Neil deGrasse Tyson, Birdsite
I understand people being mad at Neil deGrasse Tyson's tweet because of the timing and his characteristic smugness, but honestly, we don't talk enough about the horror that cars have brought us. But of course that would require talking about tearing up the roads and replacing them with quality public transportation, and that conversation sure isn't gonna happen any time soon.
Almost everyone knows something is wrong, whether they're edging towards socialism or barbarism. At least reactionaries are REACTING to something. Even though I despise them, I can rationally understand someone being a white supremacist at this current historical moment. But thinking like J.S. Mill in the 21st century? It's like opening someone's fridge and finding milk that expired a decade ago. How is it possible?
It's also kind of (actually a lot) like Steven Pinker. But I don't know how much Pinker actually believes his bullshit and how much he just dishes it out to maintain his status within the ruling class. I guess being a Google engineer would mean wanting to safeguard your material position through the dominant ideology more than most people would, but he's been posting about this stuff long before he got that job and would probably continue to if he was broke.
But this person quotes John Stuart fucking Mill. It's kind of like that "classical liberalism" shit on YouTube, but most of that appears to me to be very aware of its reactionary nature. The person I'm talking to seems like a genuinely nice guy who truly wants to do good, but has a conscious commitment to liberalism.
Not to downplay the horror of blood and soil nationalism, but to me, it's more distributing to look at liberalism in 2019: the deeply ahistorical and quantitation-obsessed perspective that can only see processes through statistics, the extremely individualistic outlook that can't even fathom large scale collective action (only cares about which charities to donate to), the view that things are getting better and markets are and will always be fundamental to that positive process.