The American Dream never did exist for one group of Americans—the poor…Wars are a constant feature in the history of capitalism. They are the product of the ruthless competition for profit at the heart of the free-market system—of economic competition between bosses growing into political and military competition between the countries. That’s why wars are inevitable under capitalism…unless ordinary people fight back…Across the globe, the free market has produced more misery and suffering, not less…not only in countries…that have…dire poverty, but in nations that were thought to be on the road to industrial development and prosperity…The truth is the rich do nothing special to deserve so much money than anyone else. In fact, they typically do nothing much at all…This is true about capitalism generally. A small class of people who own the “means of production” hire much larger numbers of people to do the actual work of making or providing goods or services. The wealth of the few wouldn’t exist without labor of the many…For their labor, workers get paid a wage…but…are never paid as much as they produce…This is supposed to be fair…But there’s nothing fair about it. The employers have the advantages…Capitalism is built around organized theft—the theft of the value of what workers produce by the people who employ them…Every minute of the working day, a small class of people who do no productive work gets richer because it controls the goods and services produced by people who do not work…the social class they belong to—the ruling capitalist class…relies on a system that is organized to steal the wealth created by the…working class…For defenders of the free- market system, there’s a simple response…dismiss it as a conspiracy theory…Actually “conspiracies” do take place every day in Corporate America…Some of the schemes were perfectly legal…In order for the free market to produce what’s needed in society, there would have to be roughly equal distribution of dollars to “vote” with. But in the real world, the rich have far more “votes” than anyone else. So the system is bound to put a priority on making products to meet their needs rather than the needs of society. The result is a world where whole industries are devoted to products and services that are a total waste…[like] advertising…Capitalism’s blind drive for profit produces not only economic devastation, but military conflicts between different groups of national rulers…Capitalism does one thing very well—it products and increases the wealth of the people at the top of society…Marx and Engels believed that the headlong expansion of capitalism during economic good times laid the basis for slumps to come…Though we hear it all the time, it simply isn’t true that democracy and capitalism go hand in hand. In fact, many of the models of the free market in the less-developed world are run by repressive dictatorships…the record of the former USSR, China and other so-called “socialist” countries has left the impression that socialism is a top-down society run by party bosses. This has nothing to do with socialism…Sadly, many people associate socialism with Stalin’s tyranny—or with the top-down, undemocratic systems in China, Cuba, and other “socialist” countries modeled on the old USSR. That’s certainly what supporters of capitalism encourage us to believe. After all, what better argument could there be against socialism than the idea that any attempt to win change is doomed to produce another Stalin? But Stalin’s triumph in Russia wasn’t inevitable. It was the result of a worker’s revolution left isolated in a sea of capitalism—strangled until it was finally defeated.
“Hunt” by Zarina Zabrisky
As I run—
As I fight—
Who is the hunter?
Who is the game?
What is the caliber of this metaphysical pistol?
Am I a predator?
Am I a human?
All in one? One in many?
Or am I chasing myself through
The sunlit arches
Of mirrored worlds,
My pupils dilated
My imagination gave me a dual life: I lived in my body, and at the same time lived a life no one could see.
Doubt is the origin of wisdom.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man, true nobility is being superior to your former self.
If owning a gun and knowing how to use it worked, the military would be the safest place for a woman. It’s not.
If women covering up their bodies worked, Afghanistan would have a lower rate of sexual assault than Polynesia. It doesn’t.
If not drinking alcohol worked, children would not be raped. They are.
If your advice to a woman to avoid rape is to be the most modestly dressed, soberest and first to go home, you may as well add “so the rapist will choose someone else”.
If your response to hearing a woman has been raped is “she didn’t have to go to that bar/nightclub/party” you are saying that you want bars, nightclubs and parties to have no women in them. Unless you want the women to show up, but wear kaftans and drink orange juice. Good luck selling either of those options to your friends.
Or you could just be honest and say that you don’t want less rape, you want (even) less prosecution of rapists.
Like many superheroes,
I have a day job that reminds me
There are people who need assistance.
Peter Parker photographed crimes,
Clark Kent reported on victims, and
Bruce Wayne dealt with millionaires all day.
My profession turns my ears
Into mouse traps for broken…
I sense youth coming on,
and I close my eyes.
And the lost ones I see
are only there
as a memory.
What horrifies me most is the idea of being useless: well-educated, brilliantly promising, and fading out into an indifferent middle age.