Tag Archives: capitalism

How Liberals Reason #2

Hate to repeat myself, but, this is the world I live in.

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One thing liberals and conservatives agree upon, it’s the need to drive the rest of the planet’s lifeforms to extinction in order to please humankind’s every appetite and whim. They don’t seem to ever find this common ground, though, when you get them in a room together…

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Hippies on Garbage: UCSC Dead Center

Went to visit the Dead Center at McHenry Library, UCSC, the other day, and was bedazzled by the print media shown there, which included old Rolling Stone issues (just as vapid as now only in a different way, a consequence of reliance on secondary sources) as well as Furry Freak Brothers and Zap, and the journal of the Diggers:

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Now this is what I call relevant writing from the summer of love! In the Diggers’ magazine from 1968 I found an article that really touched my soul as an avid collector of and despairer over garbage: “Garbage or Nothing.” Turns out it’s online right here, so my photo was useless. The argumentation is definitely in a poetic vein, but the message is right on. Who’s going to collect the garbage?

Those of you who insist on focusing your call-out culture on exclusion, representation, etc., without ever coming finally around to a practical discussion of and action on behalf of CLASS, the existence of this article and persistence of its problem are my challenge to you!

The young people want no part of [the problem of garbage], what with garbage their natural matrix and medium … Produce it? Collect it? They want to fuck in it!

Sounds like the line for the Genius Bar, the spectral trash heap of Snapchat exhaust! Turns out that environment wasn’t just Joni Mitchell’s thing. Here we have an article about how consumption was then and now visibly remains the axis of determination for class: the consumer class into which workers, owners, students, the incarcerated, the elderly, are all forcing themselves and from which we have to free ourselves in order for our movements for social and environmental justice to ever really gain traction in western society. At the time of publication, the movement in question seemed to be the famous sexual one. Now it’s the famous representation one, or whichever totally off-mark and irrelevant clicktivist movement one should like to choose before the militarized cops and the student loan companies crush it.

The article’s logic is ropy in places, and conversely needs a guide to really explain what people talked about then and what it has to do with the words used therein, but it’s still relevant as ever. Check it out!

Legal Weed for Erasing the Past

Weed has been legal in California for three weeks now. How’s it going? See what consumers and innovators say!

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Ben Passmore Cartoon on the Nib

Congratulations to the Nib for getting a great writer, and to Ben for getting a bigger audience! The article is called “Black Lives Matter, the ACLU and Respectability Politics.” It puts the ACLU in their place, it tries to ram into your dumbfuck white internet-liberal face how Black Lives Matter is stuck in a compromise with its oppressor’s society (YOU), and, as always, shines the historical light on anarchism’s role in democracy, something this country’s sense of history badly needs.

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Picture by Ben Passmore. Screen-captured out of respect and collegiality only.

Besides a lot of things, one thing I really dig about Ben is how much research he puts into everything, and how he makes his sources visible. Make sure to check out his other comics too.

https://thenib.com/black-lives-matter-the-aclu-and-respectability-politics

Mercury Mourns Napa Winery Profits

As enormous swathes of smoke reached the south bay, this week the Mercury News published an outcry over Napa wineries’ profits getting burnt in this latest rash of catastrophic Northern Californian fires.

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It took days before they mentioned the hundreds of working families and retirees who lost everything in places like Santa Rosa, and has not countenanced the plight of the unrecognized and undocumented workers who make the whole Napa economy move. Above is a digest of what is now a series of articles by Mary Orlin, George Avalos, Paul Rogers, et al.

Neonazi and Fascist Update: London Forum and Traditionalist Workers’ Party

Was cruising through the aforementioned Traditionalist Workers’ Party‘s videos on Youtube, when we found a video from September 2016 in which the Party’s only-average, overweight uneducated over-self-esteemed normal American jealous white man “Chairman” Matthew Heimbach talk for the London Forum about his platform of racism, white imperialism and hatred of immigrants. We guess he had to go to Europe after his dumbass followers got beat in Sacramento.

The Forum is an average Libertarian white-supremacy group that masquerades just like the TWP as an anticapitalist organization, which particularly irritates this writer who is an actual anticapitalist and not just a racist who wants to make up all his own rules in a vacuum with no context and no society.

The Czech Social Justice Workers’ Party provided the facility for the video. In it the barely literate 25-year-old mansplainer Heimbach, who wears a Celtic cross that he does not understand, bitched in the video about how British PM Theresa May barred him (in a personal letter, allegedly) from visiting England. Are they sharp over there, or what? The British must have like zero terrorist attacks and zero refugees sneaking in through the Chunnel, what with the kind of oversight it takes to catch little old white trash from Middle America and prevent them from coming over for a conference.

Heimbach goes on to praise the racist and xenophobic Brexit and spin the same tired yarns of nationalism versus globalism and other naive, essentially lazy and selfish perspectives on history and economic reality. The “next David Duke” asks us to consider the world as it is as an inheritance from ancestors and ignore that the ancestors and other people’s ancestors (a terribly divisive idea in itself!) worked their asses off, often together, to make the world that they now want to tear apart.

The story behind this is that the London Forum and the Traditionalist Workers’ Party have evidently tried to strike up an intercontinental relationship between white supremacist groups. Both whine about how (white) ethnicity, culture and religion are being intentionally destroyed by bankers and plutocrats, while, logically, allowing all other ethnicities cultures and religions to flourish, and it’s just a hatred for white-ism that drives it all.

Everyone should be concerned that these tiny groups of idiots are organizing, amplifying their voices via social media, and vying for a spot before the irresponsible, yellow attentions of mass media, who will show anything sensational, despite the fact that what they show invariably metastasizes into movements of ignorant people. For an example of this we may look no further than CNN, FOX, NPR and NBC’s fabrication of the Donald Trump presidential candidacy and the army of stupid people ready to support it.

The Party works hard to try to legitimize itself without leaving off indulgence in the classical Nazi and KKK buzzword doublespeak indicated above and elsewhere. On their videos the TWP takes pains to describe itself as a “legally constituted political party.” Why insist on this? Because it separates them semantically from a hate group, a terror organization. But let’s not be dense. These groups are only a few hundred Facebook Likes away from becoming recruitment organs or even front organizations for larger terror groups and plutocrat thinkers (like the “anarcho-capitalists”) who do not establish Vaterlands nor protect their stupid members from immigrants, but rather just use the groups’ labor and money to uphold the status quo.

To be fair, this kind of Libertarianism does sort of represent a dark side of anarchism. If anarchism is living free of force, in the community of our choice, by the responsible and ethical means of our choice, then Libertarianism, Nazism, London Forumism and KKKism are what happen when one just focuses on wanting the community of one’s choice, that is, the most reduced context possible to perceive, such as the suburban Man Cave. This is a philosophy that wants all the trappings of globalist society and its wasteful products without having to live with those who produce it.

The lesson here is that we have to always consider our context, and live by anarchism always in the service of harmony, generosity and attention to our natural lives. Nature when not disturbed by human selfishness is absolutely balanced, absolutely abundant, and absolutely not wasteful. These Traditionalist Morons will never get there, even with the help of their old gray British peers.