The End of Empire

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Feb 3
progressivefriends:

I knew this was going to happen.

wow. this is too intense.#drone #imperialism #empire 

progressivefriends:

I knew this was going to happen.

wow. this is too intense.

#drone #imperialism #empire 


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…


“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
 

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 16
“LG Electronics guarantees employees’ basic labor rights including freedom to associate and right to negotiate. It is highly praised for its fine labor-management relationship based on the labor union’s fulfillment of social responsibilities and future-oriented Win-Win Labor Relations.”

-LG Corporate Social Responsibility document

Subtext: “We make profits, and give you wages! See!? Win-Win”

I don’t like this game… 


Dec 11
“Fascism, Bolshevism and Corporatism are the three kinds of totalitarianism that emerged in the 20th century and they have rather similar roots: their roots are in neo-Hegelian ideas about the organic centuries of entities over and above and individuals”

Noam Chomsky 


  (via scientartist)

I had previously said that this might not be a Chomsky quote. Finding some things now that make it seem like he either did say this somewhere, or it’s a distillation of something that exists, like this quote:

These radical changes in the conception of human rights and democracy were not introduced primarily by legislation, but by judicial decisions and intellectual commentary. Corporations, which previously had been considered artificial entities with no rights, were accorded all the rights of persons, and far more, since they are “immortal persons,” and “persons” of extraordinary wealth and power. Furthermore, they were no longer bound to the specific purposes designated by State charter, but could act as they chose, with few constraints. The intellectual backgrounds for granting such extraordinary rights to “collectivist legal entities” lie in neo-Hegelian doctrines that also underlie Bolshevism and fascism: the idea that organic entities have rights over and above those of persons. Conservative legal scholars bitterly opposed these innovations, recognizing that they undermine the traditional idea that rights inhere in individuals, and undermine market principles as well.[17] But the new forms of authoritarian rule were institutionalized, and along with them, the legitimation of wage labor, which was considered hardly better than slavery in mainstream American thought through much of the 19th century, not only by the rising labor movement but also by such figures as Abraham Lincoln, the Republican Party, and the establishment media.

found here

(via alexiafhtagn)


Dec 8

jodiddley:

Anti Fascist MMA tournament in Russia, I think. 

Yeah, here’s their facebook page


“It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism. The army of production must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old.” Preamble to IWW Constitution

Dec 5

Details of the meeting have emerged after a fire at a Bangladesh factory that made clothes for Wal-Mart and Sears Holdings Corp. killed more than 100 people last month. The blaze has renewed pressure on companies to improve working conditions in Bangladesh, where more than 700 garment workers have died since 2005, according to the International Labor Rights Forum, a Washington-based advocacy group.

At the April 2011 meeting in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, retailers discussed a contractually enforceable memorandum that would require them to pay Bangladesh factories prices high enough to cover costs of safety improvements. Sridevi Kalavakolanu, a Wal-Mart director of ethical sourcing, told attendees the company wouldn’t share the cost, according to Ineke Zeldenrust, international coordinator for the Clean Clothes Campaign, who attended the gathering. Kalavakolanu and her counterpart at Gap reiterated their position in a report folded into the meeting minutes, obtained by Bloomberg News.

“Specifically to the issue of any corrections on electrical and fire safety, we are talking about 4,500 factories, and in most cases very extensive and costly modifications would need to be undertaken to some factories,” they said in the document. “It is not financially feasible for the brands to make such investments.”

Wow that is some effed-up cost/benefit analysis. I’m not sure what the correct policy response from the wealthy industrialized countries buying the output is, here. Tariffs on goods produced at factories without safety audits, possibly? Obviously there needs to be something done to fix this system but it’s hard to think of a way of doing so that would be feasible to enforce. (via jakke)

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gotta protect ‘dem profits. Of the pie, can’t possibly take a chunk from what the owners and share holders get… That huge chunk is non-negotiable.

sounds to me like global capitalism is not morally “feasible”

(via jakke)


damn straight

damn straight

(via rigohc)


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