American-Capitalist

American capitalist society glorifies suffering silently above all else.
Think about all the articles you’ve seen telling the stories of mothers who worked five jobs to make enough money to care for their children. They and people like them are praised endlessly for being so strong (as they should be) for working so incredibly hard.
In the same breath, those individuals praising people for working themselves to death in misery, complain that acivists demanding a living wage are whiny, lazy, and ungrateful.
This society trains us that to reveal your pain to others erases your strength for living with it. Your suffering needs to be pried out of you, a long-buried secret so well hidden that someone would have to trick or deceive you to discover exactly how much agony you’re in.

I’m really wary of imagery like this

because I’m positive that liberals are in the process of leveraging the implied sentiment to oppose anti-establishment leftists too. In other words, Trump is an anti-establishment monster who is tearing down the beautiful values that this nation stands for, and leftists are likewise getting scarier when they declare things like “America was never great”. Liberal nationalism is one of our primary hurdles to overcome, this idea that America is (and always has been) a bastion of equality and progressive values. It’s powerful ideology, stuff that will keep millions locked in ineffective centrism over the next few decades. 

I know an image like this

will absolutely haunt the liberal imagination in the decades to come, the horseshoe ghost hanging over their shoulders – fascists ready to turn ever-progressive America into an unprecedented tyranny for the few, leftists ready to turn lawful America into chaotic mob rule that only works in theory. After all, if you want legitimacy in the capitalist electoral system (as liberals do), you will absolutely condemn grassroots organizers, socialists, and the like in terms that this second image implies, especially in the decades to come.

I saw a lot of this at the recent pro-immigration rally a week ago – people all over the place carrying signs with stuff like the Statue of Liberty weeping, implying that this isn’t what America stands for. One of the core goals of the leftist project ought to be to help people realize that, yes, immigration bans and racism are what America has historically stood for – at least in the sense of the American capitalist/imperialist state, because I do realize there has been beautiful resistance and solidarity among the masses over the centuries. The history is clear: America is built on centuries of genocide and enslavement, inequality and domination coursing through its veins. 

The American exceptionalism is unhelpful at best and super reactionary at worst. Abandon the Lady Liberty imagery and realize that we are already that tyrannical empire to most of the world, not this plucky melting-pot nation of progressive values.

During the last 510 years of the European/Euro-American capitalist/patriarchal modern/colonial world-system we processed from the 16th Century ‘Christianize or we’ll shoot you,’ to the 19th Century ‘civilize or we’ll shoot you,’ to the 20th Century ‘develop or we’ll shoot you,’ to the late 20th Century ‘neoliberalize or we’ll shoot you,’ to the early 21st Century ‘democratize or we’ll shoot you.
—  Ramón Grosfoguel - A Decolonial Approach to Political-Economy
When a new York Times journalist and a graduate student were allowed to sit in on a series of retreats for business executives in 1974 and 1975, “they found a mood of vulnerability and a concern about the long range of recent social and economic policies”… The found a range of emotions, from anxiety to contempt, directed at the great mass of American society. one executive suggested, “The American capitalist system is confronting its darkest hour… . If we don’t take action now, we will see our own demise. We will evolve into another social democracy.”. . . They debated whether or not American democracy had gone too far, asking. “Can we still afford one man, one vote? One man, one vote has undermined the power of business in all capitalist countries since World War II”. . . 
These insights from the stewards of American business showcased concern, but also lengths to which some capitalists were willing to go to reinvigorate their profits.
—  From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, Keeanga Yamhatta Taylor

covfefe was funny to me just on its own at first because its an evil, egotistical man making a mockery of himself and because it belies the drunken and incoherent nature of someone who embodies american capitalist hypocrisy in all its worst forms. but now its just that funny word the president said that we make epic jokes about so we can make ourselves look politically informed.

rallycxp  asked:

im sorry but what's American milk culture :c

ok……so……in america its pretty widely believed that milk is necessary for healthy bones n all that but it!! is!!!! false!!!!!!!!!

