manifest press

About politics and what’s happening in my country.

I live in Spain. To be exact, in Catalonia (a part of it, at least for now).

For a long, long time, Catalonia has been oppressed by the Spanish government; we pay them a lot of money which isn’t given back to us, they want to make our language (catalan) disappear, etc. Many catalans want Catalonia to be an independent country. Even the government itself already makes a distinction when they speak: you’re either Spanish or Catalan. But they don’t want us to become independent. Because, actually, we’ll all have trouble if we do.

But do you know what has been happening lately? Catalans want to vote to know if the majority of us want the independence. Spain (when I say Spain, I’m referring to the central government) doesn’t want us to. They’ve been taking rights from us, they’ve been sending Spanish police officers (Catalonia has its own police), and they’ve spent MILLIONS of euros in doing so. It is true that the Catalan government hasn’t exactly followed the law, and that the votes may not be valid. But the people just want to vote and be heard. There have been numerous manifestations and acts to suport the cause and people didn’t even fit on the streets.

The day when we’re supposed to vote is today. And I’m watching the news, and I’m seeing (Spanish) police officers armed with real weapons, pushing and hitting civilians armed with PAPERS. The papers they need to VOTE.

Now the person who is writing this (me, duh) thinks that there must be a way to stop oppressed but without the need of being independent, because that would be a lot of trouble for everyone. Spain may have to exit the EU, and of course Catalonia too. What the Spanish government has done is create tension that wasn’t there, by doing the things they’ve done they have CREATED more people who want to be independent.

Me not being a native English speaker and thus not knowing vocabulary about the subject isn’t letting me express everything I want to say so… Please do your research on the matter because after today Spain won’t be the same and you may want to know why. (just search for the “Catalunya” tag here in tumblr, you’ll see)

Artificial Affection || thekidsofmckinley

Quinn read over the delivery manifest twice before pressing her thumb against the display to confirm receipt, painfully aware of the delivery agent’s presence – and impatience – as she did, then pointed towards the centre of her sparsely decorated living room to indicate where to leave the hard shelled case before she retreated into her kitchen. She could understand why the company had insisted on having a real person handle the transfer given the nature of the package but she still would have preferred the more customary delivery drone.

Fortunately one of the benefits of brewing a cup of tea the old fashioned way – other than, in her opinion, the superior taste – was the time it took. Time enough for the agent to leave and for her to recover from the encounter. There was a reason she made her living testing Androids and not having to deal with other people played a very large part of it. But so did the tech involved and despite everything else, she was more than a little excited to get started on this latest model which, if the specs she’d been sent were to be believed, represented a significant leap in AI architecture.

A sip, a small smile, and then cup and saucer were placed on the small side table against one wall before Quinn approached the case and pressed her thumb against the touch pad built into it.

“Voice ID Required.”

Quinn’s eyebrow rose. The company was taking their security even more seriously then she’d first thought. Perhaps their claims weren’t quite as unbelievable as she’d been inclined to believe. 

“Fabray, Lucy Quinn.”

“Voice ID Approved.”

The click of several locks disengaging at once filled the air followed by a slight hiss of pressurized air as the front half of the lid pushed away from the back.

Quinn picked up her personal pad from the side table, slipped it into record mode, and held it up in one hand while she pulled the lid open all the way with her other to get her first look at her next project. 

“Hmmm.”

@thekidsofmckinley

No matter what economic policy the poor countries have pursued, they have had to see how their individual efforts to develop their economics have been checked by the conditions prevailing on the world market. The conditions of the world market cause the poor countries to sell their products at a low price and buy their imports at a high price. At a meeting of the Group of 77 in 1979, Julius Nyerere said:

Nations which have just freed themselves from colonialism and old countries in Latin America, have all inherited the same opinion from the prevailing Euro-American culture: “Work hard and you will become rich”. But gradually, we have all learned that hard work and wealth were not cause and effect. External forces always seemed to break the alleged connection! The so-called neutrality of the world market turned out to be the neutral relationship between the exploiter and the exploited, between a bird and its prey…. Even though we have not tried to do anything but to sell our traditional exports and buy our traditional imports, we can buy continuously less for continuously more of our hard work.

(J. K. Nyerere at a pre-UNCTAD V conference, translated from the Danish magazine Kontakt, no. 3, 1980-81.)

On the demand for a New Economic World Order Nyerere says:

… the complaint of poor nations against the present system is not only that we are poor, both in absolute terms and in comparison with the rich nations; it is that within the existing structure of economic interaction, we must remain poor and get relatively poorer. The poor nations of the world remain poor because they are poor and because they operate as if they were equals in a world dominated by the rich. The demand for a new international economic order is a way of saying that the poor nations must be enabled to develop themselves according to their own interests and to benefit from the efforts which they make.

(“The Plea of the Poor: new economic order needed for the world community”, in New Direction 4, October 1977; here quoted from Third World Quarterly, vol. 3, no. 3, p. 511.)

—  Unequal Exchange and the prospects of Socialism. Chapter V: The Possibilities of Socialism in a Divided World. By Communist Working Group. Manifest Press, 1986, 233 p., pp. 143-195