It’s Time To Talk About Capitalism

by Matthew Cunningham-Cook

From the webzine The Lever. One of the best articles I’ve read about the recent shooting here in Buffalo.

Matthew Cunningham-Cook rightly points out that until we talk about the unholy marriage of capitalism and racism, these kinds of terrorist attacks are not going to end.

Our public leaders, on both sides of the aisle, can talk about what’s wrong with the US, what needs to be fixed, and how to fix it, but almost nobody talks about the real problem: the Enlightenment-era coupling of capitalism and racism, and how this has affected American history most especially, and the lives of every single American, regardless of color.

White people, regardless of political outlook, have to break free of their denial of how every single one of us have benefited from this system, even if we have also been harmed by capitalism alone. Our neighborhoods weren’t red-lined. Our fathers got the better jobs. We went to the better schools. This is undeniable & yet I hear white “liberals” complain all the time about “reverse racism”. The only difference between these people & the actual racists is the they don’t use the usual racial slurs when talking about Blacks.

Anyway, please give this a read, it’s definitely worth your time.

Link here ~~~~>

Wow, do I ever agree with this blogpost

Infidel753, who blogs over on Blogger, has a really great posting on his blog about how his blog is about his personal views & not what “side” he’s on; how neither the left nor the right, nor neither the Republicans nor the Democrats represent his views anymore. After reading it, I really wanted to share, because I think along the same lines.

link here ~~~~>

Are They Really Pro-Life?

Asks Eric George Tauber. The answer, of course, is NO.

Of course, we feminists have been making these points FOR YEARS. Since the Hyde Amendment in 1976, abortion has been too expensive for many women, even as it remained safe & legal. The sad truth is that in the United States, when something is “legal”, i.e., when we are granted certain rights, this means that we have the legal right to purchase whatever it is the government says we can. A gun, a marriage, healthcare. Even rights like freedom of speech often means having to buy something – get a permit for a protest or else you’re not “allowed” your First Amendment right to free speech.

In this case, we are talking about the right to be able to purchase an abortion if we are a pregnant woman who needs one. If we can’t afford it, well, that’s our problem. Very few health insurances cover abortion; Medicaid certainly does not. So if you’re a poor woman, your right to an abortion is no right at all, it’s a privilege & one that hasn’t been available to many women for a long time now. This is truth. This is what it’s like living in a wholly capitalist society, one that has never fully embraced the concept of “Separation of Church & State”. At this point in time, it seems that this concept has been relegated to the trash bin completely.

As to our rights – or if you prefer, privileges – being tied to affordability, health insurance is a good example of this. They’re taking away abortion today; say goodbye to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) tomorrow; or at least be prepared to look at spikes in premiums, so that the name is rendered obsolete (let’s face it, it’s already a misnomer). Seniors, look out for your Medicare & your Social Security. If you don’t have some other form of retirement income, life might be getting much more difficult in the next ten years – maybe sooner! It’s already tough! I don’t know about you, but getting by is much harder than it was just a few years ago! If you’re disabled & on SSD or SSI, these might be on the chopping block, too. Get set for your case to be reviewed. & of course, other landmark cases will be overturned. Voting rights have already been pushed back.

This leaked memo shows that SCOTUS is OK-FINE with taking away rights.

The radical right has been wanting to take away all these rights for as long as I can remember. They hated the New Deal; they utterly despised the Great Society. They aren’t going to be satisfied with abortion; they don’t care about anyone but themselves.

Are they really pro-life? The answer is NO. They are all about cruelty, hatred & death.

link here ~~~~~>

On that “Don’t Say Gay” bill down in FL

Say “Gay” all the time.

Say “Gay” when you mean “homosexual”.

Say “Gay” when you mean happy. Ya know, like the word was used for hundreds of years. I fucking mean that too. RECLAIM the original meaning of the word. Use it as much as you can.

Say “Gay”. Say it as much as you can.

Throw it right back in their faces.

Name your kid “Gay”. I had a boss named “Gay” back in 1980, she was a real nice lady. She was into Pink Floyd, as I remember.

