1. lynnblaze:

    "But even when the contradiction is resolved authentically by a new situation established by the liberated laborers, the former oppressors do not feel liberated. On the contrary, they genuinely consider themselves to be oppressed. Conditioned by the experience of oppressing others, any situation other than their former seems to them like oppression. Formerly,they could eat, dress, wear shoes, be educated, travel, and hear Beethoven; while millions did not not eat, had no clothes or shoes, neither studied nor travelled, much less listen to Beethoven. Any restriction on this way of life, in the name of rights of the community, appears to the former oppressors as a profound violationof their individual rights - although they had no respect for the millions who suffered and died of hunger, pain, sorrow, and despair. For the oppressors, "human beings" refers only to themselves; other people are "things." For the oppressors, there exists only one right: their right to live in peace, over against the right, not always even recognized, but simply conceded, of the oppressed to survival. And they make this concession only because the existence of the oppressed is necessary to their existence. " Paulo Freire in Pedagogy of the oppressed

    (via facelessbitchmage)


  2. musaafer:

    What is happening in Ferguson - and the solidarity people from Palestine are expressing - is exactly what Angela Davis has been talking about. The internationalization of these oppressive structures. The prison industrial complex does not exist in a vacuum. Police brutality doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Apartheid doesn’t exist in a vacuum. These oppressive structures are interconnected.

    This is why whenever I’ve seen her speak on the PIC or on feminism and abolition, she’s always connected it to Palestine. Global connections. When she was imprisoned in the 70s, in solitary confinement in an American prison, a Palestinian political prisoner in an Israeli jail sent her a message of solidarity - it was smuggled out of that Israeli cell an into Davis’ cell. Do we not see parallels of that today in those tweets sharing tips on how to deal with police brutality?

    The struggles are distinct. Specific to specific communities. But the structures are interconnected. What does it say for American police to be trained by and often armed by the IDF; what does it say for weapons to be tested on Palestinians and then sold to the rest of the world; what does it say for military and prisons to both be privatized to this extent; what does it say for neoliberal institutions like the IMF and the world bank to be supporting private prisons as replacements of state functions in developing countries? We have to have attention to detail and we have to also be able to look at this in a larger framework.


  3. wretchedoftheearth:

    i see people abuse the framework of structure and agency so much on here. in the most perplexing ways.

    people will use the existence of structural constraints and the inability to work outside of structures and institutions to absolve people of responsibility for their actions…but then go and say that someone’s complicity in a social structure is not really complicity, as they have agency! it makes no sense…

    (via beyonslayed)


  4. Under the cloak of philanthropy, American foundations have worked in close liaison with US state department and US academic institutes, on the one hand, and with governments and academic worlds of third world countries, on the other hand, with the objective of spreading US capitalist ideology, through “cultural and intellectual penetration.” This ongoing and self-serving exercise, geared to long range planning, backed by billions of dollars, has been nothing short of thought-surveillance and thought manipulation of the vulnerable poor of the world.

    The stated objectives of these philanthropies were to eradicate poverty, improve living standards and aid economic development in third world countries. In every one of these projects they failed miserably to improve living standards. However they succeeded admirably in their unstated objectives which were to create elite networks of knowledge in poor countries that would support “American policies, foreign and economic, ranging from liberalism in the 1950’s to neo-liberalism in the 21st century.”

    South East Asia was a rich source of mineral resources, being a storehouse of most of the world’s rubber, tin, tungsten, among other things, and an important market for finished goods. It was also seen ‘as significant to American security as the Panama and Suez Canals’. Equally significantly the ‘growing influence of both communism and neutralism or independence’ were perceived as threats to the US. Ford foundation’s interests in Asian studies was specifically fired by two profound developments: the successful communist revolution in China in 1949, and the outbreak of the Korean war in 1950.

    Indonesia’s communist political leadership that had roots in villages was seen as a direct threat to the interests of the Ford foundation. Ford commissioned a survey of Asian studies and spent $52 million from 1951-61. In 1954 Ford started the Modern Indonesia Project (MIP) at Cornell University. The original name of the project was “Techniques of Soviet indoctrination and control in Indonesia.” Parmar details how by 1964 MIP had mobilised a ‘strategically based academic and political elite that was increasingly frustrated with the Indonesian government’s non-aligned, independent, anti-western and pro-left orientation’. A Left wing magazine in 1970 wrote that Ford, Rockefeller and the American state “consciously used its Indonesian programme to train anti-Sukarno economists and social scientists, cadre of leaders who would run Indonesia once Sukarno got out. Large grants had been provided to US universities, chiefly Berkeley, Yale and Cornell and to University of Indonesia (UI) for fellowships to Indonesian scholars to study at US universities. By the early 1960s, of the two dozen Ford scholars 22 had returned to join UI filling key positions and influencing other universities as well as the Indonesian state. Suharto was one of them. After the 1985 US backed military coup a pro-US military elite was installed. Sukarno was replaced with the CIA Ford scholar Suharto. The rest is history. The project to shift Indonesia out of the socialist/Soviet block, economically, politically, ideologically and militarily, into the western world, was complete. Its cost: one million Leftist Indonesians were massacred, one and a half million were imprisoned and the Indonesian Communist party was annihilated. In Ford’s own triumphant internal report the massacre of one million Indonesian communists did not even warrant a foot note, though Ford admits to the death of half a million, in another communication.



