I haven’t been posting for a while because I have to finish (re)playing all my video games by friday (of the upcoming week) because that’s when I return my work laptop and I’m an idiot who put all my games on my work laptop (because it’s higher spec than what my personal laptop). 

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craiganthonywells said: Why do you think that government is by its nature coercive? Is it coercion to pay your servant to perform tasks for the household?

objectivistnerd:

craiganthonywells:

objectivistnerd:

When you servant can legally kill you for refusing to employ them anymore—why, yes, it is.

And you think that this is an inherent feature of the government? No matter the system and structures in place?

It’s definitional. A government has the monopoly on determining (and usually exercising) the legitimate use of force in a region. As thecapitalistmanifesto pointed out, if it doesn’t have that, then it’s not really a government.

However, just because it has said monopoly, doesn’t mean it will use it to harm its subjects. No matter what arrangement, there’s a pretty big risk it will, which is why I think the populace should be well-armed.

wait, do you believe anytime an institution has a monopoly on exercising legitimate use of force in a region, they are a government?

If so, in “anarcho”-capitalism, every single capitalist entity will be a government, because ownership of land is claiming a monopoly on legitimate violence in that region correct?

If having a ton of competing entities with monopolies of force over regions is anarcho-capitalism, then the current world economy is anarcho-capitalism.

tl;dr libertarians have already won and should stop doing whatever they are trying to do.

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I’m still alive or something

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My brain is mist.

Like my thoughts used to be clear, and now they’re fuzzy.

I can still think and plan and calculate and all that.

it’s just fizzy and not solidifying.

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The place where I was gonna work part time during the year changed their mind and won’t be hiring ANY part time employees for 4 months.

Fuck.

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ok joseph

ok joseph

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No other country in the world imprisons so many of its racial or ethnic minorities. In many urban communities, three out of four young Black men can expect to serve time in prison. More African American adults are in prison of under correctional supervision, probation, or control than were enslaved in 1850 in the United States. In 2004, more African Americans were denied the right to vote due to felon disenfranchisement laws than in 1870 due to formal racial discrimination, poll taxes, and literacy tests. In jurisdictions across the United States, Black men are admitted to prison on drug charges at a rate ranging from twenty to fifty-seven times greater than white men. In 2006, one in every fourteen Black men was in prison, compared with one in every 106 white men. The systematic removal of Black men from their communities has produced such a significant gender gap that the difficulty many Black women face in finding life partners is a widely discussed phenomenon.

- Ali Abunimah (via readyokaygo)
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dear non-black people:

SHUT THE FUCK UP

that’s all

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wocinsolidarity:

mangoestho:

soadsdiary:

redphilistine:

sur-fucking-prise

WHAT DID I SAY

I WAS JUST SAYING EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. MILITARIZATION OF BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES, G4S, PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, POLICE BRUTALITY, THEY TRAIN SOME SECTIONS OF THE NYPD IN RAMALLAH EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED.

are you surprised? i’m not

wocinsolidarity:

mangoestho:

soadsdiary:

redphilistine:

sur-fucking-prise

WHAT DID I SAY

I WAS JUST SAYING EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED. MILITARIZATION OF BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES, G4S, PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, POLICE BRUTALITY, THEY TRAIN SOME SECTIONS OF THE NYPD IN RAMALLAH EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED.

are you surprised? i’m not

(Source: twitter.com)

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stay-human:

Starbucks, once again, has publicly denied supporting Israel in any financial way.

Garnier has actually issued a public apology about sending “care packages” to Israeli soldiers. They claim it was a local retailer initiative that the company at large was not responsible for.

Tell me again about how BDS is no big deal, about how it doesn’t work—companies are now worried as hell about being targetted and are distancing themselves from any affiliation with Israel. That is the POINT of BDS: political and economic isolation as a way of pressuring Israel to end the occupation.

It. Is. Working. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

(via somepalestiniankid)

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Defend Jewish youth who stand up to Zionist racism at all costs.

sexistentialisms:

belcanta:

"Defend white people who are PoC allies at all costs, even though they are in a position of power and privilege and benefit from the marginalization of PoCs, even though they might say things that are problematic whilst claiming to be allies and even though they talk over the oppressed, marginalized group"

"Defend straight privileged people who are queer allies at all costs, even if they are in a position of privilege and power and say things that are problematic and speak over the oppressed group in question. Being an ally is deserving of praise and immunity from being called out"

How about NO.

Standing up for basic human rights isn’t deserving of a medal or special recognition

Being against genocide does not make you special or give you the right to speak over the group of people being persecuted and ethnically cleansed. It does not give you special immunity from criticism if you say something problematic.

I’m going to spell out for you all the ways your post is antisemitic.

You have implied that Jews are somehow unilaterally privileged over other groups. There are Jews of color. There are Arab Jews. There are African Jews. Your implication that Jews are a homogeneous group is antisemtic. 

You have implied that Jews opposing Zionism is analogous to white people opposing racism. It is not. Judaism is not a structural power. Jews are never privileged because of their Judaism. Nor does Zionism privilege Jews globally, or all Jews in any local context, or Jews exclusively. Your argument implies that Jews have global power at the level of white supremacy, an argument that is classically antisemitic. 

Zionism is a discourse which has consistently been used to do violence to Jews (the fact that its primary victims are Arabs does not change this fact, and identifying this violence is not “speaking over” anyone). Jews have been among the first and most constant and vocal opponents of Zionism since it began. Jewish youth who speak out against Zionism are alienated from mainstream communities, are disowned by their families, are called self-hating Jews and antisemites, and are shut out of the mainstream discourse. This separation from our communities makes us even more vulnerable to antisemitism. Not to mention the fact that anti-occupation activists are literally being beaten in the streets of Tel Aviv. Your implication that Jews who oppose Zionism are not vulnerable to violence is antisemitic. 

Zionism is a discourse centered around the political notion of the State of Israel. Those residing in Israel who benefit from its structure and exploitation of the population of Palestinians are not all Jewish. The population of Jews living in Israel is not synonymous with the global Jewish population. The group of Jews in Israel who benefit from Zionist racism (primarily heterosexual secular Jews of European descent) often exploit and marginalize other Jewish groups in the state. Israeli and Jewish are not synonymous, ever. Your equivocation on this point is antisemitic. 

You have derailed the conversation from being about protecting a vulnerable group to being about “praising” a “privileged” group. Your derail implies that Jewish youth are not vulnerable to violence, in a time of rising European and global antisemitism. Your argument implies that Jewish youth are not worthy of defending, that our lives aren’t worth protecting. That derail is antisemitic. 

You have grossly misunderstood how structural power operates, and have equated Zionism with something like white supremacy. This equation is racist and whitewashing of the differences between the two, as well as being classically antisemitic. Zionist discourse operates globally, to be sure, but not in the way that white supremacy does. 

Jewish youth are worthy of protection.

Jews are never privileged because of their Jewishness.

White Jews may be privileged because of whiteness. Jews may be privileged because of their economic class, their ability, their gender or their sexuality. 

Jews are never privileged because of their Jewishness. 

Defend Jewish youth who stand up to Zionist discourse at all costs. 

-Z

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holy fuck todays hamatora episode

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Reddit sometimes does things well

Reddit sometimes does things well

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Android OS and iOS both have access to more information about you than the facebook messenger app. Boycott that shit instead

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