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Jan 12
“Students don’t get interest free loans the way investment bankers do.” Cornell West, on the crippling student debt situation

Heard on the Smiley & West podcast
 

Dec 1

Sep 16

Just got back from Zuccotti Park.

What’s the word on The Street?


Aug 29
“Feminism is the struggle to end sexist oppression.” , “Fairer Sex”, Jacobian magazine

About all the questioning: “Is this feminist?” and “what is feminism?”
Can be big questions, but can also be just this succinct 

Check out the article 

Aug 20

Aug 11
suzy-x:

Brooklyn women make their building theirs

The rent strike started two years ago when Sara Lopez woke up early one morning. No one sleeps much in these three buildings — in the winter there’s no heat, in the summer there’s no electricity, and all year there are rats and cockroaches scurrying in the walls — but that morning Lopez had slept even worse than usual, and she was mad.
“I thought and thought and decided that I needed to do something,” she said. “So I knocked on 51 doors because I got mad of so much injustice.”
At each door she and Trelles spread a clear message: Stop paying rent. It wasn’t an idea born out of an ideology regarding private property or capitalism or self-governance. Instead, Lopez — a retired public employee who says she still has faith in the power and intentions of the local government — was espousing a radicalism born from necessity and experience. She knew that tenants could run the buildings better than Petito, whom she called un payaso, which means “clown” in Spanish but sounds far more poisonous than that when hissed in her Honduran accent. In the winter of 1982, after a former landlord simply abandoned the buildings without heat, Lopez brought the buildings’ families together, and they governed themselves — collecting money to pay the bills and replace the boiler, and forming teams to clean the hallways, put the trash out and make repairs.

Read the article in its entirety, it’s so good. These ladies know what’s up.

Freaking beautiful. organize and take control of your own community.

suzy-x:

Brooklyn women make their building theirs

The rent strike started two years ago when Sara Lopez woke up early one morning. No one sleeps much in these three buildings — in the winter there’s no heat, in the summer there’s no electricity, and all year there are rats and cockroaches scurrying in the walls — but that morning Lopez had slept even worse than usual, and she was mad.

“I thought and thought and decided that I needed to do something,” she said. “So I knocked on 51 doors because I got mad of so much injustice.”

At each door she and Trelles spread a clear message: Stop paying rent. It wasn’t an idea born out of an ideology regarding private property or capitalism or self-governance. Instead, Lopez — a retired public employee who says she still has faith in the power and intentions of the local government — was espousing a radicalism born from necessity and experience. She knew that tenants could run the buildings better than Petito, whom she called un payaso, which means “clown” in Spanish but sounds far more poisonous than that when hissed in her Honduran accent. In the winter of 1982, after a former landlord simply abandoned the buildings without heat, Lopez brought the buildings’ families together, and they governed themselves — collecting money to pay the bills and replace the boiler, and forming teams to clean the hallways, put the trash out and make repairs.

Read the article in its entirety, it’s so good. These ladies know what’s up.

Freaking beautiful. organize and take control of your own community.

(via sabots-are-for-sabotage)


Aug 3

antisocial-socialist:

“Marx’s Method in Capital”

David Harvey & Alex Callinicos

(via solitarysocialist-deactivated20)


Aug 2

Can’t you see that your wage your salary or income is all the freedom that you have? Your freedom, your liberty doesn’t go a step further than your wage. The freedom that is given to you on paper, that is written down in law books and constitutions, does not do you a bit of good. Such freedom only means that you have the right to do a certain thing. But it doesn’t mean that you can do it.

To be able to do it, you must have the chance, the opportunity. You have a right to eat three fine meals a day, but if you haven’t the means, the opportunity to get those meals, then what good is that right to you?

Alexander Berkman, The ABC of Anarchism (via antistate)

(via socialdem)


Jul 30

Question

I’m reading some Pannekoe right now. He points out, rightly, that co-operatives and other more just economic institutions are still in competition with capitalist firms in a larger capitalist sphere. 

Wouldn’t the same logic apply to any specific locality in which communism is achieved? In advanced industrial society, where production and daily life are so dependent on an integrated world market, any locality, even on the level of an entire nation, or region, would be dependent on the remaining capitalist-based systems that existed abroad? 

The Bolsheviks waited desperately for revolution in Germany and other European capitalist nations, but it never came. Isolation from the rest of the industrial world struck what may have been a fatal blow to revolutionary efforts in Russia. Is a real victory for socialism or communism really dependent on world-wide, or at least economically independent regional, revolution? 

I’m reminded, sadly, of Stalin’s arguments for “Socialism in One Country”, derp de derp…

Any help, comrades? Alternatives to Stalin please? 


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