sarah kendzior

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[st louis, mo]

intro’d and adding because of this..


5/12/16 6:17 AM
Every decision Americans make out of economic desperation is repackaged as a lifestyle trend…
this in particular:

“The choice that is not really a choice” is one of the oldest tricks in parenting. Anticipating a tantrum or endless dawdling, the parent offers the child a limited set of options: “Would you like to wear the red shirt or the blue shirt? Would you like the carrots or the apple? It’s your choice.”

The child, being a child, feels empowered. He is the one in control; he gets to make the big decisions. But this deception only lasts for so long. Eventually the child grows older and starts to dream beyond his proscriptions. He realises there are not only two options, but a world of dazzling variety. He demands to be part of this world, but his requests are denied. He realises he never had options after all, but that choice itself was an illusion produced by the powerful.

If only his mother would realise the same.

all of us.. this spinach or rock ness… keeping us pluralistically ignorant.. perpetuating not us ness

act as if they are held hostage to intractable policies and market forces


looking through other tweets:


5/13/16 6:50 AM
@jaswain @SaraJBenincasa When I interviewed Trump supporters in a struggling town, here’s what they said…
@neverletsup It’s the 30s meets the late 60s. Worst of all worlds. I’ll never stop talking about it. I’ve seen this outcome too many places.
Trump is not an “anti-establishment” revolutionary. He’s a billionaire demagogue.…

Your “anti-establishment” candidate’s butler wants to hang Obama and bomb Ferguson

Your “anti-establishment” candidate *has a butler*

“Choices made out of fear are not really choices. … There are no “mommy wars”, only money wars” So true.…


looking through videos/interviews:


4 min – on tech allowing us to have convos we wouldn’t/couldn’t otherwise have

5 min – i hope in the future we catch up..

6 min – one thing anthropology could do… counter overwhelming emphasis on quantitative analysis on online media… ie: how many… et al.. rathe rthan what they are talking about

ie: perhaps we host life bits.. via self talk as data

7 min – it’s already there… just speaking a diff language

8 min – on the need for journalism .. to be an ongoing dialogue.. with the people you are writing about..people have a voice of their own.. we should listen to it.. we shouldn’t be saying.. here’s what this guy really means.. we shouldn’t be continually doubting intentions of people

10 min – hard thing to give a tip for.. because the system rewards insularity… ie: do i get my ideas heard or do i get a job

12 min – the best way to find out what somebody is thinking is to ask them..

or… to listen.. to self talk – so that we don’t wind back up with the spinach or rock scenario… less agenda

16 min – questions should be led by the subject..

19 min – follow what you’re interested in.. not the fad

21 min – if younger people weren’t so afraid about getting a job they might be willing to be a little more experimental in how they share their works/content..

on eradicating culture of fear… a lot of this is institutional limitations..

22 min – changing the larger system is the problem… not left with much time .. in the day

let’s do this firstfree art-ists.

for (blank)’s sake

a nother way

25 min – the level of hypocrisy.. if we’d just use the lessons we already know


find/follow Sarah:

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Writer on politics, economy, media. Recent work: , ,. Anthropologist. Researcher on Central Asia and Middle America.



Ignore the polls as predictions. Do not ignore how they shape a narrative…

How Donald Trump punked America by manipulating our obsession with useless polls

We are living in an America hungry for quantitative assurance but reluctant to look at the unquantifiable sentiments that underlie this election—fear, misogyny, bigotry, and pain, among others. It is easier to declare what is coming than to reflect on how we got here


this national hunger for constantly updating percentages and electoral maps, steady throughout the election, is a reflection of the extreme anxiety Americans feel about the future. If we can predict it, we can prepare.


Trump may be best known for his ability to stir populist emotion, but polls and statistics are how he markets his fantasies as fact.


By playing off our insatiable desire for data snapshots, Trump has bolstered his mainstream appeal even as he taps into America’s collective sense of fear and betrayal. And he’s got the data to “prove it.”



