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  • Andy Beshear.

    Realistically it’s going to be Josh Shapiro, Roy Cooper, or Mark Kelly. Shapiro because he’d guarantee the Pennsylvania vote and tear anyone apart in a debate, Cooper because he’d secure the NC vote and probably boost the southern vote in general, and Kelly because his background is as American as possible, plus he’d get us Arizona. Tim Walz is another likely pick imo, partially because Minnesota vote and all, but he’s not as appealing in a campaign as many of the other choices.

    Out of all of these, Shapiro seems like the strongest choice to me if he takes off his glasses. Cooper probably offers the most up-front and is exactly what Americans think of when they hear the words “vice president”, but Shapiro would probably perform the most impressively in public speaking & debates, and Kelly would probably give the best public image.

    Beshear probably is the most progressive and has the best platform out of all of the likely candidates, but he’s made the critical mistake of being from Kentucky, which is definitely NOT a swing state, which means he doesn’t by default guarantee extra votes. The Democrats would have to run a very good campaign to utilize Beshear’s full potential, but considering all the finding pouring in I think it’d work out in their favor.

    The Democrats will not put 2 women or 2 non-whites on the same ballot. It’s just not happening. The nominee will be a white guy. Raphael Warnock is unbelievable in his campaigning/charisma, but Americans are too racist for a Harris-Warnock ballot to be a viable option in terms of votes. Same goes for Harris-Whitmer.

    If Newsom becomes the VP pick I’m going to yeet myself off a cliff…


  • Compared to other languages… If those other languages are Romantic, North Germanic, Dutch, Afrikaans, or Frisian. A majority of other languages are typically considered more difficult for people who only speak English.

    That being said, I found Russian way easier than German at first, but that quickly stops being the case… German shares a lot of semantic/syntactic similarities with English so you can reasonably assume that a lot of German constructions will easily translate to English, for Russian though it’s more unfamiliar and you have to put more effort into thinking Russian-y. The main thing that made German way harder at first is German declensions… ugh… Russian has a complex declension system but it’s extremely regular, while German declensions are pretty irregular and the declension of articles is especially bad because their forms overlap a lot. Adjective declension is similarly bad. German word order also fucked with me a lot but it’s decently rigid so you get it quickly.



  • sparkle@lemm.eetoMemes@lemmy.mlcouldn't be me
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    That’s one difficult thing, it can be pretty hard to tell from the outside whether it’s the product of grooming or not. The same goes for a lot of very legal types of relationships though, so I don’t think the possibility of it happening is a reason to completely criminalize it. The difference compared to the other things listed (children and animals) is those things can’t consent, it’s an impossibility.

    I think enforcing some arbitrary age gap maximum for siblings though would make sense – incest between parents and children should be illegal full stop imo, and it’s hard to believe that any relationships between siblings who are 10 years apart isn’t from grooming.

    That being said, I’m not sure that with our current shitty justice, law, and health system (in the US) that it’s worth it to start giving equality to those types of relationships considering we just don’t have the infrastructure or society to effectively prevent the legality being used to facilitate grooming. Society is too corrupt to prevent or bring justice for abuse at the scale needed. But people made similar arguments for incest being illegal as for interracial relationships being illegal so maybe I’m wrong.


  • sparkle@lemm.eetoMemes@lemmy.mlCapitalism and fascism
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    Fascism in the most vague sense that you can get while still being accurate is enforcement of a hierarchy, practically no social mobility, based on traits like ethnicity, sex, wealth, etc. supposed to be the “natural order” of society; often involving some sort of mythological/religious/idealized “past” or predecessor society/civilization which was then upended by some sort of evil group(s) (the targetted groups/scapegoats), which stole from us and which are an evil that need to be stopped. This, of course, is slightly different from how Mussolini’s fascism was originally visualized – which was a corporatist nationalist dictatorship about “might”/the strong coming out on top (translated into militarism) justified by religion/mythology (in fascist Italy’s case about being the successor to the great ancient Rome and seeing through to a greater Roman Empire) – but it’s how the world has become to understand the concept of fascism as time went on.

    This is the reason many see capitalism as sort of “diet fascism” – it’s entirely about a hierarchy based around socioeconomic class/groups, with highly restricted social mobility (although not completely closed off as fascism’s is), and it’s seen that your place in the hierarchy in a hypothetically purely capitalistic system is the natural order of things – your place in the hierarchy is supposedly based on how hard you work, rich people are rich because they’ve simply worked smarter and harder than the people under them, and anyone can go up the hierarchy if they simply just are a better person. Of course, in reality we know this doesn’t work and among other things generational wealth & systematic roadblocks created by the wealthy play a major factor in this hierarchy, but I digress. The reason classical liberalism / free market capitalism hates class equality, hates a system like socialism which calls for abolishing unjust hierarchies, is because it sees the abolition of the socioeconomic/class-based hierarchy as going against the natural order and forcibly placing people in the “wrong” places in the hierarchy (all on the same level) when some people deserve to be below others because they’re lazy, illegal immigrants, “criminals”, etc. In essence, they see equality not as equality, but as an “upside-down” hierarchy where the former upper class is forced below the formerly marginalized groups; to a more privileged person, equality feels like oppression. Capitalism needs an underclass to function, in a capitalistic system people with certain traits always have an unequal distribution throughout the hierarchy (scapegoated/marginalized groups significantly tending to pool at the bottom with only a few “token” examples truly traversing upwards, and people closer to the top of the pyramid being less and less prone to falling down the hierarchy). It sounds a lot like fascism, because fascism and capitalism are ideologies/systems with loosely equivalent structures but capitalism being far less pronounced.

