"He tried to read an elementary economics text; it bored him past endurance, it was like listening to somebody interminably recounting a long and stupid dream. He could not force himself to understand how banks functioned and so forth, because all the operations of capitalism were as meaningless to him as the rites of a primitive religion, as barbaric, as elaborate, and as unnecessary. In a human sacrifice to deity there might be at least a mistaken and terrible beauty; in the rites of the moneychangers, where greed, laziness, and envy were assumed to move all men’s acts, even the terrible became banal."

- The Dispossessed

Happy 85th Birthday Ursula LeGuin!

born October 21st, 1929

anonymous said:

can you elaborate on people "slipping" into aave?

i describe it as “slipping into” bc people put on the dialect at very specific times for very specific reasons. train yourself to see it. look at these viral posts and think about

  1. what these people or characters are trying to portray and
  2. how the intended characteristics correlate to identifiable antiblack stereotypes (the answers are at the bottom)

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a) sassy, loud, hysterical, confrontational; b) vocally lascivious; c) animalistic, dirty, barbaric, savage, uncivilized, unsophisticated, unhygienic, rude; d) sexually predatory

Whether in the West or in the oppressed countries, women cannot be considered a “marginalised” or incidental factor in the class struggle. More and more it is clear that they are very much concentrated at the centre of the process of exploitation and oppression. And the inevitable corollary of this is that women are and will increasingly be at the centre of the opposition to the system of imperialism and reaction.

The class enemy has understood very clearly the revolutionary potential of women and has taken significant steps not only to try to crush it, but also to try to channel it in such a way as to preserve and protect the world imperialist system. For example, the imperialists, who back the most evil and barbaric reactionaries, now shed crocodile tears for the plight of women. They wage wars to preserve the sheikhs of the Gulf (and their right to restore their harems, like in Kuwait after the Gulf War) and aid regimes like El Salvador whose death squads brutally raped and murdered Catholic nuns in 1980 (recently revealed to have been known to top US officials in that country) and the Taliban of Afghanistan, while they also direct their legions of NGOs (so-called non-governmental organisations) to carry out projects among women, including the rural and poor women in third world countries.

However laudable the motivation of some of the fieldworkers in such projects might be, these programmes fit into an overall plan of the imperialists themselves to harness the discontent of women away from revolutionary struggle and into reformist schemes and illusions of greater equality for them. But the fact that the imperialists have directed so much of the attention of the NGOs towards these strata is another indication of the important task of fighting for the allegiance of women.

This is one of thousands of stories Palestinian solidarity activists need to tell far & wide to build the economic & cultural boycott of Israel (BDS). This is 50-year-old Najah Abed al-Dayem holding a picture of her husband who was killed during Israel’s barbaric seven-week Operation Ethnic Cleansing in Gaza. She lost her right eye & her son, Abed, lost both his legs in the infamous incident when Israel bombed the school being used as a UN refugee center in Beit Lahiya (in northern Gaza) claiming it was a Hamas rocket nest. Beit Lahiya is just miles from the hills of Sderot, Israel where makeshift parlors were set up for a front row seat to ethnic cleansing, complete with waving Israeli flags, in a scene that will always stand in ignominy & condemn Zionism.


The foregone conclusion is now openly acknowledged: the Cairo conference to raise funds for Gaza reconstruction was a charade. They raised $5.4 billion of funny money, the only kind ever available for humanitarian purposes. Anybody who follows these aid charades saw that coming a mile away with Haiti & Afghanistan only the most recent examples.


Meanwhile Palestinians live midst mountains of unstable cement rubble, without housing, sufficient medical facilities, power, sanitation. A very simple problem: where do you go the toilet? Where do you take a bath? Where do you cook a meal? This state of affairs can give rise to dozens of health crises, just as the lack of humanitarian aid to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake facilitated the cholera epidemic. And in fact the situation is Gaza is very comparable to Haiti where thousands still do not have housing & are being railroaded into Clinton-orchestrated sweatshops.


The big-talking politicians in Cairo throwing around the funny money won’t do a damn thing to help the people of Gaza. That is where the role of Palestinian solidarity is absolutely vital. Israeli Zionist mythology claiming Palestine as an inheritance from God has taken an enormous beating. Only the craziest Christian Zionists cling to that baloney; everybody else recognizes Israel is colonialism. The problem is some can live with that, some (& not only left Zionists) justify that as a fait accompli: “Oh well, Israel’s there to stay now; there’s nothing to be done. Palestinians will have to accept bombed out bantustates & constant colonial inroads by Zionists settlers from all over kingdom come. History always has its losers.” The hell with that stuff!


Palestinians have a claim to self-determination & justice & no one has the right to rationalize that away by bowing to the neoliberal realities of Israeli colonialism. Barbaric edifices fall all the time under the unbearable contradictions of tyranny—from the Roman Empire to the USSR. There is only one realistic & desirable outcome for Palestine & Israel & that is the dismantling of the Zionist state down to its last ugly manifestation & the building of a democratic secular state where Jews & Palestinians can live in peace.


Palestinians have human & democratic rights & no one can blow those off with a defeated shrug toward the fait accompli. The situation for Palestinians grows more perilous as the BDS movement continues to grow internationally. Our job as solidarity activists is immense but our commitment to Palestinian justice, to telling the truth, to evangelizing for BDS can help Palestinians change the world to make it suitable for Jews & Palestinians to live in harmony.
(Photo by Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

Mary Scully

If you think that white feminism is a new concept consider the fact that in 1869 John Stuart Mill was advocating for women’s suffrage and education and yet still believed that British imperialism helped to educate barbaric societies

Help Shut Down the Illegal Dog Meat Trade

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Every single aspect of the dog meat trade is South East Asia is unspeakably barbaric and cruel; it cannot even be argued that it is a part of their historic culture - not that it would excuse them from the heinous crimes - because it is also against the law.

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Does this picture shock you? It should. These men, 26 of them, I believe, slaughter between one and twenty thousand dolphins at Taiji cove each year. The annual “dolphin drive” runs between September and April, with more than half of the dolphins caught being killed for their meat and the rest being sold to marine parks where they will spend their lives in captivity, performing tricks in order to be fed. 

This barbarity NEEDS to end. Educate yourself about it. Help put a stop to it. 

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Opens Tonight, June 6, 6pm-12am:

On-Looking
 curated by Daniel Kingery

Kunsthalle Galapagos, 116 Main St., Dumbo, Brooklyn, NYC

"This is an exhibition about looking. It’s about looking at ourselves, looking at others and how that affects the way we see the world. It’s about looking at art and the complicated and complicit relationship that this creates between ourselves, the work and the artist. It’s about desire, frustration, transparency and opacity."

Diana Artus, Barbar, Katie Cercone, Elly Clarke, Linda Franke, Delia Gonzalez, Jennifer Herrema, Jonah Freeman, Justin Lowe, Daniel Kingery, Lisa Kingery,  Phuc Le, Mira O’Brien, Eva Maria Salvador, Andy Warhol

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