“Social networking sites like Facebook encourage people to view themselves as perpetual cultural entrepreneurs, striving to offer a newer and better version of themselves to the world. Sites like LinkedIn prod their users to present themselves as a fungible basket of skills, adjustable to the needs of any employer, without any essential characteristics beyond a requisite subservience. Classical liberalism always assumes the coherent individual self as its basic unit. Neoliberalism, by contrast, sees people as little more than variable bundles of human capital, with no permanent interests or even attributes that cannot be remade through the market.”
— Bulletproof Neoliberalism (via ihaveabsolutelynoidea)
“[P]ower is war, a war continued by other means… The role of political power… is perpetually to re-inscribe this relation [of the effects of war, of the final disequilibrium resulting from it] through a form of unspoken warfare; to re-inscribe it in social institutions, in economic inequalities, in language, in the bodies themselves of each and everyone of us.”
— Michel Foucault | Two Lectures (1976)
Despite mountains of livestream footage, photographs, and firsthand accounts, much of this story has already been obscured. An entire narrative of recuperation has emerged, initiated by city officials like Ferguson’s police chief, but parroted by both Black and white liberal pundits and community leaders, that the unrest was due merely to a few out-of-town agitators, in particular white anarchists. The demonstrable fact of localized Black rebellion (not to mention Black anarchists!) is erased from history and from our political imagination, even as the possibility of meaningful cross-racial solidarity is attacked with the weapons of guilt and shame.
The implication here is that Black people, presumed to be one monolithic community, are either naturally docile, liberal, religious, grateful, and nonviolent, or are easily tricked into revolt by white people “with their own agenda.” The condescending racism of this narrative would be more obvious if it were not so commonly toted by the Black Left, which finds itself losing its grasp over populations of poor people fed up with calls for voting, reform, and accountability. This Left constructs a singular, monolothic Black populace specifically to better position their perspective as more legitimate than that of the Black rioters, Black anarchists, and Black warriors whom it seeks to dissappear. It is reminiscent of the Civil Rights period, when both Black and white liberals colluded to erase the meaning and substance of the Black riots and self-defense that threatened the hegemony of their nonviolent model.
— Accomplices Wanted: A few notes on race, legitimacy, and solidarity with the struggle in Ferguson (via ninjabikeslut)
DJ John Morrison’s THE GREAT COLLAPSE AND OUR NEW COMMUNITY up on our site. This is the full version of the excerpt that appeared in our SE01 EP01 zine & 2013 Archive jawn. Check it out.
Liberals are like “it’s fine if you want every child in public school to recite a nationalist oath in unison while facing the country’s flag every day but don’t put ‘under God’ in it that’s fucked up”
Police continue to make arrests at Ferguson protest.
UNCHECKED! No state or federal intervention at all!
You telling me NOBODY in this country has the authority to put an end to this?
Nobody has the power to dismantle this oppressive police force who has consistently violated the civil rights of these Black people publicly for an entire month?
Like, why the fuck is this STILL going on?
WHY has everybody harboring Darren Wilson not also been brought up on fucking charges?
All of the people in power support what is happening in Ferguson.
Contrary to popular belief, marginalized groups actually don’t owe allies anything and aren’t obligated to praise allies just for showing basic human decency.
No but marginalized groups can’t treat allies like shit either
Yea we know, otherwise you’ll literally kill us
Allies go: “We’re kinder gentler masters.”
And think that’s enough.
(Source: zubat, via bankuei)