InfiniteIdeation

“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don ’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.”

Banksy

(via anoncentral)

(Source: basedinternet)


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).   


Is it too late?

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. 


INCOME INEQUALITY IS BAD FOR SOCIETY. REALLY BAD. →

occupyonline:

“Societies with more income inequality have higher infant death rates than other societies:

Societies with more income inequality have higher rates of mental illness than other societies:

Societies with more income inequality have a higher incidence of drug use than other societies:

Societies with more income inequality have a higher high school drop out rate than other societies:

Societies with more income inequality imprison a larger proportion of their population than other societies:

Societies with more income inequality have a higher rate of obesity than other societies:

Individuals in societies with more income inequality are less likely to be in a different class of than their parents compared to other societies:

Individuals in societies trust others less than people in other societies:

Societies with more income inequality have higher rates of homicide than other societies:

Societies with more income inequality give less in foreign aid than other societies:

Children in societies with more income inequality do less well than children in other societies:

The authors sum it up pretty simply: : “Th[e] dissatisfaction [measured in this data is] a cost which the rich impose on the rest of society.”

Fantastic info - this is why we should focus on income inequity. 

(Source: chasingsunsetsandjustice)


I Hate Capitalism

"We are not free!", I insist. But who will listen? Freedom means little to the well fed and complacent. A prisoner has clearly defined cell bars, tall concrete walls topped with barbed wire, sniper towers, and vulgar guards that let them know they are property. The structure of modern society is infinitely more complex, yet just as oppressive.

You can quit your job, but you can’t quit being a prol. You can’t sever your dependence on the rich to hire you, for them to make a profit off of you, while you get a lowly wage. At best you might be one of a lucky few who manages to make it into their ranks, and in turn you might be able to exploit a few hundred others.

Want an education? Well, you’ll have to spend a few decades trying to pay off student loans.

I live in a society in which a tiny minority of people make all the major decisions that affect my life, have all the power, and use it for their own interests. And I am surrounded by people who think this is natural and just go on about their business. What the fuck? This is not OK! [/rant]

P.S. Power to the People!