If I were asked what I felt were the top priorities facing human beings today, in the 21st century, I would have to say there are four that top the list, in my mind. 1. Halt the global corporate coup. Defeat the corporate war on democracy, which is now escalating daily, and take democracy back. […]
How the hell would I know? I don’t even know what kind of class you’re taking! I do have a couple of ideas, though, if you should be worried about the class you missed yesterday, which I think is what … Continue reading →
Capitalism Reaches its Ugly Claw into Recess
This is appalling: capitalist invasion by way of neoliberal privatising of playtime at recess and noon. Isn’t it bad enough that we have a class division for families outside the school yard between the haves and the have-nots? Do we have to commodify and commoditize our children and their playtime so intrusively in the name of capitalist enterprise too, thereby creating – because of their young age – a powerful ideologically conditioned class system at the childhood level? Class is already everywhere for a child in our neoliberal world. Why enhance it. (Read more…)
Jenna hated physical education. All the girls stared at her in the change-room (she was one of the first to develop), and her hand-eye coordination was rotten. Reaping class, on the other hand, was her favorite. She especially liked the … Continue reading →
On the plane to Peru, cut off from my usually endless sources of news which perennially gives me causes to vent frustration at, I am reduced to unleashing my criticism upon smaller and more benign foes. In this case, the rather nauseating, if largely unimportant, nomenclature of “Executive First Class” airplane seats.
Among the intellectual debts our society owes to the brief and distorted rise of communism, is an increased consciousness and language to describe issues of class tensions. Much of the descriptive aspects that saw the tides of history through the lens of class struggle is broadly correct and
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Michael Hudson asks: “In light of the enormous productivity gains since the end of World War II – and especially since 1980 – why isn’t everyone rich and enjoying the leisure economy that was promised?”
The answer (per Hudson) is painfully obvious, but bears repeating (ad infinitum):
What was applauded as a post-industrial economy has turned into a financialized economy. The reason you have to work so much harder than before, even when wages rise, is to carry your debt overhead. You’re unable to buy the goods you produce because you need to pay your bankers.
. . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Breaking it Down: Industrial Capitalism vs. Financial Capitalism (or, Why We’re F*cked)
Via Ryan Grim (ICYMI):
Apparently Ann Romney forgot to mention to Willard that moms who don’t work outside the home do THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB IN THE WORLD!!!1 and already have ample dignity, thankyouverymuchyousupersexistsoand…
oh, wait — Mittens meant those moms — y’know, the ones who can’t afford dignity.
Sorry. They gotsta earn their Caddies (if not teh car elevators).
Related: Pay no attention to the ongoing war on women voting.
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Gulf Coast hip hop impresario David Banner drops some straight knowledge re: Trayvon, race, and class in the US of A in this BlackEnterprise.com interview:
“The fact [is] we have to get some type of legislation now.
“What do we want to see implemented to make sure this doesn’t happen again because y’know American culture, now that we’ve seen this happen it’s going to take something two-times as bad as this to even get peoples attention.”
WHERE THE BALLOT “COUNTS”
TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS
Move your money now – put it into gold, silver, and if you can, more importantly, a piece of land that can feed your family, tools for self-reliance such as solar and wind energy, seeds and garden tools, a trailer, teepee, yurt or cottage, in cas… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: BBC speechless as trader tells truth: “Collapse is coming… and Goldman Sachs rules the world”
I don’t usually repost other people’s writings, but this article is too hard-hitting and important to pass up. If we want to understand better what is wrong with the economy and politics, this sheds more than a little light, and confirms th… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Why isn’t Wall St. in jail? And come to think of it, why isn’t Obama?
by matttbastard Mary Riddell: London’s riots are not the Tupperware troubles of Greece or Spain, where the middle classes lash out against their day of reckoning. They are the proof that a section of young Britain – the stabbers, shooters, … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: “The Frankenstein monster you created/Has turned against you, now you’re hated.”
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS; THE ARAB REVOLUTIONS:THE POSSIBILITIES AND LIMITATIONS OF REVOLUTION:I guess that one might consider me fortunate to have lived through three different eras of international revolutionary ferment. The first was the late 60s, ear… . . . → Read More: Molly’sBlog: Molly’sBlog 2011-04-15 00:50:00
by matttbastard A kinder, gentler Conservative Party (UK)? That’s certainly the image Conservative leader David Cameron has been desperate to project ever since he took the reigns of the so-called ’nasty party’. But Harry Potter impresario (and single parent) J.K. Rowling isn’t buying the … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: bastard.logic: Cameron Tories Quietly Castigate Single Mothers: J.K. Rowling Brings Teh Pwn
haha! I wanna be a janitor. By Matt Bors