elite rule

I’m not saying that free-market economics is bad or dangerous, I’m saying that it doesn’t even exist.

The mythical butcher-baker-candlestick-maker view of capitalism only existed in the very earliest days of capitalist development, when it was little more than a social experiment embarked upon by adventurous minor nobles and desperate peasants in fast-growing early-modern cities. The whole reason capitalism survived as a way of organising economic activity was because the newly-wealthy capitalist elites were best placed to wield influence over tottering European feudal states as they crumbled under their own weight - taking them over to run them as glorified protection rackets for their profit-making schemes. From its earliest inception within feudal societies, capital has sought the benefits of the state - legal regulation, economic protectionism, military repression - and used them to secure its future.

Even the most dimly-conscious free-market ideologue knows this. What ‘free-market’ ideology really conceals is a civil war between staggeringly wealthy elites, over which faction of capitalists should reap the rewards: those who benefit from the huge resources of states being poured into subsidising the profits of manufacturing, industry and trade, or those who can make a killing from bank bailouts, government-secured property deals and state-backed oil ventures.

Modern states, therefore, are to capitalism both nursemaid and childhood playmate: they are utterly inseparable, bound together in a Faustian bargain written in the blood of workers.

I am not ‘differently-abled’

Calling a disabled person ‘differently-abled’ is not politically correct.  In fact, it totally erases the inherent class politics of disability.

‘Differently-abled’ ignores society and turns a blind eye to our material conditions.  Also it’s patronizing af.

We ARE different, but we are not JUST different.  

Calling us differently-abled takes disability out of its political context and makes it an individual situation one can overcome if they just think differently or try harder.  It perpetuates the status quo by pretending oppressive systems don’t exist. 

You may as well say you don’t see color.

We do have differences, in this case real impairments, that -society- renders disabling.  Capitalist society operates in a way that advantages the ruling elites and disadvantages everyone else.  This disadvantage manifests differently among different segments of the broad underclass(es.)  Race-based oppression doesn’t look exactly like Sex-based oppression, for example. 

In the case of disabled people, because of our impairments, we do not function within capitalist society in a way that allows for maximum value extraction from our labor.  This, in turn, disables us. Disabled people are less efficient producers of surplus value. 

We cannot fully participate in and are devalued and oppressed by capitalist society because it is not made for us .  It’s not made for you either, probably.  It’s only made for profit.  And disabled people are harder to profit off.

So, no, differently-abled isn’t a nice way to see the person and not the disability.  It’s a way to hold reality at arms-length to make yourself more comfortable.  And it’s lacking in political analysis.

The Coffee Party

#StayWoke

Run on THREE CENTRAL PILLARS:

  1. Money out of politics
  2. Systemic injustices, particularly racially, in current institutions
  3. Climate change

Think about all the good ol’ country boys who like to fish that voted Trump. Think about the paranoia against the ruling elite. Equal playing field is an American concept. Tap into patriotism, generate excitement, create something for which Millennials and Gen Xers will fiercely protect.

We are the many, they are the few.

We’re up against the shuttering last breath of a dying idealogy; the people who would rather light the world on fire than give up a modicum of privilege in their last few years. People were led blindly into this, distrustful and feeling left-behind by the establishment for years. We can tap into this. We can get the turn-out. But we’ve got to do this now, or there won’t be a tomorrow to fight for.

Apparently this needs restating, again: you can’t be ‘racist’ against white people.

Sure, you can be prejudiced, discriminatory, dismissive and rude towards white folk. But racism is a structure of oppression based in material relations which entails the wielding of violence against a specific ethnicity. White folk are simply not subject to these forms of structural violence - because the (overwhelmingly white) ruling elite wields this partisan violence as both a racist ideological tool, and as a class wedge to maintain social control over the working-class by sowing division between different ‘races’.

So let’s be specific - you might find things which criticise 'white people’ childish, pointless and offensive. But don’t you dare fool yourself that they’re remotely equivalent to the material violence which black, Latino, Muslim and Asian folk are subject to as a matter of routine.

