Perhaps more significantly, places of employment and spaces of work would seem to be supremely relevant to the bread and butter of political science: as sites of decision making, they are structured by relations of power and authority; as hierarchical organizations, they raise issues of consent and obedience; as spaces of exclusion, they pose question about membership and obligation. Although impersonal forces may compel us into work, once we enter the workplace we inevitably find ourselves enmeshed in the direct and personal relations of ruler and ruled. Indeed the work site is where we often experience the most immediate, unambiguous, and tangible relations of power that most of us will encounter on a daily basis. As a fully political rather than a simple economic phenomena, work would thus seem to be an especially rich object of inquiry.
Kathi Weeks - The Problem with Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries (via pieto)
Everything we feared about communism - that we would lose our houses and savings and be forced to labor eternally for meager wages with no voice in the system - has come true under capitalism.
Jeff Sparrow (via anticapitalist)
Ever since I was a kid I dreamed of joining the Army. So as soon as I could, I went down to my local recruiter and enlisted, knowing full well that I’d probably be sent to Afghanistan. Now, with my first deployment less than a week away, there’s only one thing on my mind: how incredibly proud I’ll be to fight for my country, experience crippling psychological trauma, wait indefinitely for the proper health care, and then eventually become so depressed and mentally ill that I commit suicide. It’s what I’ve always known I was born to do.
The most honest assessment of the current state of military and veterans affairs that you’ll find in any publication.
A Liberal form of healthcare? That would be socialized medicine. The kind of thing that much of Europe has. That Canada has. That Vermont is poised to implement on a statewide level. ObamaCare? It really is RomneyCare, just as RomneyCare really is ObamaCare. The smear cuts both ways. It’s a two-way mirror that each man attempts to hide behind, but which clearly reveals both of them in all of their center-right glory. Thus, the Florida decision was not a victory for Liberalism. Regardless of your actual opinion about the healthcare bill, in reality this decision is a reflection of center-right dominance in America. And that so many Liberals robustly celebrated when the ACA prevailed in court indicates at least two things: First, the partisan divide has become so deep that Americans loyal to this or that party or ideology will seemingly celebrate any victory, even those that do not actually reflect their values. Second is just how far to the right this nation has swung over the last quarter-century. So far to the right that, as we witnessed last week, a major policy initiative that used to be Republican is now Democrat. And most people simply accept that reality.
There has never, ever been a single case of an American bystander, armed with a concealed-carry weapon, who leaped in and used that weapon to bring down a crazed mass-shooter. Again - most such mad shooters have been brought down by un-armed heroic bystanders, who charged the gunman while he was changing ammo.David Brin (via azspot)