socialist utopia

I like to joke about wanting to leave the planet but really I just want to live in a global post capitalist socialist solarpunk utopia and be able to visit mars for my allotted vacation time. 

This isn’t about abuse per se but I know how tumblr loves its discourse.

All aspects of healthcare should be free, because healthcare is necessary to not-dying, and not-dying is a basic human right. In an ideal world, parents wouldn’t need to worry about whether or not they can afford to treat their children. Sadly, we don’t live in a socialist utopia, but that doesn’t change the fact that parents must ensure that their children’s basic needs are met.

William Morris (1834-96) regarded beauty as a basic human birthright. In this fascinating book, which accompanies a major exhibition, Morriss biographer Fiona MacCarthy looks at how his highly original and generous vision of a new form of society in which art could flourish has reverberated through the decades. In 1860 Morris moved into the now famous Red House at Bexleyheath in Kent. Here his ideas found practical expression in its decoration, undertaken with the help of his artistcraftsman friends Edward Burne-Jones, Ford Madox Brown and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who envisaged the project as the first stage in a campaign against the debased artistic standards of the mid-Victorian age. From these beginnings, MacCarthy charts the development of a revolution: the setting-up of Morriss shop (later Morris & Co.), his embracing of radical ideas of sexual freedom and libertarianism, and the publication of his visionary novel News from Nowhere (1890), in which he advanced his hopes for a dismantling of the stultifying structures of society and their replacement by a more equable and fluid way of life. Later chapters explore how Morriss ideas came to influence the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, Europe and the USA, the Garden City movement, and numerous artists and craftspeople who sought to negotiate a viable place within the modern world in the troubled years that followed the First World War. Finally, MacCarthy explains the continuing relevance of Morriss ideals, as expressed in the planning and execution of the Festival of Britain in 1951, a regenerative project of the post-war Labour government that inspired a number of young designers such as Terence Conran with a direct sense of mission to bring the highest design standards within the reach of everyone.

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Last movie I watched: Sing, which was better than I thought it would be so I owe carro an apology. she still sucks though.
Last song I listened to: that “hey brother” song.
Last book I read: “Domovoi” which was a graphic novel w a cool world and p neat story.
Last thing I ate: a bag of peanuts and some juice.
Where would I want to time travel to: the future when we’ve achieved a socialist utopia pls.
Fictional character I would like to hang out with for a day: o/somatsu!! probably.
If I could be anywhere right now where would I be: im good here.
Current fandom obsession: o/somatsu-san……… its hell………..

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anonymous asked:

On what grounds precisely do you think maintaining a Union by electing a far left politician is good. I'm surprised somehow an idea of less prosperous Britain is seen as good sign for Unionism.

I didn’t say electing him was good, I said him generating support in England is good, because the threat to the Union outside of England (so, the only threat to the Union) is generated primarily from the idea that England is becoming increasingly right-wing while the other parts of the UK become increasingly left-wing. Here in Scotland the SNP swept up the formerly pro-British left-wing Labour vote and have been indoctrinating the socialist youth with the belief that Britain is a completely right-wing state, and that the only way to create the make-believe socialist utopia is with independence.

I’m going to vote Corbyn but let’s be honest, what he is offering is very idealistic. He’s practically trying to create a socialist utopia, that of which has been tried by many countries and has always failed. Good on paper but not practical for reality

Solarpunk - a tale of two worlds

I’ve been following this tag pretty much through its inception, I’ve seen here and there people throwing ideas and chipping on how the solarpunk world should be. I’m not trying to put anything new, but rather to give a nice summation of the two most popular ideas I’ve seen. The two worlds as I’ve seen them can be described as The Jeffersonian Yeoman and a Socialist Utopia (please do not make a negative association). 

The less popular one is The Jeffersonian Yeoman. As a world I’ve seen it described and it appears to be more of Libertarian/Wild West type, than it’s Socialist counterpart. In it people live lives independent of the community - they generate their own electricity (via green means), they produce their own food (aquaponics), they supply their own water, The world of the Jeffersonian Yeoman - as I’ve said it before - is a Libertarian Utopia. There is very little government, almost no taxes and almost no social welfare and negligible government regulation. However this is Solarpunk and thus it is optimistic. While the individual tends to be much more important than the community, The Jeffersonian Yeoman is raised better than the modern person. He is moral, he follows the law, he helps those down on their luck, because he feels a personal responsibility to help those less fortunate.

