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Jan 12
killermikegto:

From 2dopeboyz
In episode two of Killer Mike and Trackstar’s Educated Villains podcast, Mike speaks on his successful 2012, shares highlights from the Coachella Cruise, including freestyling on DJ Z-Trip’s set as the Mayan calendar didn’t kill us all and El-P being called racist for refusing to buy Bahamian trinkets. On the music side of things, they premiere Killer Mike’s freeverse over Trinidad James “All Gold Everything,” and play other tunes from the likes of Royce Da 5’9″, Raekwon, ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson and more.

So, I was just listening to Smiley & West. This is a whole ‘nother level of radical podcast. Lemme try this out…

killermikegto:

From 2dopeboyz

In episode two of Killer Mike and Trackstar’s Educated Villains podcast, Mike speaks on his successful 2012, shares highlights from the Coachella Cruise, including freestyling on DJ Z-Trip’s set as the Mayan calendar didn’t kill us all and El-P being called racist for refusing to buy Bahamian trinkets. On the music side of things, they premiere Killer Mike’s freeverse over Trinidad James “All Gold Everything,” and play other tunes from the likes of Royce Da 5’9″, Raekwon, ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson and more.

So, I was just listening to Smiley & West. This is a whole ‘nother level of radical podcast. Lemme try this out…


Jan 6
nice expanded pyramid of capitalism from CrimethInc.
Somebody give me their book "Work" for Christmas 
Ironically, looks like their book had some printing troubles, and the binding of the book comes undone quite easily. Cue multiple puns regarding shoddy ”work” done on a pro-labor group. Wonder who did their publishing…

nice expanded pyramid of capitalism from CrimethInc.

Somebody give me their book "Work" for Christmas 

Ironically, looks like their book had some printing troubles, and the binding of the book comes undone quite easily. Cue multiple puns regarding shoddy ”work” done on a pro-labor group. Wonder who did their publishing…


Dec 15
Too soon?All tears are justified. Lack of tears is not. 

Too soon?

All tears are justified. Lack of tears is not. 


Dec 5
damn straight

damn straight

(via rigohc)


Dec 3
jakke:

Oh hey so right now in the US corporate profits (as a share of GDP; the red line) are at an all-time high while wages (as a share of GDP; the blue line) are at an all-time low. There’s never been this much divergence between returns to labour and capital.
Part of this is probably because the Federal Reserve is trying to stimulate the economy by subsidizing capital at an unprecedented scale. And part of it can probably be attributed to minimum wages being eroded by inflation, especially at the bottom of the scale. But most of what’s going on here is a long-term structural change to the economy driven by changes in technology. As automation improves, workers increatsingly need to compete with machines capable of doing their job better and more cheaply. And the returns from the machines go to the owners (and a relatively small number of technical staff).
Not sure what the right policy response is here. Obviously it wouldn’t make sense to ban automation. But at the same time this is leads to a pretty untenable situation over the long run where almost everyone’s standard of living steadily decreases even as total economic output continues to grow. And it doesn’t really make sense to assume that everyone can end up a wealthy investor or a technician for new automated systems.

Excellent post, and good question on the policy response.
hmmm, let me see…Got it! 
1) ax management
2) workers control of industry*
3) democratic control of the investment of the social surplus
…just a policy fantasy :)
…but seriously, ax ‘em

*sure, I guess people can hire a Harvard grad if they want, to keep the books in the basement or whatever…

jakke:

Oh hey so right now in the US corporate profits (as a share of GDP; the red line) are at an all-time high while wages (as a share of GDP; the blue line) are at an all-time low. There’s never been this much divergence between returns to labour and capital.

Part of this is probably because the Federal Reserve is trying to stimulate the economy by subsidizing capital at an unprecedented scale. And part of it can probably be attributed to minimum wages being eroded by inflation, especially at the bottom of the scale. But most of what’s going on here is a long-term structural change to the economy driven by changes in technology. As automation improves, workers increatsingly need to compete with machines capable of doing their job better and more cheaply. And the returns from the machines go to the owners (and a relatively small number of technical staff).

