Thanks for educating me!
Btw we still have a few Paddington Bear books around here, for wee ones.
I think the important thing to remember is that anarchism is closer to Marx than it is to capitalism, whether it is through scientific socialism (Bakunin, Kropotkin) or the Young Hegelians (Max Stirner and other individualist anarchists).
Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard rejected being called anarchists during their lifetimes, I wish we could get back to accepting those wishes.
from that wikipedia link (thank you):
The county had been the least-populous county in the United States, with a 2010 census population of only 82 persons (an increase of 22.4% over the 2000 figure of 67 residents), but the 2015 estimate by the US Census Bureau places it as the second-least populous county in the US. With an average of only 0.0646 inhabitants/km2 (0.167/sq mi) as of 2015, the county is also the least-densely populated county outside of Alaska. (Lake and Peninsula Borough and North Slope Borough in Alaska are both lower, as is the Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, which is not a county.)
OH, it’s Gunther! If anyone knows about the exploitation of labor!
Now I need that whole movie to have a remake, but make it a pro-socialism film…
The Conservatives use a tree as their symbol?
It’s to prove that they are a party that cares about the environment, in the absence of any actual policies that would protect it.
(I can’t wait to see how AOC does when it’s her turn to be Majority Leader)
… and Kamala’s too:
So the “chomsky is always right and can do no wrong” crowd will either do that, or they will all of a sudden decide he’s wrong for once and complain loudly on the interwebz.
That’s definitely a thing that I think is keeping some people from endorsing Biden, they are worried that endorsement will be used against them later. But people are figuring out that they can say what Chomsky is saying (Michael Steele said the same thing). “If Biden is president I will disagree with Biden about everything, but I will vote for Biden because I don’t want America to immediately descend into Mussolini-esque fascism on November 4.”
(NB: questions here are posed rhetorically; not demanding answers here)
The “My Way or the Highway Department” is sorta driving me crazy here at the very-local politics level. (A friend calls this crowd the “No It Alls” or the “Yeah-buts” and now I can see how he coined these terms.) I wish I better understood RBG’s magic on how to move the needle. Incrementally, I suspect.
After in-person conversations with compadres in which my end was “please do not let the perfect be the enemy of the good” wrt this presidential election, I sensed that some of the folks I was talking to [or with] were either passionately and pridefully dogmatic, or enmeshed in too many conspiracy theories to make the rest of the conversation productive. To misquote Gil Scott-Heron, will the revolution be compromised?
I value him as a messenger.
I do wonder who is listening to him.
I’m older, not so affluent, with an odd background and outlier syndrome. I am sometimes surprised serious thoughtful sympatico people I talk with do not know of Chomsky. Or Zinn, for that matter. Aye carumba x 1000.
I guess the middle path has never been as sexy as extremism. Just dang dull and unglamorous. I feel like every compromise I make in my personal life pulls me farther away from my ideals, but the clamoring teenage purist in me is usually shouted down by the git-er-done tired pragmatist I must sometimes now be.
Let them complain loudly on the interwebz. It ain’t the same as showing up and doing the work, and the organizing, and the reaching out IRL to community members in need. Once complainers bring soup to sick neighbors, or help them by taking their trash out for a month, or look out for their kids, then maybe I can take some of their criticisms more seriously.
How else to take care of each other, i.e. community?
What is the work before us?
Can we even agree what that work is?
If a flattened, less- or non-hierarchical society [where power is in the hands of the many instead of the few] will create more equity and justice, how to extricate the baked-in narratives of shitty cultural programming and ego?
Thank you for your work as an educator, because I think that’s one key to all this.