  5. "They give you little bullshit amounts of money in exchange for your working – wages and so forth – and then they steal all that shit back from you in terms of the way they got this other thing set up – his whole credit gimmick society man, consumer credit, buy shit buy shit on credit, he give you a little bit of shit to cool your ass out and then steal all that shit back with shit called interest – the price of money. Motherfuckers in non-producing, non-existent industries ya know motherfuckers who deal with paper. There’s a cat who would stand up and say to you he’s “in mining”, and he sits in an office man on the hundred and ninety ninth floor in some motherfucking building on Wall Street, and he’s “in mining” and he has paper, certificates, which are embroidered and shit you know, stocks, bonds, debentures, obligations, you know, “he’s in mining”, and he’s sitting up in Wall Street and his fingernails ain’t been dirty in his motherfucking life; he went to Phillips Andover or Exeter, he went to Harvard, he went to Yale, he went to the Wharton School of Business, and “he’s in mining”?

    The motherfuckers who deal with intangibles are the motherfuckers who are rewarded in this society. The more abstract and intangible your shit is, come on stocks? What is stock? Stock certificates is evidence of ownership in something that’s real. Ownership. He owns and controls and therefore receives you know the benefit from, that’s what they call profit. He’s fucking with shit in Bolivia, he’s fucking with shit in Chile, he’s Anaconda, he’s United Fruit, he’s “in mining”, he’s in what? He ain’t never in his life produced shit. Investment bankers, stock brokers, insurance man, it’s motherfuckers who don’t do nothing. We see that this whole society man exists and rests upon workers and that this whole motherfucking society controlled by this ruling clique is parasitic, vulturistic, cannibalistic and is sucking and destroying man the lives of motherfucking workers and we have to stop it because it’s evil."
    — Ken Cockerel, a communist activist with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers explains capitalism [video of the speech can be found here]  (via concretesorrow)

    (Source: nov---18th, via rs620)


  6. unhaunting:

    you can’t “fix” detroit with yelling WOW SIGNAL BOOST THIS THEYRE AMERICANS. those responsible for the detroit disaster area know exactly who lives there. it didn’t happen yesterday

    detroit is the wasteland of the white colonialist state. of course it’s a fucking human rights emergency, it has been for years. how disgusting is it to appeal to the very nationalism constituting that state for some kind of hope, some kind of rescue. what kind of thought process happens here

    cf prog outlet data end of 00s till probably now, at least when i noticed it more, OMG THE US IS WORSE ON THESE THINGS THAN POOR BROWN COUNTRIES!!1 that’s the marker that americans should aspire to, to be better than the countries their rulers aid in demolishing, and now that there has been a problem for some time, this is how it’s advertised and politically re-marketed. there are some anarchist alt-media types who are making note of “oho republican and democrats are taking each other’s talking points now” which i don’t find cute or clever at all. people are loathe to recognize an existing fascist structure let alone what this means in a broader sense with nationalist messages like this that aren’t making more rounds by accident.

    detroit is the wasteland of the white colonialist state. of course it’s a fucking human rights…

  7. stay-human:

    Police shot dead a teenage boy on Saturday in restive Indian Kashmir during a protest against Israel’s military offensive against Gaza, officials said.

    The youngster’s death marked the first fatality in a string of demonstrations across the Himalayan territory that have been staged against the Israeli military campaign.

    The boy, a ninth-class student, was killed in the village of Khudwani, 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of Srinagar, the main city of the disputed Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.

    "The boy died in (police) firing on anti-Israel protesters who were also angry about injuries suffered by other protesters during earlier demonstrations," a senior police officer told Agence France Presse.

    A police statement called the killing “unfortunate”.

    The Indian police officer said the Kashmri youngster, identified as Suhail Ahmad Lone, was believed to be around 14 or 15.

    Dozens of protesters have been injured in the protests against the Israeli military campaign in Gaza.

    The protests have been occurring on an almost daily basis in the Kashmir valley which has been at the center of a quarter-century revolt against Indian rule.

    The demonstrators, some holding placards with “Save Gaza” written on them, chanted “Down with Israel”, “Down with America” and hurled stones at government forces.

    Indian government forces are seeking to prevent the protests from spreading in the volatile region.

    On Thursday, the Kashmir valley was mostly shut in response to a call by separatist leaders to protest against the Israeli military campaign.

    About a dozen rebel groups have been fighting Indian forces since 1989 for independence or merger of Kashmir with Pakistan, which also claims the territory.

    Israel has long been a key arms supplier to the Indian government.

    Occupier helping occupier.

    (via redphilistine)

  8. standwithpalestine:

    Promises (2001) / Faris Odeh was shot to death by an Israeli soldier on November 9, 2000 during the Second Intifada in Gaza as he crouched down to pick up another stone.

    (Source: standwithpalestine, via basednkrumah)


  9. lehaaz:

    Journalists are censoring themselves when speaking about the injustice carried out by the Zionist settler supremacist and enabled by corporate media. This is what precisely the power empires have, and this is precisely why people should do everything in their power to destroy them from all fronts.


  10. "We’re taught at such an early age to be against the communists, yet most of us don’t have the faintest idea what communism is. Only a fool lets somebody else tell him who his enemy is."
    — Assata Shakur (born July 16, 1947)

    (Source: fuckyeahmarxismleninism, via rs620)