Rome is the Substitute Game of Thrones

After watching both seasons of Rome on Amazon Prime and wishing there were more, I’ve gained this weird fascination with the Roman culture and particularly its politics. My entire understanding was more or less contained by having memorized Mark Antony’s “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” speech from the Shakespeare in high school. Which is to say that it all lived in this weird compulsory school lobe of my brain that has no relationship whatsoever to anything in real life. All of sudden I am alive with the knowledge that these names I’ve heard floating around over the years: Cicero, Cleopatra, Caesar, Cato
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Mob Justice is Predictable When the State Fails at Justice

I’m hearing this idea that the cops in Dallas were there protecting freedom of speech and assembly. In fact, that is a lie. What we saw in Oakland with the highway blocked for hours was a much healthier expression of the magnitude of public outrage yesterday. You will notice that while Oakland was more disruptive, it was also more peaceful. Meanwhile, in Dallas the cops conspired to suppress what could otherwise have been a very empowering statement. True street demonstrations are intended to disrupt business as usual. They don’t ask permission from the oppressors, they don’t march where the oppressors
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Racism is Systemic

An individual who participates in a system of supremacy that is designed to elevate one culture above all the other cultures in a geographic region doesn’t necessarily have to be bigoted or prejudiced. They may simply be complicit by their own silence or ignorance. The American legal system was built on the idea that white europeans needed to “settle” and thus subdue and subjugate the people they displaced. The economies of violence that grew out of that are ones premised on the idea that european cultural values were superior and should be implemented by force. The legacy of those politics
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