Daily Archives: October 27, 2022

The Great Schism

My intellectual and political life can be divided into pre- and post-Proposition 8. It made me think long and hard about my blind faith in nationalism. —Chelsea Manning, README.txt, (London: The Bodley Head, 2022), 91.

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Wir müssen uns das Netz zurückholen

Saskia Esken, Die Zeit:

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Intriguing theoretical, tactical problems for the aspiring Starbucks assistant manager

My aunt’s bookshelves were filled with histories of World War II and the Civil War—as my father’s had been—and so I read about troop movements, battalions, tactics, strategy. And I spent a lot of time playing combat video games, like … Continue reading

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Further setbacks

I was thrown into despair over something much more ordinary, a series of professional disappointments. I was passed over, twice, for an assistant manager position I’d been promised at Starbucks. —Chelsea Manning, README.txt, (London: The Bodley Head, 2022), 52.

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but there were roadblocks on the path to the top

On the club scene, everyone but me seemed to have a great job—State Department, the diplomatic corps, careers I saw as a path to a bigger life, one of stability and significance. I tried for a year, and it just … Continue reading

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Bradley Manning’s pre-Army plan for career advancement

I got a job at Starbucks to pay tuition. The benefits were good—health care!—but the work was exhausting. As a barista, you’re expected to be chipper and outgoing all the time. People want you to recognize them, to know their … Continue reading

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