“In terms of a wildly uninformed guess at our political future, it feels something like V for validation.”
Everything I know about anarchy as a political theory I know from comics, of course. But it’s arguable that a picture of a Guy Fawkes mask at Occupy Wall Street is not only the best, but really only adaptation of V FOR VENDETTA possible.
While OWS was and is equal parts inspiring, troublesome, invigorating, and embarrassing, the disorganization and lack of a single, authoritative agenda that its critics attempted to use to discredit it was in fact its elusive and maddening strength.
What I took from it, at least, was pure anarchy: at the heart of a financial system that seemed unaccountable even to elected government, humans came and said: your control is limited.
You don’t control us. You don’t fully control even this PRIVATE public park. And except by virtue of our consent—or your sheer force—you never did.
OWS denied their consent to governance, and they were met with sheer force. This was always, logically what would and perhaps even SHOULD occur. But the point was proved.
And you still see that mask around.
That is all.
It is a sort of grim privilege for the generations living today to watch the slow demise of such a spectacularly effective intellectual construct. The Age of Corporations is coming to an end. The traditional corporation won’t vanish, but it will cease to be the center of gravity of economic life in another generation or two. They will live on as religion does today, as weakened ghosts of more vital institutions from centuries ago.
From Katherine Bindley at the Huffington Post:
Tyler Clementi killed himself in 2010 after his roommate at Rutgers University filmed him kissing another man. Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old girl who moved to the U.S. from Ireland, killed herself the same year after being bullied by high school classmates in Massachusetts. Fifteen-year-old Amanda Cummings from Staten Island made headlines early this January when her family said that relentless bullying was to blame for her suicide.
Each of these tragedies mobilized a cultural army of anti-bullying advocates, celebrities, the media and policymakers who have said — or at least strongly implied — that bullying can lead to suicide.
But mental health professionals and those who work in suicide prevention say bullying-related suicides that reach the spotlight are painted far too simplistically. Bullying and suicide can indeed be connected, though the relationship between the two is much more complicated than a tabloid headline might suggest. To imply clear-cut lines of cause and effect, many experts maintain, is misleading and potentially damaging as it ignores key underlying mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety.
Link to the rest of the article at The Huffington Post
This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: The Mormon Church’s complicated history with black people comes to a head in this highly disturbing video featuring stand-up comic Dave Ackerman in blackface asking Brigham Young University students about Black History Month.
Be sure to duct tape your jaw shut before you press play or risk having it fall off.
Susan Cain talks to Scientific American about her book Quiet : The Power of Introverts. There is great value in those who prefer introversion, and it is quite different from shyness. Yet our society does not reward this work ethic and social style, even though as many as two-thirds of people are introverts. A wonderful interview.
Many introverts feel there’s something wrong with them, and try to pass as extroverts. But whenever you try to pass as something you’re not, you lose a part of yourself along the way. You especially lose a sense of how to spend your time. Introverts are constantly going to parties and such when they’d really prefer to be home reading, studying, inventing, meditating, designing, thinking, cooking…or any number of other quiet and worthwhile activities.
According to the latest research, one third to one half of us are introverts – that’s one out of every two or three people you know. But you’d never guess that, right? That’s because introverts learn from an early age to act like pretend-extroverts.
Be warned – to listen to several Britney tunes in a row is to hear a young woman begging you over and over and over to accept that she is an adult who needs privacy, space and sexual freedom. The music may be upbeat, but the themes are surprisingly heavy.
I wrote about a bunch of Britney songs selected by Rolling Stone readers. It’s mostly the ones you’d expect, but it made me realize that the overwhelming majority of her music is very, very dark.
Just one more reason I’m a ‘lyrics’ girl. I don’t listen to Brit Brit simply because it has a good beat…..I relate to her on an actual human level.
Okay, forget about Republicans and Democrats, Left and Right. This has got nothing to do with those creaky old concepts. Lets try this from a different angle.
America is still a rich country, rich in skills and natural wealth and innovation. With proper management and a will to be fair there is no reason why everyone who lives there cannot enjoy equal opportunity and freedom from poverty. But that’s not happening now and it won’t unless there are radical changes. So stand up, please, any political party which is willing to :-
– drive money, lobbyists and corporate influence right out of politics
– ensure that everyone is taxed fairly according to their ability to pay
– drastically reduce the military budget and slash the 800 overseas military bases
– break the USAs toxic relationship with Israel and stop meddling in the middle-east
– operate an ethical foreign policy that relies on diplomacy rather than war
– invest in infrastructure projects to create jobs and prepare for the future
– invest in an excellent public school and higher education system free for all
– invest in a universal healthcare system free to all at the point of delivery
– ensure equality in the law for all, regardless of race, gender, or religion
– abandon the failed war on drugs and adopt an evidence-based approach
– abandon the failed war on terror and repeal the repressive ‘security’ laws
– roll back the excesses of the surveillance state and stop spying on Americans
– create strong, ethical consumer-protection regulation of all aspects of the market
– in all things, aim to run the USA to benefit all rather than just a privileged few.
Not hard. Not rocket science. Just some obvious, unremarkable things that America desperately needs to get done. Practical things that have nothing to do with political ideology and everything to do with creating a better and fairer society. Surely that is the most noble American Dream of all ?
So will any political party in America willing to deliver that agenda, or even to try, please stand up because your country desperately needs you. Anyone ? And will any party, whatever their political persuasion, NOT willing to deliver that agenda please just bugger off now because you’re part of the problem, not the solution.
Thank you ..
Banksy on Advertising
“People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are “The Advertisers” and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.”