like I don't know how fragile like what? None of us knows how fragile. The system is by the system. I mean, like the whole like the the sort of smartisan yeah, Status Quo of the globe, like the geopolitical balance has the relationship between our institutions. Now, branches of government, the the sort of Quorum that you have of buy-in for democracy, among the demos, like the fragile negotiations. I mean, it's like they've lost sight of the fact that for most people in most Most places at most times life has been (expletive) and tribal and violent and like we've managed to erect this edifice of conciliation over the past. Couple hundred years, thanks to the Enlightenment and Democrat and democracy and they just don't think that anything that their little life is going to do is going to undermine that so they keep playing these games and yeah you're right. Is it a bull in a china shop or It a mouse in, you know, a huge glass Temple that the mouse couldn't possibly affect. I think they think they're just leaving little mouse droppings all over the place, but we don't know. What?
Okay, part of it is the problem of Twitter itself and the people feel like they can just bullshit and talk and and promulgate their opinions. And yes, most people can most of the time. But this is, you know, this comes back to why I thought Trump and Alex Jones should have been kicked off the platform in the first place, right? And it wasn't because maybe I'm sure they've violated. L terms of service in many ways as well. But the thing that I found most destructive about their use of the platform was they're singling out private citizens for abuse and lying about them at scale in such a way that was guaranteed to destroy these people's lives. Trump did it again and again, and Alex Jones was doing it with the Sandy Hook parents and it was just, it was so foreseeable. It was so it was, it was playing out. Even in the case of Alex Jones was playing out for years and we just was no mystery as to what what the consequences were in the real world that he had a crazy cult of conspiracy addled, Maniacs that he was aiming at families who had suffered the worst possible loss in their lives, right? And, and, and the consequences were exactly as we've seen them and their Sandy Hook families that have had to move. Ten times since their kids were murdered. Yes,
it reminds me a little bit of there's an anecdote from a New York Times who wasn't at the Times who interviewed Trump. Like a number of times, I kind of knew it was, but basically had a meeting with him. After Trump had been tweeting about journalists being the enemies of the people. I think, I think the editor of the times and maybe the Washington Post or Wall Street Journal, like all came together and they were like mr. President, I know this is your steak but you have to understand that in parts of the world where authoritarian regimes are constantly cracking, Down on journalists, this kind of stuff will get people killed. This will get journalists killed, this will get them hounded, this will get them like all over the world. You Tweeting something like this has a real impact on free speech and the freedom of people everywhere. It doesn't just endanger reporters here in America when they go to, you know, rallies, this is a global phenomenon and he send the reporter who I heard being interviewed, I come over where it was said, like, it seemed like he really got it for a moment and he was like, yeah, okay. I can see that. And then, you know, they left and three hours later, he's tweeting about how Journalist of the enemies of the, of the people. And it's like, it's like, I don't think that Trump wants people wants journalists in Namibia to be to have to be beheaded, but I just don't think he thinks it's gonna think he really believes that anything matters, whether anything is going to happen, I just don't think they think that the world is going to go on and they're just going to do their (expletive) and then things will continue. And at some point enough, if enough people think that, then things won't go on as they were and things won't continue the whole thing or smell will fall apart.
Yeah. Well again this comes back to this contrarian ISM and the loss of trust in institutions and may. Their people who are in the mode of just tearing it all down and imagining that it's we can just have a great party in the rubble of of everything. It's there is the rubble of a shared epistemology where we we used to be able to converge on On a fact-based discussion about terrestrial reality, it's the rubble of specific institutions that no longer have any Authority or perceived Authority. It's the rest of rubble of just the very concept that anyone is or can be an expert in anything. I mean, you know, the expertise is now a undignified concept, right? And yet we know there's a difference between someone who knows. In and a true expert and we certainly know Ilan. Obviously knows this about engineering and he should know this about history and epidemiology and you know any other area where where facts can be ascertained and where they matter or might matter. Someday there's something very adolescent about this moment
psychologically I mean the teenagers
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yeah and Mom and Dad Asia wrong about everything. Thing. I mean it's like it's almost Bolshevik. You know, when you talk about the rubble, it's like you know burn it all down and we'll figure out what we're going to do next and then it'll be better. They'll be a glorious future, will be a Thousand-Year Reich and everyone's going to be happy
Sam Bashes Trump & Alex Jones for Abusing Private Citizens on Twitter