See it’s funny that a lot of radical socialists love, and want to ‘reclaim’ Pepe, cuz this is far from the first time the radical right has swiped a meme from the Left.

Hell, fascism aped a whole lot of its’ rhetoric and tactics from radical communism, and naziskins have been appropriating and rejiggering aesthetics, sound, and rhetoric from apolitical and leftist skinheads for a long time.

…It’s a big part of the reason Fascism seems super self-confused, particularly regarding the working class. They were just swiping what worked for mass-mobilization (which Communism, at the time of Fascism’s inception, was very, very good at), with the added bonus of recruiting right from communism’s go-to base of the angry, broke, and disenfranchised (and quite a bit of the academic Intelligentsia too). So, a lot of the stuff that ended up on the Fascist platform were attempts to roughly crowbar effective means of Leftist rabblerousing into justifying a far right endgame.

just a reminder that voting w your dollar doesn’t work b/c capitalism incentivizes disenfranchised people to participate in monopolized markets. the majority of food companies are all owned by the same top 1% companies. whole foods invests in private prisons. 

unless you’re growing your own food at shopping at local co ops you’re forced to participate in destructive capitalist markets, and only wealthy people have the financial liberation and free time to live off the grid like that. 

FYI on the "50th Anniversary of Selma:Bloody Sunday"

While the white liberal media and President Obama go down to Selma, Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, where over 500 hundred civil rights activist were attacked while marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, let us remember two things to keep in mind.

1. The Edmund Pettus Bridge, where bloody sunday took place, was named after a racist KKK leader, and it still bares his name today.

2. While liberals pat themselves on the back about all the progress we have made let us remember that the very right (Voting Rights) these folks were marching for back in 65 is being trampled upon today. Thousands of African Americans cannot vote because of non-violent drug offense. When speaking of voting rights Felony Disenfranchisement is often left out of the discussion.

Too poor to pay taxes? Burn, useless prole.

A local family watches their home burn to the ground and just a few feet behind them, firefighters watch, too.

It’s happened multiple times before in one local community: firefighters refuse to respond because the homeowner didn’t pay a fire subscription fee.

The last time this happened, the city of South Fulton, Tennessee, received a lot of heat nationwide for this policy. That was more than a year ago but nothing has changed.

The mayor said it comes down to simple business. If they don’t collect fire fees, the fire department can’t survive and if they make exceptions to the rule, no one will ever pay the fee.

Besides that, he likes the “pay for spray” policy and said it’s fair.

But that’s hard to stomach when you’ve just lost your home and everything you’ve worked for.

“In an emergency, the first thing you think of, ‘Call 9-1-1,” homeowner Vicky Bell said.

Firefighters came out.

Bell said, “9-1-1 said they were in fact dispatched and they showed that they were on the scene.”

But once on the scene, they only watched.

“You could look out my mom’s trailer and see the trucks sitting at a distance,” Bell said.

For Bell, that sight was almost as disturbing as the fire itself.

“We just wished we could’ve gotten more out,” Bell said.

It’s a controversial policy that we’ve dealt with before. If you live in the city, you get fire protection but if not, you have to pay the $75 fire protection fee each year. With this policy, the city makes no exceptions.

Well, it took long enough, but our government has finally devolved into the same environment that lead Marcus Crassus to his wealth. Countdown until we start letting the poor die when they can’t afford healthcare. Whoops, I mean countdown until Police don’t have to answer calls from poor people. Whoops, I mean countdown until poor people get arrested for sending their kids to well funded schools

Well, damn. I’d like to write a ridiculous, hyperbolic sentence about the next step in our disenfranchisement of the poor, but I can’t even top reality.


Weyrich died in 2008, but the GOP is still applying his lesson today. If voting really didn’t matter, then why would Republicans constantly try so hard to block so many people from voting?


 How Jeb Bush disenfranchised 94,000 legally registered and eligible Black & Latino Florida voters in the y2k Bush v. Gore presidential election

 Voter ID laws: a Republican tool for mass voter disenfranchisement

 Why people who claim that voting doesn’t matter are WRONG

 Black, Latino and Asian people targeted on voter “crosscheck” lists

 Fox News - the propaganda wing of the Republican Party

There is a history and a methodology to voter disenfranchisement in America. So the next time you hear anyone claim that “voting doesn’t matter, why even bother,” please understand that not only is such advice wrong, but through inaction, disaffected voters who refuse to vote are actually helping to elect regressive right-wing politicians…just as Paul Weyrich knew

Civil Rights activists like Martin Luther King Jr, Fannie Lou Hamer, the Black Panthers, and James Chaney all understood the importance of registering people and getting them to the polls to vote. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise: Voting still matters. It always has

13 Ways the US Government is Robbing Marginalized People of Their Votes
Do you think the elections are fair? This info on racism, classism, ableism and more through voter suppression proves that you’re being lied to. August 17, 2016.

