On the first day of the Democratic debates, candidate Tulsi Gabbard surprised the nation with her graceful and consistent speaking. On a roster of 25 other Democratic nominees, the competition buried her. Candidates like Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden stole the spotlight. But after the debates, Twitter, Facebook, and 4/8Chan were alight with the name “Tulsi”. In fact, she was the most searched candidate on the night of her debate. But what was really striking was the way those on the American political right jumped to support Gabbard.
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The Gay Liberation Front chose June to be pride month in commemoration of Stonewall. During this time of year, due to the commemoration, people often say that Stonewall was the first action of modern gay liberation. However, this isn’t entirely true. It kickstarted much of the modern American gay rights movement. But even in the US action groups like The Daughters of Bilitis and The Mattachine Society fought for gay rights a decade before Stonewall. Worldwide though, the modern gay liberation movement originated in Berlin with the action of Magnus Hirschfeld and his organization, the Scientific Humanitarian Committee.
In the wake of New Zealand’s mosque shooting, hearts are broken and people are angry. 49 people were murdered in the name of a vicious and poisonous ideology; we are right to be angry. But what the media seems to be running with is the memes the primary shooter shouted and the memes he engraved on his weapon. “Meme Culture” as the internet has dubbed it, has been associated with the right since its start as a sort of comedic underground. This fascination with memes is a modern mirroring of punk culture, which attracted neo-nazis in the 1970s-1990s. It is another example of “Comradery of the Accused”.