May 21st. Apocalypse now. The rapture has come and gone. At least that’s the story as told by the latest Christian end-times believers who think that the world is coming to an end—oh, a few days ago. People quit jobs, spent their savings, said goodbye to friends and family—all with the firm belief that last exit to heaven was actually here. One couple in Florida spent their life savings, because why would they need it after May 21st? Yes, it’s crazy. Yes, it’s sad. Yes, this seems to happen about once every five years. Yes, it’s hard to believe in a modern age that this kind of thinking can still flourish to such a degree.
On brand for Trump, yes, but so freaking disturbing...
Ben Sasse, citing conversations with senior White House officials, says Trump was "excited" and "delighted" as his supporters tried to storm the Capitol and was "confused" others weren't so excited
Wow, quite a thing to come from the WSJ
Wall Street Journal editorial is asking President Trump to resign immediately or risk a second impeachment. “The best outcome would be for Donald Trump to resign to spare the U.S. another impeachment fight.”
If you attempt to rob a bank and fail, you don’t get to say that you were just protesting the financial system.
It’s not just that yesterday’s events were brought on by social media: they were an expression of it in real space.
And that included social media’s vacuous performativity, half-heartedness, in-group sympathies, cheap thrills, flaccid tactics.
People even dressed as their avis.
1/Alright, gather round, friends, and let me tell you the story of 1930s Japan, and how it's a cautionary tale for 2020s America.