This past April, my mom had a hell of a time trying to vote in the New York Democratic Primary.

A seasoned voter, she went into our local polling place. She had the card she’d received in the mail a week prior, explaining her voting district and where to vote, as well as her state-issued ID, even though New York doesn’t require photo ID cards to vote.

She knew the process well, because she had been voting at the same polling site in a number of previous elections.

Yet this time, she was stopped from voting because her name was not listed.

Polling site volunteers told her that she might have registered for the party too late or that she might be at the wrong polling site.

She explained that she’s been a registered Democrat for over 30 years. She also pointed out her address on her ID, explaining that her apartment was literally across the street from the polling site.

The volunteers told her that they didn’t know what happened, and that her only option was to fill out an affidavit ballot.

Unsure of she could do next, she filled out the affidavit and left feeling frustrated and confused.

She told me, “I had no idea what was happening. Why wasn’t my name on the list this time, but it had been on there before? And why was it there weeks later, when I went to vote in the Congressional primary?”

She was also scared that her vote, with many other votes, was just tossed away.

“I have no idea if my vote was even counted. They just put it in a big envelope and that was that. It didn’t feel confidential at all. I was confused, and I speak English. So many older Hispanics go to that voting site and only speak Spanish. I saw a lot of people just leaving because they didn’t understand what was happening.”

While this might seem like an isolated incident, it was not.

This past April, over 121,000 affidavit ballots were cast in the Democratic presidential primaries, over five times the amount from the 2008 primaries. All over the 5 boroughs, would-be voters reported a number of suspicious activities at the polling sites.

These suspicious activities included: Party affiliations being changed, registrations being erased, missing voter lists, polling sites not opening, missing ballots and wrong or unclear instructions.

Maybe you’ve guessed this already, but the majority of neighborhoods that these problems occurred in were primarily low-income, Black, Latinx, and Asian areas across the Bronx, Queens, and especially Brooklyn.

This incident is far from isolated – it’s an example of voter suppression, which has a troubling history in the United States.

Voter suppression is what happens when legal policy and political groups and organizations actively discourage and prevent many people from voting. In New York and all around the country, there are dozens of examples of voter suppression.

Disenfranchisement is an active and systemic form of oppression. And much like in the past, voter suppression today primarily affects marginalized people.

This is extremely important because the right to vote is one of the most basic forms of civil liberties that all citizens of the United States are supposed to hold. And while many of us are taught that many oppressed groups had to fight for the right to vote in the past, we often don’t discuss how suffrage is still not universal.

Voting is a right. It shouldn't cost $73.

Why am I opposed to the new Voter ID bill in Wisconsin? Here’s one reason: it shouldn’t have to cost you money to exercise your constitutional rights. In the case of a poor person, it can be a significant amount of money just to get a state ID.

Let’s walk through this. Here are my assumptions: a person working for minimum wage who lives on the north side of Milwaukee and was born in Milwaukee County.

The fee for a state ID card (not a driver’s license) is $28. But to get that, you have to have a birth certificate. To get that, you have to go to the register of deeds office in the Courthouse or mail your request. The fee is $20. Many people in poor neighborhoods don’t have checking accounts, so you have to get a money order. I don’t know how much that costs at one of the check cashing places so prevalent in poor neighborhoods, but it’s $1.10 at the post office. It takes 2-3 weeks to get it. You also need to show the DMV proof of identity. We’ll just assume you have a Social Security Card. If you lost yours, well, I don’t know what you do, because they require proof of identity like a state-issued identification card or a passport, which of course you don’t have. At least the card is free, but from personal experience, you’ll have a long wait in the Social Security office.

Whcih brings me to another point: time. The DMV is only open during the weekdays. If you work a minimum wage job, you’re unlikely to have paid time off. So it will cost you $7.25/hr to go to the DMV. First you have to get there. You don’t have a driver’s license, so it costs you 2.25 by bus. From 35th & North, the bus takes 30 minutes to get to the Downtown DMV. I’ve never been in and out of the DMV in under an hour, and the downtown branch tends to be busy, so let’s allow one hour at the DMV and one hour to and from. Then, of course, you have to get to work, so let’s allow another half an hour for that. That’s a bare minimum of 2.5 hours to get your ID card, or $18.13 in lost wages.

Let’s add it up!

ID card fee $28 

Birth certificate $20

Money order $1.10

Postage for birth certificate request 44c

Minimum wage $7.25/hr * 2.5 hrs = $18.13

Bus fare 2.25 each way * 2 = $5.50

Total: $73.17

That’s a lot of money if you’re poor. Didn’t we outlaw poll taxes because they disenfranchised poor voters? Oh yeah, they were abolished IN THE 24th AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION. 

