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Feminist, agnostic, aesthete, Australian.
History shows I'll post whatever the heck I feel like and to hell with rhyme or reason. Please drop me a line and feel free to ask me anything. I won't bite!
A guide to consuming ethically in capitalism
Step One: You can’t
According to a release from the universities of Bamberg and Bonn, a study by economists Armin Falk and Nora Szech released in the journal Science found that markets erode people’s morality and help them make decisions that look outright awful without the thin veil of commerce. In short, capitalism makes us do some not-so-nice things.”
Capitalism might be making us evil- MSN Money
From a study released today. Read the rest at the link, it’s really worth it.
Here is a bare-bones description of my own feminist vision: this is a vision of the world that is pro-sex and -woman, a world where women and men are free to live creative lives, in security and with bodily health and integrity, where they are free to choose whom they love, and whom they set up house with, and whether they want to have or not have children; a world where pleasure rather than just duty and drudgery determine our choices, where free and imaginative exploration of the mind is a fundamental right; a vision in which economic stability, ecological sustainability, racial equality, and the redistribution of wealth form the material basis of people’s well-being. Finally, my vision is one in which democratic and socialist practices and institutions provide the conditions for public participation and decision making for people regardless of economic and social location. In strategic terms, this vision entails putting in place antiracist feminist and democratic principles of participation and relationality, and it means working on many fronts, in many different kinds of collectivities in order to organize against repressive systems of rule. It also means being attentive to small as well as large struggles and processes that lead to radical change—not just working (or waiting) for a revolution. Thus everyday feminist, antiracist, anticapitalist practices are as important as larger, organized political movements.”
by Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity
(Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2003), 3-4 (via tiiigerstyle
The board game “Monopoly” was originally invented in the early 20th century to warn players of the dangers of free market capitalism. The original title was “The Landlord Game,” made to show how property owners exploit their tenants with exorbitant rent. The game eventually evolved to include rules that let players charge higher rent if they owned all the railroads or the utility companies. But the endgame scenario of Monopoly is a lot like the endgame of capitalism that we’re witnessing today - no matter how the game starts, the wealth will eventually accumulate in the hands of one player, while the other players have to sell off their property to pay their debt to the owner and, eventually, lose everything they have.”
The Endgame of Capitalism (via thurmansnotebook)
Who knew? Fun and revolutionary!
It would be even more realistic if only one player could actually buy property. And everybody else had to just roll and pay.
There’s one important difference from real life, though: The risk of going to jail still exists for the person winning the board game.
… Still a better love story than Twilight (sorry, I couldn’t help it)
You know, the politicians call it socialism when they give a little money to the poor to keep them alive but when they give huge amounts of money to a big business to keep it alive they call it “subsidies.”
by Philip Vera Cruz, A Personal History of Filipino Immigrants and the Farmworkers Movement
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