Psycho-Pass: Update

Greetings all! My apologies, with finals coming up I have been forced to devote time and energy to real world ambitions. I do fully intend to continue writing posts and will finish my Psycho-Pass analysis in due time.  In the meantime I thought it might be fun to rank my top ten, or in this case nine, favorite Psycho-Pass characters across both seasons of the t.v. show

Top ten Psycho Pass characters

1. Makishima

Makishima

2. Joji Siaga

3. Masaoka
4. Kogami
5. Tsunemori
6. Toyohisa Senguji
7. Sibyl
8. Kamui
9. Ginoza
10.
Sibyl and Kamui are on here for similar reasons, they are a collective entity though Sibyl as a primary antagonist has a leg up on Kamui who serves more as an interlocutor for analyzing Sibyl further; albehim and interesting interlocutor. I also have Senguji on this list because of the season one antagonists, all of whom made that season so good, he presented some of the more interesting points especially in his news interview which rather encapsulates the whole “living in a fantasy world” theme the series hits on through the society and the antagonists who each live in a fantasy world particular to their likes. Joji Siaga, is number two on my list first because he is one of my personal favorites, and because his role as analyst helps to reveal further depth to the story being told. Masaoka, originally I had placed fifth because how could Kogami and Tsunemori be lower than top three right? Well Masaoka again is a personal favorite, and I think his contributions to the series as a father tpye figure, dispensing some kind of practical knowledge or fatherly justice (see manhandling of Inspector Ginoza) offers an element of will and sense of personal accountability not seen in many of the other characters. Tsunemori is fifth because while she is a very interesting character I think the fact that season one is arguably more about Kogami versus Makishima relegates her as more of a narrator, albeit a very active one. Ginoza made my list as the character with the most radical shift over the course of both seasons and number ten is blank for now because I could not decide who to fill in that gap with. Conceptually I think these nine characters are representative of themes found in the others but to a higher degree. I do not think I can put the Togane’s on this list because I find them to be less interesting as antagonists. Sakuya is concerned with violence for the sake of violence, really only looking to purposefully alter people’s psycho-passes. He is a wanna be Kogami around Tsunemori and has weird mommy issues that rather randomly develop late in season two. His mother is interesting as a member of Sibyl but on her own is a fairly vain and frankly flat character. She, indeed Sibyl as a whole, in season two do not embody the same coldly logical mind group that we came to know in season one.
Well there it is. Let me know if you have questions about why I placed certain characters where I did, why I left others out, and tell me some of your favorites. How do our lists compare? As always I welcome respectful discussion and I hope this post finds you all enjoying Thanksgiving.
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Psycho-Pass: Characters: Protagonists II

This is the second half of the protagonists characters post from last week. This will cover Akane Tsunemori and Shinya Kogami

Akane Tsunemori the newest member of MWPSB division one at the start of the first season is set up as a very intelligent young woman, top of her class in fact, thrown into a tough case on day one. She has an idealized sense of what working with the MWPSB as an enforcer should be so naturally she is shocked when at the end of the episode the hostage becomes a target for lethal enforcement according to Sybil and even more shocked at the willingness of her coworkers to simply accept this as a part of their jobs. This immediate questioning of the system will be the driving force behind Tsunemori’s development in the Makishima arc. While recognizing the necessity of Sybil she grows to hate it, and the process of making judgement to the point where she openly works to subvert the system by manipulating the psycho-passes of individual targets so they no longer become targets for enforcement. This becomes even more evident in season two and is a point of contention between her and the newest inspector after Ginoza is demoted. Tsunemori at the start of the series shows the most independence from Sybil though she ultimately her principles will limit her ability to act outside the system. She  trusts Sybil and believes it must be employed for any judgement to be passed over criminals in her society since consistency in rulings to her are a hallmark of justice; if some are judge by Sybil and others are not for Tsunemori justice becomes are arbitrary label anyone can apply quickly leading to a break down of society. This is evident in her unwillingness to use the shotgun against Makishima even as he held a razor blade to her friend’s throat and in her begrudging condemnation of Kogami after he goes after Makishima with an old fashioned pistol and knife. Her inability to protect her friend and failure to bring in Makishima alive, per Sybil’s request, lead her to begin striking deals with the Sybil collective as a rational, autonomous, and most importantly, flawed agent. She values the role of organized justice feeling that no one, Sybil included should be outside the law, and this commitment is what makes her willing to arrest or enforce against Kogami despite her agreement that Sybil is not equipped to judge Makishima.

