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Ostracism is in effect a means of control and shame. In social situations and family hierarchies most effective and damaging. I will elucidate further with a recent experience, where I sat a table full of relatives who don't know where they are being pushed and why they're turned reactionary.

As it becomes harder to challenge reactionary ideas in mainstream American politics, in regards to Militarism and Racism my voice has been exceedingly shut out of familial dialogue. This is due to social hierarchies, mainly baby boomers and others replicating the failed idea of respecting the elders and their vulgarity. This is mainly because understandingly this is all they know, however is no excuse.

I do not accept the American tradition of shutting up when it comes to your elders. I am not good at it, I've never been. Which is why I've experienced further alienation at the table which I ate to fullness, thanks to my position in society which is privileged compared to others. I acknowledge this privilege, which these baby boomers refuse to.

I have since gone on to call this the "Uncle Argument" where it goes into a ridiculously absurd narrative of rebellion under the pretense of capitalism.

What happened at the table, was more falsehoods being spread about different ideologies such as "Barack Obama is a Socialist", while disavowing my refutation of him not knowing the definition of the word. Another was that the President was aiming to make the United States Military a non-functioning organ of the state, which is even more absurd as under Bush and Obama, the economic draft tripled the amount of troops. Did everyone forget "The Surge" under Obama?

What this led to was the dialogue being pushed to the right further and further, an instance of people attacking a system that they don't understand. I call them all "Lockean Liberals" and they all get offended. 


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Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

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Radical Second Things is a liberation theology themed blog that has clear cut goals - we see the structural decline of the United States and much of the west and hope to present alternatives that will offer "a preferential option for the poor" as more become vulnerable.

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