I’ve appreciated this passage from bell hooks’ Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center since I first read it, and its importance only seems to ripen:
One form of power women exercise in the economic sphere is that of consumption. Boycotts have not been used often as a strategy, successful in educational if not economic terms. If women all around the United States turned off their television sets for an extended period of time and purchased no products other than the very basic necessities to protest exploitation of women (e.g. increasing representation of violence against women on tv), these actions would have significant political and economic consequences. Since women are not thoroughly organized and are daily manipulated by ruling male groups who profit from sexism and female consumerism, we have never exercised this power. Most women do not understand the forms of power they could exercise. They need political education for critical consciousness to show them ways to exercise the limited powers they possess.
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My apologies for not picking up on my “psyopped” series in case you were missing it. My worklife has been a bit of a trainwreck since I last wrote an entry, and it started to feel redundant in any case. That’s not to say I want to abandon that type of blogging completely or even that series of posts, but the absolute saturation of news events has been overwhelming, to say the least. And now that the media has reaffirmed the fact that “debate season” will never end until no one else on earth has any amount of wealth or comfort save for the very select few — “the beatings will continue until morale improves” — I can’t bear to pay too close of attention.
Despite the shittiest of days, I can still wake up the next morning and face a new one, and that’s worth a lot. I don’t feel too swayed by the wackier practices americans are apparently flocking to these days to escape the drudgery of the material and square their dissonance in the age of Trump and that are being propped up and further encouraged by some of the more “eccentric” democratic candidates. There are a lot, aren’t there? I don’t care to know them as individuals. My question reads as rhetorical but the whole production is very curious — however, all hands are on deck in this age of extreme disparity that occurs simultaneously with an age of apocalypse in its most basic sense: revelations and the inability of the most powerful on earth to continue plugging the leaks without something getting through.
It’s a scramble, and the national american stage reflects it — time to bring in the clowns. Clearly, any one with a brain knows the score and sees how flimsy and ridiculous this “debate” is. Even those supposedly scandalized by Trump realize it at some level, but they participate and chatter at the office as if they are really doing something, doing politics. To admit otherwise is scary.
Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers / that grow so incredibly high
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It seems as if poorly executed pencil squats on my part has resulted in an aggravated sciatic nerve. Have never felt such pain in my life, and the worst part is that you can’t really take a load off without making it worse! A prescription of some sort of steroid is helping the pain, but if part of your life revolves around making noise contra fucking everything hellish emanating from empire on Twitter (which is kind of a drug in itself), steroids suuuck. Twitter on steroids — not recommended!
Especially if you’re being forced to observe in some part the alleged doxing of another leftist for questioning CODEPINK
The first rule of lefty social media sphere is to never question CODEPINK. In traditional narcleft actorvist form, their occupation of the Venezuelan embassy is about, surprise! them. @jahl9000 and @korcounterprop have been making mincemeat of them lately. It’s nothing less than courageous to do so when their proletarian opponents have faced mass media intimidation and personally-delivered threats from intelligence agents.
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Work work work and little play. I hope I’m not too dull in this entry. The purpose of this post is to provide some context for more discussion on Actor Assange contrasted with the covert ops we can see glimmers of in the bourgeois press that the chattering left is largely ignoring, as usual.
The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations by Christopher Lasch, 1979
The mass media, with their cult of celebrity and their attempt to surround it with glamour and excitement, have made Americans a nation of fans, moviegoers. The media give substance to and thus intensify narcissistic dreams of fame and glory, encourage the common man to identify himself with the stars and to hate the “herd”, and make it more and more difficult for him to accept the banality of everyday existence.
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THE LANGUAGE OF THE THIRD REICH: LTI — Lingua Tertii Imperii, A Philologist’s Notebook by Victor Klemperer as translated by Martin Brady, 2006
In Klemperer, the alert will find solace and validation. Volumes of knowledge to explore are on every page of LTI. It’s a humbling and sobering reading experience that helps to sharpen the technicolor mind warp american imperialism casts as if all the pieces are simply random glass shards in a kaleidoscope.
This past week after I had written my first installment, I was shocked to view the NFL draft on a television at the local bar I frequent. ABC boasted a crowd of 300,000 people in the streets of Nashville to watch this auction, and the shots reflected it. If only the demonstration against a new Wal-Mart branch in Sherman Heights San Diego I was at seven years ago to the day had such numbers. There were many close-ups of young Black men wrapped up pretty as Christmas packages, and the most senior of the white commentators donned a large bobbly-headed mask resembling the top pick who was black. I find it quite shocking that ABC aired this for several minutes, and to me, just those few minutes signify the many steps backwards in american society that have become intensified in these last few years.
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Just a note on the spectrum of this insanity. Full disclosure: I never cared to read anything about this spectacle of, what even is the allegation now, election interference? In a way it’s shortsighted on my part because of the parallel nature of how powerful people actually exert their power and finalize decisions decades in the making — one thing always means the other in the public spotlight. Liberals are doing their damnedest to win a war on something they can’t even articulate while any decisions handed down in this mess will inevitably be about gagging and restricting anyone who tries to drag the specifics of ruling class crime out into the light of day.
Essentially it was meant to make people dumber. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. If you search “Mueller Report” on twitter, you get a batshit array of ramblings from various members of the political class and their slack-jawed stenographers about wanting every word available for examination now that this report meant to have been undeniable proof of “collusion”, whatever the fuck that is supposed to mean anyway, has proved to just, not be. I guess.
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There are some really weird things going on around “identity politics” or what is commonly being called identitarianism. It took me hate-reading a strange piece on Spiked Online to finally think through and write some things on it — it’s so disordered and nonsensical it’s not even worth linking, and I found it via an odd Twitter account I’ve been poking some fun at recently. Someone or a group of someones cherry-picking pieces from mainstream media that apparently chronicle the demise and degradation of a once more civil United States seemingly sans a ruthless ruling class where people’s minds latch onto “degenerate” themes and consume self-destructive media products as if by magic. But I digress. I’d like to lay out some parameters here for the how the ideology operates before moving onto the more current happenings around how the left wing of the USian spectacle is deploying identitarianism.
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Interest politics do not explain class politics. THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT YOU — why AOC could get the rest of Congress to play her game. Duh. Links: Conspiracy and Class Power / Carlin’s best hit. / follow the drool for AOC’s bit