he’s let me sell good books there and it’s been a real eye-opener. The readers are out there and come from all walks of life and, if you supply good books, they will come. Thank god.Report

  4. Avatar damon says:

    “Also, I’m not the only one who doesn’t think the U.S. is the “greatest” country in the world. A growing number of my fellow millenials don’t either.” I’m not part of the millenial generation, far from it, but I think this sentiment is quite common amoung those who 1) think about it and 2) don’t make their voices heard all that much for one reason or another.Report

  5. Avatar Jim Heffman says:

    The issue that the NSA is having is that the vast majority of its current talent pool were brought up in a culture where the response to “do what you’re told” is “fuck you”.

    That is to say, not the military. Back when the NSA was first getting organized, it could draw from a large pool of WWII veterans, and it was sustained by the Cold War (and, later, the Gulf War.) What they’re finding now is that everyone they might want to hire is the product of twenty years of counterauthority programming by every aspect of culture, and that means they need to do better than “shut up and soldier” to explain why morally-ambiguous activities should be continued.

    A military man is taught that the system is the important thing; that it’s in place for a reason and that reason is a good one; that the people superior to him really do know better than he does; and that if he’s got any qualms about what he’s doing then the appropriate response is to squelch them and keep on doing it because orders are orders, and nobody ever really got in trouble for following orders.

    That’s not a justification that really works for someone brought up on a steady diet of media where the hothead kid runs out on his own, disobeys authority, follows his heart, and turns out to have been right all along and ends up a winner.Report