Two new articles today: 1) On Missouri Trump fans:… 2) On Uzbek terrorist groups:…

These articles seem very different. But both on politics, propaganda and dangers of authoritarianism. Read and be wary of our world.


Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) tweeted at 1:52 PM – 3 Nov 2016 :

On the threat ahead, how we got here, and the complicity that enables tyranny (


Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) tweeted at 5:10 AM – 14 Nov 2016 :

I’m a freelance writer who turned down jobs b/c I saw media collapsing. I write for many outlets, some international, to keep my freedom. (


Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) tweeted at 4:54 AM – 14 Nov 2016 :

Did you all think I was kidding when I said last month to read “The Art of War”? (



I wrote this when I was ten years old. It would be nice if our “leadership” could catch up to propaganda vulnerabilities #Resist


My diary from when I was ten years old: “Everything is a lie if you look at it a certain way.”


alisonchino (@alisonchino) tweeted at 5:02 AM – 9 Dec 2016 :

I can’t read @sarahkendzior before bed or I have nightmares. But I think she’s on to something so I keep reading. (

Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) tweeted at 3:14 AM – 9 Dec 2016 :

A Cassandra in Trumpland: Sarah Kendzior’s Pithy Commentary on Privilege: (

Kendzior’s work has two distinctive qualities that make it stand out. The first is that she is writing from, and about, St Louis, Missouri – a city that was once a cultural hub, but has seen part of the slow decline witnessed in other manufacturing cities of the US. The second is that she is a scholar of the Central Asian republics, with a doctorate in anthropology from Washington University in St Louis. To say that this is an unusual combination would be a radical understatement. Too often scholars of undemocratic regimes leave their horror for the way that humans are treated at their borders, unable or unwilling to see the conditions that the less privileged among their fellow citizens face. Because both journalism and academia are elite professions in themselves – a point that Kendzior makes repeatedly, and with particular force – this distance from local reality is exaggerated even further. The ability to see both allows Kendzior to make some very interesting comparisons, such as in a recent essay on some striking similarities between Trump’s style and that of Central Asian autocrats.
“In 1904, everyone wanted to live in St Louis. A century later, the people who live here die faster. A child born in Egypt, Iran or Iraq will live longer than a child born in north St Louis. Almost all the children born in north St Louis are black.”
At heart of the writing, is a concern for justice and a condemnation of a system so blind to its own ingrained faults that it punishes people as “failures” for playing in a game that is rigged against them.
“In the American media, white people debate whether race matters, rich people debate whether poverty matters, and men debate whether gender matters. People for whom these problems have no alternative but to matter – for they structure the limitations of their lives – are locked out of the discussion.”
It has been broken for some time, which is what makes Kendzior’s writing so truly important because it documents where the problem lies, by somebody who lives there.

Deep Frese (@njfrese) tweeted at 5:29 AM – 9 Dec 2016 :

Read it. And read her. She really, really gets to the root. (

bravo. gracie.
and bitte..go deeper sarah..
deep enough for 7 bn

Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) tweeted at 5:31 AM – 17 Dec 2016 :

Long new interview with me about Trump, the economy, the media, and American authoritarianism (


Catherine Cronin (@catherinecronin) tweeted at 8:26 AM – 26 Jan 2017 :

catching up with some vital @sarahkendzior reading. thank you, Sarah. (

if you are brave..stand up for others. if you cannot be brave..and it is often hard to be brave.. be kind. 


Janice Ray (@roundthetable) tweeted at 8:46 PM on Thu, Jan 26, 2017:
You absolutely need to watch this clip. @sarahkendzior is fierce and correct.


Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) tweeted at 4:20 AM – 18 Feb 2017 :

New long interview with me on journalism, authoritarianism, dissent and other topics

5 min – not just into darkness.. i’d like to get us back to a point …

indeed.. a nother way

14 min – never had appeal to me.. that you were supposed to cater to other academics.. not to everyone.. ie: paywalls

16 min – knowledge should not be sequestered or guised up in jargon

29 min – i’d happily be wrong..

34 min – you fight regardless of the risk.. if you want to be alive.. your children..

