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I don’t think you can understand social injustices without a coherent class analysis, because liberal social justice often views society as classless, with the only divisions being those of social identity. In that, there is this “public realm” where all classes mingle and are oppressed by identity, when in reality there is no “public” because class divisions don’t disappear in the public realm.
The truth of the matter is that—by an exorbitant paradox—I never stop believing that I am loved. I hallucinate what I desire. Each wound proceeds less from a doubt than from a betrayal: for only the one who loves can betray, only the one who believes himself loved can be jealous: that the other, episodically, should fail in his being, which is to love me —that is the origin of all my woes. A delirium, however, does not exist unless one wakens from it(there are only retrospective deliriums): one day, I realize what has happened to me: I thought I was suffering from not being loved, and yet it is because I thought I was loved that I was suffering; I lived in the complication of supposing myself simultaneously loved and abandoned. Anyone hearing my intimate language would have had to exclaim, as of a difficult child: But after all, what does he want?
The American collegiate system in one gif set
(this is what i mean when i’m sayin that the sections of the working class that went to college see themselves as entitled to entry into the bourgeoisie and is thus thoroughly unrevolutionary)
After watching all the “You know you’re Filipino when..” videos on Youtube, I suddenly stumbled upon this ongoing and decades long debate on FOBs and whitewashed Filipinos abroad (especially in the US). And distinguishing them from “real” Filipinos or whatnot. I’d love to step in but man, there’s no easy single way to define a Filipino but from their experience with Filipino cultural identity. Ethnicity and whatnot are all mostly pretty blurred and mixed up, unless we talk about indigenous tribes in the Philippines, and they are very different from what most folks from the cities would call “Filipino culture”
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Such a conception of power in the modern world seems to leave little space for agency or resistance from those subject to it; this is one of the most common critiques of Foucault coming from the left. People, according to Jurgen Habermas’ interpretation of Foucault, are merely “individual copies that are mechanically punched out”. However Foucault is not so pessimistic and does not have an exclusively negative definition of power. Power for him is simply the ability to create change in society or in the behaviour of individuals, be it positive or negative.
Power is then everywhere, in every relationship; we are constantly subjecting it and being objects of it. Take for example a male worker. He is obviously an object of his boss’s power; but if he joins a union and goes on strike, he subjects his boss to the collective power he and his co-workers possess. If the union bureaucracy then calls off the strike against his wishes, he is now an object of their power. Now let’s say he is the sole breadwinner of a traditional family but he drinks a good portion of his wages; he has then subjected his family to his power as patriarch in a patriarchal world.
That power comes from multiple sources means there must be multiple sources of resistance – in contrast to the Marxist-Leninist conception of power as emanating from one source, capital, with all other struggles secondary to, or a product of, that primary battle. If one fails to tackle the multiple sources of power, “one risks allowing them to continue to exist; and to see this class power reconstitute itself even after an apparent revolutionary process”.
This forms the basis of Foucault’s objection to vanguardism; instead he argues for many struggles by “women, prisoners, conscripted soldiers, hospital patients, and homosexuals against the particularised power, the constraints and controls, that are exerted over them…these movements are linked to the revolutionary movement of the proletariat to the extent that they fight against the controls and constraints which serve the same system of power.”
This may come as a shock to libertarian douchebros, but we don’t dumpster dive in order to curtail fascism. We do, however, because for economic or moral reasons we don’t want to participate in an exploitative capitalist system. We are under no illusion that small personal…
This is exactly what I’m talking about. I don’t buy coke because they fund Israeli apartheid. I guess there’s no point because the Palestinian people are gonna be displaced anyway.
you are the definition of liberal omfg. The Coca-Cola company isn’t going to suddenly…
I’m not saying you shouldn’t be vegan/vegetarian, but don’t be so quick to pat yourself on the back because it really doesn’t do anything. Whether or not people eat meat, the environment will be destroyed by capitalism - maybe it’ll take a few more years, but there’s no stopping it except by stopping the heart of the problem (capitalism). Whether or not you participate in the exploitation of the workers who produce meat, you participate in the exploitation of the workers who make everything else you buy. I could stop shaving and stop participating in the exploitation of workers who make my razors (except not really because Bic makes my razors and they also make the pens I use), but just by being alive in capitalism I am a participant.
The only way to really cut yourself out is to become a homesteader and move to Alaska, but is that really what we want? Why not stay here and help to spread the desire to abolish it?
I’m not a vegan or vegetarian and have no plans on becoming one (except maybe for health) because it makes virtually no difference.
So I was reading chapter 16 of Capital Vol. I ("Absolute & Relative Surplus Value") and thought it was pretty neat so I’m going to try to summarize it?
Okay, so for all those who don’t know, surplus value is the value a worker produces which they are not paid for. In capitalism, the working…
"When you dress like that it’s like putting a steak in front of a dog; what do you expect?"
Peanut butter is basically my dog’s favorite thing in the world.
You know why she’s not even touching it?
I said “no.”