How strange it much be to live in a bubble where you believe that Harry Styles is either wildly ignorant of the way his words and actions might be interpreted as him dropping hints about his sexuality, or to think that he’s deliberately doing it spitefully; as a joke to make fun of a large portion of his fanbase.

I can’t imagine why you’d want to be a fan of someone you’ve deemed stupid or cruel.

disenfranchised grief describes grief not acknowledged by society so i am here to tell every closeted lgbt person currently struggling with the pulse shooting and feeling alone because they cannot publicly grieve or discuss their pain without outing themselves…. you are so brave and so loved and your grief is real

How to Solve America’s Democracy and Poverty Crisis

Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson promised to “strike at the causes, not just the consequence” of persistent poverty in America. His War on Poverty, he told a joint session of Congress, would do more than alleviate immediate economic needs; it would “strike away the barriers to full participation in our society.”

Americans may have tired of Johnson’s war, but the struggle is far from complete. Not only does poverty persist across the United States today, but American democracy itself has become impoverished. The two are more entwined than is commonly thought.

As the foregoing articles in this series have shown, tens of millions of citizens, and would-be citizens, are struggling to earn their keep and keep their faith in a democratic system from which they are excluded. Millions more low-income citizens have a hard time making it to the polls for reasons that are partly within and partly beyond their control. Making matters worse, the politicians on whom they rely do not rely on them: a tiny fraction of wealthy Americans and special interest groups lobby the federal government, and a fraction of one percent of citizens provide the lion’s share of campaign funds.

However you slice and dice the numbers, people in poverty are at a serious, structural disadvantage when it comes to making their voices heard and having their interests represented in Washington. They are far from equal citizens in the public square.

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Racial minorities wait longer at the polls.

 By Lisa Wade, PhD

Compared to other democracies, the U.S. has a strange penchant for passing laws that suppress voting instead of encourage it.  We are one of the few democracies, for example, that requires people to register to vote.  Most elsewhere, writes Eric Black for the Minnesota Post:

[G]overnments know the names, ages and addresses of most of its citizens and… provide the appropriate polling place with a list of those qualified to vote. The voter just has to show up.

We also hold elections on just one day instead of several and that day is an otherwise normal Tuesday instead of a weekend or a holiday.

Those are just two examples of rules and practices that reduce voting. There are many. It’s called voter suppression and it’s totally a thing. The ACLU has collected voter suppression efforts just since 2013, listing 15 states that have passed such measures.

A majority of these efforts to reduce voting are initiated by the political right, as a generic search for such stories quickly reveals. They are aimed specifically at likely democratic voters, like racial minorities and students, adding up to what political scientist David Schultz argues is the Second Great Disenfranchisement in U.S. history after Jim Crow.

Many of these measures are overtly discriminatory and even illegal, but others are more subtle. Making voting more costly in terms of time might be one subtle way of discouraging voting by some types of people. Data collected by the Cooperative Congressional Election Study in 2012 suggests that this is, indeed, part of voter suppression, by incompetence or design.

Here is some of their data.

Nationwide, the average wait time to vote was longer for all non-white groups, especially blacks (see graph above). Florida had the longest delays in 2012 and these delays disproportionately affected Latinos:

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In South Carolina, the 10 precincts with the longest wait times were all in one disproportionately African American county:

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Wait times are partly the result of the number of voting machines divided by the number of registered voters. The long wait times in South Carolina, in other words, were not random. Those 10 precincts in the highly African American county had about half as many voting machines per person as the statewide average:

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They also had significantly fewer poll workers available to help out:

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There are more graphs and more details at Mother Jones.

Voter suppression seriously harms our right to call ourselves a democracy.  Notably, it’s significantly worse today. When the Supreme Court struck down the part of the Voting Rights Act that required oversight of states with a history of voting discrimination, the ability of the federal government to ensure equal voting rights was seriously damaged. Previously monitored states immediately began passing legislation designed to suppress voting. As I wrote previously:

This is bad.  It will be much more difficult to undo discriminatory laws than it was to prevent them from being implemented and, even if they are challenged and overturned, they will do damage in the meantime.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

The Startling Urban Dynamic in Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law

Something big is happening in Philadelphia ahead of this fall’s presidential election – the first in the state since a stringent new Voter ID law was passed earlier this year – although people there concerned about it are having a maddeningly hard time putting their finger on the precise size of the problem. The city has just over 1 million registered voters. About 800,000 of them are considered “active.” […]

The Pennsylvania Department of State recently released two lists of the Pennsylvania residents whose state IDs have expired since last November (and thus can’t be used to verify their identity at the polls this fall), as well as a list of the active voters whose names don’t match up with the PennDOT database as currently having an ID. This second list is terribly sloppy (one database spells names like McCormack as “Mc Cormack,” and there’s all kinds of chaos with hyphens and apostrophes). But nonetheless, the best official data available suggests that as many as 280,000 voters in Philadelphia may need to get an ID between now and November to have their votes counted.

