Ryan, for the record, thinks the SNL skits are hilarious and would love to be played by Taraji P. Henson. She said so one recent sunny morning while posing for the Italian photographer Alex Majoli just outside the White House, where the journalist has a desk with the West Wing press pool. “I’m vertically challenged,” she explained, trading her flats for stiletto pumps and posing triumphantly against the fence that separated her from Chez Trump, next to a sign that fittingly read “detour.” A few passersby gawked at the spectacle and snapped photos. “Yes! Let there be height! ” Ryan punned enthusiastically to no one in particular. Then, with extra gusto: “I’ve risen to the occasion!”
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The first law of the Vampires’ Castle is: individualise and privatise everything. While in theory it claims to be in favour of structural critique, in practice it never focuses on anything except individual behaviour. Some of these working class types are not terribly well brought up, and can be very rude at times. Remember: condemning individuals is always more important than paying attention to impersonal structures. The actual ruling class propagates ideologies of individualism, while tending to act as a class. (Many of what we call ‘conspiracies’ are the ruling class showing class solidarity.) The VC, as dupe-servants of the ruling class, does the opposite: it pays lip service to ‘solidarity’ and ‘collectivity’, while always acting as if the individualist categories imposed by power really hold. Because they are petit-bourgeois to the core, the members of the Vampires’ Castle are intensely competitive, but this is repressed in the passive aggressive manner typical of the bourgeoisie. What holds them together is not solidarity, but mutual fear – the fear that they will be the next one to be outed, exposed, condemned.
Assumption Two: People have many contacts in their iPhone Contacts list.
Let’s start by asking what exactly an outgroup is.