“He, on the other, who really could sympathise therewith, would have to despair of the value of life; were he to succeed in comprehending and feeling in himself the general consciousness of mandkind, he would collapse with a curse on existence; for mankind as a whole has no goals, consequently man, in considering his whole course, cannot find in it his comfort and support, but his despair. If, in all that he does, he considers the final aimlessness of man, his own activity assumes in his eyes the character of wastefulness. But to feel ones self just as much wasted as humanity (and not only as an individual) as we see the single blossom of nature wasted, is a feeling above all other feelings. But who is capable of it? Assuredly only a poet, and poets always know how to console themselves".”—Nietzsche, Human, All-Too-Human
Know Your Rights & Make Informed Choices When You Encounter Police During Occupy Congress
✓ If the police approach you:
Ask: “Am I free to leave?” to find out if you are being detained.
If the police say yes, you are free to go. You are NOT being detained and you should leave.
If they say no, you are not free to go. You are being detained/arrested and you should say: “I am going to remain silent. I want to speak to my attorney. I do not consent to a search.”
✓ Remember: Police can lie to you and mislead you. They will not tell you your rights, it is up to you to know them.
✓ It is best to remain silent. It is unlikely that anything you say to police can help you & it can be used against you and your friends in court.
When approached by police only tell them your name, DOB and address.
✓ Unless you are being arrested, you do not have to show the police ID. Lying to police and showing fake ID can lead to additional charges.
✓ If the police try to search your person, belonging, car or tent:
Say “I do not consent to a search of myself or my belongings.”
The officer may continue to search but saying this may mean that any evidence found could be kept out of a criminal proceeding against you. Active interference elevates your risk and can lead to additional charging.
✓ If you are arrested:
Police will search you & anything in your possession. They can use anything that they find against you in court, so try to avoid having anything on you that would lead to an arrest.
You may be given a “rights card” to sign. Check the box that says you do not waive your rights.
Note: You may be asked to sign something so that police can decide whether to release you immediately.
If you want out fast, you can agree to waive your rights. In this case ONLY ANSWER questions about who you are, where you live, and names of people who can vouch for your identity.
DO NOT answer any questions about what happened, who you were with, questions about the occupation, etc.
You can also decide not to answer any question at all, which may result in being held overnight (or until Monday if you are arrested on the weekend).
Occupy Congress Legal Support Line: (202) 5-RESIST (202-573-7478)
Disclaimer: Intended for general informational purposes only and should be relied upon as legal advise. If you have a legal question, you should consult an attorney in your jurisdiction regarding your own particular facts and circumstances.
This is awesome. Read it. The advise is pretty universal for interactions with police.
“Communism deprives no man of the power to appropriate the products of society; all that it does is to deprive him of the power to subjugate the labor of others by means of such appropriation.”—Marx and Engels - The Communist Manifesto (via liberalsocialist)
I’m not sure if I actually empathize with conservatives or merely find it amusing that they deal with the same structural and electoral issues that progressives deal with in electing lawmakers. Short of something very dramatic happening, Romney will win the nomination, almost as if by default — a candidate that a super-majority of Republicans don’t even support or even want to be president. The machinery of our so-called representative democracy is broken for all of us. There are many people from a variety of ideologies, even well-meaning capitalists (if there can be such people!) that have great ideas, but unfortunately no one will ever assume a high level political office without having strong ties to the powerful institutions which we expect them to interact with on behalf of the citizenry (note: I think challenging and transforming said institutions is a better use of political energy, generally, with electoral efforts being a nice supplement when expectations are realistic). Isn’t this all about power? The concentration and abuse of power… But isn’t much of what makes ‘conservative’ a distinguishable term the fact that they think power should be exercised autonomously, freely, which in a word means allowing it to concentrate and be utilized for oppression and exploitation? Is this a fair assessment? I think all people should be concerned with the structure of our democracy, or the lack thereof.
TL;DR: Romney and Obama combined couldn’t get half the country to want either of them to be president, yet one of them will; we’ll call it democracy, even if it’s just a show.
I may be showing just how much of a novice marxist I am, but I've found Marx to have found a real connection to human nature that I find difficult to find anywhere else. Your point is a valid one, still. Marx should be freely redacted and extrapolated from.
I think you actually get marxism if you understand how penetrating it can be for understanding the individual in society, and the interrelatedness of everything in-between. That said, I think it’s a dangerous tendency of minds to become attached, invested in, and over-confident in whatever particular thought structure happens to have given their egos solace. But none are inherently more believable or superior to every other possible explanation. Case in point, I think Aristotle, Rousseau, Camus, Nietzsche, Proudhon, all capture similar pictures of the human condition that Marx did and still place them in seemingly coherent systems, even though they all differ. Moreover, Marx lived in the nineteenth century and we’ve got many new problems that additionally deserve fresher perspectives and newer tools. Btw, you’re one of my favorite bloggers.
“And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.
So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”—Kurt Vonnegut (via accidentalism)
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”—E.B. White (via accidentalism)
“The truth is always an abyss. One must — as in a swimming pool — dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to later rise again — laughing and fighting for breath — to the now doubly illuminated surface of things.”—Franz Kafka (via accidentalism)
“O man, take care!
What does the deep midnight declare?
“I was asleep—
From a deep dream I woke and swear:—
The world is deep,
Deeper than day had been aware.
Deep is its woe—
Joy—deeper yet than agony:
Woe implores: Go!
But all joy wants eternity—
Wants deep, wants deep eternity.”—Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
“I am a forest, and a night of dark trees: but he who is not afraid of my darkness, will find banks full of roses under my cypresses.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche (Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for None and All)”—(via androxis)