Not sure what the right policy response is here. Obviously it wouldn’t make sense to ban automation. But at the same time this is leads to a pretty untenable situation over the long run where almost everyone’s standard of living steadily decreases even as total economic output continues to grow. And it doesn’t really make sense to assume that everyone can end up a wealthy investor or a technician for new automated systems.

Excellent post, and good question on the policy response.

hmmm, let me see…
Got it! 

1) ax management

2) workers control of industry*

3) democratic control of the investment of the social surplus

…just a policy fantasy :)

…but seriously, ax ‘em

*sure, I guess people can hire a Harvard grad if they want, to keep the books in the basement or whatever…


Really interesting podcast entitled “Stereotype Threat and Performance”, from “How to Think Like a Psychologist”The picture above shows the results of a test in which college students were given a GRE verbal. The study compared students scores by race according to whether they were asked about their race before or after the test was taken.
Basically, the studies show that social expectations of a person’s identity (race, gender, occupation, etc.) affect a person’s abilities in particular situations:

"The stereotype that white men can’t jump can undermine white men’s athletic performance," Walton said. "A normal feature of how we work as humans is that we are affected by how other people may perceive us. It’s disturbing to think that, if you perform badly, other people could think negatively about your group. It’s distracting, and it undermines performance."

Here’s an article relating some of their findings: 
"Stereotype threat harms female, minority performance"

Really interesting podcast entitled “Stereotype Threat and Performance”, from “How to Think Like a Psychologist”

The picture above shows the results of a test in which college students were given a GRE verbal. The study compared students scores by race according to whether they were asked about their race before or after the test was taken.

Basically, the studies show that social expectations of a person’s identity (race, gender, occupation, etc.) affect a person’s abilities in particular situations:

"The stereotype that white men can’t jump can undermine white men’s athletic performance," Walton said. "A normal feature of how we work as humans is that we are affected by how other people may perceive us. It’s disturbing to think that, if you perform badly, other people could think negatively about your group. It’s distracting, and it undermines performance."

Here’s an article relating some of their findings: 

"Stereotype threat harms female, minority performance"


Dec 2

Sylvia Pankhurst’s council communist critique of the nationalization strategies of the Communist Party of Ireland.

Food for thought. Let’s get dialectical…

Communism vs. reforms, mistakes of the Communist Party of Ireland - Workers Dreadnought 1922

from “Workers’ Dreadnought”, 1922

COMMUNISM VERSUS REFORMS — MISTAKES OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF IRELAND

The Communist Party Of Ireland , Third International, through its organ, “The Workers’ Republic”, puts forward a programme for an Irish Republic

This programme is not a Communist one: we urge the Irish Communists to withdraw it and put forward a genuine Communist programme in its place.

NON-COMMUNIST PROGRAMME OF THE IRISH C.P. REQUIRING REVISION

(I) Ownership and control of all the heavy industries by the state for the benefit of all the people

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Dec 1

thepeoplesrecord:

This is the second set of our critics of capitlalism image series that we’re uploading onto our Facebook featuring activists, historic figures, writers, artists, and movement leaders from various backgrounds and time periods idealogically united against capitalism.

You can see the first photoset of image quotes on tumblr here.

We’ll do at least one more set soon. In the mean time, like and share our photos on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter (@ThePeoplesRec) & everywhere else! :D

EDIT: Someone commented that the original Thomas Jefferson quote posted was false. That seems to have checked out as correct so I’ve replaced the image with a Wallace Shawn quote instead. Thanks for letting us know!