 The second and more popular version is the Socialist Utopia. In it, as the name implies, the government and community take much more active roles. In it you can usually see things like Universal Income, communal housing and eating centers. Charity and care for the downtrodden is still done by people, but a much more heavy emphasis is put on social programs and the welfare state. Communal projects also tend to be much more common - where the community as a whole would do something - where is the Jeffersonian would be less likely to engage in such activities.

I like both of them in their own unique way and hope to see them explore, Solarpunk is such a nice idea.

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Vince Gilligan Is Making A HBO Show About Cult Leader Jim Jones And The Jonestown Massacre

Vince Gilligan, creator of Breaking Badand Better Call Saul, is working with HBO on a series about infamous cult leader Jim Jones and his group, the Peoples Temple, called Raven.

Jim Jones was a fascinating figure and the moral complexity of the story — particularly how the cult’s initial intention was to create a socialist utopia which celebrated racial equality and eschewed the aggression of racial-intolerant America — makes it perfect fodder for Vince Gilligan’s type of television.

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That’s what I figured. And if you would, that would be interesting O:

Okay, here we go. Be prepared, cause this is gonna be a long ride.

Mormons and Socialism Crash Course

In Church History

In the early days of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the full proper name of the Mormon church), the prophet Joseph Smith received revelation regarding “The Law of Consecration”(1) which eventually led to the creation of the United Order.

In the United Order, members would give all of their property over to the church, which would in turn grant members “stewardships,” or a parcel of land and such to look after and make use of. Anything produced on that land above what the people needed would be granted back to the Order to be given to people who needed it.

The earliest United Order communities failed in part because all Mormon communities were fairly transitory in that time period, seeing as how people kept killing us and chasing us out of places and such. After the governor of Missouri signed the Mormon Extermination Order in 1838 we kind of peaced out from society in general and moved out to the desert where there weren’t any other white settlers to try to murder us. That’s what eventually became Utah.

Several more attempts at creating United Order communities were made in the early days of Utah settlements. Each community operated slightly differently, but what they had in common was not exactly an abolishment of private property, but a kind of voluntary equalizing of private property with the goal of eradicating poverty.

Joseph Smith said of the United Order that it was “an everlasting order for the benefit of my church, and for the salvation of men until I [Jesus Christ] come” (Doctrine & Covenants 104:1). The Order is believed to have failed, and this is important, not because the Law of Consecration was flawed, but because people were flawed.

It’s a generally accepted belief among Mormons that the Law of Moses from the Old Testament was given to the people because they had failed to live by a higher law. Similarly, early Mormons failed to live by the higher law of the United Order and so were allowed by God to live by a lower law (capitalism) until we’re prepared to live by the higher law. That means we still believe that socialism is better and more righteous than capitalism even if people are too selfish to live that way right now.

You hear modern Mormons talk a lot about the idea of self sufficiency, and a lot of the discourse about it today sounds very individualistic, but I also think it’s important to note that in the early days of the church the emphasis was on communal self sufficiency. Early Mormon communities didn’t want to have to rely on non-Mormons or the U.S. government that hated them. The idea of communal self-sufficiency is illustrated well by the Utah state symbol of the beehive. Bees live and work together in order to support the whole hive, not just themselves.

Also, although we no longer live by the United Order, the Mormon church still operates a very extensive welfare and disaster relief program. Which is part of why I roll my eyes at any church member who’s anti-welfare.

In Scripture

Speaking of rolling my eyes at any church member who’s anti-welfare, King Benjamin, one of the most righteous kings from The Book of Mormon, says in no uncertain terms that anyone who refuses to help the poor because they think they deserve their poverty will go to hell. (Insofar as Mormons believe in a hell, but that’s another issue). He says:

17 Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just–

18 But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.

(Mosiah 4: 17-18)

This is one of the most obvious passages, but on a macro level The Book of Mormon is also very clearly anti-capitalism. 

Throughout The Book of Mormon there appears something referred to as the Pride Cycle. The Nephite civilization starts out as humble and righteous, God sends them prosperity, they become proud and wicked, God punishes them and takes away their prosperity, they become humble and righteous again, etc.

The important thing here is that the pride and wickedness always starts with class distinctions. When some people start getting better educations, wearing better clothes, etc, then others, that’s when they are seen as wicked and God punishes them. When rich people star believing they deserve their riches and refuse to help the poor, that’s when they are seen as wicked and God punishes them.