Or name your pet “Gay”.

Sing all those old standards that use the word “Gay” the way they did back in the day … because it rhymed so beautifully & it was the perfect double entendre.

Use the word “Gay” as much as humanly possible. Throw it right back in their faces.

Don’t Say “Gay”? Are you fucking kidding me? Is this bill even constitutional?


On the Censorship of Books

I’ve been reading a lot about censorship lately in various newspapers, blogs & ezines. It’s a curse that never seems to go away & it’s particularly virulent right now, like so many other curses that the United States seem to be suffering.

I was born in 1960 & went to junior & senior high in the 1970s & many of the books that are being banned in certain states were on our required reading lists (of course, several of them, like the graphic novel Maus, hadn’t been written yet). Even in the so-called liberal states of NY & MA, where I went to school, there were parents who wanted to remove books like Catcher in the Rye & The Grapes of Wrath & Catch-22 (just to name a few) from required reading lists.

My parents were strict Roman Catholic, conservative Republicans, but I was allowed to read whatever I wanted & I read everything. (I am sure – now – that they weren’t entirely aware of everything I was reading). I read The Collector by John Fowles when I was 11 years old because my older sister was reading it in her 10th grade English class & I read whatever she was reading. I read the entirety of The Story of Civilization by Will & Auriel Durant before I was fifteen. I read the racy novels that my cousins read. I read the bestsellers of Taylor Caldwell & Rumor Godden & Elizabeth Goudge. I read poetry & history & books about fashion & culture & hundreds of biographies. I read the Bible all the way though, once a year, every year, from the age of 10 until I was 17. Believe me, I read everything.

The only thing that I wasn’t allowed to read was – amazingly! – Gone With The Wind – to which my mother had objections. When I asked why I couldn’t read it, she said that I “wouldn’t understand” it. My father said that if I didn’t understand it, then there wasn’t a problem … it was the books that I did understand that created a problem. He also pointed out (quite sensibly) that the more my mother banned the book, the more I would want to read it. & of course I did read it – I had a paperback copy that I stuffed into my suede bag with my notebook & pens & apple & carried with me everywhere. I had that copy for years … it eventually fell apart, doomed to be held together with tape & rubber bands, like so many of the paperback novels that I read & reread.

I love to read & I love to write & I have a degree in English. I remember when it was recommended that I become a teacher but that route never particularly appealed to me. Now, it appeals to me even less.

Apparently, some parents in some states think they have the necessary education to tell teachers what they can & cannot teach. Not just the books they use but the very curriculum. I suppose they want to home school but they don’t want to do the actual schooling part of it, nor do they want their kids at home. They just want to dictate what other people do.

The Rude Pundit has a better take on this than I do. link here ~~~~>

Green Eagle on Afghanistan

This has got to be one of the best posts on Afghanistan I have read this past week.

I would follow this blog but there doesn’t seem to be a “follow” link or a “subscribe” option. I just happened on this via one of the many WordPress blogs that I follow. I know lots of people complain about WordPress, but they do make it easy to follow the blogs in which you have an interest.

Anyway, here’s the link ~~~~>

READ IT. You won’t be sorry.

January 20, 2021 … another view

I was thinking numbers the other day. You know how it’s a new year or your birthday & you add up the numbers to see what kind of year it’s going to be for you? For instance, my birthday is May 19. So I would add 5+19+2021 to get 2045 & then I would add 2+4+5 to get 11, which I would interpret as a “Justice” year, since XI is Justice in my Tarot world.

So I was thinking, what’s our new president’s next four years going to be like? What do the numbers say? I added up the numbers! 1+20+2021=2042, which “reduces” to 8, which is Strength.


However, in some Tarot Decks, the number eight is “Justice”. This works too, for the Biden Administration (at least we’re hope so!)

(BTW, the numbers for the trump administration added up & reduced to 13 – DEATH. With the way the COVID-19 pandemic was handled, or not handled, I guess that was a true prediction).

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