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1) Africa’s Population Underdeveloped  

According to the World Bank, Sub-Saharan Africa currently has about 910 million people. That number would be much higher if it weren’t for the Europeans and the Trans Atlantic slave trade.
During slavery, the African continent had an abnormal stagnation in population in respect to the rest of the world and there is no causative factor other than the fact that millions of people who were of age to bear children were being shipped to the Americas.
One European scholar gave the following estimates of world population (in millions) according to continents:

Years: 1650 1750 1850 1900
Africa: 100 100 100 120
Europe: 103 144 274 423
Asia: 257 437 656 857

Africa’s population didn’t move at all during slavery. In other parts of the world such as Japan and parts of Europe the population growth allowed large socioeconomic development to occur while the lack of growth stagnated Africa.

2) The European Slave Trade Had Major Effects On The African Labor Force

According to some estimates, between 1445 and 1870 as many as 100 million enslaved African men, women and children left Africa during the Trans Atlantic slave trade. This loss of workers put a major dent in the African labor force.According to Walter Rodney, author of “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa,” the massive hit to the African labor force was made more critical because it was composed of able-bodied young men and young women. Slave buyers preferred their victims ages 15 to 35, and preferably in their early 20s; the gender ratio being about two men to one woman. Europeans often accepted African children, but rarely any older people.For four centuries, the lack of workers slowed further development of the African continent. 

3) The Distortion of The African Cloth Economy And Other Industries

It has already been indicated that in 15th-century Europe technology wasn’t superior to that of other parts of the world. There were certain specific features that were highly advantageous to Europe–such as shipping and (to a lesser extent) guns. Europeans trading to Africa had to make use of Asian and African consumer goods, showing that their system of production was not absolutely superior, Rodney said.He also said that by the time that Africa entered the colonial era, it was concentrating almost entirely on the export of raw cotton and the import of manufactured cotton cloth. This remarkable reversal is tied to technological advances in Europe and to stagnation of technology in Africa owing to the very trade with Europe.In the late 1800s, after accumulating a tremendous amount of wealth from the slave trade, Europeans made technological advances and vital inventions to produce clothes faster and cheaper. Through the initiative,  European countries were able to put the African cloth manufacturing industries out of business.The European cloth industry copied fashionable Africans and eventually replaced them as sellers, establishing a stranglehold on the distribution of cloth around the shores of Africa. This practice repeated itself in other African industries. 

4) Social, Political And Economic Consequences of Colonialism  

Colonialism is the policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically.The colonization of Africa lasted for just over 70 years in most parts of the continent. The negative consequences of colonialism for Africa sprang mainly from the fact that Africa lost power socially, politically and economically.The power shift from the African allowed direct appropriation by Europeans of the social institutions within Africa. Africans ceased to set indigenous cultural goals and standards, and lost full command of training young members of the society. Thus, the Europeans were able to set up institutions throughout African nations for their own interest.The negative impact of colonialism in political terms was quite dramatic. Overnight, African political states lost their power, independence and meaning — irrespective of whether they were big empires or small polities. Political power had passed into the hands of foreign overlords, Rodney said.With the new political and social power, the Europeans were able to extract the resources from the continent for their own benefit and not a single African state could flourish under colonialism. 

5) African Underdevelopment of Education

Pre-colonial African education matched the realities of pre-colonial African society and produced well-rounded personalities to fit into that society. Specialized functions such as hunting, organizing religious ritual, and the practice of medicine definitely involved formal education within the family or clan. Such educational practices all dated to communal times in Africa, but they persisted in the more developed African feudal and pre-feudal societies, and they were to be found on the eve of colonialism.According to Rodney, as the mode of production moved toward feudalism in Africa, new features also emerged within the educational pattern. There was, for instance, more formal specialization, because the proportion of formal to informal education increases with technological advances. Apart from hunting and religion, the division of labor made it necessary to create guilds for passing down the techniques of iron working, leather making, cloth manufacturing, pottery molding, professional trading, and so on.When the European colonizers came to Africa they introduced a new set of formal educational institutions which partly supplemented and replaced those that were there before. The main purpose of the colonial school system was to train Africans to help man the local administration at the lowest ranks and to staff the private capitalist firms owned by Europeans. In effect, that meant selecting a few Africans to participate in the domination and exploitation of the continent as a whole. It was not an educational system that grew out of the African environment or one that was designed to promote the most rational use of material and social resources. It was not an educational system designed to give young people confidence and pride as members of African societies, but one which sought to instill a sense of deference toward all that was European and capitalist, said Rodney.

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