This is most clearly illustrated after Jesus Christ himself appears unto the people in The Book of Mormon after his resurrection. After his visit, everyone in the land becomes converted and they basically live in a righteous utopia for several generations. This is what is said of the people at that time:

3 And they had all things in common among them; therefore there were not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free, and partakers of the heavenly gift.

(4 Nephi 4:3)

“Had all things in common” basically means that they owned everything together. “There were not rich and poor” is pretty self explanatory. There were no classes. There was no private property. Total economic equality in the righteous utopia after the coming of Christ.

And then 201 years later, this happens:

24 And now, in this two hundred and first year there began to be among them those who were lifted up in pride, such the wearing of costly apparel, and all manner of fine pearls, and of the fine things of the world.

25 And from that time forth they did have their good and their substances no more common among them.

26 And they began to be divided into classes; and they began to build up churches unto themselves to get gain and began to deny the true church of Christ.

(4 Nephi 4:24-26)

People began to be proud and wear fancy clothes, they were “divided into classes,” and their stuff was “no more common among them.” Private property returns and that’s the beginning of the end for the Nephites, who become so wicked after this that God wipes them out altogether. 

In The Pearl of Great Price, too, there is mention of the city of Zion, a city so righteous that the Lord took the whole city and and its people up into heaven with him. Zion is also used as a metaphor for God’s people more generally, and the early church settlements in Utah were often referred to as Zion and new members who moved there were seen as “gathering unto Zion.”

And here is how The Pearl of Great Price describes Zion:

18 And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.

(Moses 7:18)

Once again: “There was no poor among them.”

And one of the things often mentioned in scriptural discussions of the future Second Coming of Christ is the return of Zion.

This would take a long time to go into in detail, bu essentially, Mormons believe that after the Second Coming of Christ we’ll all live in a socialist utopia ruled by Christ himself. 

And all of that is only touching on scripture that is unique to Mormons. The New Testament in the Bible is full to the brim of anti-capitalism: Jesus turning over the tables of the money-changers, Jesus saying that rich people can’t go to heaven, Jesus saying to pay your taxes and who cares, etc. etc.

Conclusion

There you have it, a quick overview of my religious reasons for being a socialist and why Mormon conservatives make no sense to me. If you want any further clarification, or if there’s anything in the scriptural language that’s hard for you to understand as a non-native English speaker, feel free to send me a message.

Appendix

(1) The full text of the revelation is found in Doctrine and Covenants 42: 30-39

30 And behold, thou wilt remember the poor, and consecrate of thy properties for their support that which thou hast to impart unto them, with a covenant and a deed which cannot be broken.

31 And inasmuch as ye impart of your substance unto the poor, ye will do it unto me; and they shall be laid before the bishop of my church and his counselors, two of the elders, or high priests, such as he shall appoint or has appointed and set apart for that purpose.

32 And it shall come to pass, that after they are laid before the bishop of my church, and after that he has received these testimonies concerning the consecration of the properties of my church, that they cannot be taken from the church, agreeable to my commandments, every man shall be made accountable unto me, a steward over his own property, or that which he has received by consecration, as much as is sufficient for himself and family.

33 And again, if there shall be properties in the hands of the church, or any individuals of it, more than is necessary for their support after this first consecration, which is are residue to be consecrated unto the bishop, it shall be kept to administer to those who have not, from time to time, that every man who has need may be amply supplied and receive according to his wants.

34 Therefore, the residue shall be kept in my storehouse, to administer to the poor and the needy, as shall be appointed by the high council of the church, and the bishop and his council;

35 And for the purpose of purchasing lands for the public benefit of the church, and building houses of worship, and building up of the New Jerusalem which is hereafter to be revealed— 

36 That my covenant people may be gathered in one in that day when I shall come to my temple. And this I do for the salvation of my people. 

37 And it shall come to pass, that he that sinneth and repenteth not shall be cast out of the church, and shall not receive again that which he has consecrated unto the poor and the needy of my church, or in other words, unto me— 

38 For inasmuch as ye do it unto the least of these, ye do it unto me. 

39 For it shall come to pass, that which I spake by the mouths of my prophets shall be fulfilled; for I will consecrate of the riches of those who embrace my gospel among the Gentiles unto the poor of my people who are of the house of Israel.

argentum-zeena  asked:

Though some of it is just edgy teens, I'm starting to seriously wonder if this recent "social justice" movement could be considered a sort of social media centered cult at this point. Researching the characteristics of cults and the different types out there brings up some eerily familiar behaviors.