Shinya Kogami a former inspector turned enforcer and the central focus of season one of “Psycho-Pass” Kogami quickly reveals his intense hate for Sybil, and dedication to more traditional methods of inspection. Having trained under Joji Saiga, a fascinating character who sadly only occupies a minor role in season one, Kogami is very adept at observation and dedcution, with a keen sense for philosophical concepts and is physically fit to match this making him a very dangerous opponent for anyone unfortunate enough to be his enemy. Kogami in episode one has largely become complacent in his role as an enforcer, none of his actions suggest he is anything but a highly skilled attack dog listening to Sybil for every directive right up to the point of lethally eliminating the victim of the case for that episode. It is only through Tsunemori that he begins to recapture some of the spark for inspection that was lost after the “specimen case” in which his partner was cut up alive and reassembled as a grotesque display like a work of art. Kogami’s development however extends well beyond this simple movement which takes all of an episode to establish. Like the rest of division one he sees his colleagues as family and despises Sybil, though unlike the rest, he truly sees it as unnecessary; bringing him closer to Makishima. He differs from Makishima in that Kogami is unwilling to put innocent people at risk in order to bring down Sybil, we see this attitude in him as he protects Akane’s close friend Yuki during the Senguji fox hunt arc. In the end Kogami concludes that in order to secure justice for Makishima’s victims he must act outside the law and so leaves the MWPSB to chase Makishima and later to fight Sybil and would-be Sybil systems around the world as seen in the Psycho-Pass movie.

In the last two posts we have explored the values and ethics of the main protagonists in season one of Psycho-Pass. This section may develop as I continue and think of methods for refining my thoughts because I understand this analysis may seem a bit rough. I will refine as necessary and as always welcome feedback. Next we will move on to the antagonists who had full stories told over multiple episodes feeding into Makishima’s overall plan. Makishima will likely be mentioned in each and will get his own post after the others in accordance with the story told in season one.

Observations of a Sloth: Archives

I realize it may be a bit weird to have my name and presentation be “musing of a sleepy archivist” but some of this is due to the fact I am still finding my place in this professional world and because sadly I am not currently working at an archive. Never the less I should and will try to take greater pains at relaying my limited experience to you all through this blog, in addition to my other regular posts. I really do love working in archives, most of the patrons I have had to deal with are entirely pleasant and interesting people; though occasionally we deal with the downright weird or find people who are dissatisfied with our results for a myriad of reasons.

The thing about archives is that they serve specific communities, and usually this is more specified to communities within communities (i.e. an LGBTQ archive existing in the same city as a local historical society, both of which coexist with a state repository and so on) The archive I used to work at was a local historical society desperately in need of some love from the wider community though I began my time doing what can only be termed as the “grunt work” in an archive, that is, item level processing projects, working closely with local maps and other artifacts to deepen our understanding of the collections. As time went on I was tasked with physically reorganizing the collections and sorting through several boxes of “miscellaneous” content, the result of a leaky roof that had put the collections at risk just before I started at the archive. This led directly to reshaping the physical storage space in the archive and bringing together our new organizational model. In addition to this project I was organizing the newspaper collection setting aside newspapers featuring stories of major events for special consideration as artifacts. The bulk of this collection consisted of the local paper, delivered once a week, for which I was responsible for maintaining the running collection for the year.

