Monthly Archives: June 2020

Reopen America: Reloaded

Let’s step back in time a lit­tle, and see what 30 days of hind­sight have provided.

Remem­ber the armed pro­test­ers who were lead­ing the “Reopen Amer­i­ca” move­ment, clad in plate car­ri­ers and AR-15s, spew­ing patri­ot­ic non­sense and threat­en­ing law­mak­ers to the extent this even­tu­al­ly result­ed in clo­sure of a gov­ern­ment building?

Yeah, those protesters.

It turns out — and real­ly, to no one’s huge sur­prise — that the back-to-work move­ment at odds with major­i­ty pub­lic opin­ion on the COVID-19 lock­down end­ed up being as fake as a three-dol­lar bill. While it may have racked up a few fol­low­ers here and there from the gen­er­al pub­lic, at its core it has always been orches­trat­ed and fund­ed by deep-pock­et­ed lob­by­ing net­works seek­ing to throw their weight around, and it remains so.

… or, in the more com­mon par­lance, astro­turf­ing.

Bird’s Eye View of a Burning Empire

Our hearts are on fire, our cities are on fire.

As mas­sive coast-to-coast protests con­tin­ue in the Unit­ed States in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and dis­plays of sol­i­dar­i­ty spring up around the globe, it’s safe to say this out­pour­ing of grief has firm­ly switched gears.

What began as an out­cry over insti­tu­tion­al­ized racism in polic­ing has, over the last few days, evolved into a wider move­ment encom­pass­ing the gen­er­al­ized pain of the tragedies of COVID-19, the inad­e­quate state of Amer­i­can polit­i­cal lead­er­ship, the decay of Amer­i­can insti­tu­tions, and the tox­ic lev­els of socioe­co­nom­ic inequal­i­ty that have col­lec­tive­ly led to esca­lat­ing polar­iza­tion and regres­sive stan­dards of liv­ing for so many citizens.

On the mat­ter of the protests them­selves, the excess­es of law enforce­ment, and the sys­tems that sup­port those excess­es, news vlog­ger Phil Defran­co put togeth­er a nice­ly bal­anced video sum­ma­riz­ing the sta­tus quo, so I want­ed to share that:

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