    Additionaly, classical liberalism & moreso conservative capitalism are centered around reggressing to a supposed “golden age” of the past where things were better before “they” ruined it (whoever “they” is and what specifically “they” did is vague and changes from belief to belief but usually includes taxation/redistribution of wealth/power away from the people at the top of the hierarchy, or some shift in the hierarchy). It’s like a much less pronounced form of the mythologized predecessor civilization/society of fascism, instead of hundreds or thousands of years ago it’s more like 30-40 years ago.

    Fascism in the way we currently understand it doesn’t even strictly require dictatorial/autocratic rule, it can be enforced in a technically “democratic” system as long as certain groups are excluded from the democratic process. Of course, the line between democracy, broader oligarchy, narrower oligarchy, and autocracy becomes blurrier the more of the population you exclude, since democracy is more of a spectrum than anything, but generally there’s a lot of possible fascist systems where people would still consider it democratic enough. Your perspective is pretty deeply tied to which group you belong to as well – the average German thought Nazi Germany was a democracy even when Poland was invaded and throughout much of the war, but obviously the Roma and Jewish populace being genocided would definitely not agree. Capitalism does this exclusion to a large extent too – just usually not in the form of outright completely banning a group from participating – and the upper classes have signficantly more say in the democratic process, to the point where the upper classes can choose to completely eliminate options they collectively dislike enough from the equation regardless of the consent of the lower classes.

    Overall while fascism and capitalism aren’t a complete overlap, fascism is for the most part a progression of capitalism (or, as more and more people see it, capitalism is a derivation of fascism and/or feudalism where we keep trying to patch up the flaws using a few socialist/progressive/democratic qualities) and pretty much requires a capitalist (or capitalist-adjacent) system to exist. Fascism can’t use, say, a socialist system because socialism inherently requires working towards the abolition of the power structures/hierarchies which fascism is based around. Of course, in fascist systems the supposed “superior” class often has power redistributed to them in the form of e.g. social welfare benefits and infrastructure investments, which isn’t straight up classical liberalism obviously, but that doesn’t necessarily violate capitalism/the capitalist power structures as a whole, it’s just using a different form of capitalism in order to keep the currently-not-scapegoated but also-not-highest castes content and thinking that things aren’t so bad.

    If you have any questions about this or can’t see the reasoning of certain parts, I’m sure I (or someone else) will be happy to answer it for you.









  • sparkle@lemm.eetoPeople Twitter@sh.itjust.worksFun times ahead!
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    Kamala Harris is the only one I could see being a replacement, but it might be too late for that switch to actually work. Then again, it would be too late for any switch to actually work in that case, so I guess we’d have to hope that Americans would willingly vote in a mixed Black & Asian American woman as president. Considering most of the population are probably sexist enough for it to affect their voting patterns, on top of 70% of the population being white and mostly also probably having a subconscious racial bias affecting their voting, I don’t have much hope with that working even if they did do it…

    I would say “if Roe vs. Wade made most women realized how close to danger they are in this election, it could work”, but if that were the case then they’d already be voting blue no matter who. So idk, all it takes is for like 60% of white people to vote Republican to elect Trump as long as they win key swing states. The only way to prevent that from happening is mobilizing the non-white voterbase & the progressive women voterbase in important states, like what happened in Georgia in the 2020 election. But with progressive voters seeming extremely disillusioned with Democrats now, might not happen.


  • In the short term at least, yes. But considering American schools get most of their funding based on students’ academic performance – and low grades means they get defunded and have to cut things like schoolbuses, supplies, and education programs & quality – it’s a very short-sighted thing to do for schools which don’t have peak student performance (and most schools overpaying coaches and underpaying teachers don’t have good student performance). Not to imply that you were saying that this isn’t the case



  • sparkle@lemm.eetoMemes@sopuli.xyzIn celebration of Independence Day
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    French: single-handedly turn the US into an independent country

    Washington and Webster: “fuck you you pricks”

    French: :( obliterates half of Europe

    This is why Napoleon was so anggey bros. Trust me on this it has to be true. Why else would he have created an Italian national identity than to cast upon us pain and suffering as revenge?



  • The dominance of the far-right in France’s elections and in European elections in general this cycle is really frightening. That being said, I think a lot of their success comes from tactics inspired by Trump’s… Trump became an internet icon, he was turned into a piece of popular culture. The European far-right are doing the same, they’re REALLY good at social media propoganda and utilising social media to get young people to vote for them. Looking at 2019 vs 2024, the difference in young voters’ attitudes would be unbelievable then.