Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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the music in this album is really pretty

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Anonymous asked: Weighing in on the X-bigotry: That it exists totally makes sense. But the quantity of bigots in the Marvel Universe has never made sense to me. It's 2014 and still, everywhere the X-Men go there's always people, usually crowds, openly shouting slurs at them. New York, Rome, Washington, people calling them "muties" in public. Maybe I'm being naive, but I just don't think that prejudice on that scale makes sense in 2014.

gailsimone:

Are you kidding?

You don’t think modern people use slurs?


Do you read the news?

[A]ll government has a tendency to become personal since that is its origin and its essence. Whether the parliament is elected by property-owners or by universal suffrage, even if it is named only by workers and consists only of workers, it will always search for the man on whom it can unload the cares of government and to whom in turn it will submit. As long as we confide to a small group all the economic, political, military, financial and industrial prerogatives with which we arm them today, this small group will necessarily be inclined, like a detachment of soldiers on a campaign, to submit to a single chief.

This happens even in undisturbed times. But let a war blaze on the frontier, let a civil struggle start up in the interior, and then the first ambitious newcomer, the first clever adventurer, seizing control of the machine with a thousand ramifications which we call the administration, will be able to impose himself on the nation. The parliament will no more be capable of preventing him than five hundred men picked by chance in the street; on the contrary, it will paralyze the resistance.

Peter Kropotkin, Representative Government
In the banking concept of education, knowledge is a gift bestowed by those who consider themselves knowledgeable upon those whom they consider to know nothing. Projecting an absolute ignorance onto others, a characteristic of the ideology of oppression, negates education and knowledge as processes of inquiry. Paulo Freire on education pedagogy (via praxisandcapital)

kropotkitten:

James Herod “Getting Free: Creating an Association of Democratic Autonomous Neighborhoods”

This is an hour long discussion of the book, the PDF to the book can be found here it can also be bought for ten books on AK Press

The main purpose of this book is to try to persuade revolutionaries to shift the sites of the anticapitalist struggle and to select new battlefields. I identify three strategic sites for fighting — neighborhoods, workplaces, and households — that I believe will not only enable us to defeat capitalists but also to build a new society in the process. The advantage of this shift is that if offers an offensive strategy, not merely a defensive one. That is, it is not merely about resisting what they are doing to us, but rather about defending what we are doing to them through our new social creations. It means that we would begin to take the initiative to build the life we want, and then fight to defend this life from attacks by the ruling class. 

In listing all the strategies that have failed, I merely mean to argue that these forms of resistance, although they have accomplished a lot, haven’t gotten us very far toward our ultimate goal of destroying capitalism. Some of them — like the leninist vanguard party, social democracy, dropping out, and guerrilla warfare — should be abandoned completely. The others should be subordinated to the main task of building free associations in neighborhoods, workplaces, and households. Strategies like strikes, civil disobedience, or insurrections are not wrong in themselves, but they are not enough, and by themselves cannot defeat capitalists. To win we must add another whole dimension. 

allahyil3analsohyouniyeh:

priceofliberty:

thefreelioness:

The NYPD tried to start a hashtag outpouring of positive memories with their police force. 

If this were ever a bad idea, it was probably the worst idea for arguably the most corrupt police force in America. 

via Vice:

What the person running the Twitter account probably failed to realize is that most people’s interactions with the cops fall into a few categories:

1. You are talking to them to get help after you or someone you knew was robbed, beaten, murdered, or sexually assaulted.

2. You are getting arrested. 

3. You are getting beaten by the police.

In category 1, you are probably not going to be like, “Oh, let me take a selfie with you fine officers so I can remember this moment,” and the other two categories are not things that the NYPD would like people on social media talking about. Additionally, the people who use Twitter a lot (and who aren’t Sonic the Hedgehog roleplayers) are the type who love fucking with authority figures. In any case, #myNYPD quickly became a trending topic in the United States, largely because people were tweeting and retweeting horrific images of police brutality perpetrated by New York City cops.

In which the NYPD’s attempt at “public relations” backfires tremendously.

this had me dying of laughter

frantzfandom:

invisiblelad:

xchaix:

Uncanny X-Men 309 (1994) - With no one to teach him, Charles Exavier knew that it was wrong the moment he tried to take away his girlfriend Emelia’s free will. 

All New X-Men 011 (2013) - This scene.  Kitty and the JGS utterly failed Jean by not immediately impressing upon her the wrongness of what she is doing to Warren.  Everyone is uncomfortable, but no one seems at all shocked at what she is doing.  What does it say about the X-men then that two former Villains (Magneto and Emma) are the only ones who remembers that they are teachers first.  Just a thought.

Thank you. You’d think a school where mutants train and learn would have suspensions or a demerit system for…actively forcing people against their will to bend and bow. 

That said, anybody else curious about whatever became of Amelia Voght? 

this is even more ironic because kitty was the one who threw a stink when she found out emma taught ethics

isn’t amelia dead?

thesubversivesound:

Originally published in 1940 in two parts, this is the (partly eyewitness) account of the Leninist terror inflicted upon Russia during the revolution after 1917. Maximov, a life-long anarchist, fought in the Russian Revolution, organized with the metal-workers, and was imprisoned by Lenin’s secret police in 1920 when he refused to join the Red Army: he was happy to fight the Whites, but not put down workers’ and peasants’ uprisings.


The Guillotine at Work, Vol. 1.pdf
The Guillotine at Work, Vol. 2.pdf

thesubversivesound:

Originally published in 1940 in two parts, this is the (partly eyewitness) account of the Leninist terror inflicted upon Russia during the revolution after 1917. Maximov, a life-long anarchist, fought in the Russian Revolution, organized with the metal-workers, and was imprisoned by Lenin’s secret police in 1920 when he refused to join the Red Army: he was happy to fight the Whites, but not put down workers’ and peasants’ uprisings.