It is VERY much like a cult mentality.  I’ve made that connection before as well.  Especially when you have people that are placing themselves at the forefront of it (like Sarkeesian, for example), you have these people that are essentially modern-day false prophets manipulating others through misinformation, and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.  They’re also creating an environment in which no one is allowed to question their actions, credibility, or authority without being targeted and ostracized.  It’s really a disaster waiting to happen.

Jim Jones managed to get 909 people to follow him to a completely different continent, away from their friends and family.  These were mostly marginalized people.  He cut his flock off from any outside communication.  He did this immediately after his teachings at the People’s Temple came under public scrutiny, and he did it all under the guise of liberating them from oppression, and creating a perfect, socialist utopia.  What it ended up becoming was a place of fear, slavery (even when your aim is equality, someone has to do the backbreaking labor to provide for the population), and eventually mass murder (contrary to popular belief, a great deal of testimony has come to light suggesting that the majority of the people at Jonestown were either forced to drink the poisoned Kool-aid at gunpoint, or injected with poison directly.  Small children in particular had no choice in the matter, especially when many of them were wards of the state of California that were turned over to Jim Jones).

Think about how “feminists” and SJWs will try to disallow their own friends and followers from communicating with or following people they deem “problematic”.  They endorse preemptively blocking people based on their say-so (”Here’s a list of shitty people to block, and my unsubstantiated reasons for doing so”).  They’ll leave messages saying “You know you reblogged from a bad person, right?”.  They’ll also lie that certain blogs are monetized in order to keep others from reading anything but what they want those people to read (I’ve personally been on the receiving end of all of these).  The second you begin to doubt them, or raise questions about their actions, you become a pariah, and a lightning rod for harassment.  Your status or affiliation doesn’t matter–all it takes is a single misstep for them to turn against you.

They want control over others.  They want others to see them as bastions of morality.  They want blind obedience.

If that’s not a damn good description of a cult, then I don’t know what is.

Swedish centre-right in 2018: We believe it is unfair that all of our daughters are given to be child brides of Muslim immigrants. Thus, we propose that only half of Swedish girls would be selected for the genetic enrichment/racism erasure programmes”

Swedish left in 2018: CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?!!?! THESE MEDIEVAL MINDED CHAUVINISTS DARE SLANDER OUR SOCIALIST UTOPIA?!?!?!?!?!?

Tumblr in 2018: You think Europe is so great and free of racism? Look at these actual NAZIS in Sweden!

The contradictory nature of the Socialist utopias is one explanation for the violence involved in the attempt to impose them: it takes infinite force to make people do what is impossible.
—  Roger Scruton (  1944- ) British Conservative  philosopher 
"REVENGE IS GOING TO BE SO SWEET": PULP WEEK

Chips n gravy n bitter class hatred, crap shagging in bus shelters, accidentally falling out of a window in order to impress a girl and then getting her arrested, watching cockroaches climb up the wall, being such a nice person since you started taking them drugs, more crap shagging in bus shelters, the north will rise again, dancing off your tits on E, shagging a lampost, weird ugly NHS prescription glasses, dramatically pointing at things, and Sheffield, seriously, so much Sheffield, more than you or I or anyone remotely reasonable could possibly take.

Yes, it’s Pulp week!

This is Jarvis Cocker, and he wants you to know that he’s not Jesus Christ but he has the same initials. Random people I know as well as friends of friends keep seeing him on the London tube and sending me mocking pictures reminding me that despite my depressing ability to end up in the vicinity of famous people I admire and then humiliating myself publicly to a level to which even Jedward could probably not aspire*, I have never had the opportunity to do this to/in front of/around Jarvis Cocker. AND I NEVER WANT TO. And the latter aspect of it would probably matter, to a more stable individual, but the universe seeks to deprive me of dribbling on Jarvis Cocker’s (amazing) shoes, and I’m irrationally annoyed about it.