Later in my tenure with this institution I began to explore cataloging and digitizing the collections using the Past Perfect archival system. I got really into this and was chugging along through the years but I began to get bored of this sort of rote data entry though I knew its importance and tried to push through. Ultimately I found a way to balance my time between this project and other projects, my favorites of which involved research and outreach.

It was about this time my supervisor left for graduate school and I was left to whether a storm before getting to adapt to a wonderful new supervisor, and she really is a great person, and continues to grow the institution in ways I had only been able to theorize about prior to her arrival.

I began developing exhibits, education programs, and was teaching in the 19th Century  Schoolhouse our institution offered to local schools for their second grade local history units.

Over the years I have had a few internships with other institutions and I try to volunteer my time as much as my budget allows. I have conducted my own original research though, so far, have had little luck with publication. There are more stories than this summary allows to be told and I will do my very best to get into them later moving forward.

Observations of a Sloth

With Halloween just passed I figured it was a good opportunity to share this string of thoughts I have been grappling with for some time on our personalities and how we identify ourselves based on characteristics here framed as masks. As a fair warning a decent portion of this conversation is rooted in the later stages of “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask” a personal favorite installation in the Zelda series primarily for the depth of its story as will be demonstrated in part here.

I strongly believe  all people have masks. This is to say their outward character does not exemplify who they are in totality. In order to break this down further I will pause a moment to explain a difference between character and personality when it comes to identifying who someone is.Using the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as a starting point for this consideration we find that character largely represents a more symbolic and temporary aspect of being, one can think of this as akin to characters in a play or a book; fictitious or in some other way not representative of a whole. OED definitions stress the importance of character as “appearance” an outwardly expressed trait. Conversely personality refers to the more concrete existence of an individual which can be quickly  muddied by character. In roughly 1710 OED identifies the emergence of personality as “personal quality or individual trait” which eventually gave way to personality understood as who is well known by virtue of a strong or unusual character

From these definitions the “character” or masks we apply to our personality can alter us and in many ways can come to define our personality whether we want it to or not. In this sense there is no proverbial, “man under the mask” because there is nothing , or rather no one there to discover. In social settings we interact with people differently based on who they are with relation to us. This phenomena helps to explain the feeling one gets seeing a completely different side of an individual they are close to or at least thought they were close to. This is the idea of seeing a person in a new light, or as a, “completely different person” due to the situation at hand. We mistake masks for true holistic personality all the time

In the Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask the children on the moon area ask some rather peculiar questions prompting players to reflect not only on their experiences in game as the hero, Link, but also forcing them to reflect on their own lives. This having completed a game that tells a story almost entirely through the struggles of NPCs and examining how they deal with loss or the threat of loss. As a player you can choose to try and help everyone, though the game intentionally makes this impossible through an in game timer element, and physical limitations to providing aid to all the people in the land of Termina; an aptly named setting for a world doomed to be crushed by the moon in three days time. In this way the game forces you to choose who you help, as a reward for helping a number of these characters you receive masks which are in some way relevant to the method and reason for your helping a person. These so-called “side-quests” which I tend to consider the main objective of the game, are cataloged in “the Bomber’s Notebook” keeping track of when and how you helped the various persons in the game. Beyond this the Happy Mask Salesman provides a deeper explanation in meaning behind each mask and seems to understand the good you have been doing for the people of Termina. For aiding very particular characters you earn special “transformation masks” which house the spirit of a particular being from each of the three major, nonhuman, races in Termina. By forcing players to choose who to help and by not limiting progression through the game based on the acquisition of all masks the developers finally bring us to the moon children in the climax of the story. In return for these masks each child asks you a specific question:

The child wear the mask of the first boss, Odolwa asks, “Your friends…what kind of people are they?…Do they… think of you as a friend?”