Capitalism pits worker against worker while liberating owners, employers, landlords, and other ruling elites from social engagement. When we recognize how vital prisons are to the economy, we see the grotesque nature of libertarian capitalist virtue, the ability to be free from others. Working class and poor people’s existence is purposefully degraded. And true liberty is illegal. To freely feed one self is outlawed. To be able to afford to eat is virtuous. To freely house one self is outlawed. To be able to afford a house is virtuous. Nobility becomes recognizing the potential for wealth in people who lack it. Generosity is no longer a gift one can afford to offer, but a prize an unfortunate struggler might receive from a wealthy benefactor. Prisons concretize social relations. To be disobedient is to lose the liberties working people are permitted. Freedoms become inherited or gifted. Commodities, tbh.

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It’s not about ‘order’ or ‘security’. It’s about control. Establishing that control through increasing levels of restrictions. Through demonizing any who question the ruling elite. Positioning protest as unreasonable and illegal.
It starts with controlling when you’re allowed to raise your voice. And how. If this is accepted the next step is to control what is said. When they control what is said, they choose what is heard. When someone can control what you hear, they begin to shape what you believe. And if they can steer your belief they can also take control of what you think. The more your information is limited, the more predictable your reactions become. And finally, when you only think, know and believe what they want you to, they control truth.
How to avoid this? Simple. Don’t take that first step. Remember your rights and never back down. It may seem easier, especially at first, to just go along for the ride. But you’re probably not going to like where that ride takes you.

anonymous asked:

Seriously? Tony can't be Cait's bf because he isn't in pics from set or in pics from hanging out with the Outlander/Scotland crew at pubs? When do we ever get these pics from Cait and Cait and Sam? If we get these pics it is mostly Sam with Graham, Marina and Duncan etc. Scotchtalk pics, ok...but otherwise? Maybe Tony takes the pics, because he stays out of frame. Why would he pose with them? Why would he be in set pics? They post total nonsense today.

Is this more 🐴💩 from 🐴👩🏻? Monday’s bring out a special kind of ridiculousness in the ES elite. Rules of reality are simple, as in not at all complicated. What is, really is, and what isn’t really isn’t.

Alice 🐇

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Fun fact this is my 2017th post on my blog so I made it Pokémon themed for reaching the number of the year in posts xD

- After seeing the r63 art of Gumza on @slbtumblng’s blog I had to draw her it took a good day and a half and it was worth it totally gotta draw more fem Guzma sometime~

- A sketch of one of my favorite pink haired chicks from last gen, Malva with her down being all tsundere (is that the right word?)

- And a sketch of my current favorite pink haired chick of this gen, Plumeria whom I had trouble with those circle things but thought came out decent

Only been nearly two weeks but I’m already in the 40’s for Drawings which is a good sign for this year more to come soon :)

Please don’t forget to like and reblog to show support :)

Cultural power is a prerequisite of political power; henceforth, those who are able to leave their imprint on culture will inevitably score gains in the political arena. Culture is not just an ornament or a ‘superstructure’ to be delivered piecemeal to the people; it is a vital and indispensable part of human development capable of inducing social consensus and providing a ruling elite with lasting political legitimacy.
—  Tomislav Sunic, Against Democracy and Equality: The European New Right
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An Ingleri Viking Sword

Date: c. 1000 CE
Images: Taken by myself
Location: Lent to the Art Institute of Chicago (There on there date: August 10th, 2015 - not a permanent piece in the collection)
Origin: Scandinavia or Francia
Creator: Ingelri

Perhaps the most significant symbol of authority in the Viking Age was the sword. Sung about in the great legends, these swords carried with them a great deal of prestige and identity. The warrior elite would claim their power in their skills in combat but also in the origins of their equipment. Magical swords reveal themselves in many sagas, such as Sigurd’s with Gram and also the saga of Hrolf Kraki with Skofnung. These swords would remain with their owners even in the journey to the afterlife, serving as a unique symbol for each ruling elite warrior. 

