“Vulgar socialism […] has taken over from the bourgeois economists the consideration and treatment of distribution as independent of the mode of production, and hence the presentation of socialism as turning principally upon distribution. After the real relation has long been made clear, why retrogress again?”—Karl Marx, Critique of the Gotha Programme (via rethinksocialism)
I never understood why even socialists only talk about socialism in terms of just giving people more stuff. It’s about people having equal power, freedom, and opportunity, not simply by spreading around the wealth, but by changing our social relations and the structure of our society. Welfare isn’t socialism, although, I think if given equal power the people would more adequately redistribute accumulated wealth (and its been shown that even your typical American would/does prefer a more equal wealth distribution).
“Using state-level data for the period 1990 through 2007, we estimate the effect of legalizing medical marijuana on suicide rates. Our results suggest that the passage of a medical marijuana law is associated with an almost 5 percent reduction in the total suicide rate, an 11 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 20- through 29-year-old males, and a 9 percent reduction in the suicide rate of 30- through 39-year-old males.
We conclude that the legalization of medical marijuana leads to an improvement in the psychological wellbeing of young adult males, an improvement that is reflected in fewer suicides.”—Study: suicide rates fall when states legalize medical marijuana
Iran has threatened to fight back if attacked, and that’s a war crime. War crimes must be punished.
My television says Iran has nukes. I’m sure it’s true this time. Just like with North Korea. I’m sure they’re next. We only bomb places that really truly have nukes and are in the Axis of Evil. Except Iraq, which was different.
Iraq didn’t go so badly. Considering how lousy its government is, the place is better off with so many people having left or died. Really, that one couldn’t have worked out better if we’d planned it.
When we threaten to cut off Iran’s oil, Iran threatens to cut off Iran’s oil, which is absolutely intolerable. What would we do without that oil? And what good is buying it if they want to sell it?
Iran was secretly behind 9-11. I read it online. And if it wasn’t, that’s worse. Iran hasn’t attacked another nation in centuries, which means its next attack is guaranteed to be coming very soon.
Iranians are religious nuts, unlike Israelis and Americans. Most Israelis don’t want to attack Iran, but the Holy Israeli government does. To oppose that decision would be to sin against God.
Iranians are so stupid that when we murder their scientists they try to hire a car dealer in Texas to hire a drug gang in Mexico to murder a Saudi ambassador in Washington, and then they don’t do it — just to make us look bad for catching them.
b. Oh, and stupid people should be bombed. They’re not civilized.
War is good for the U.S. economy, and the Iranian economy too. Troops stationed in Iran would buy stuff. And women who survived the war would have more rights. Like in Virginia. We owe Iranians this after that little mishap in 1953.
This is the only way to unite the region. Either we bomb Iran and it swears its eternal love to us. Or, if necessary, we occupy Iran to liberate it like its neighbors. Which shouldn’t take long. Look how well Afghanistan is going already.
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.”
― Dr. Seuss”—(via bemybtch)
“I see things vis a vis a sea change
Full fathom five people became remains deep beneath chains
We pay into easing these pains
‘Cause the history is difficult
Wish the results could be flipped like reciprocals
Allow me to renumerate aloud the typical rude awakenings of the drowsy consumer base
Bass boom will make the crowd sing and syncopate with the views that they’re espousing
Synchronize to the stupid take a thousand
Sinning like every excuse they make is valid
Simon Williams I Wonder Man
Just how did our oil get under their sand?
And how did our homes get onto their land?
And how did our foes get guns in their hands?
Child labor tennis shoes
Gentrified gin and juice
Slave trade banks
Rape-based internet movies
What’s a simple straight-laced human to do
With a strange fate twist and fame
Except talk shit and name off a list of gains
But do you realize I’d find my lips in flames
If I tried to take pride in these whips and chains”—Flobots, Whips and Chains
Think of someone who’s tumblr you really like, but have never met face-to-face. In what relation do you stand to that blogger’s essence? What is the aggregation of information and ideational expression that we produce when we create avatars, and interact with others via the internet? There is presumably no limit on the amount of information about oneself which can be communicated digitally, or manifested vicariously in the form of an avatar. As virtual-reality technology proliferates and progresses, this will become even more clear.
Am I getting at anything? Are the parallel implications of multiple selves, immortality, and personal identity just going to be torn asunder by online selves? Why are issues about the self simultaneously the most confusing and most straightforward questions in philosophy?
Was there any sincerity the last ten times you uttered the phrase “how are you?”
Routine makes life easy, easy life numbs the soul. Surely growth and excitement are both only experienced alongside challenge and change. But what’s new about the cycles of the moon, let alone your day?
The most comforting structures are actually the best at suffocating you. And if you sacrifice the present consistently enough you just might succeed!
Can freedom be unqualified? Is it just unrestricted action? Or the ability to act? Is a person more free in a city or in the wilderness? I think the concept of freedom might just be illusory in that we construct it to be synonymous with whatever structure allows for the type of action which one prefers.
In relation to society I know I can never be free. I think this is why I have felt solidarity most with anarchists, because the type of ache you feel in your heart, seeing oppression in all its forms, woven throughout your social reality, can often be more overwhelming than just the realization that the whole social-system is setup to screw people over. The latter leaves room for hope.
Are humans too malleable? Too easily dominated, brainwashed, and domesticated by structures of oppression and violence, if for no other reason than mere physical survival and relative cognitive harmony? The real question is what do the rest of us do, those who see unsustainability continually; political theater and the media’s obession with the minutiae… What about the planet, species going extinct, the hungry, the broken, the tired..? How can we save ourselves and what if we cannot?
We revolutionaries swim against an overwhelming tide of injustice; I fear in the end we may all drown — if not suddenly, then slowly through fatigue and demoralization.
“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”—Carl Jung (via crystalprophetess)