This child in the context of the game is commenting on the loss of friends felt by both our hero link and the antagonist, Skull Kid, and the sense of abandonment each felt at the loss of close friends. In our own lives, the people we consider “friends” why do we call them this and are they truly friends? What are the qualities of a good friend, and does the definition of friend even allow us to have “bad friends”? In my mind these types of relationships are akin to the difference of being in love with someone and being in love at them, where the former implies a return of affection and mutual relationship and the latter is a one-sided attraction.

The child wear the mask of Goht asks, “What makes you…happy?…What makes you happy…Does it make others happy too?”

In game this element applies largely to a number of major issues touched on earlier namely the side-quests and your inability as a player to complete all of them in a single three day cycle. Link in this game comes to discover his happiness is the happiness of others and by keeping the people of Termina happy, fixing their problems, is the point of the game. Again working from the Happy Mask Salesman and the Bomber’s Notebook, each place happiness and the happiness of others as the driving force behind required quests and all of the extra quests adding to make a full personality in this game. For us as players this question asks us how we find happiness and if when we find it does it come through, or at the expense of others. How do we prioritize our happiness with relation to others knowing our own time is limited and we can not feasibly help everyone?

The child wearing Gyorg’s mask asks, “The right thing…what is it?….If you do the right thing…Does it really make …everybody…happy?”

Building from the last question on how we prioritize happiness and the need to choose who to make happy by asking if, “the right choices” however this might be defined always make everyone around us happy. Again we find in game and in real life this can not be the case due to the simple fact of opportunity cost. Helping one person comes at the cost of helping another, and therefor the happiness of the individuals involved is dependent on the choices made by another. Conflicts between positive interests in the real world further prevent us from maximizing happiness on a day-to-day basis.

Finally the child wearing Twinmold’s mask asks us, “Your true face…what kind of…face is it?…The face under the mask…is that…Your true face?”

This interaction provides insight into the personalities represented by each of the masks it is possible to acquire in Majora’s Mask. Each represents a particular quality of the individual you get it from, though the game presents these persons as having dynamic personalities not entirely dependent on the element displayed by the mask. Indeed the couple’s mask is a blending of two different masks representing a marital union between two of the characters. All masks have this added meaning of being earned at a pivotal point in the development of a personality within the game. NPCs move from being characters to persons in this respect and this change affects how they may interact with you for the rest of the game session suggesting one mask is not our true face but can represent us at any given point in time.

This final question brings us back to one of my initial questions: Are we the masks or do the masks merely represent us and is there anything to be found under our mask(s) to greet the world? If so who is this individual and who gets to meet this true person; if they exist at all.

 

Observations of a Sloth: Midterm Elections

This is a special Observations of a Sloth and I will still have one Monday for your enjoyment, special for our recent celebration in the United States of Halloween, but with the Midterms tomorrow I need to speak up about what I have seen rising in the country, since the 2016 election, encapsulated by the last week of news coming into this now vitally important midterm election.

Over this past week in the United States we have seen a distinct rise in the amount violence inspired by president Trump’s violent rhetoric in the form of the would be bomber out of Florida who targeted Trump’s political enemies, and then in Pittsburgh with the Synagogue shooting. Each of these acts of terror, which by definition they are terrorism, can be directly traced back to the violent rhetoric spewed by president Trump. These are not isolated incidents nor should we be surprised Trump’s often explicitly violent rhetoric and actions are seeing this kind of response from his fanatical voter base. Here are just a couple examples of the kind of language used by Trump over the past couple years.

