There’s Nothing Revolutionary About ‘The Morning After the Revolution’

The most interesting moment, The morning after the revolution Focus on this emptiness. In one chapter Bowles attends a multi-day course called Toxic White Bias, where participants are encouraged to criticize each other for unintentionally making racist comments tribe, Bowles recorded grotesque details such as being asked to massage her feet until she could feel the whiteness infecting each one. toe. (The instructor then tries to persuade the participant to attend another two-day workshop.)

However, the text in Next Morning usually not good enough. Bowles tries to create a humorous impact, but the results are often ineffective or are criticized by bloggers. She described the police officer who killed George Floyd as someone who “did what certainly looked like murder.”

Perhaps she could get away with it if the prose were more entertaining – but as it stands, Bowles’s arguments often do not stand up to scrutiny and there are no stylistic triumphs can distract from the clutter of her arguments. “It sounds wild. It rang out in the sky. But cities have actually passed resolutions to cut budgets or, in some cases, abolish their police departments. It’s all really happening,” she writes in a chapter about how absurd and harmful she finds the Defund the Police movement. That’s the opening of a section suggesting that American cities are getting more crime-ridden because the Defund movement has led to a dramatic reduction in police presence. In it, Bowles describes how she became so afraid of crime while pregnant that she went to the store to buy a gun, implying that the progressive movement against police brutality drove her into The situation leaves no other choice but to be vigilant. (She summarizes her view of the progressive argument as follows: “True white supremacy is not about buying guns.”)

This chapter is one of the most revealing of the book, because it strips away events in a neat narrative fashion. Crime is a legitimate concern for Los Angelenos, as it has been throughout the city’s entire history, but the premise that the protests in 2020 led to a rapid reduction in law enforcement, The subsequent rapid spike in violence and mayhem is beyond terrifying.

While some major American cities have reduced spending on police, many others have actually increased spending. No city abolished its police force after the 2020 protest movement. In Los Angeles, where Bowles described herself as worrying about rapists jumping through the windows of her Echo Park home, the budget police increase more than 9% between 2019 and 2022. While the LAPD has downsized, it hasn’t gone away. Statewide, for example, the decrease in law enforcement personnel in 2021 was 2%. remarkable. (There have been concentrated recruiting efforts to bolster those numbers.) But it also makes sense that Bowles describes how she pays private security guards so she can “live as if there were murder” becomes noticeably exaggerated. Also: extremely rude to the police!

Misleading anecdotes are threaded throughout the book. In the introduction, Bowles offers a list of the absurd consequences of New Progressivism. “Pepe le Pew has been eliminated Space jam the film aims to normalize rape culture,” she wrote. Of course, this would be absurd if it were true. Rumor has it that cartoon skunk Pepe le Pew was considered too troublesome for Space jam sequel went viral on social media in 2021, after New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow wrote about how Looney tunes character, along with several other popular childhood cartoons of the past, had problems. But as a deadline report note, Pepe le Pew’s scenes were actually cut when the film changed directors, long before Blow’s column went viral. It’s easy to fact-check this little tidbit, and Bowles opens his book with a spurious example like this one that speaks volumes. Next Morningbigger failure. It is not the work of skepticism against convention. It is a book that aims to confirm biases rather than complicate them.

The morning after the revolution hopscotch through the familiar talking points of the intellectual Dark Web in this way, combining bluntly written first-person reporting with sloppily gathered facts and mixing it up until the story sounds reasonable enough if you don’t stop to consult Google: DEI is stupid, “gender ideology” is a dangerous fad, calls to cut scene budgets murder is so naive, kids these days are so sensitive, asexual people are fake and just want attention. Any reader who is even at first glance familiar with these arguments need not read this book to learn the new information. But I suspect that this book is not intended to persuade the uncommitted. An enchiridion for a group in, The morning after the revolution will certainly comfort those who are already comfortable. Its Chicken soup for the soul to prevent waking up.

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