Attention discourse connoisseurs. Yes, dirtbag left chatter about guillotines is LARP and cope. Agreed.
But, this crisis feels familiar to me and here's what's likely to happen politically in major cities across the United States.
This is a draft for the sake of the timestamp.
Let's call it micro-lawfare. It's a working stiff's reaction to a material crisis that the overlords handle as a legitimation crisis.
Louisiana went through this after the Katrina-related federal flood. Florida went through it with the foamed landing of the foreclosure crisis.
Remember the recovery planning carnival of 2006-2009 in New Orleans? Or the three Floridians who unravel the workings of robo-signed foreclosures and work the courts and the politics to save their homes as best they can? Of course you don't, no one does
Many such cases in New Orleans. Small groups of people who sink their time into working the system while their own lives are in crisis. It's organic organization. Doesn't require a DSA chapter to facilitate. Difficult, but not impossible to derail with the progressive stack.
Eternal September was something I'd experienced more than once in my Internet travels. One day it had reached its final frontier and we Eternal September'd the entire nation.
They are experiencing Eternal September.
This crisis is a final frontier for micro-lawfare. It is going to be a crisis that replicates in every US city. It will take the same shape. It will be material. It will involve local government. There will be something needed that's missing and someone who is is responsible.
It will be a group of doctors and nurses here, teachers there. They'll use Facebook groups to talk, then organize, and then research, and then become really very annoying to people who are unaccustomed to oversight from the bottom up.
They'll say raffish things like "you already said that" and "do your job."
They'll have attorneys. Local attorneys who will give them the ability to litigate. Then they'll be unbelievably annoying. Almost to the point where you have to start giving them stuff to calm them down.
But instead of being isolated in Louisiana or Florida where travel writers for the NYT or NPR can cast these people as ruffians who don't understand process and politics, this crisis will be everywhere. These groups will find each other and help each other with their tactics.
If you're a discourse connoisseur this won't affect you, though. You'll be busy curating the discourse. These people won't have the really hot takes.
They'll be calling, sending email, addending meetings, and generally displaying a lack of decorum around officials.
Like Eternal September, I can see this happening everywhere at once. It's not a revolution. It's unbearably boring and you want it over with. Children with points of privilege will not be tolerated because everyone else has to go to work in the morning.
When this happens, even the hot take people that I really enjoy are going to miss it. They'll talk about how Twitter isn't real life, but a Facebook group that meets at Chili's one day is real life, and when it is their lives and livelihood at stake they will follow through.
Sorry this is very poorly written, but its raw stuff that I know to be true.
Oh, the Eternal September reference: It was something I saw in 2013 but was too bad with words to convey, but now everyone sees it. I saw it because I'd been through it. I saw that it was going to scale up.
This is another of those.
I said they'll have attorneys, local attorneys. Yes and… pro bono because they're local and full of feelings. Not inchoate outrage though. Resolve. They make these little groups unbelievably annoying, potentially litigious, but definitely harder to dupe.
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