ABC News October 2018 look back at Trump calls for violence

From the 2016 campaign trail

As of this time Trump and his minister of propaganda, Sarah Sanders and Fox News (Faux News), have attempted to deflect responsibility for his words to the media, and Trump has personally lamented their coverage of these attacks. To be clear he laments the fact they cover it all, not even the perspective they take, claiming the coverage stifles his momentum. Hill article on Trump lamenting media coverage

I am ardent supporter of free speech, and to some extent consider myself a free speech absolutist, and generally I think a person should not have to answer for the actions of a few fanatics who misunderstand the meaning of your words, but with Trump and others this is not the case. Trump has closely aligned himself with dictators both established and fledgling from North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to Brazil’s Bolsonaro. He is openly corrupt asking why he would go after the Saudi monarchy for their war crimes in Yemen or for killing a journalist in Turkey because they have given him tons of money in the past paying for rooms at his hotels, in a brazen admission of corruption, and because the U.S. just signed another massive arms deal with them. Upon hearing of China abolishing term limits Trump commented that maybe this is something we should do in the United States. To a Vox article on Trump’s reaction to president Xi’s life tenure. Most recently he has expressed support for Brazil’s newest president Jair Bolsonaro who has been quick to establish a dictatorship in Brazil shoring up his political rivals and moving consoldate power in his administration, all while threatening the LGBTQ community, indigenous populations, and the rain forest itself.

To be clear I am for having open dialogues with dictatorships I think it is one method of attempting to push them away from their totalitarian nature, before applying very particular sanctions, but we should openly denounce the atrocities committed by all these governments while these conversations are ongoing. The idea of keeping your enemies closer as it were. Trump fetishizes these individuals and even aspires to be more like them which is dangerous; a precursor to what he wants for the United States. We have seen some of the repercussions this week, and in the past couple years, but heading into the midterms I can not stress to everyone who is listening the importance of your vote, and what it means for the future of the people in this country and peoples around the world.

Trump has no sense for the consequences of his words, and his public supporters on Fox News and within his administration have defended him from even the most reasonable criticisms calling anyone who disagrees enemies of the people and “fake news.” His propensity to admire dictators and to form close seemingly personal relationships with them is not only scary it is something only he could get away with. You will recall when Obama dared to attempt for peace with Iran the right in America lost their collective minds that our leader would even think of speaking with the totalitarian theocracy, and angrily speculated that he would attempt a deal with North Korea next. With Trump Faux News and Sean Hannity were prepared to award a Nobel Peace Prize for the same actions. There really is a double standard set for Trump here and the blatant denial of this reality by Trump and his allies demonstrates how unfit they are run the United States. Moreover Trump breeds a toxic cult of personality in his supporters some whom have said they are prepared for civil war in the United States some even claiming they would be willing to shoot their own relatives in the face because they need to know how passionate they are about Trump. Here is a story from the Guardian about the Wisconsin man willing to shoot his sister for Trump. So now Trump need not go out onto sixth avenue in Manhattan and shoot someone his supporters will do it for him. Here is a clip of Trump claiming he could shoot someone and not lose a vote This being the case I can not stress the importance of getting out to vote and voting democrat down the ballot. I do not ordinarily call for such votes and I generally despise the Democratic party as another corporate oriented party but these are not ordinary times. We must cut off the growing wave of fascist tendencies gripping the nation, and I do not use that word “fascist” lightly.

Trump poses a threat to our democracy and to the lives of thousands as he has now sent troops to the border and threatened violence against the migrant caravan approaching our border, sought to redefine gender in an attempt to shore up hard won rights for our transgender brothers and sisters, and continues to sow hate within his voter base for the diversity that has made our nation so successful in the past.

Trump often used to claim the world was laughing at Obama which was not the case. The UN actually laughed to Trump’s face. This is where the US currently stands. It is still not normal

As always I welcome discussion and hope to hear back from you but would like to finish by calling on everyone who sees this to vote and vote in favor of protecting the hard earned gains of the past couple decades

 

Psycho-Pass: Characters: Protagonists

Spoilers: Psycho-Pass Season One and Two (though season two is mentioned on several occasions)

I have elected to split this post in two. This first one looking at the more minor, although no less significant protagonists, and the second looking at Akane and Kogami as the main protagonists before moving into our posts on the antagonists.

