violent repression

anonymous asked:

seeing as tumblr is usually full of liberals, i'm curious as to why you support the second amendment and how you educated yourself on the subject (since you seem to be a minority in that sense)

For one thing, Marx wrote clearly about the need for the proletariat to remain armed if it was ever to be able to stage revolution or just defend itself against violent repression. But mostly, I enjoy guns in the hobbyist sense- I just love them, and love learning about them, and love shooting especially. There are also certain elements of American firearms culture that I do enjoy- I have mild interests in prepping, grew up in a violent city/am obviously gay and am aware of the need for self defense/am getting my concealed carry license soon, would feel terrible as a parent if I had children and didn’t feel confident in my ability to defend them, see them as a defense against tyranny of many varieties, I’m interested in hunting and self-sufficience. So I just like guns and things about them, and the politics are secondary. Mostly I just like shooting.

“who, the director? he’s given us everything.”

Wash, who was on the wrong side of what was basically a court martial for making a decision that saved countless lives, who was being penalized for being a good person instead of a good soldier, got pulled into PFL by virtue of he had no where else to go. 

“He disobeyed direct orders. He has a history of a violent temper, repressed anger, a long—”
“And we have shown him mercy. He’ll be loyal to us for that. we’ll give him everything that everyone else took away.”

He really thinks that the director is giving him everything instead of keeping them all in the dark and using them and then it all falls apart. when epsilon proves what happened, when wash watches it all go down and then his team—his friends, his family—leave him behind with these people who lied and manipulated him and he has all these memories that aren’t his coursing through his brain, he gets mad and he decides to get even. 

after all, it’s like his mom used to say, right?

“that boy can hold a grudge better than any gossip I’ve ever known. He’s got such a long memory” and memory has always been the key.

So this excellent post got me thinking about some things re: canon era and Grantaire’s place in the Amis that I think is easy to miss either through the musical or just through the fog of history?

First: that the Amis are in fact working in a violently repressive dictatorship. There’s sometimes an attitude that them being students means they enjoy a level of social privilege equal to modern students in democratic countries and that’s…really not true. Any. At all. Pretty much no one has that level of privilege in their society. They are living with strict, government-enforced limits on freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, freedom of religion (Charles X, the king in 1828,  brought back laws making sacrilege punishable by death),on and on. They sure can’t vote; that was for people who weren’t just wealthy but fantastically wealthy, we’re talking 1 percenters all the way. If Enjolras or Prouvaire were THAT rich we’d know about it; they’re not (and if they were they’d still be too young until at least 25!) . 

Hugo doesn’t have to get more specific about this social reality in Les Mis because his immediate audience–France under Napoleon III– was STILL living with that reality. Les Mis was banned and had to be smuggled in, while Hugo himself was in exile, having left Paris literally to save his life as an elected official in opposition to the new dictator. The new dictator had been murdering elected officials as he left; that’s the background Hugo’s assuming the reader has.

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the fact that there are more gay bars than gay coffee shops or whatever is not a problem with gay bars or their patrons. it’s not a zero-sum game; the former do not prevent the latter. and people act like lgbt people collectively got together and decided bars were more important than any other kind of space because they didn’t care about minors or something, as opposed to you know, bars historically being one of very few places lgbt social life could exist, largely in secret, in relative safety from massive violent repression


All photos via @prchovanec’s excellent atemporal live tweeting of events at Tiananmen in 1989, 25 years ago today.

Why do we focus on and fetishize the image of the “tank man” at Tiananmen? It is a remarkable photo. But it’s also incredibly alien to us in the West. Maybe people in Eastern Europe remember tanks in the streets, but that is something that we in the US have never experienced.

On the other hand, do these photos look familiar? Student protesters camped out in main squares. Non-violent protesters, protecting the police? Rioters throwing rocks, only after being attacked by the police with bullets and gas? The remains of protest camps, swept up and put into dump trucks? Clouds of tear gas sweeping across a mass demonstration?

The “tank man” photo let’s us alienate and Other China, as this strange authoritarian state. When the truth is we are not that different. More people died in the Tiananmen uprising than at Occupy. But is the only authoritarian state the one with the highest body count?

Violent crackdown against widespread, popular, non-violent protest that lasted for two months without showing any signs of diminishing? That didn’t happen just in a distant 25 years ago. That happened two years ago, in the major cities in this country.

But by all means, let’s continue to treat the tank man photo as iconic, and forget who we are here, today.

It’s incredible to me how narratives can be manipulated, the overthrow of a tyrannical Tsar becomes about how maybe, but probably not, his sweet daughter survived those violent hooligans.
The repression of an entire class of people and a revolution becomes about what antoinette might have, but actually didn’t, say. 
Anything to shift the conversation, and keep the narrative that revolutions bad cause pretty rich people are more important. 

Today in history: October 2, 1968 - The Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico was the killing of student and civilian protesters as well as bystanders by the Mexican government in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco section of Mexico City. The violent repression occurred ten days before the 1968 Summer Olympics celebrations in Mexico City. Estimates of the death toll range from thirty to three-hundred, with eyewitnesses reporting hundreds of dead.

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)