thinking about the passage in Blackshirts and Reds where Parenti discusses how, shortly before the fall of the USSR, soviet citizens were excited about capitalism because they thought it would be like their existing socialism, but with more knickknacks. to them the problems with capitalism--poverty, unemployment, hunger, gendered violence, the whole lot of it--were theoretical, and they couldn't imagine that when capitalism came out would strip away their existing benefits like job guarantees and price controls on bread. seduced by its spectacle, they were utterly blindsided by the brutal, evil reality of everyday life that made that spectacle possible.

I have the smallest understanding of how they must have felt any time I log off mastodon dot com and see what's happening on twitter

i made this post last night completely in ignorance of twitter's newest feature btw

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