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So well put. And I agree, never cede the framing.

As Marisa Kabas recently stated with great clarity:

“Whether or not you’re happy with the outcome for Gay is immaterial. Rufo, Stefanik, billionaire Bill Ackman, and their willing co-conspirators in government and the media do not in fact care about who leads the students at Harvard, and they sure as hell don’t care about Jews. They care about consolidating power and perpetuating white power, the hallmark of the conservative movement.”

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Another well-written piece that articulates what I've felt with great clarity. I've skimmed past the Harvard headlines, dismissing them for all the reasons you have explained. Your analysis is important. One persistent question keeps nagging at me, that perhaps you could comment on-- the consistent use of the term "conservative" (throughout all media reporting and as movement in your piece) to describe those who promote harmful, hate-filled twisted extremist agenda. For me, it appears to give legitimacy and power to evil actors.

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Yes, you did a really good job here by putting the important stuff you'd rather be addressing where it belongs. It's SO bad and I don't understand what the historical explanation is going to be for the failure of most of our media and leaders. I understand why they don't WANT to address it now but those reasons aren't going to look more sound later. They're always going to be the leaders that allowed this to go on and the press that censored itself from covering the complicit governments. The diaspora is too large, technology is too ubiquitous for them to rewrite this to where they will look like anything other than they are. It's insanity.

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Never cede the framing! It took me three years to learn that lesson the hard way haha. I actually wrote a short piece about The Persuaders by Anand Giridharadas which I think is a very hopeful book with good advice about how to direct your energy and have meaningful, change-making conversations and framing was basically the point of one of the chapters. I think the book would be useful for anyone interested in canvassing for a candidate or cause this election season. https://bathruminations.substack.com/p/review-of-the-persuaders-by-anand

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This needs to be read by every student at MIT.

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I knew there was something fishy about this whole thing. I just DO NOT GET why many Jews are aligned with this. Isn't white supremacy what caused the holocaust???

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They are right wing for sure, but the nut jobs may be those voting for them. Like turkeys voting for Christmas.

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Fantastically written piece.

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Astounding work as always

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