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31st March 2013

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Nevada bill would legalize gambling on federal elections →



God damnit Nevada. What’re you doing?

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12th March 2013

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Confirmed: There is a small riot in Brooklyn. Riot police are following the crowd on Church Ave. Police are currently searching houses without warrants.


This is what was happening the other night in response to the murder of 16 year old Kimani Gray at the hands of the NYPD. 

Tagged: nypdnew yorknewsgovernmentpoliticspolicepolice brutalitypocracismkimani gray

Source: anarcho-queer

6th January 2013

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To identify politics with the exercise of, and struggle to possess, power is to do away with politics. But we also reduce the scope of politics as a mode of thinking if we conceive of it merely as a theory of power or as an investigation into the grounds of its legitimacy. If there is something specific about politics that makes it something other than a more capacious mode of grouping or a form of power characterized by its mode of legitimation, it is that it involves a distinctive kind of subject considered, and it involves this subject in the form of a mode of relation that is its own

Jacques Rancière, Ten Thesis on Politics, Thesis 1.1

Oh, yes, this is going to be good

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1st January 2013

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Zapatistas can still change the rules of Mexico's politics →


21 December 2012 was supposed to be the doomsday that ended the Mayan calendar cycle, but instead it marked the resurgence of the indigenous Zapatistas of south-east Mexico. After more than a year and a half without a public statement, the rebel Mayans of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) marched in total silence along the streets of five cities in the state of Chiapas.

In this beginning of the new Mayan cycle, more than 40,000 members of Zapatista “social bases” (who support the military structure but are not directly involved in it) walked in the rain. They marched with discipline and dignity, their faces covered with masks. They came to the cities from distant mountain communities with no public transport, in the largest mobilisation since the emergence of the EZLN in 1994. When the demonstration ended, the Zapatista general command issued a brief statement signed by their spokesman Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos: “Did you hear? It is the sound of your world collapsing/it is our world coming back.”

It can’t be said that the Zapatistas reappeared, because they never left. The EZLN was founded 28 years ago, and for the first 10 years it grew beneath the radar; 18 years ago, it appeared in public. Since then, it has spoken at times and been silent at times, but it has never been inactive. It has repeatedly been declared dead or irrelevant, but it has always come back.

Its first public appearance was on 1 January 1994, the day that the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) came into force. Zapatistas declared war on the Mexican government and took military control of five cities in Chiapas. They fought for 10 days and finally accepted a truce in order to negotiate a peace. The painstaking peace process was derailed when the federal government refused to honour the commitment it made in February 1996 to acknowledge indigenous rights and culture in the national constitution.

To combat the Zapatistas, then-president Ernesto Zedillo, of the Institutional Revolutionary party (which returned to power in 2012), promoted low-intensity warfare and the formation of paramilitary groups. On 22 December 1997, one of those groups killed 45 people, most of them unarmed women and children who were praying for peace, in the Chiapas community of Acteal.

The magnitude of the 21 December Zapatista protest indicates that the counter-insurgency strategy followed by several governments has failed. It shows that the Zapatista project is a genuine expression of the Mayan world and many poor mestizo peasants in Chiapas. Guided by its own political calendar, faithful to its ethical commitments, and with the might of the government against it, the EZLN has reinforced its autonomous forms of governance and kept alive its political authority among the country’s indigenous peoples; its international networks of solidarity also remain active. .

Zapatistas have two levels of government, corresponding in part to the territorial settlements of the indigenous peoples. One is the regional government, the Council of Good Governance. The other is the autonomous municipality, which acts on a local level. Within these municipalities, the social bases elect their authorities and govern themselves, administering justice and solving land conflicts.

In their territories, the rebels have made their health and education systems function without the federal and state governments; they have organised production and commercialisation and maintain a standing military. They have solved the challenge of the generational replacement of military officers. As if these achievements were not enough, they have successfully tackled the menaces of drug-trafficking, public security and migration.

The EZLN has joined the new game of Mexican politics without an invitation, and now sits at the table. Its resurgence will challenge, and possibly even change, some of the rules of this often dirty game.

Tagged: zapatistanewsgovernmentpoliticsmexicochiapasindigenousnativeezlnnafta

28th November 2012

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The day before Election Day, Obama cut Pell Grants by 33% →


During the recent campaign, President Obama claimed credit for increasing funding to the Pell Grant program, which provides college funds, free from repayment, to millions of students. However, an email sent out Tuesday to some Dallas college students is revealing a detail the President forgot to mention: the time a student can receive a Pell Grant has been cut, by as much as three years. With Pell Grants for the fall semester now dispersed, colleges are informing students of their options, bringing the cuts to light.

The email, sent out by the Dallas County Community College District, informed students of the changes to the Pell Grant program. It revealed that the number of semesters a student could receive a Pell Grant had been cut from 18 semesters down to 12. It is a detail likely unknown to most students; in fact, the cut in grants has gone largely unreported by the media.

How’s that ‘Obama champions education and drone strike victims need to realize how good he is for the middle class’ line working out for you??

God damnit. This is just beyond annoying.

Tagged: Pell GrantsObamapoliticseducation

24th November 2012

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For those of you that are more politically knowledgeable/aware than I am:

What exactly is the issue a lot of the Walmart protestors are protesting about right now?

Trying to look up news articles about it, I could only figure out that they’re protesting against labor and wage abuse (which, obviously, is something that should be protested about, especially at Walmart). But I couldn’t figure out what generated these exact protests.