(via claudevorilhon)


Nov 30
Inspired by this petition:http://action.sumofus.org/a/fast-food-strike/68/172/?sub=fbDemanding a living wage for fast food workers in New York of $15/hour. Their current wages are just over $7/hour.
Sign the petition! I hope liberals start picking up on these more reasonable, radical lines of thinking. Here’s their message.—————————————————————————————————————-
Just days after Walmart workers made history with their Black Friday strike, hundreds of workers at McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast food chains have walked off the job in New York City, demanding a living wage and union representation.
Like the Walmart workers who went on strike last week, fast food workers in New York are risking everything to challenge a system keeps millions in poverty so a few massive corporations can make huge profits. If this strike shows that low-wage workers can fight back and win, it could be the first step towards creating a more just economy — and they need all the support they can get.
Use the form to the right to sign our petition demanding a living wage for fast food workers.
This strike could change the lives of thousands of workers — workers like Chyna Scott, who works at a McDonald’s in the Bronx. Chyna makes $7.25 an hour, and hasn’t been able to find an apartment, so for the last year, she and her three year-old daughter, Jakiya, have been living in a homeless shelter.
There are 50,000 fast food workers in New York City, making as little as $11,000 a year. And these aren’t just teenagers looking for a little spare cash: the typical fast food worker is 28 years old, and many of them have children of their own. Many need public assistance to make ends meet.
Fast food workers are so underpaid that they rely on food stamps, Medicaid, housing vouchers, and other forms of public assistance to make ends meet. That means that, like Walmart, McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast food giants are costing taxpayers millions every year.
These workers aren’t just taking on one company, they’re trying to change a whole industry. Right now, workers are striking at Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and McDonald’s. Thirty stores have been shut down, and organizers are expecting more to follow suit.
If these workers are going to change the fast food industry, they need all the help they can get, and that’s where the SumOfUs community comes in. If enough of us raise our voices in support of these workers, all these fast food chains will know that mistreating workers could hurt their bottom lines. And more workers will be likely to join the strike if they know their customers are standing with them.
Sign our petition in support of New York fast food workers. 

Inspired by this petition:

http://action.sumofus.org/a/fast-food-strike/68/172/?sub=fb

Demanding a living wage for fast food workers in New York of $15/hour. Their current wages are just over $7/hour.

Sign the petition! I hope liberals start picking up on these more reasonable, radical lines of thinking. Here’s their message.

—————————————————————————————————————-

Just days after Walmart workers made history with their Black Friday strike, hundreds of workers at McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast food chains have walked off the job in New York City, demanding a living wage and union representation.

Like the Walmart workers who went on strike last week, fast food workers in New York are risking everything to challenge a system keeps millions in poverty so a few massive corporations can make huge profits. If this strike shows that low-wage workers can fight back and win, it could be the first step towards creating a more just economy — and they need all the support they can get.

Use the form to the right to sign our petition demanding a living wage for fast food workers.

This strike could change the lives of thousands of workers — workers like Chyna Scott, who works at a McDonald’s in the Bronx. Chyna makes $7.25 an hour, and hasn’t been able to find an apartment, so for the last year, she and her three year-old daughter, Jakiya, have been living in a homeless shelter.

There are 50,000 fast food workers in New York City, making as little as $11,000 a year. And these aren’t just teenagers looking for a little spare cash: the typical fast food worker is 28 years old, and many of them have children of their own. Many need public assistance to make ends meet.

Fast food workers are so underpaid that they rely on food stamps, Medicaid, housing vouchers, and other forms of public assistance to make ends meet. That means that, like Walmart, McDonald’s, Burger King, and other fast food giants are costing taxpayers millions every year.

These workers aren’t just taking on one company, they’re trying to change a whole industry. Right now, workers are striking at Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and McDonald’s. Thirty stores have been shut down, and organizers are expecting more to follow suit.

If these workers are going to change the fast food industry, they need all the help they can get, and that’s where the SumOfUs community comes in. If enough of us raise our voices in support of these workers, all these fast food chains will know that mistreating workers could hurt their bottom lines. And more workers will be likely to join the strike if they know their customers are standing with them.

Sign our petition in support of New York fast food workers. 


Nov 27

Slavoj Žižek. The Buddhist Ethic and the Spirit of Global Capitalism. 2012 (by egsvideo)


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