Runagate Rampant

Sensible Anarchist Musings

Iraq, Ferguston, Etc.

if capitalism was like texting that shitty dude you know

person 1:

um, hey, hi. I need some food. to live and stuff.

capitalism:

ok, but do you work?

person 1:

yeah

capitalism:

let me rephrase that... do you do work outside the home? that profits other people? that has some level of prestige?

person 1:

sometimes

capitalism:

lol fuck you then

person 2:

k i'm super sick, pretty sure i've got pneumonia or something

capitalism:

and?

person 2:

and i'd like to see a doctor?

capitalism:

lol

person 2:

no seriously

capitalism:

ok, ok. take the day off work, go to the ER, see if they help

person 2:

but i can't afford to take the day off work, much less go to the ER

capitalism:

sucks to be you

person 3:

i need a place to live

capitalism:

k

person 3:

so you think I can move into that empty house there?

capitalism:

lol fuck no

person 3:

why not?

capitalism:

because

person 3:

look it's cold as shit and i gotta sleep somewhere

capitalism:

go camping!

person 3:

or I can live in this house that no one is using

capitalism:

nah we might sell this someday, or tear it down, or just leave it there for funsies

person 4:

i am super thirsty

capitalism:

drink something then

person 4:

no see i can't, there's no potable water around

capitalism:

buy some then

person 4:

i can't

capitalism:

idk drink your tears or something then

humanity as a whole:

hey you're kinda stepping on our whole ability to survive thing

capitalism:

idgaf

humanity:

no really though, you are actually killing us. like a lot.

capitalism:

how about no

humanity:

quit being a dick, capitalism

capitalism:

lol make me

humanity:

k

capitalism:

omg why are you so greedy wtf you're really hurting my feelings

capitalism:

*pout* gonna hurt your feelings then

capitalism:

*kills more people* stop hitting yourself, stop hitting yourself, stop hitting yourself

My Thoughts on "5 Reasons Why I Refuse to Watch the World Cup"

This article encapsulates a lot of the problems with the Left. For too many people, this is considered “political activity” - to individually boycott an event. This is unrealistic on its own terms, since it isn’t truly possible to not participate in some way - the depth of our interdependence means that you are not magically absolved of responsibility for something being shitty just because you turned your television off.

Here again we see the focus on individual actions. A boycott can be a powerful tool when it is ACTUALLY A BOYCOTT - an organized, outreached, power-building grassroots campaign. Not when people individually opt out of something (in as much as that is even possible). Our power is in numbers. I don’t see anything in this piece that acknowledges that.

Personally, I don’t have a lot of patience for stuff that reads as condescending lifestyle policing. Fine, smash your TV or whatever, but I can hardly see how I need to follow suit just because you’ve decided TV is the new opiate of the sheeple or whatever. The fifth point in the article - that the World Cup is a distraction - is exactly what makes me roll my eyes. It *is* possible for someone to enjoy something for entertainment, and still be critical of it. Or even organize against the effects of said spectacle. Everything is fucked up, really; there is no “pure and perfect” scene/person/culture out there. What is important is being able to parse through all the messaging and norms and garbage, and challenge the impacts of the oppressive shit. If I only listened to 100% never-ever-ever-problematic music, I’d have a sad, short playlist.

I want to get back to the building power thing, though. What does this kind of article do, really? Where are the effects? Even if it manages to convince a lot of people not to watch the World Cup (which I doubt, because, hello, AlterNet, bit of choir-preaching, amirite?), where is the POWER? It’s not as though people just don’t KNOW that shit is fucked up. Sorry, but the old adage that “if you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention” just isn’t true - if only it were so easy. People are aware there are problems. Unfortunately, the only/most often offered response is to withdraw, not engage, boycott. Individual responses. Not real SOLUTIONS. We don’t need freedom from participating in society, we need freedom to build a better world. 

I 100% support organizing in opposition to the World Cup (and the Olympics, etc etc) in the communities being impacted by them. And if there was a legitimate campaign calling for a boycott in tandem with that, I would participate. But a lefty article telling people they shouldn’t watch the World Cup because of all the things that are wrong with the world (with or without it) is more likely to alienate people than it is to convince anyone to participate in struggle. 

The laundry list of (very real) problems with the World Cup in this article are not, in any way, surmounted simply by the World Cup ceasing to exist. I care deeply about everything mentioned in the article - well, except that I am anti-capitalist, instead of merely anti-corporate, but whatevs. So if you want to talk about organizing, I’m down. Not too interested in what’s on people’s TVs, though.

And speaking of the struggle, this is why I love sports. I spend so much time shouting in anger, running full tilt in my organizing life, in the Sisyphean path to the Rev. God damn it, sometimes I just need to shout with joy and excitement. Blow me. 

Basically, watch the World Cup, or don’t, but do some actual ORGANIZING, please. 

/rant (well, there is no end, really) 

Critiques of Intersectionality, Privilege, and Identity Politics

classwaru:

This list of readings was compiled by Abbey Lolcano on facebook here.

Refusing to Wait: Anarchism and Intersectionality, Deric Shannon and J. Rogue (2009)http://anarkismo.net/article/14923

The Problem with “Privilege”, Andrea Smith (2013)

Portland redeems itself a lil

whitedenial-ontrial:

The Red and Black Cafe in Portland will temorarily be serving an item called the “Deep Green Burrito” in honor of transphobes having burritos thrown at their heads.  This is real life.

(Source: harperisafairy)

Aiden Xavier has taken over the General Strike Wisconsin page on Facebook and is spamming it with transphobia. Challenges to his bigotry have been deleted and he has set it so that he is the only one who can post on the page. I’ve unliked the page and encourage others to do the same, please share!

delicate heresy: FULL CALL-OUT TO CANCEL RACHEL IVEY'S SPEAKING DATES

delicateheresy:

PLEASE REPOST

Please email and call these spaces and let them know that you are unhappy that they are allowing Rachel Ivey of Deep Green Resistance to speak at their space as part of the Resistance Rewritten speaking tour. Rachel Ivey considers trans women to be men; equates being…

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CANNOT STRESS THIS ENUFF

Resilience and the Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow

In Olympia, four Heels on Wheels touring folks were present during the tragic, though thankfully not fatal, accident that happened to our friend, host, and co-organizer femme badass extraordinaire Siobhan. She was hit by a speeding drunk/high driver that appeared and accelerated out of nowhere as we were crossing the street together. She is alive and going to survive, but she is in the ICU w multiple serious injuries, some of which have changed her physical reality forever. She needs/will need an incredible about of financial and many other types of support.