I have a grandmother that works at a Walmart - a self-parodying tea-partier, anti-union grandmother - and when I asked her what the strikes were about she just said “Lazy people just don’t want to work on Thanksgiving.” She also tacked on that “a lot of silly people are going to be losing their jobs over this”.

Considering that that characterization almost certainlyisn’tthe case, I thought I’d ask to see if anyone here new about it (even if some of you could just point me to some articles to read, I’d appreciate it).


Tagged: walmartunionunion protestprotestblack fridaypolitics

5th November 2012

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i can’t believe mitt romney got arrested for possession of cocaine in college but then they LET HIM GO that’s the most ridiculous thing i’ve ever heard

Tagged: obamaromneypoliticsobama 2012

18th September 2012

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“Wow.” Obama campaign quick to strike with an ad featuring people reacting to the Romney fundraiser video. Appropriately, it’s called: “47 percent.”
[Source: YouTube]

God damn. If nothing else, his campaigning is incredibly intelligent.


“Wow.” Obama campaign quick to strike with an ad featuring people reacting to the Romney fundraiser video. Appropriately, it’s called: “47 percent.”

[Source: YouTube]

God damn. If nothing else, his campaigning is incredibly intelligent.

Tagged: GIFpoliticsBarack Obamaadselection 201247 percentnews

13th August 2012

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Saudi Arabia plans new city for women workers only →


A women-only industrial city dedicated to female workers is to be constructed in Saudi Arabia to provide a working environment that is in line with the kingdom’s strict customs.

The city, to be built in the Eastern Province city of Hofuf, is set to be the first of several planned for the Gulf kingdom. The aim is to allow more women to work and achieve greater financial independence, but to maintain the gender segregation, according to reports.

Proposals have also been submitted for four similar industrial cities exclusively for women entrepreneurs, employers and employees in Riyadh.

Segregation of the sexes is applied in Saudi Arabia, where Wahabi sharia law and tribal customs combine to create an ultra-conservative society that still does not allow women to drive. Saudi women are said to make up about 15% of the workforce, with most in female-only work places. Although the number of mixed gender workplaces has increased these are still few.

The proposals follow government instructions to create more job openings for women to enable them to have a more important role in the country’s development.

I know the segregation is intended to uphold traditional gender roles, but I hope that’s not what comes of it.

I specifically think of a book called “Native Tongue”. The book was basically about the attempt by a group of women (living in a future, hyper-sexist dystopia, populated by linguists at the top of the social order) trying to create a ‘female language’ that wouldn’t have the implicit bias of everyday phallogocentric language (it’s actually pretty cool; Suzette Haden Elgin [the author] actually developed an artificial language she hope women would take up, and that’s employed throughout the book, with a glossary and everything in the back).

The point is, in the book, the older women that weren’t able to reproduce anymore (in the linguists class, at least) were sent away to live together in a segregated house. There, in their relative freedom, this worked on this supposed “women’s language” in secret. Basically, they took huge strides toward toppling the patriarchal order present in the book within the limits of their segregation.

I don’t necessarily know what implications that could have for the current situation. But it’s what I thought of instantly when reading this.

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17th July 2012

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For when /pol/ gets boring: Property Rights Do Exist



Property rights come from the principle of self-ownership. You can’t coherently deny you own yourself (Hoppe proves this). If we have property in ourselves, then it follows that we have property in the products of our labor, a la homesteading and production.

I don’t think that actually follows. Self-ownership does not inevitably lead to the idea that someone owns what they create. I think the idea that someone should own what they create is fundamental to the human condition but it doesn’t “logically follow” from self-ownership.

It does logically follow. If there is pure, unowned nature and a man begins tilling the soil and erecting a fence and a foundation for his house, then he has justly appropriated that land and the products he makes on that land. There is nobody else who can lay a claim to those products, is there?

But what if someone erects a fence, builds a house, doesn’t make any use of it whatsoever, then someone else comes along and says “Hey look, nobody is using this house, I’m going to use it!” and then the builder comes back and says “Sorry, but only if you give me regular payments of $x.” How does that logically follow? Further, how do you even enforce that without the use of violence of some form, or more particularly a state?

And by that logic, is not intellectual property justified? I created a particular piece of music that has been uploaded to the internet. I have property in that product. But the only way you can enforce IP is to have a state that enforces it for you.

And, if we assume the principle of self-ownership as you describe it, then doesn’t that actually imply that I own allof the things with which I imbue my labor? For example, say I work at a Widget Factory. A “Widget Investor” provides me with all the tools, but I imbue my labor with it. If property-in-self implies property-in-creation then don’t I own what I created?

Property has its roots in violent extortion. And property is upheld by violent extortion. If someone occupies a vacant building that is not being made use of, please explain how you plan to somehow charge that person rent without backing it up by threat of violence.

Property ‘rights’ are only rights insofar as you have an enforcement mechanism external to yourself.

The bolded part above is enough to show where this argument went awry.

People need to learn better what ‘it logically follows that…’ means. Like, you would have to prove so much after ‘self-ownership’ to show that what you make belongs to you. Like, do we only own ourselves because we have autonomy? Is that what’s going on here? Because autonomy is such a confused notion that I sincerely believe that “we” are not the only ones that have it, which would mean we’d need to extend property rights way beyond the realm of what libertarians would like to.

Tagged: Self-ownershipPolitics

Source: anti-state