it turns out u dont need 2 drink milk (1 in 4 americans cant even digest it!!)…..however…….the american govt has been pushing it for decades and heres why

back in the day (before wwii) ppl in america didnt even drink milk very often!! it was really only used to survive long winters when it was difficult to grow crops but around wwii the US government started exporting a ton of milk overseas to soldiers bc condensed milk was easy n safe to send n a lot of farmers got rid of their crops & focused exclusively on dairy bc thats where the Biz was. since as u may or may not know the war is what brought the usa out of the great depression….the economy shifted entirely towards supplying the war !

however AFTERWARDS the demand for milk dried up but instead of producing less and letting their excess go to waste the dairy industry decided to convince ppl to drink MORE

“milk/dairy education” campaigns were launched to promote the idea that milk is essential for healthy bones but ITS NOT TRU!!! IN FACT…..a swedish study posted in the british medical journal in 2014 found that not only is there no correlation between stronger bones and milk consumption…..and in fact found that in both women and men higher milk consumption correlated with higher rates of death, and in women who consumed more milk the rates of bone fracture were actually higher. that study followed another large study from 2005 which examined 70k+ nurses and showed again milk had no protective benefit against fractures

SO ANYWAY during the 1940s and 50s THERE WAS STILL too much milk so the govt started buying it up and sending it to the military, schools, and foreign countries as food aid  (it was at this time “american cheese” n shit was created as well…..all bc of the surplus of dairy)

by the 1980s the govt was spending $2bil a year on excess milk!!! during the reagan administration however the milk buying program was finally stopped and the dairy industry was Freakin Pissed

they fought back by convincing congress (thru $$$) to pass a law in which dairy farmers had to pay a Mandatory fee to fund pro-milk advertisement campaigns. the fees also paid for partnerships with large restaurant and food corps to sell dairy heavy menu items (like dominos pizza w 40% more cheese!!)

BUT REMEMBER THE USDA (united states department of agriculture)??? they not only set dietary guidelines……theyre also in charge of most nuitrition-related public campaigns!!! those same ppl tellin u what u should eat……..theyre also the ones in charge of a multimillion dollar campaign to get you to eat cheese pizza (1 slice = 2/3 of a days max recommended amt of saturated fat)

there r A LOT of other foods that provide the same amount or more of calcium, potassium, and sodium as milk…….so why doesnt the govt encourage ppl to drink water instead of milk??? (#GOTMILK etc)

whats up is…..milk lobbyists donate a LOT of money to politicians who protect their interests when nutrition guidelines come up for review (hillary clinton is the 15th top recipient of donations from the dairy industry……if u need another reason to b Suspicious of her) 

SO ANYWAY………….tl;dr milk and dairy products can be part of a healthy diet but the idea that theyre essential is just GOOD OL CAPITALISTIC AMERICAN MARKETING

anonymous asked:

Cold war cold war cold war plz. like how it started/ended and major things that went down during the time epriod

okay! sorry this got a little long, but it’s like a 40+ year thing, and i tried to hit every major event that affected america.

so basically the cold war starts in 1945 as wwii ends. essentially president truman is like “great working with you to take down those nazis and the japanese, stalin’s soviet union! but you’re actually a communist dictatorship so………..” and tensions between america and the ussr start rising again.

then in 1947, truman announces his truman doctrine, which basically states that the us will help protect and rebuild any countries threatened by communism, aka eastern european countries bordering the ussr. (this is called the theory of containment: keeping communism IN the ussr and not letting it spread.) the u.s. rebuilds a lot of europe using this massive aid package program thing called the marshall plan.

also, after wwii, we divided germany into pieces to be occupied by allied countries. this included splitting the capital, berlin, literally in half. the western half would be the “american” (capitalist) half, and the eastern the “soviet” (communist) half. so in 1948, stalin actually blockades the western half that’s supposed to be free from soviet rule, and we literally have to airlift provisions in until the blockade lifts in 1949. this, as you can imagine, is NOT good for our relations. also, around this time in ‘49, soviets start testing nukes and china becomes communist under mao zedong, so you can imagine how bad that is from the american perspective.

then in 1950, the korean war starts, and that’s going to last a bit over three years until 1953. communist north korea starts fighting capitalist south korea, and while this isn’t an ~official~ war between the usa and ussr, we both send in troops to back up our preferred side, and the war essentially ends in a draw, with the border in pretty much the same place as it was before and is today.