The significance of these swords being buried with their champions is told in Hrolf Kraki’s saga, “A burial mound was built for King Hrolf, and the sword Skofnung was laid beside him. A mound was made for each of the champions, and each had his weapon beside him.” It is this same pattern seen before, where the warrior elite rise in the name of these legends, living them out and creating new ones for themselves to credit their authority. 

This sword has a latin inscription imbedded into the blade, Inglerii me fecit, which translates to “Ingleri made me”. It was likely made and imported from the Frankish Empire, symbolizing a control over trade networks as well as the capability of acquiring such a good.

Sources:

Somerville and McDonald, The Viking Age: A Reader (Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures: XIV, 2010), 172

Hrólfs saga kraka, in Fornaldarsögur Norðurlanda, ed. Guðni Jónsson, 4 vols. (Reykjavík, 1959), vol. 1, pp. 98-105

anonymous asked:

Fuck plantations man. Rich people staying rich by keeping slaves rather than pay us poor hillbillies to work the farm. Boxing us out of good land and good markets but then dragging us into a war when their government tried to fuck em.

That’s not an accurate view of what happened. Those are myths perpetrated, in my view, in order to whitewash most confederate soldiers and place all the blame on planters.

I’m a hillbilly from a long line of hillbillies, and I have nothing against planters. · The idea of a small planter elite tyrannically ruling over a mass of negro slaves and white trash is a myth. Most slave owners were middle class, 60% owned less than or equal to five slaves. I know my own family owned five or six slaves that we rented out to other families during certain times of the year. Also, the South had large middle class of yeomen farmers, craftsmen, and tradesmen. In fact, 75% of Southern men owned land.

Planters were bound to non-planters through the common culture as well as ties of friendship and kinship. Middle and lower class whites deferred to rich planters as their social betters, and why shouldn’t they? Planters were old school aristocrats with all the martial virtue, honor, and education that came with it. Planters and common folk were from the same cultural and ethnic stock, and the presence of the blacks necessitated racial solidarity. Planters also had the concept of “Noblesse oblige“ which is, according to the dictionary: “the inferred responsibility of privileged people to act with generosity and nobility toward those less privileged.” To paraphrase from Emory Thomas, It’s hard to hate the planter down the road when he’s your cousin, he buys pigs from you every year, and last week he inquired about your sick daughter. When the army allowed elections on the company level, people from the planter class where still getting elected.

Another thing to keep in mind, the planter class was decimated during the war. The ones that weren’t killed leading troops fell into poverty. They suffered along the rest of us.

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.
—  Edward Bernays

West African Mosques 

Mosques built in parts of the Muslim world where Arabs migrated or took control of through wars developed a distinct tradition of domes and minarets. In areas where Islam spread mostly by returning traders, traditions of mosque building were determined more by local skills and approaches.

According to Al Sayyad, the Arab conquest of the Middle East was motivated by three aims that conform to the notion of colonialism: a divine mission of spreading the Islamic religion, the maintenance of political power by the ruling Arab elite whilst expanding trade and finally to gain profit from resources of conquered lands. However, the Arab conquest did not always encounter confrontation. On the contrary as in the case of Damascus and Sicily, Arab dominion was preferable to Byzantine exploitation:“Appropriating and dismantling the religious and political buildings of earlier civilisations became common Arab practice. The symbolism associated with such transformations cannot be considered anything but colonial. The takeover of churches, and their later transformation into mosques, and the constructions of ruler’s palaces in the center of new or existing cities, represent colonial urbanism at work.” In contrast, Islam’s penetration of Sub-Saharan Africa dates to around the 9th century via the Saharan caravan routes. Two strands of influence shaped Islam in West Africa. One was the link between the Maghreb and the Berber-African gold-trading centres such as the pagan Soninke state of Ghana. The other was the eastern route that connected central Sudan – Kanem, Bornu and the Hausa states with Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. Although characterised by regional and ethnic variety, one unifying factor in African Islam is the predominance of the Maliki madhab – the same school of thought adhered to in the Maghreb. In addition to the commercial link between the two regions, a spiritual bond existed with North Africa. Indeed, the majority of Sufi brotherhoods in West Africa originate from the Maghreb but the spread of the so-called turuq (Arab. ‘path’ used to describe the Sufi brotherhoods) did not happen until much later in the 18th and 19th centuries.

