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Oct

What Makes Call-Out Culture So Toxic

by Asam Ahmad
Briarpatch Magazine
March 2, 2015

Call-out culture refers to the tendency among progressives, radicals, activists, and community organizers to publicly name instances or patterns of oppressive behaviour and language use by others. People can be called out for statements and actions that are sexist, racist, ableist, and the list goes on. Because call-outs tend to be public, they can enable a particularly armchair and academic brand of activism: one in which the act of calling out is seen as an end in itself.

Thu
08
Sep

The 9/11 Conspiracists: Vindicated After All These Years?

We’re homing in on the tenth anniversary of the destruction  of the Wall Street Trade Towers  and the attack on the Pentagon.  One in seven Americans and one in four among  those aged 16-24, (so a recent poll commissioned by the BBC tells us)  believe that there was a vast conspiracy in which the U.S. government was involved.  But across those ten years have the charges that it was an “inside job” –– a favored phrase of the self-styled “truthers”  — received any serious buttress?

The answer is no.

Thu
08
Sep

Anarchy, Swamp, and Utopia

by Jesse Walker
Sep. 8, 2016
Hit & Run Blog

In Seeing Like a State and The Art of Not Being Governed, the anthropologist and political scientist James C. Scott explores the idea of nonstate spaces. In such regions, he writes in Art, "owing largely to geographical obstacles, the state has particular difficulty in establishing and maintaining its authority." Those obstacles can take many shapes—Scott mentions "swamps, marshes, mangrove coasts, deserts, volcanic margins, and even the open sea"—but the result is the same: They become havens "for peoples resisting or fleeing the state."

It sounds exotic, and the territory that Art ends up discussing in detail—a vast Asian area known as Zomia—is far from America. But such spaces have appeared here in the United States too. The Great Dismal Swamp in North Carolina and Virgina is, as its name suggests, an unforgiving landscape. But it was also a refuge for slaves and for others fleeing authority.

Fri
02
Sep

No, Capitalism Isn’t Making Us All Richer and Richer

by Kevin Carson
September 2, 2016
Center for a Stateless Society

Sun
28
Aug

Hillary Clinton Wants to Create a Crappy Job for You

by Infoshop News
August 28, 2016

There are so many, countless reasons to dislike Hillary Clinton, that it's hard to understand why anybody would consciously bother voting for her, or spending so much time urging others to do the same. One example can be found in her current batch of campaign ads, which talk about "clean energy" and feature a promise to create umpteen million new jobs. The part about "clean energy" is horrible enough, but that's grist for another dose of analysis. Her promise to create more jobs reflects the Democratic Party's long standing policy of pretending to be Republicans. They can't talk about any kind of solution to people's economic problems, other than to promise more jobs.

Tue
16
Aug

The Real Problem With Jill Stein

by Scott Jay
Libcom.org
August 16, 2016

As we approach November, the attacks on Jill Stein will only increase from Hillary Clinton’s most enthusiastic supporters. These people are horrified by the possibility–however unlikely–that Donald Trump will become the next President of the United States, but they do not seem to be so horrified at the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming President. They will largely be aware of Clinton’s support for the war in Iraq, her role as an architect of various brutal interventions as the Secretary of State in the Obama administration, her support for her husband’s policies of expanding mass incarceration, and her support for mass deportations. Yes, they will be aware of all of these. But they can put it all aside.

Fri
05
Aug

Why We Don’t Make Demands

by CrimethInc

From Occupy to Ferguson, whenever a new grassroots movement arises, pundits charge that it lacks clear demands. Why won’t protesters summarize their goals as a coherent program? Why aren’t there representatives who can negotiate with the authorities to advance a concrete agenda through institutional channels? Why can’t these movements express themselves in familiar language, with proper etiquette?

Sat
30
Jul

“Anarcho-capitalism,” “Free Markets,” Jumbo Shrimp, and Other Oxymorons

by Tools of Control

Fri
29
Jul

My Fellow Americans: We Are Fools

by Margot Kidder
CounterPunch
July 29, 2016

There is something I am going to try and explain here after watching the Democratic National Convention this evening that will invite the scorn of many of my friends. But the words are gagging my throat and my stomach is twisted and sick and I have to vomit this out. The anti-americanism in me is about to explode and land god knows where as my rage is well beyond reason. And I, by heritage, half American in a way that makes me “more” American than almost anyone else in this country except for the true Americans, the American Indians, am in utter denial tonight that I am, as you are, American as well.

Tue
26
Jul

You’re Not Voting For Hillary To Protect Me

by Morgana Visser
Medium

Many Americans are rightfully scared shitless of Donald Trump; in particular marginalized people. But for many of us, we do not have the privilege of it being the first time we are truly afraid for our lives.

And because I am afraid of Donald Trump, I am expected to vote for Hillary. As if I am not scared of Hillary Clinton as President. But I am; in fact, many marginalized people are rightfully horrified of Hillary Clinton.

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