so the years after wwii are essentially a race between americans and soviets to contain communism and to spread it, respectively. this means that the 1950s are a time of MASSIVE paranoia in america. everyone is afraid everyone else is a communist spy. a bonus fact apush graders like: during this time, ethel and julius rosenberg became the first people executed for spying during peacetime.

there’s also this senator named joe mccarthy who becomes one of the most outspoken anti-communists, and he basically accuses tons of americans of being spies and brings them before this committee he formed called the “house un-american activities committee.” included in this list are even well-known and beloved celebrities, like lucille ball from i love lucy. he also said he had a list of 205 government employees who were communists. dude was TOTALLY off his rocker, and eventually his downfall comes about because of this thing where he was basically exposed as a liar in 1954. his whole deeply paranoid anti-communist zeal thing becomes known as mccarthyism, and the incident as a whole becomes known as the red scare. they don’t teach about it as much, but there was also a lavender scare at the same time: fear of gays in the government, because the theory was that gay state officials would be more likely to give up state secrets if they could be blackmailed into being outed.

also, this whole cold war leads to 2 important “races”: the space race, and the nuclear arms race. both names are pretty self-explanatory: the space race is trying to get into space/advance space technology faster, and the arms race is who can stock more nukes. we definitely remember the space race more; it’s what led to things like the moon landing in 1969.

also, the soviets build a LITERAL wall down the middle of berlin in 1961. it’s called the berlin wall, obviously, and pretty much no one can get across it.

anyway, in 1962 under president john f. kennedy we have this thing called the cuban missile crisis. basically an american plane flying over cuba (now communist under fidel castro, and after a failed 1961 effort on america’s part to get locals to overthrow the communists known as the bay of pigs invasion), which is only about 90 miles from florida, gets photos of soviet nukes pointed directly at america! which is bad. so we set up a naval blockade around cuba in response, and for about two weeks, we’re pretty much on the brink of nuclear war. after 13 days, we reach an agreement: the ussr will get rid of its cuban missiles if we get rid of ours in turkey, which is too close to the soviet union for comfort.

THEN the vietnam war starts in 1965. (well, troops from france had been there years earlier, but we don’t jump in until 1965.) a lot like the korean war, it’s america supporting the south against the soviet union supporting communists in the north. very long, very ugly, very complicated, and two million people did, the vast majority of which were unfortunately vietnamese citizens. eventually we pull out in under president gerald ford in 1975, south vietnam falls to communism, and this is generally chalked up as an L for america in the history books. also, the ussr is now led by a dude named brezhnev, and he and nixon (president from 1969-1973) actually engaged in a policy called “detente,” which is actually a LESSENING of tensions? because we might have been fighting a war through proxy but at least we weren’t trying to nuke each other.

in 1979, the ussr invades afghanistan and we arm local militia groups to fight them. we end up regretting this very soon, as this is what’s going to lead to some groups we now know as al qaeda and the taliban. (the u.s. pretty much destabilized the entire middle east in the ‘70s, which is why it’s constantly at war now.) the soviets get kicked out, but we boycott the 1980 moscow olympics because of this.

okay, so now it’s the mid-80s, and reagan is president and a dude named mikhail gorbachev is the new soviet leader. reagan tries building a space weapons program literally called “star wars” in 1983. it doesn’t really go anywhere. gorbachev is actually more chill than previous soviet leaders, though. he has these policies of “perestroika” and “glasnost,” which mean “restructuring” and “openness,” respectively. during this time, he does his best to somewhat rebuild the corrupt soviet government in a way that’s more helpful and transparent to the people. reagan gives a very famous speech with the line “mr. gorbachev, tear down this wall!” about the berlin wall. finally, in 1989, the berlin wall is torn down. that year is easy to remember, because it’s the same as taylor swift’s megahit album.

finally, in 1991, the warsaw pact (which was what held the constituent countries of the soviet union together) dissolves, the ussr is no more, and while obviously tensions between the usa and that area aren’t just gone automatically, the cold war is effectively ended.

sorry this turned into a novel. hope this helped!

