It is absolutely baffling to me when anti-choice people bemoan poor people having children.
If you’re going to complain that people shouldn’t have kids if they can’t afford kids then you absolutely have to be aggressively pro access to affordable birth control and you have to be aggressively pro affordable health care. You have to be anti-ableism and anti-classism and anti-capitalist. You don’t get to judge people living in poverty for having children while literally supporting every system that keeps them in poverty.
To everyone celebrating Castro’s death because he was a “commie”, you’re wrong. To everyone mourning him because he was an anti-imperialist/anti-capitalist revolutionary, you’re wrong too. He was a disgusting, ruthless, murderer. My family was torn apart by this man, murdered by this man. Countless other families have gone through the same thing. And for god’s sake, stop the Che worship. He was a murderer and a racist. Killed innocent children, actually. Go find your fucking anti-capitalist, communist icons elsewhere.
not only will i TAKE MY MEDICATION but i will also OUTSMART MY MENTAL ILLNESSES and ASTRAL PROJECT to the SPIRITUAL EQUIVALENT OF A DENNY’S PARKING LOT to DEFEAT their astral/spiritual physical manifestation in a NO HOLDS BARRED KNIFE FIGHT
comrades: the people will respond to anti-capitalist movements better if we make appealing propaganda. we need to connect the struggle for human liberation to where they’re at. the revolution will be on the people’s terms. any ideas?
These are fantastic points to tie into that last ask about division of labor and automation and post-capitalism.
It’s important to remember that there would likely be less work to do in a system that prioritized need over profit. If you cut out a hierarchal profit-driven market system and the accompanying jobs that only exist to maintain that setup (advertising, PR, sales people, etc.), you in turn cut down work to the extent that we recognize it as only economically-useful if it’s fulfilling the needs of people in society; all else ought to be removed from the economic realm and dealt with on a voluntary basis. As I’ve mentioned in a post a couple days ago, if you want to develop a device that flings cheetos into your mouth under socialism/communism, you should be able to pursue it, but it should be removed from a context where people must work positions like that for their daily sustenance. This logic applies double for genuinely artistic pursuits (I can’t foresee the cheeto-flinger being super popular or viable, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯; it was just a hyperbolic example). Art, leisure, social relationships – we ought to de-commodify these things as much as possible, taking them back from the Weberian bullshit of capitalist alienation.
If capitalism focuses on unceasing search for profit through any outlet it can find, thus creating superfluous jobs entirely meant to extract more profits for the competing capitalists, then socialism and communism should aim to take the opposite approach – figure out what people need in society to live comfortably, focus the economy fundamentally on meeting those needs, cut out work through automation or obsolescence wherever possible, divvy up the remaining work, and you wind up with a GREATER SUPPLY of the fetishized value of capitalist society (freedom). If freedom isn’t the ability to influence affairs that impact your life (democratic economy) or the ability to pursue your passions during abundant leisure time, then what the hell even is freedom?
I also said it back when the Bernie movement was just beginning. I think it was before I even knew Hillary was going to run. But Leftists should have been at Bernie rallies distributing pamphlets and beginner radical material. Hopefully I don’t get confused for a Trot, but Bernie voters are the perfect demographic to slowly transition into more radical avenues. But nah, instead, we sat on Tumblr calling them silly liberals and made jokes about how they’re clinging onto the tiniest shred of hope that Bernie will get elected somehow. Like yea, they’re funny jokes, but that entire time none of us really thought to capitalize on this massive vaguely anti-capitalist, anti-”authority”, movement of largely disenfranchised millenials.
The left’s failure to *do* anything besides joke and meme and philosophize is why the movement is going nowhere and why a global fascist movement is coming center stage. We can pound our chests about how we need to stomp the fash but we’ll never do anything to prevent people from becoming fascist in the first place. We’ll laugh and make jokes about white rural sister-fucking Appalachians, meanwhile they’re mobilizing at polling stations for a misogynist reality TV show star who actually spends the teensiest-amount of time talking about how he’s going to help huge swaths of the rust belt/American south to one again put food on their plates.
The Left allowed the rural working class to effectively starve and now we’re all scratching our heads as to why a fascist reality show TV star is going to be our next President. We set ourselves up for failure.