Anyway, that’s Jarvis Cocker, the poet laureate of shit shagging and terrifying proletariat invective disguised as toop choons. He is the frontman, lyricist, and chief driving creative force behind Pulp, and as such the lynchpin of most of what we’re talking about this week. He is also known within Britain for possibly unwisely deciding to do an impromptu stage invasion during Michael Jackson’s utterly bonkers messianic performance of “Earth Song” during the 1996 Brit Awards. This led to hilarious scenes that were almost beyond satire – although this didn’t stop many people trying – of him being dragged offstage after wiggling his bum at Michael Jackson, the camera, and the bemused audience, and then to trained solicitor and anarchic madman Bob Mortimer of Vic and Bob fame acting as his representative during police questioning. (Told you it was bonkers.) BUT NO MORE will you know him solely for what he has insisted always was a spur of the moment decision that involved him actually mooning no one, ever, despite many reports to the contrary. JARVIS COCKER’S BARE BUM WAS ALL IN YOUR HEADS, YOU PERVERTS.

It will feature cameos from my Miserable Northern Childhood**, the Situationist International, photos of my hometown looking like a pile of dogshit, photos of my hometown looking like the glorious socialist utopia it rightfully is, Archigram, Rimbaud, New Labour, Old Labour, New Old Labour, Who Even Knows Anymore Labour, me harping on about shite almost no one cares about, me harping on about shite literally no one cares about, and Britpop, unfortunately. I wanted to do this in the first ‘real’ week of the new year because what better way to start another trudge towards the grave with a band that’s right there with you, YOUR DEEP-SEATED SUSPICIONS ARE RIGHT, YOU DID WASTE THE LAST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE, YOU WAZZOCK. Also I’m good friends with Emma Jean, who finished the year by writing (excellently) about Marina & the Diamonds and who is a tough act to follow, and the symmetry of this pleases me, both in terms of friendship and subversive pop music bookending. STOP DANCING, HUMAN. NO WAIT KEEP DANCING BUT SOB, SOB IN TIME TO THE BEAT. YOUR LIFE IS MEANINGLESS AND YOU DROPPED YOUR KEBAB IN THE GUTTER AND NO ONE LOVES YOU AT ALL.

Up first, the song you’re all here for: Common People!


*I once met Courtney Love and essentially had what amounted to a protracted three year nervous breakdown condensed into thirty minutes. Never again.***

**Which may turn out to be much less miserable than advertised, but invariably much more Northern than you could possibly imagine.

***Yes, in case you were wondering if I was being flippant here, I’ve had several actual for-real nervous breakdowns, and I’m still not sure if any of them were as melodramatically inherently stupid as PHYSICALLY FORGETTING HOW TO SPEAK when Courtney Love asked me what my name was. Neverrrrrrrrrrr again.****

****I desperately wrote most of this week’s entries crying in my pants at 4am to Totally Wired by unexplainable British band The Fall***** cos it makes me write fast, despite assuring Hendrik that I would absolutely be a sensible person and do lots of work in advance. I think you can probably tell. And if you couldn’t, SHIT. I totally just gave the game away, didn’t I. (“Have you been up all night crying in your pants while writing about Pulp?” asked my best friend, IN THOSE EXACT WORDS WITHOUT EVER HAVING READ THIS yesterday morning when I rang her, #truelove)

*****Although my favourite ever One Week, One Band had a pretty good go at explaining them (‘them’ feels like a dishonest word to use when it’s basically just his infernal majesty Mark E. Smith and whichever unsuspecting mark he’s conned into carrying the amp this month). Anyway, I’m going to stop doing footnotes, they’re even fucking me off now.

Look on the bright side (UK election edition):

- Larry The Cat retains much-contested Chief Mouser position

- Nick Clegg is now free to stand against Tory policy and fade into complete obscurity as fate has ordained

- Food banks are a great place to meet fellow struggling singles in your area

- Scotland to establish independent socialist utopia by 2017

- Nigel Farage banished back to the shadow void from which he was first summoned in 2005. 

- Cameron couldn’t possibly privatise everything in the UK in just 5 years, right?!?

- We’ll all be dead in 100 years anyway

- If George Osborne become Foreign Sec. then he can keep himself busy fucking up someone else’s country

- George Galloway is now just a creepy anti-semitic rich guy and no longer a creepy anti-semitic rich guy with a seat in parliament

- Danerys Targaryan maintains her rightful claim to the throne

- Still not America

Free markets are routinely denounced by leftists for being merely “profit seeking”. But what is profit?  How one sees it depends upon what end one chooses to look at. a company seeking a profit is in essence a company seeking a more efficient way to serve the needs of the masses . a free enterprise society is a society full of people competing to see who can best meet the needs of the masses.  Its fruit is modern society and all of its conveniences. Even when people dream of a Socialist utopia their dream begins on the platform of the quality of life brought to us through free markets.