Favorite Rejects 2021-12-11
Tired: Diplomatic boycott of PRC Olympics due to Uyghur genocide. Wired: Let Uyghurs legally immigrate to US.
I like to imagine a third gang in west side story where the only unifying factor is that the members failed the dance audition for the other two every so often the camera pans past this sad group all snapping at different times and getting frustrated
"DeSantis’s call to jail Fauci is a pure echo of the Trumpian call to lock up Hillary Clinton... The thinnest pretext of a scandal is a sheen to cover the raw authoritarian ambition to imprison any figure who angers the right-wing base."
A good post about how to create abundant housing, with a list of sensible policy proposals. fasterplease.substack.com/p/we-have-a-ho…
Voting access and gerrymandering are important long-term issues. But in the short term, Dems need to focus on by far the biggest threat to our democracy: Election subversion by Trump's people.
People are still talking about coups and “democracy”? Embarrassing. Why can’t they focus on the big issues, like the Smollett case?
Another small sign of tankie ideas slipping into the mainstream socialist movement in America:
Elizabeth Bruenig, being asked about her red line for use of US military power at around 44:15. "What if China invaded Japan?" "Well, in the great historical ledger, Japan kind of has it coming from China, considering the way we left it, after WWII". https://t.co/BCkAxjwngp
I mean, partly this is tankie ideas infecting mainstream socialism, but also partly this is the general American tendency to analyze foreign policy like a 12-year-old, saying "Hee hee, wouldn't it be cool if country X invaded country Y" because to you they're just lines on a map.
"An appropriate response to a war scenario I consider unrealistic is to advance a theory of just war in which wars of choice are justified by revanchism. Tee hee, ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer."
Let me suggest that absurd questions deserve absurd replies. https://t.co/yXGzahEqsY
Jeet Heer @HeerJeet
Suppose it's 0.1%. is it then not worth considering as a hypothetical in order to establish someone's theory of just war? Should our moral principles only be explored using highly likely war scenarios?
In fact, the U.S.-Japan alliance is founded on exactly this hypothetical -- not China, specifically, but the U.S. is pledged to defend Japan against any possible attacker. How is asking whether Bruenig wants to repudiate that commitment a stupid or unrealistic question??
"Antiwar", and yet Japan "has it coming"
it's me, i'm antiwar barbie. i'm fine with it though. all you skippers and kens out there, i've got no interest in seeing you killed or disfigured for -- as was discussed on this very podcast, and in fact *admitted to by the pro-war guy!* -- the sake of global commerce https://t.co/rG5f3WUuyU
christmas cheer liz bruenig @ebruenig
BTW, every single one of the people claiming that "What if China invades Japan?" is a stupid unrealistic hypothetical is simply ignorant and uninformed, because there is a chance China might invade some Japanese islands that the U.S. has explicitly pledged to help defend.
Okay, one comment: looking at the many comments on all sides, everyone seems to be equating "China attacking Japan" as the PLA marching in Tokyo when, according to prevailing policy, China taking the Senkaku/Diaoyu would mean the same thing in terms of US treaty obligations.
Tobias Harris @observingjapan
When you definitely know foreign policy things
@GregDjerejian @Noahpinion @nikhil_palsingh USA should definitely go to war with another nuclear power over islands whose sovereignty is disputed and USA takes no position on.
Jeet Heer @HeerJeet
Without strong and consistent US defense commitments to its allies and partners in the region, the odds that China addresses its revanchist claims (both large and small) via force goes up exponentially. Not to mention likely follow-on effects if we left, such as a Japanese bomb.
There isn't a number, the goal is to *not* sacrifice any lives, because deterrence didn't fail, b/c our defense commitment shifted the PRC's cost/benefit of resolving disputes diplomatically versus resolving them militarily. (Jeet is discussing the Senkakus, for anyone wondering)
@Noahpinion How many American lives would you sacrifice for these disputed islands -- 100? 1000? 10000? 100000? More?
Jeet Heer @HeerJeet
"Democracies should all be solely responsible for their own defense, alliances are for autocracies" is one hell of a theory of international relations
A good police reform idea would be to punish police officers when they break the law.
The NYPD claimed it was "working" on the problem of cops flagrantly violating this law... over four years ago https://t.co/OlhTyuiXxR
Josh Barro @jbarro