“Psycho-Pass” presents viewers with a set of unique characters since the larger society feels more or less perfect the only interesting people are the criminals or soon-to-be criminals. In this post I will continue from where we left off in context to go further in depth about MWPSB’s Division One and Shougo Makishima as the primary protagonists and antagonist respectively. For now I am going to leave out a consideration of Sybil as a “character” since the place of collective entities like Sybil is the driving force of season two, making the topic more appropriate for an examination of those episodes. Aside from this, Sybil really only takes on an active role in the narrative toward the end of the season and sort of acts as support and a plot driver in the last couple episodes. This segment of our analysis will assess the main protagonists and consider their values. From this we can extrapolate a set of shared ethics and differences based on the well developed background each character is given since most if not all ethical questions can be framed as posing a few basic questions about what we as individuals value and how we prioritize those values against legitimate competing interests.

First the MWPSB’s Division One consists of two Inspectors overseeing four field enforcers, two of whom are former inspectors, and a techie, this dynamic group represent a diverse perspective on the purpose and effect Sybil has on the wider population. Starting with the Inspectors we have; Shion Karanomori, Shusei Kagari, Yayoi Kunizuka, Shinya Kogami, Akane Tsunemori, Nobuchika Ginoza and Tomomi Masaoka.

Shion Karanomori division one’s analyst enforcer is an educated woman, having studied to be a physician before being labeled a latent criminal and placed in the MWPSB. Comfortable in her position and abilities but very skeptical of the system she serves Karanomori exhibits the kind of sarcasm that blends well with the personalities of many of the other enforcers in Division One; she and Kunizuka are more romantically involved. She does hate the Sybil System, and is not afraid to express this at the same time like most of the team she recognizes its importance to Japan. In this respect she is drastically different from Kagari who would like to see the system destroyed; though even he has boundaries in this mission.

Yayoi Kunizuka has a entire episode basically dedicated to her story moving from government sanctioned artist to latent criminal as her interests became tied to the rapidly growing artistic underworld that came up under the Sybil system’s strict regulation of anything that could be potentially harmful to the mental stability of society. During this episode Yayoi will conclude the MWPSB acts as a mitigating force between Sybil and society, human agents who, in what Masaoka and Kogami would refer to as the old days, were able to make judgement calls and decided for themselves when more or less force was appropriate in handling a suspect. The same judgement notably absent from episode one in the team which had become increasingly apathetic toward this cause; though to be fair this is the point of Sybil. Kunizuka outside of this episode ties into to a class a person who are just “ok” with Sybil. A viewer gets no real sense of how she feels one way or another, she is an effective enforcer, tolerates little nonsense, but does consider her team as family. In the Rikako Oryo arch Kunizuka attempted to comfort one of the students who had recently lost her friend, from this we get a better sense that her particular approach to this job has been or is becoming more like that of Tsunemori who demonstrates compassion for victims in order to most effectively conduct an investigation.

Shusei Kagari: Labeled a latent criminal by the age of five or so enforcer Kagari had his entire ordinary civil life stolen from him by Sybil, and it is never revealed why, though that is rather the point, not to question Sybil, because of this he justifiably hates the system which makes his apparent protection of the system from being exposed late in the season rather odd. Kagari’s life has not been all bad, he seems to take some level of pride in his unique standing as a younger enforcer, and in many ways gets to behave the way, what for us, is ordinary teenage behavior. He enjoys video games, drinking, good food, and the members of Division 1 who are the closest thing he has had to a family his entire life. So at the end of the season Kagari barters with Gu-sung Choe, Makishima’s right hand man, to allow him releasing footage of Sybil before Kagari kills him for putting the lives of his friends on the line. In an unfortunate turn of events Sybil, in the form of chief Kasei, kills Kagari having determined the relative value of his life to Sybil’s secret was not worth allowing him to live. As an individual Kagari appears to have been something of a hedonist, enjoying life for everything it was worth and taking advantage of his position as an enforcer to make what would ordinarily be a miserable life more enjoyable.

