Adam Servianski

Adam Servianski

Senior Editor, @TheAtlantic

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@chancetherapper  These are all good reasons to evalute candidates for the presidency as a potential vehicles for systemic change, rather than thinking of the election of a particular president as medium for self-expression or actualization. Have a good day, Chance.

Better not leave it up to him, then.

Some suggestions for changing the names of bases named for for Confederates

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@duncantreadwell  @PochoMMAI  @chancetherapper  think history shows that given the right circumstances, mass movements are capable of making real change through political parties and politicians who have previously been resistant to such changes.

I’m not saying it will happen, but I do think it’s more likely to, if the president is viewed less as a transcendental figure than a transactional one.

@WhyTryJustDo  Lincoln wanted to deport all of the emancipated. Truman briefly joined the Klan. LBJ was a segregationist. Again: I don’t know if Biden will be a good president if he wins; from a historical perspective, pushing him in the right direction is a lighter lift than others.

@ben_geier  “We treated Obama like that and it was bad, because it made him resistant to pressure” is a perfectly defensible argument. “Idealizing politicians began in the 21st century, with Obama” is not a good argument.

@tysonbrody  Given that you were the one farming faves with a QT dunk, you should probably follow your own advice. But I appreciate the affirmation of your own bad faith engagement.

A great piece from @jemelehill  on DeSean Jackson engaging in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.


The president is threatening violence against people who protest him

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Some people out here who think police murdering a black 12 year old with a toy gun is justified suddenly get really into forgiveness and grace when a white teen loses his chance go to Harvard.

When they say they’re willing to die for the economy what they mean is they’re willing to let you die for the economy.

Watching the Roy Moore re-endorsements I'm reminded of the many, many times I've seen white people on cable news arguing black culture is excessively tolerant of criminal behavior.

That Chance tweet is an example of a larger problem, which is viewing the presidency as a vessel for your hopes and dreams rather than as a job that requires particular skills/talents/temperament/knowledge to do well

The first big vote by mail controversy was FDR wanting to help the troops vote but the Dixiecrats freaking out that doing so could help enfranchise black people. Anyway just a random historical fact obviously unrelated to anything today

The question is now: how many Republican officials were profiting off their secret foreknowledge of a mass casualty event while the president and his propaganda network were assuring everyone that the coronavirus was “contained?”

"You don't have freedom of speech at your job", is weird for an admin arguing businesses can refuse gay customers on free speech grounds

“I’m voting for the tax cuts not the racism” isn’t a thing. It’s a package deal.

I personally saw Ferguson police use crushing force against protesters for much less than what the Nazis in Charlottesville are doing today.