Liza Featherstone, Doug Henwood, and Christian Parenti: “The young troublemakers of today do have an ideology and it is as deeply felt and intellectually totalizing as any of the great belief systems of yore. The cadres who populate those endless meetings, who bang the drum, who lead the ‘trainings’ and paint the puppets, do indeed have a creed. They are Activismists. That’s right, Activismists. This brave new ideology combines the political illiteracy of hyper-mediated American culture with all the moral zeal of a nineteenth century temperance crusade. In this worldview, all roads lead to more activism and more activists. And the one who acts is righteous.”

[H/T “Ritual Protest and the Theater of Dissent” by Virgnia Hotchkiss]

From the Sideways Dictionary: Arguing with a troll “is like playing playing chess with a pigeon. As the old internet meme has it, however good you are at chess, the pigeon will knock over the pieces, crap on the board, and strut around claiming victory.”

Two of the three authors still in contention for the 2017 Desmond Elliott prize for debut fiction are in their 50s.

There’s good news and bad news. Though most in the US still cling to their guns and bibles, a healthy 35% of American millennials are non-religious. Unfortunately, secularizing conservatives aren’t more tolerant than their pious counterparts. “Evangelicals who don’t regularly attend church are less hostile to gay people than those who do. But they’re more hostile to African Americans, Latinos, and Muslims.”

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