could you explain what u mean by "instrumentalist view of the state"? op of that post is an antisemitic fucker but what did u mean by that? thanks
state instrumentalism is the pervasive idea that the state is a set of neutral apparatuses that can be put in the service of any and all political projects, depending on who wields those apparatuses. a common metaphor among people who take this view is that the state is like a hammer, deriving its character from the intentions and morals of the person wielding it. it’s common among authoritarian marxists, but it’s a short-sighted narrative based on incomplete analysis.
in actuality the state is a multi-locus of socio-political power, which functions to create a self-perpetuating power asymmetry between state actors and non-state actors. in other words, it’s a hierarchical arrangement of people, not a tool. the state is centralized, imbued with enforceable control over a defined space, and reserves the exclusive right to legitimate violence over the bodies within that area. in addition, since power asymmetries are unstable, the state is in constant struggle with its subordinates and the spaces it doesn’t control. the existence of a state precludes any end to class society, because official state actors are incapable and unwilling to bestow liberation from the state onto their subordinates. the task of ending the state is the people’s, as it’s a mandatory part of the total war we leftists wage against hierarchy.
Young girls with strong magic and the will of the good thrumming through their veins. Healers, or white witches, use their powers with the best of intentions. Herbs, potions, and remedies litter their desks and clutter their shelves. They spend their days tending their herb gardens, crafting flower crowns imbued with kind thoughts, brewing love potions and pain stoppers, and piecing jewelry to bring luck. There is no room for darkness in their hearts, only love and happiness.
Try incorporating morally sound love spells- Its way better to radiate love to attract the same rather than to try to draw a specific person to you. Try taking a bath with rose petals, homemade fancy salts, and some pink/red/white candles, or set your favorite lipstick to soak up moonlight, put rosewater in your face powder, or enchant your favorite perfume!
Do some makeup glamour! Enchant your lipstick, your concealer, whatever you want to appear however you like!
ENCHANT YOUR BINDER! Make it a MAGICAL THING that no one can see though!
Draw sigils on your nails (Use a toothpick and nail polish, or some pens from here (Also in that link is super cheap nail polish)
Get a container of those face-cleansing pads (like oxyclean) and enchant them with whatever kind of glamour you want! Add (BODY SAFE) Oils for extra zing. (Or you can make them by buying those cotton pads from Target and a bottle of witch hazel)
Kambaba Jasper is a stone of Peace and Tranquility, imbued with the
nourishing green energy of Nature. Its dark mystic circles and deep
green swirls comforts and protects, calms and relaxes, soothing troubled
minds and restoring balance to the body and spirit. Its slow steady
frequency expands one’s ability to focus and is a remarkable aid in
meditation, granting the release of negative thoughts and feelings,
especially those that plague one’s consciousness on a continual basis.
Stimulating the Heart Chakra, Kambaba Jasper draws wisdom from its
ancient life energies and encourages one to open the heart to loving the
self and others more fully, and increases the ability to receive love
Each soap comes with a d20 embedded within, so when you’re finished getting clean you can finish off your enemies! Treat yourself or your gaming group, and smell like your favorite class while slaying Kobold or just running errands.
DM: There are many kinds of DMs, but they all seem to have two traits in
common: wanting everyone to have fun, and delighting in the torture of
their players. We decided to focus on the darker side, bringing
together deeper scents like whiskey, clove, and a hint of patchouli to
create a mysterious and almost spicy scent. It’s like that sinking
feeling you get when your DM is smiling as they ask you to roll
initiative… Paladin: A holy knight in shining armor imbued with divine spellcasting
abilities, Paladins are both lawful and good. Sandalwood, lemongrass,
green tea, and ginger come together to create a scent that is softly
masculine, clean, and complex. Mage: Whether they know magic from years of studying, were born with innate
magical powers, or perhaps even made a pact with an otherworldly being to
be able to wield spells, all magic users make a great addition to any
gaming party. Enigmatic just like most mages themselves, this scent is a mysterious vanilla blended with the soft cotton of mage’s robes. Ranger: Use this fragrance and you won’t have to worry about staying
downwind while tracking! A mixture of woody and herbal notes, this scent
is perfect for all of those who love wilderness survival, beast
mastery, laying traps, and all other Ranger type skills. Druid: Wielding nature based spells and normally able to shapeshift, Druids are
a fun mix of healer, dps, and tank. Druids are my personal favorite
class to play if only for their ability to communicate with (and summon)
animal companions. This scent is a mixture of earthy and woodsy
notes; cassia trees, herbs, and old barnwood. A hefty dose of nature
with a bit of a mystical twist, I can imagine this is how a druid might
smell (though perhaps only -clean- druids) Cleric: Healers belonging to sacred religious orders, Clerics are a staple of any gaming party. This
