One must ask, if socialism is slavery [as Hayek claims], what exactly is capitalism? What is capitalism to the billions who live on less than two dollars a day? What is capitalism millions of children who go hungry every night? What is capitalism to the single mom working three jobs just to scrape by? What is capitalism to the homeless man begging outside the Louis Vuitton store? If capitalism really is freedom, then I cannot fathom what an unholy Hell socialism must be.
But what really is socialism? Socialism is the political power of the working class and oppressed peoples concretely realized. The incredible idea that human need, potential, and progress is more important than making a profit. Socialism is the audacious demand that everyone deserves a meaningful existence not plagued by servitude and exploitation; an opportunity to realize themselves and better humanity as a whole. What an unimaginable terror socialism must be.
Zak Brown, Debunking Hayek’s Road to Serfdom , Part 1
http://anti-imperialism.com/2014/06/23/debunking-hayeks-road-to-serfdom-socialism-means-slavery-part-1/ (via rosaluxmemeburg)
1. Pour out how much you think you need.
THIS IS THE REALEST SHIT THOUGH
OH M YGOD
IVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING THIS INTENSE
i bet he sells … quack
Ensoc, the engineering society at my uni ( University of Canterbury) somehow reckons it’s okay to not only wear blackface, but to turn the Ebola outbreak in Africa into a joke
what the…. this is not okay on so many levels….
I just learned these motherfuckers already got in trouble for blackface EARLIER THIS YEAR. White people will never learn.
look at this fragile delicate flower of a man look at how precarious his value and identity is wonder at the marvel that is masculinity
saying people who self-id as lesbians while having been involved with men in the past are “actually bisexual” is literally saying “i know you say you’re not attracted to men but you’re wrong” it’s playing right into compulsory heterosexuality like how do you not see how fucking vile that is
In case you haven’t noticed, I’m upset. I went to the Green Party election night event, and though it was a good night with great company, it didn’t stop the feeling of overwhelming doom and sadness from overcoming me on the way home.
There’s no polite way to say it: I’m what people consider to be a radical. My political ideology are influenced mainly by communism, queer feminism, Critical Race Theory and intersectionality. No political party in NZ right now matches my beliefs to a tee. However, it’s still important to vote as a way of participating in the political structure.
And yes, I voted for the pro-market, kinda-Third Wayist, kinda-too white Green Party. It doesn’t seem like my thing, but I did what I had to do. It’s a small ideological sacrifice I’m willing to make if it means that I can contribute to incremental change within these established institutions.
Vote. It’s good for your health. But at the same time, read, consider, and understand so-called radical views. Imagine a world where the state isn’t rigged to be the bastion of white supremacist capitalist cisheteronormative patriarchy that it currently is. Dismantling this state leads to dismantling of the structures of oppression that plague us. Fight for that world.
A short guide to radical youth mobilisation on the cusp of #3moreyears
- Read the past. Start with Frantz Fanon, bell hooks, Angela Davis and Audre Lorde. I find them the most accessible (in terms of reading) if you’re just starting out. Check out Michel Foucault and Paulo Freire if you want to level up. (Free PDFs of their work are available if you Google, or drop me your email in my Ask if you want me to send you a copy.)
- Read the now. Urvashi Vaid’s Irresistible Revolution is pretty great and accessible queer radical reading. For a more New Zealand perspective, Max Rashbrooke’s Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis is a hard to beat (check out his Twitter too), along with works on multiculturalism and decolonisation by Stephen May (available in journal databases if you have a university login, or drop me your email again if you’re interested). Maui Street, Kiwipolitico and The Dim-Post are my go-to New Zealand politics-focused blogs. (EDITED: some NZ feminist blogs are not afraid of ruins, He Hōaka, Capitalism Bad; Tree Pretty, and Mellow Yellow.)
- Engage with and contribute to the discourse. Tumblr is wonderful for this on the most part, with people like anarchacannibalism, allpowerviolencetothesoviets, transanalogyhoppip, infamousnerdyjewishgrrrl, reclaimuoa, manmadepowers. But in my opinion, the real scene - at least NZ politics-wise - is on Twitter. Follow this list and basically everyone on it.
- Get out there. Join a political organisation, whether your local socialist/communist groups or queer/feminist organisations. Write submissions on parliamentary bills. Sign up to be a member of a political party (Greens or MANA are your best bets right now). Work for them: volunteer, spread the message. Work within them: influence their policy and structure. Don’t just tell your friends and family to vote. Tell them to care.
My Ask box is open for suggestions and questions. Go forth and stay strong, friends. The next three years are gonna be a rough ride.