the communist manifest

One thing I really like about certain areas of tumblr, is just how hard it would be to commercialize the aesthetic of us weirdos and turn it into a mass product in the way that elements of previous countercultures have been in the past. They can’t take it from us and turn it into something marketable – for the most part. Like how are they going to incorporate pictures of moldy bread, centipedes, obscure out of print silent films, dollar store figurines, the clown hotel, alternative comix, clothing made from paper mache and yarn, nihilistic and communist humor that manifests itself into a meme within a meme within a meme and just basic overall existential obsurdism into something they can sell at Walmart or promote on the Disney channel?

I was tagged by my polish sweetheart @cichypit aka the queen of this fandom

Rules: Tag 9 people you want to get to know better

Relationship status: single (but mentally dating a lot of vb players)

Favourite colour:  any shade of blue

Lipstick or chapstick: i don’t use both too often but when i do, it’s always lipstick

Last song I listened to: west end girls - pet shop boys (bc i miss their show)

Last movie I watched: atomic blonde

Top 3 shows: suits, suburra: blood in rome and white collar

Top 3 bands: courteeners, maroon 5 and pet shop boys

Books I’m currently reading: well i’m not reading anything at the moment but i should read the communist manifest and the picture of dorian gray bc it was the last books i’ve bought lmao

I tag: @processedbeat, @oczipka, @itsmatteopiano, @saintkeylor, @dresscrocs, @elindholm and idk if you want to do it, feel free to do it lmao

The Zodiacs as the APUSH Test

Aries-Communist Vietnam Tiger
Taurus-Manifest Destiny
Gemini-Student pack label
Cancer-Malcom X vs Martin Luther King Jr
Leo-The Reagan years
Virgo-50 minute short answers
Libra-The Progressive Movement
Scorpio-Value of Legislation
Sagittarius-Women’s rights DBQ
Capricorn-King Andrew Jackson
Aquarius-*phone buzzing the whole exam*
Pisces-Test O

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