scent is something similar to what a cleric’s temple offerings might
smell like. Calming, pleasant, herbal… absolutely perfect for any
healer! Rogue: Rogues are like the cats of classes - sneaky, nimble, silent, and
capable of a swift and mortal attack when you’re least expecting it
(seriously, I thought he *wanted* to be pet on the belly. How was I
supposed to know it was actually an offer to turn my hand into a
scratching post?!) The embodiment of flickering shadows, the whispers
half heard, and the soft click of a lock opening, this scent is a
combination of exotic floral notes with a hint of musk and rosewood. Bard: A versatile class to say the least, bards are generally either a
blessing or a curse to have in your party. Charisma being key to any
bard, this scent captures the playfulness and whimsy of the musical
magic of the class. Sweet berry notes with a base of pine and cedar make
for a unique blend that is sure to captivate any audience almost as
well as a lute can (which is a good thing, since this particular bard
thought it would be a good idea to use their lute to fight off a
(Puppet of) Isxunhek (far right, tallest, with umbilical cords for hair) is finally finished, after toiling with her colour palette for a whole lot longer than I’d care to admit. I wouldn’t consider it final, I’m not 100% happy with it, but it’s not terrible for her first time in all-colour. Insxunhek the Warmonger is the 752nd Founder, one of one-thousand reincarnating “pieces” of the Founder, the most powerful being in all of Hell below Hell itself. Always following after Ismat the Spiteful, 751st Founder, Isxunhek’s cyclical ascension to the throne of Pride is a boon to Hell’s political and military ecology. The puppet of Isxunhek, her public face, is her social vessel and, in being crafted of the flesh of her true body, is imbued with her power. Newly born Lesser Shape-Shifters emerge and drop from its figure to either follow the puppet doggedly, or to scuttle to the city of Pride to torment the Damned. Although this 25’ figure is only an extension of the Founder, its consciousness is her consciousness, its person her person, and so any attempts on the puppet’s life is regarded as an attempt on the Founder herself, to be retaliated against with the full force of the Attritious Horde. Should the puppet ever be traversing outside of the Fortress of Pride, it will be accompanied by Urz, Isxunhek’s envoy.
The puppet of Isxunhek moves with the constant sound of light tapping. Hidden under its robes of tanned skins are sharp, armoured legs and claws. Their size and number change constantly, their variety and count, over one hundred capable of appearing at once at any size greater or lesser than the puppet itself, presumed impossible to be held under dressings so small.
First of all, that Lily Salvatore plot line is ridiculous. For five and a half seasons, Mama Salvatore was never brought up, was never even a thought, was never referenced. When Tessa re-imbued Stefan with his guilt and his pain and his misery and his loss, which would’ve been a PERFECT time to build the foundation for Lily, there was absolutely NOTHING about her and even in season 6, they only brought up her name a couple of episodes before us seeing her and we’re just supposed to believe that Stefan and Damon are in absolute torture watching her with this other family, that it hits home THAT deeply, that they ALWAYS wanted a specific relationship with her? There is absolutely nothing to suggest that except what the show shoved in in a couple of episodes. Like bye with that.
Second of all, Alaric should be DEAD. They keep giving him the *same* plot line – dead wife/dead girlfriend, life sucks, and then they’re giving him Elena’s denial from this season with like … …. you’re out of ideas, he’s completely useless but yeah, let’s watch him do the same fucking thing instead of watch something new and interesting and full of potential like Bonkai or Dark Bonnie.
Third of all, so Stefan and Damon move in to Matt’s house even though Matt is apparently finished with vampires? OK.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, BONNIE. OK, LOOK. I am tired, absolutely fucking tired of Bonnie’s worth, of her plot line being the person who supports, who takes pity, who sympathizes, who tries to make everything better for everyone else with absolutely no thought to herself. Really, guys? Bonnie is going to take pity on Alaric and help him contact Jo any way she can when Alaric was the LEAST HELPFUL, in fact the MOST RESISTANT to helping her come back from the nineties? He was practically obstructing any fucking move to get her back and they’re going to make Bonnie his shoulder to fucking cry on, his energizer bunny, his “we-can-do-it” bestie? ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW? And you’re really saddling her with guilt for living when Elena isn’t even fucking DEAD? Like I can’t DEAL WITH THIS. The show didn’t have the guts to kill Elena off and yet treats her like she’s dead, treats her like Damon won’t be able to see her in sixty years, makes Bonnie feel guilty for living, SIMPLY for living even though she’s died and GONE TO HELL? Damon has absolutely no right to resent her, it isn’t Bonnie’s fault that she was chosen as the sacrifice yet again and again, ELENA. IS. NOT. DEAD. It’s absolutely despicable the way the show can’t just allow Bonnie to LIVE, that she has to earn her keep as a human fucking being on the show, that she has to sacrifice or she has to be riddled with guilt or she has to be the neck that people step on to get their own peace of mind. I’ve HAD IT.
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