As the equivalent of the word “masjid ” in various African languages indicates, like its Arabic root, that the mosque is nothing more than a place of prostration: massallatai in Nigeria, missidi in Futa Diallon. By contrast, diakka in Wolof literally means to face east. West African mosques vary from simple roofless enclosures serving the function of places for communal prayer, to magnificent buildings. It would be impossible to do justice to the vast array of stylistic variants of mosque architecture in West Africa alone, therefore the regions covered here are primarily Senegal and Mali.
Mali was impregnated with a tradition known by the name of its dominant group, the Mande, whence Manding. Among them, those who were islamised were known as Dyula or Wangara. This group also covered a large area during their migration, spanning part of Senegal, Northern Nigeria, the Upper Niger Bend, Guinea coast and over to Kong in the Ivory Coast. Mande style is characterised by the use of conical forms particularly found on monumental entrances of courtyard houses and mosques. Decorated with pilasters and elements in relief alternating with voids, these façades are also found in Dogon architecture. But apart from the close affinity between domestic and religious architecture, additional elements such as the phallic pylons testify as to the integration of ancestral practices with Islamic ones.Thus the Mande style – which has come to be associated with the Soudanese style – was transmitted by traders who taught mystical Islam throughout this vast region. Nowadays, however, the transmission of the djennenké style takes place with the movement of master-builders whose craftsmanship is much sought after.

The origins of the Soudanese mosque are not clear-cut: their monumental and fortress-like exteriors are reminiscent of the defensive architecture of West Africa known as tata. There may also be a relation between these mosques and domestic architecture. The Great Mosque of Djenné typifies the Soudanese mosque and furthermore it may have been the progenitor of this type of mosque architecture. Although it was rebuilt under the aegis of the French administration in 1907, the craftsmen, as along with the building technology, are more local than French. This vast mosque dominates the market place from its raised platform. Like its relatives, the mosque is characterised by its use of buttressing, pinnacles and attached pillars all of which are punctuated by the toron spikes. Unlike many other Soudanese mosques, the ceiling of Djenné’s great mosque are very high. The western side of the mosque opens onto a large courtyard at the rear of which are situated the women’s galleries, one on each side of the entrance.This mosque has become almost iconic in terms of West African mosque architecture and numerous village mosques in the surrounding area emulate the Djenné mosque albeit on a miniature scale. Dominated by their minaret tower, courtyard and the flat roof from where the adhan is made, each mosque has its own distinctive character.Relatives of the Soudanese mosques in Mali can be found in the Futa Toro in north-eastern Senegal. Here dwellings are generally preceded by a wooden veranda or mud porch typical of all Tukolor housing in the area. This structure is echoed in the sacred enclosure around Futa mosques consisting of a projecting straw roof supported by posts whose function is to accommodate the overflow of worshippers and protect them from the sun. As for the central and coastal area of Senegal, the influence of colonialism left its mark on mosque building and the mosques of Saint Louis, Gorée and Dakar (Blanchot) are all equipped with a front porch defined by arcades with pointed arches.

Text by: Kafia Cantone

“This is the craziest UFO phenomena true story, and it came from my Dad. 1960’s in Ethiopia, my Dad is just a child (9yrs. old) at the time playing with his best friend Gabriel after school. They were playing in the fenced backyard of my dad’s house. My dad turns his back for a second then turns to look back at his friend and Gabriel is gone… It’s important to note that my dad and Gabriel were from the top 1% of Ethiopia’s ruling elite, my dad’s father was Minister of interior of Ethiopia and Gabriel’s father was a 4 star General of Ethiopia. The backyard Gabriel disappeared from had 10 foot bricked walls with armed guards patrolling on the outside.

A couple of hours pass, his parents, my dad’s parents and guards are searching but no Gabriel. 48 hours pass, now there is a nation-wide search for this important General’s kid, it’s on the News, police are searching door to door describing him and what he was wearing when he disappeared (he was wearing a his private school uniform, white shirt, brown pants). Helicopters even searched the country side looking for him, still nothing. A month passes, then 2 then 4, people start loosing hope that he would ever be found and think the worst.