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DO YOU KNOW ABOUT BLACK TULSA? IF NOT… WHY NOT?

This horrific incident has been well documented, everywhere: from YouTube videos of survivor interviews to PBS Lesson Plans for school teachers. Please do your Google diligence:

  • From May 30 to June 1, 1921, white citizens of Tulsa bombed burned and shot up the “Little Africa” section of Tulsa FOR 18 HOURS STRAIGHT
  • Why would they do that? That same old lame excuse, a Black man supposedly did something to a white woman. But the real reason was ECONOMIC JEALOUSY. Whites may have called it Little Africa derisively, but there is a reason that Black Tulsa is known as Black Wall Street
  • In addition to the 300 Blacks killed, and over 1,000 residential homes burned to the ground, also destroyed were:
  • The Mt. Zion Baptist Church and five other churches; the Gurley Hotel, Red Wing Hotel, and Midway Hotel; the Tulsa Star and Oklahoma Sun newspaper offices; Dunbar Elementary School; Osborne Monroe’s Roller-Skating Rink; the East End Feed Store; the Y.M.C.A. Cleaners; the Dreamland Theater; a drug store, barbershop, banquet hall, several grocery stores, dentists, lawyers, doctors, and realtors offices; a U.S. Post Office Substation, as well the all-black Frissell Memorial Hospital. All told, marauding gangs of savage whites destroyed 40-square-blocks of Black economic and entrepreneurial prosperity!

64 years after the first bombing of an American city was committed against the Black residents of Tulsa… the second bombing of an American city took place in Philadelphia when the city bombed the black members of the MOVE organization. (see the blackourstory archive for details). 

Isn’t it a shame that 76 after the bombing of Tulsa, when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City, most historically illiterate Americans - including American “journalists” - responded as if it were the first time such a horror had been visited on Oklahoma. If only we knew.

While there are many lessons to be drawn from this, a few questions that stick out to me are these:

  • If the answer to Black second-class treatment from whites in America is supposedly to become the ultimate American capitalists…the ‘model minorities’… how do you explain Tulsa 1921?
  • For those Black folk who think that the sole answer to Black people’s problems is simply more Blacks becoming business owners and more Blacks spending money with other Blacks… how did that work out for our people in Tulsa in '21?
  • Considering not only Tulsa, but Rosewood, Florida, and many other thriving all-Black towns that you may know of that all met the same fate at the hands of murderous, envious, lazy crackers… WHEN ARE WE GOING TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND TAKE SERIOUSLY THE IDEA THAT BLACK WEALTH (ESPECIALLY ALL-BLACK WEALTH) WILL NEED TO BE PROTECTED WITH PHYSICAL FORCE?

There is a reason that Marcus Garvey AND Elijah Muhammad had armies of trained Black men as a huge part of their organizations. Many of us Black folk took those great men as jokes, yet NO BLACK LEADERS SINCE THOSE TWO have reached the same heights of economic and ideological success and unity of Black people. 

Not only do we need to LEARN THIS HISTORY, we need to start taking these events men and movements MORE SERIOUSLY, and doing some CRITICAL HISTORICAL ANALYSIS if we are ever to stop being on the bottom rung of every metric in American life. Not just some casual or accidental reading of history; some CRITICAL. HISTORICAL. ANALYSIS.

We’ve had many examples before us, but were often too undisciplined or brainwashed or lazy to follow them. Shame on us. If even one-fourth of the people who claimed to love Brother Malcolm in his day had at least one-tenth of Malcolm’s discipline, he might not have needed to hire an FBI Agent named Gene Roberts whom he didn’t have time to scrutinize properly beforehand, because all the Black folks who gassed him up to leave the Nation of Islam and who joined Brother Malcolm’s MMI were too damned undisciplined and untrained IN ANYTHING USEFUL TO PROTECTING BLACK PEOPLE to even serve as proper security for him. Read it again, in context of this entire post, and let it marinate.

AMERICA NEEDS TO PAY US WHAT THEY OWE FOR ALL OF THIS TORTURE ROBBERY AND MURDER that they’ve visited on us since they brought our people here as captives and bred us for profit.

