Posts tagged capitalism
the whole “socially liberal, economically conservative” thing is so male
I mean it’s obvious that right-libertarians are a bunch of young white dudes who spend too much time editing the “criticisms of feminism” section of wikipedia
but also, I cbf digging any of them up but I keep running into studies of voting patterns showing that men are more “socially liberal, economically conservative”, and women are, conversely, way less into capitalism and possibly more socially conservative
which makes sense because women are more likely to be poor, more likely to have a lot of responsibility for a lot of people, even partnered women are more likely to be responsible for managing family finances and actually making sure everybody eats and they don’t get evicted, and etc
it’s also worth noting here that women’s “social conservativism” is often reckoned with reference to stuff like their feelings on drugs and R-rated movies and asinine “free speech” defences of hateful tripe, individualist, hedonist stuff, rather than attitudes to marginalised groups or liberatory social movements
while these are of course overlapping concerns, there is a large and concrete difference between a discourse like “criminalisation of drug users targets already vulnerable people” and “420 blaze it the government can’t tell me what to do, it’s not my problem if other people can’t handle this shit”
having said that, a lot of women are really invested in stuff like the family and religion, sometimes in a really conservative way, and I think it’s important to think about why that is and what women might find alienating about secularism or discourses of sexual liberation and how we as the Left are approaching that
Among young black men in America, about 10 percent are currently incarcerated. It’s shocking, but we’ve almost grown used to it.
But while those young men are in prison, what’s happening to their wives, girlfriends, mothers and sisters?
Eviction. A new study coming out of Milwaukee shows that eviction is for black women what incarceration is for black men. One in 20 households there are evicted every year. In predominately black communities, that rate doubles to 1 in 10 families.
USA: Eviction is for black women what incarceration is to black men
I feel like I skipped the young leftist Adbusters/No Logo/Corporate Watch phase and went straight to “capitalism itself is the problem, not simply consumerism or neoliberalism or multinationals or individual bad-apple corporations, there can be no Capitalism Done Right” but now I’m backtracking a bit and reading a lot of Corporate Watch material because I’m continually shocked by how fucking gross G4S are and how many things they’re involved in and how each arm creates opportunities for other arms, how they’re involved in catching shoplifters and staffing prisons, airport and seaport security and immigration detention, detaining asylum seekers from Iraq and working with oil interests there
anyway they’re operating the recently reopened Manus Island detention centre and apparently there’s no fucking water
let me tell you something, as someone having experienced the situation in Greece first hand. the anger most Greeks feel, proletariat or not, can not and will not be quelled at this point, with or without concessions. there is a shift for the first time since the fall of the dictatorship in how we conceptualize ourselves in relation to Europe, which is very important. and let’s not forget that 60% of Greeks didn’t want to join the EU in the first place. the society has collapsed, it’s no longer about having labor rights confiscated via austerity. the EU core (primarily Germany) has completely dominated Greece, and people know, are aware, and have nothing to lose. without international solidarity, it is only a matter of time before Western imperialists intervene to subvert the revolutionary process. there have been insurrections you don’t hear about, that are underrepresented. city hall was burned, the central european bank was burned. recently there have been small-scale bombings and armed incidents. workers have taken over factories. people in the rural areas have resorted to bartering or labor credits in order to live. children are malnourished. people are committing suicide in unprecedented numbers. power and water have been cut for a large portion of Athenians. i don’t know what planet you people inhabit or kind of sources you’re reading if you think this is just another case of workers striking to keep their reforms. the reforms have all been taken away.
the fact of the matter is that we will either see a socialist Greece or a future of death and dismay, like Chile
Timothy Mitchell - Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity (pg 3).
Well sir, I am intrigued. I can’t wait to see where he takes this…
please continue to blog this book, I want to vicariously read it