EXACTLY 6 MONTHS to the Day he disappeared, Gabriel appears back in my dad’s backyard….. He was wearing the same white shirt private school uniform and it was still clean, he looked exactly the same as when he disappeared…. This is where it starts to get weird, once they confirmed his was okay they starting asking where he had been. He said couple of nice men took him on a trip, he was in a white room that glowed and other children were there from different countries, he said he was surprised that the nice men who looked like white guys could speak Ethiopian and he could understand what the other children were saying even though they were not Ethiopian.

The white glowing room had no windows and the doors disappeared into the walls, there were buttons on the walls and if a kid pushed them a bed would come out of the wall. He said he was then all of a sudden in a city, that was glowing, clean, and cars were flying around him. He said there were people there but they looked strange, like us but different. One nice man was still with him and took him to a tall building, where he said he had to stay there for a while, but showed him a room that he could use for entertainment. Gabriel said, he could push a button and the room itself goes places, an open field, the beach, the room itself even flys. He said after a couple of hours he was taken back to Ethiopia and appeared in the backyard, he thought he was only gone a couple hours total. No one believed him, and Ethiopia being a super religious country, most adults around him thought he got possessed by the devil, Gabriel even was forced to see a priest to get the evil spirits out of him. My dad still kept in contact with him throughout their lives, Gabriel got a doctorate in Physics and I believe works Holland still.”

-Robert3131 (Alien abductees or those who claim to have seen a UFO/Alien phenomena, what is your story?)

anonymous asked:

let's play 21 questions lol :P 😏😏 haha so when all the oppressed people of the world overthrow the parasitic elite class ruling them and human growth is no longer hoarded by the capitalist class, what's your first treat yourself day gonna be like

I actually love this question lol. This is the type of shit people should ask 😂. Well, I will probably take a long ass nap tbh. I think we would all deserve it.

There is no level playing field in the merciless class war between the cruelly exploited, brutally oppressed majority on the one hand, and the fatty upper five percent of our society bulging at the expense of the hundreds of millions of poor on the other. In a class-divided society there cannot be any absolute truth. The truth of the oppressed is different from the truth of the oppressor. […] In class conflicts, unlike in ordinary sport, it is impossible to have an impartial referee who cries foul whenever there is a violation of the rules by either side. For class war is no game played out between equals based on rules that apply to both sides equally. It is an unequal war between the mighty militarized state that stands in defense of the propertied classes and their “right” to exploit the majority at will, and the vast majority of the wretched of the earth—hungry, homeless, emaciated, docile, helpless masses—who, in the eyes of the ruling elites, are not much distinct from the slaves of bygone millennia. These very same exploiters through their constitution preset rules with enough provisions for violating the same. Those who imagine themselves to be impartial referees in class war and try to set the rules equally for both sides will ultimately end up as apologists for the oppressors, in spite of their good intentions and sincere attitude. Anyone who thinks that he/she is being impartial in a class-divided society is only a victim of his/her fanciful imagination.
—  Ganapathi, General Secretary, Communist Party of India (Maoist)
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Zant Makes a Deal With The Devil.

This is an interesting turn in Zant’s story… It seems that the Twilight Realm has been stratified by class, with those of a certain heritage destined to be the servant class in the hierarchy. He comes from this class that had been oppressed and beaten down, to the point that they no longer even had desire. Their agency completely taken from them. It’s a Giorgio Agamben Homo Sacer/Bare Life situation up in here. Yet, somehow, Zant still has desire and this yearning was picked up on by super-evil-floating-ghost-skull Ganon who cuts him a deal.

So, Zant (who should be so beaten down that he can no longer feel desire) desires power. Or maybe Ganon feeds him the line to make him think that’s what he wants, which is more likely as it would make sense that the powerful ‘God’ would use someone from the downtrodden servant class, who could be bent to his whims, to overthrow the ruling elites of the Twilight Realm and seize the power of darkness to then take down Hyrule.