40 min – on journalism being gutted

56 min – twitter.. almost worst medium if want to make a new point.. easy to get carried away with arguments..

58 min – some of it on architecture itself.. listen to users

59 min – better way for discourse

that depends on us first setting people free..

let’s do this firstfree art-ists.

for (blank)’s sake

1:02 – once people find stuff out.. more understanding/empathy

1:04 – specific people being racist or not.. irrelevant to us having a racist system.. absorb this.. so don’t take so personal.. not about you..

1:05 – something i worry about in internet era.. people thinking critically.. ie: get intimidated.. don’t know where to go for resources..

1:06 – student not knowing what is fact and not..

have any of us known..? we are living off not-us ness to the hilt


Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) tweeted at 11:11 AM – 10 Apr 2017 :

Latest interview with me on Trump’s Syria strike, refugee policy, Russia relationship, more:



“Whoever wrote it rocks! Assuming ms kendzior @HoodLeo: @sarahkendzior did you actually write this? Its brilliant!


Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) tweeted at 6:06 AM – 10 May 2017 :

The Constitution is only as strong as those who wish to uphold it. There is no sense that is a priority of this administration. (

why uphold that constitution.. in 2017..?

a nother wayhuman\e constitution


on mockingjay

Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) tweeted at 6:45 AM – 31 Mar 2018 :
Rereading “Mockingjay”; this passage stood out:
“In the quiet that follows, I try to imagine not being able to tell illusion from reality…” (


Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) tweeted at 6:03 AM – 17 Apr 2018 :

My book “The View From Flyover Country” is out! Essays on politics, the economy, and the erosion of US institutions and trust in the years leading up to Trump’s election.

Buy it here: (

on hold at library.. thanks library


a lot of good writing.. focus on money buying degree, journalism job, .. talking about aaron.. and info needing to be free


zeynep has called the internet ‘a public sphere erected on private property’ ..all voices can speak but only few are heard, amplification is tied to prestige, meaning that where you publish – and what privileges you already have – give your words disproportionate influence..t

as it could be ness:

i think we’re missing what it could be.. big time.. and perhaps.. precisely because we’ve still got that hierarchical format for listening.. ie: you can’t hear me..


telling people not to complain is a way of keeping social issues from being addressed..

all social movements are dismissed at some point as complaining..


Panzram 31614 (@SummerStacey3) tweeted at 11:03 PM – 25 Jun 2019 :
This essay by @sarahkendzior from her book is on my mind and in my head because people are dying and children are dying and it’s so goddamn overwhelming I don’t have words for these feelings. (

about so many setting selves on fire because of debt


hiding in plain sight

Reading #HidingInPlainSight by ⁦@sarahkendzior⁩ As a mother and grandmother, this passage punched me in the gut. This is how I feel, and it hurts. We need to stop this transition into autocracy. #RegisterToVote2020 #VoteBlue2020
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wish tweet wasn’t hashtagged for voting.. that’s not going to help our kids ie: look where we are now.. have been.. black science of people/whales law et al

quote linked (and i guess why i didn’t read book – trump/voting heavy et al):

“I don’t have longing for the past. I have nostalgia for the future, because I am a mother, and whatever system wins will be the one my children inherit. When I allow myself to picture the world in ten years or twenty years, I have to force myself to stop because the pain is too much. I remind myself that the future is not set in stone, that I still have some ability to shape it. I cling to what cannot be predicted or controlled: love, imagination, originality. I try to live in a way that would break an algorithm. I pray to the unexpected. We have lost a lot over the last few years, but one of the most disorienting losses is our sense of time. This is a common experience for people living in a democratic country that is transitioning into an autocracy. The last three years have been as much about deciphering the truth of the past as they are about debunking the lies of the present or fighting for the freedom of the future.”
― from “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America”


more hiding in plain sighton hold – thanks library

@itslenihall @sarahkendzior @gaslitnation I spent most of my life in NYC, and have been following @sarahkendzior’s work for years. I was called alarmist when I told people what we might be in for. And now … these three pages in her book “Hiding In Plain Sight” broke me.
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