it’s very easy to think that by having an anti-oppressive/liberatory stance on social issues it automatically makes you an anti-capitalist or a radical but the fact of the matter is that anti-capitalism doesn’t come with addendums for people who are otherwise oppressed on a social level but are…sisterihaveabsolutelynoidea, thank you for this radical commentary. you have sparked a question that has been budding in me: can women be part of the capitalist class? so far my analysis points to ‘no’. thoughts? i really appreciated your post. thanks again for the vajraradix (diamond radical) thinking.
women definitely are a part of the capitalist class, as we see with women who are ceos and politicians. hillary clinton is the perfect example- we have liberals who are tauting her as being this force of women’s liberation. but why? what has hillary done besides be a woman who ascended to ranks of power? and how do you reach the level of power that she has? by exploitation and marginalization of the lower class, which includes other women. how can someone be a feminist but make a living that demands the oppression of other women?
working class women do not become liberated at the hands of capitalist class women, because so long as we are still subjected to capitalism, we will never be liberated.Yeah, women can absolutely be a part of the capitalist class. Clinton is a good example. This is part of the problem with conflating our class politics and our identity politics. We ask, “But surely this woman who is black and queer and rich and owns a company which pays poverty wages can’t really be a capitalist! How do I factor her into my understanding of class?” And you can do it really easily, in fact. Distinctions between capitalists along the lines of gender only serve two function ideologically- they divide the working class, and they trick workers who really men well into thinking that if they don’t support a certain capitalist then they must be an —-ist. Someone from an oppressed (I prefer the term “marginalized” but I will use oppressed here so everyone knows what I mean) group can absolutely participate in capitalism and thinking otherwise actively hurts working class people.Some people will say that isn’t intersectional enough, but I’d say their understandings of intersectionality are flawed. Marginalization, as I prefer to understand it and as I reference it, isn’t just being treated badly. It is actively having your access to capital restricted on some basis- maybe having your access to a decent material life restricted is a better term. So you’re black for instance. You’re not marginalized just by being called slurs or by having your hair mocked or by being seen as unattractive, though those are all parts of racism- your marginalization comes from the fact that all of those things combine to hurt you materially. You face a higher unemployment rate. You make less at work than your white coworkers at salaried jobs. Your value as a human being is lowered in very real, very economic terms that have just about nothing to do with your feelings. In that way, I see queer people as marginalized because they have a harder time materially living their lives. Same for black people, same for disabled people. In that way, we can see that it isn’t intersectional to say “Oh, black capitalists have it worse materially than white capitalists.” They’ve somehow (through whatever means was available) been able to gain access to capital. The ONLY difference I see between white/male capitalists and black/non-male capitalists is that one is handed access to capital BECAUSE they are not from a marginalized group. The other is handed access to capital IN SPITE of being from a marginalized group. But at the end of the day, they both have capital. I think classes, at least economic classes, should be defined by your relationship to capital: you work for your money, then you’re working class (which is why I think some working class people can still be relatively well-off; working class doesn’t necessarily mean poor) and if your money works for you, then you’re pretty much a member of the capitalist or owning class. You can do this with the means of production too. Do you own the means of production (that is, the stuff you need to make your product like the espresso machines in a coffee shop or the factory for a textile factory)? Then you’re a capitalist. Do you work in exchange for access to the means of production (that is, are you handed a wage so that you can use the espresso machine in a coffee shop to make espresso drinks)? Then you’re working class.This is sort of why I like to use class, and why the left has traditionally used class, as an indicator of sort of basic freedom. Because what marginalization CAUSES is an impact on your class- it keeps you poor and it keeps you working class. That’s what is so perilous about marginalization imo- it has little to do with your feelings, and more to do with your race/gender/ability actively making it harder for you to live a dignified life with food security and all that. Sorry this is long, but I wanted to make sure I explained myself and didn’t leave a bunch of questions unanswered.
is this beautiful solidarity too much for you, anon?
(also, i feel bad for you.)
It needs to be said that ‘Gaza’ and ‘Ferguson’ should DEFINITELY be used in the same sentence. Both Palestinians and Black people are oppressed by BOTH the US state and the Israeli state. Re: Palestinians - Israel could not get away with it’s genocidal project without the full backing of the US. Re: Blacks in America - Israel-trained police were deployed in Ferguson. The point is, there is a common enemy here.. (it’s the 1%…the politicians who rule for the 1%… the police/army who brutalise oppressed people to protect the state …) the ruling class’ interests are directly counterposed to the interests of the oppressed (and the working class in general).
Under the inhuman system that is capitalism, the oppression/racism towards Palestinians and Black people is useful AND necessary by both the US and Israel. Solidarity is required to bring down both these shit fuck states.
Defend the protesters in Ferguson when they peacefully protest.
Defend the protesters in Ferguson when they riot.
Show me what democracy looks like..THIS is what democracy looks like! #debtsentence #nofeehikes #auspol
A young Palestinian man stands in his bedroom which was hit by an Israeli tank shell backdropped by destroyed houses during a short period of ceasefire in Shuja’iyya neighbourhood in east Gaza City on July 26, 2014. (Oliver Weiken/EPA)
favorite character meme → [1/7] scenes-Why are you acting like I got a choice in this?
-Listen to me, Mickey. Your dad is an evil, psychotic prick. You’re just going to let him ruin your life?
-You need to grow the fuck up. Don’t act like you know a thing about my dad.
-Are you fucking kidding me?
human nature keeps getting retconned in history books to reaffirm current biases. what you keep insisting is ‘human nature’ is actually how human beings live and interact with one another under capitalism, and even this can change depending where you live.
please stop saying human beings are inherently anything because thats a fundamentally ignorant and short-sighted view of a species that has been around for thousands of years.
He called on parents to take responsibility for their sons’ actions, saying parents must teach their sons the difference between right and wrong.
"When we hear about these rapes our heads hang in shame," Mr Modi said.
"Young girls are always asked so many questions by their parents, like ‘where are you going?’. But do parents dare to ask their sons where they are going?" he asked.
“Those who commit rape are also someone’s sons. It’s the responsibility of the parents to stop them before they take the wrong path,” he added.
Okay, say what you want about him, but this is a big deal. This is Prime Minister Modi’s first Independence Day address since being elected. And instead of using this time to talk about Pakistan, like every other Independence Day speech in the past, he stood up there and talked about INDIA’s need for improvement. And amongst his topics, he talked about rape.
And he didn’t describe it as “accidental” or “boys making mistakes”, and he didn’t state that women need to “dress more dignified”, all of which have been said by other Indian politicians. For once, we’re hearing someone put the blame on the rapist, and actually calling out parents to raise their sons properly. Like everyone else, I’m still hoping Modi isn’t another PM who is all talk.
he has a direct role in gujarat riots where thousands of muslim women were raped. More than a thousand people (mostly Muslim) including children and women were murdered. Mobs hunted down muslim communities to spray petrol on them and set them and their houses on fire. His government had direct involvement but only 2 ministers were tried and arrested. Besides supporting Hindutva groups, his party’s manifesto includes banning religious conversions. BJP has a history of treating minorities, especially Muslims, Dalits and Christians as sub-humans. Merely acknowledging rapes in India is worth a praise?
"big deal" my ass
One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.
These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.
They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.
These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.
And the metro is always this clean.
In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.
Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.
We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.
:’) been getting encouraging messages of support by randoms about the National Day of Action tomorrow (lecturers during lecture bashes, people that walk pass during poster runs)