Nobuchika Ginoza The second and more senior inspector of Division one. Ginoza is a no nonsense boss concerned with doing the job by the book, and keeping the psycho-passes of normal people healthy by constantly deploying the enforcers who, on the surface, he refers to simply as attack dogs. As time goes on however, we come to understand that he is more deeply connected, at least to Masaoka, his father, and Kogami, his former partner in Division One. Ginoza is driven to protect those he cares about, enforcers included, but he understands and takes a realistic approach to his work and life resulting in his demotion by the end of season one from inspector to enforcer. His values certainly are split and no where is this better captured than at the end of the season when his Masaoka has Makishima caught and the antagonist tosses a stick of dynamite toward Nobuchika forcing the old detective to choose the case or his son. Ginoza implores his father to not let Makishima going so far as to call Masaoka an inspector revealing the importance he places on completing the job that he would give up his own life for it. By the end of season one I think Ginoza understands, rather as his father did, the job is just a job, the people you consider friends do not ever really abandon you even as  latent criminals.

Tomomi Masaoka Loving referred to as “Pops” and “Old Masaoka” by some of the other enforcers Masaoka fills the role of an old time inspector who remembers what life was like prior to Sybil and dispenses sage-like wisdom for Tsunemori while dutifully performing his role as an enforcer. He is perhaps my favorite character in the series because he knows what he values, how much he values it, and is unafraid to act on those values. In two of his best scenes Masaoka lifts Ginoza off his feet and throws him up against the Dominator dispenser, much to the shock of everyone around, in defense of Akane who has just been rebuked by Ginoza one too many times for the old inspector. The other scene occurs when he has Makishima trapped while Ginoza is pinned under some large crates, his arm crushed. Makishima lights a stick of dynamite and Ginoza shouts at his father to not let that man go, that Masaoka is an inspector it is his duty. When he asks if the plan is to blow themselves up Makishima retorts he is not that stupid and tosses the explosive toward Ginoza. Despite Gino’s heightened protests in that moment Masaoka makes the choice to release Makishima in order to save his son at the cost of his own life. It really is one of the more powerful moments and I think even Makishima recognizes this because he pauses for just  a moment while getting up to see the results of the decision before continuing to make his escape, Kogami biting at his heels. Masaoka is a special character because he understands how to work with a variety of people and while he misses the old ways understands his role in the new order, though he will not allow this position to violate his core set of values and dedication to both his team and family.

 

 

Citizen Trump: Birthright Citizenship in the MAGA era

Greetings all,

I know Tuesdays are normally a day for an installment to the “Psycho-Pass” analysis, but the initial study of our main characters is taking a bit longer than I had anticipated what with classes and work which I have to prioritize. I am hoping to have it out by the end of the week nonetheless, and worst case scenario I will break it up a bit further, but you all seem to be enjoying it so that is encouraging to me.

Now to the titular topic of this post.

NPR Article

I was reading the news this morning as is my habit, and I came across not just the latest bit of bat shit being spewed by the president but an incredibly dangerous proposition that the United State end birthright citizenship through executive order. Particularly at a time where Trump still has a hold on Congress and now a firm majority on the Supreme Court the possibility of altering the constitution through executive order seems increasingly likely. To be clear he is mostly speculating at this point but I worry that the migrant caravan moving up through Central America might be just the excuse he needs to flex this muscle a bit.

I do think if this goes through all the so-called “American citizens” regardless of age should be forced to take the citizenship test, I would absolutely love to see who is left by the end of that. Though no doubt we will be grandfathered in to this new arrangement.

Still it is something I know I will be keeping an eye on. Changing the constitution via executive order sets a very dangerous precedent and would be one of the most explicit steps Trump has taken toward making America an authoritarian dictatorship.