Was musing in the shower this morning about how leftist words and phrases have been co-opted by TED-a-like capitalist tech-deifying talking heads in order to sell technological solutions to non-technological problems.

And wondered if we might do the reverse and steal their tone and pacing to sell leftist ideas to the same audience. The, like, concerned, earnest, calm-voiced white man.

@benhamill We honestly don't see the value in it. In our opinion, the goal of a leftist should be to fight the white supremacy inherent to our capitalist society. Part of that includes dismantling the "refined" perception that comes with being "well-mannered" and whatnot.

We should be convincing people that their anger is justified regardless of the way they express it, not to hide it behind "refinement".


@benhamill There's a racist history behind the whole "refined" thing. It was used as a way to justify trusting a "properly-speaking" white man over his "uncouth" Black slave.

The Cockney accent and how it's frowned upon is a remnant of the days when the British monarchy had done the same to separate the nobles from the masses.

Our goal shouldn't be to adopt their way of speaking, but rather, to encourage people to speak their own way.

@KitsuneAlicia @benhamill I would add that I still perceive value in subverting the language and tone [they] use: appealing to and swaying the bystanders of the "argument".

@KitsuneAlicia @benhamill

Like the whole "facts don't care about your feelings". The thing is, [objective] facts _don't_ "care" about your feelings. And to someone coming into the discussion without all of the context, it seems like whoever is saying that is in the "right"/on the side of sanity.
But those spouting this line are often solely using it to dismiss the feelings of one group, often by promoting fallacious "facts".

@KitsuneAlicia @benhamill
If one can use that same phrase to counter their arguments/"logic", it can serve as a "wake-up" call to those watching/being persuaded that, at the very least, things aren't as simple [and those trying to make it appear so are thus of questionable intent].

@Jayjader @benhamill Oh, for sure. We've already adopted the "facts don't care about your feelings" one, tbh. Likewise for stressing the "basic" part of "basic biology" that TERFs like to claim so as to signal there's more to gender than just the basics.

But we what we did in order to point out that we're never gonna win over a bigot. Anything we do has to cater to and win over the outside observer.

@Jayjader @benhamill That's why the "refined" look isn't worth adopting and it's better to instead legitimize people's anger.

We should turn their language against them and reclaim our own, but adopting their language serves little point.

@Jayjader @benhamill I guess what I'm saying is, there's a difference between using their language to counter their ideas and using it to further our own.

The former has a purpose, but the latter only serves to rebuild the systems of oppression we're trying to dismantle in the first place.

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