TULSA 1921 was real. PHILLY 1985 was real. Will it happen again?

anonymous asked:

what's wrong with art world? genuine question

I had the naive idea that you could succeed with talent and hard work bc of “bootstrapping” or whatever fucking capitalist American ideology that has been planted in my head but actually you have to go to every opening (even if the art is terribly boring) and you have to schmooze w curators and all the while you have to produce and show your work constantly just hoping to make a name for yourself so that some idiot rich person who follows the tides of the art market looking for the next “hot artist” will see your work and have heard your name on the lips of enough society types that this idiot rich person decides to “invest” in your work with the express intent of keeping it in their home to show off to their friends until it’s price raises enough in the art market for them to make a profit or for them to at least claim it as an asset and pass it down as a family heirloom so their children can sell it when it skyrockets in value after the artist has died or maybe they’ll donate their collection to a museum so they can get a wing named after them

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White Coke for Marshal Zhukov,

At the end of World War II, Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower met with supreme Soviet commander Marshal Georgy Zhukov, and toasted the destruction of the Nazi Third Reich with a glass of Coca Cola. Immediately Zhukov was smitten by the sugary, fizzy American cola beverage, and wanted more.  However there was a problem.  Coca Cola was banned in the Soviet Union, being seen as a symbol of American capitalist imperialism. It certainly wouldn’t do to have the Soviet Union’s highest ranking military officer and most decorated soldier being caught drinking the carbonated milk of the evil capitalist pig-dog.

Zhukov turned to Gen. Mark Clark, commander of the US sector of Allied occupied Austria, if there was some way cases of Coca Cola could be shipped to him in more discreet packaging.  Gen. Clark passed the request on the President Harry Truman, who in turn passed it on to James Farley, Chairman of the Board of Coca Cola Export Operations.  Farley found a chemist who was successfully able to remove the color from Coca Cola while preserving its taste.  The new “White Coke” was then bottled in straight clear bottles which resembled vodka bottles, the cap featuring a red star.  The first shipment of “white coke” for Marshal Zhukov was a case of 50.  It is unknown how much white coke was produced for Zhukov, as the production and distribution of it was a company secret.

"Don't Interrupt Me" PART 1 | Rafe x Reader | OFFICE AU

WARNINGS: suggestive, language

WORD COUNT: 2,511

DESCRIPTION: After being caught up in a steamy drunken “encounter” with your long-time business rival Rafe Adler, the tensions between you two at work can’t be any more intense… especially since he keeps avoiding your attempts at discussing the matter at hand. So you, being the professional genius you are, have an idea that will surely get his attention once and for all.

Part 2 (NSFW)

Inspired by this song (Working For It - ZHU x Skrillex x THEY.)


You remember the feeling of his hands just below the hem of your cocktail dress, your hips pressed flush against his, and the loose strands of his usually slicked-back hair upon your cheeks when you kissed Rafe Adler at the office holiday party last weekend. Among the swirling cranberry vodkas and one-too-many mint juleps of the night, you remember tasting the distinct bourbon on Rafe’s lips and drowning in the hazy look of lust in his eyes.

The memory of it all is somewhat vague; you don’t know how it started or when exactly it happened, but you know that you definitely had an impromptu make-out session with your rival colleague in the secluded printing room away from the party scene. Yes, you were talking about the Rafe Adler– the one pretentious coworker you couldn’t stand, the one rich asshole who tried so hard every year to impress your boss with innovative project designs, the one condescending and patronizing competitor who relentlessly tested your skill and patience.

And now that this has happened, you can’t ignore it anymore– despite how much you hate his existence, a part of you is illicitly attracted to him.

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anonymous asked:

Isn't it funny how ancaps always call socialists "useful idiots" even though socialism is many schools of original revolutionary thought that predates current authority by 300 years while "anarcho capitalism" was coined 40 years ago and encourages complacency and has never had social relevancy

ancaps don’t know shit, ‘nuff said. anarcho-capitalism’s entire basis is in european aristocratic scholars trying to justify aristocracy and capitalism under an american “individualist” and “capitalist” pretense, it’s literally European elites trying to fool dumb Americans into supporting monarchism.