[-empyre-] WH vs sanctuary cities

Renate Terese Ferro rferro at cornell.edu
Tue Mar 28 14:51:18 AEDT 2017


Thanks Frédéric for writing in. Wars: military, social, psychological, wars between families, technological war.....
will you moderate ? Tomorrow I am teaching my students a bit about Augmented Reality.  What about a war in virtual space?
Best to you, Renate


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On Mar 27, 2017, at 11:02 PM, Frederic Neyrat <fneyrat at gmail.com<mailto:fneyrat at gmail.com>> wrote:

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Concerning the occupation - "many of us feel that this is no longer "our" country or "our" government, but a kind of occupation or doubling/doppelgange"r - let's think about The Man in the High Castle (the TV show at least, for I did not read PKD's book).

So, on the one side, the High Castle = the WH; on the other side, Sanctuary Cities that the WH tries to turn into Obituary Cities.

I don't know what will be the result of this war. But it's a kind of war, right? Maybe Empyre forum could devote a month to that topic: Wars.

My best,

Frédéric

2017-03-27 20:48 GMT-05:00 Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com<mailto:sondheim at panix.com>>:
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Sanctuary Cities (apologies if I'm just repeating the obvious)

This may be of interest only to US residents, for which apologies.
It does give some indication of the brutality of a regime which
pays little attention to protest. The result for refugee and
immigrant communities - even for families legally in the country -
has been devastating.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/27/politics/jeff-sessions-trump-sanctuary-cities/
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/25/politics/sanctuary-cities-explained/

(Sending it out because we're in a sanctuary city and state; both are poor, and, being pessimistic, I'm waiting for the resulting havoc. What's so strange, uncanny, for so many of us, is the speed with which the tenor of the US has changed; we've gone from more traditional protests (against police brutality, military engagement, women's rights, BLM) to protests based on a different atmosphere - that of overt racist acts, and potential or real federal attacks on the poor, Blacks, Latinos, the environment etc. - attacks from the very institutions that are "supposed" to protect us. So in a very real sense, many of us feel that this is no longer "our" country or "our" government, but a kind of occupation or doubling/doppelganger, and that's hard to come to grips with. I'm speaking of course from two positions - that of being white, middle-class, and "educated," and that of being Jewish and "senior," and witnessing, for the first time in years, acts of anti-semitism on the increase, even in Rhode Island (I won't even describe the destructive ageism I'm dealing with). So I'm privileged on the whole, not having to deal with what a friend here calls micro- aggressions against minorities - micro-aggressions that occur constantly, that have only increased as well. On a plane of sociality/communality, the US is a foreign country for many of us, located nowhere, going nowhere but towards a brutal and militarist future, at least for the time-being.)


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