A. The object of sabotage and misappropriation, whether practiced by the individual or the group, is the unleashing of a wildcat strike.
B. Every wildcat strike must develop into a factory occupation.
C. Every factory occupied must be appropriated and turned promptly to the service of revolutionaries.
D. By choosing delegates (who are subject to instant recall and mandated to collate decisions and to oversee their implementation) the assembled strikers lay the groundwork for a radical reorganization of society… into a society of universal self-management.
Let the hipsters starve. Maybe that will make them realize that being an apolitical fashion victim doesn’t pay the bills. I’m tired of young people who only care about looking cool and nothing else. A youth without rebellion is worthless. Let them eat their Nike sneakers made by children in Asia.
There’s been a lot of fuss and feathers about the Salonarticle “Hipsters on Food Stamps,” which describes the rise of 20-something artists who are now eligible for food assistance and and are using their benefits to float through a difficult recession, Perrier in hand.
The hipsters (read: bohemian-types in places like Brooklyn and Baltimore) defend themselves by saying they’ve been as hurt as anyone during these tough economic times. They meet the eligibility guidelines for food stamps, and they’re using that government subsidy wisely — by spending it on nutrient-rich food they cook at home.
Others are complaining that these lazy artists and writers and are spending taxpayer dollars on dinner parties and artisan cheeses.
Hipsters using food stamps is a new phenomenon, but the argument is as old as charity itself: if we’re going to give out benefits, and there’s not enough for everyone, whom do we help? On one hand, we might give assistance to the poorest of the poor who need the most help. On the other, shouldn’t we help those who just need a little leg up, temporary help that can get them out of a jam and back into economic productivity?
Where does our money do the most good? (I’m guessing few people would answer “Whole Foods.”)
We get angry with people who buy soda and chips with their food stamps. We get angry with those who buy organic produce. The bottom line is, we’re uncomfortable talking about poverty.
Here, we have a class of people with education and skills, but they’re still in the unemployment line. When there are six unemployed people for every one job available, we know we’ve got a problem. This recession has blurred our former class lines, pulling a lot of people who used to be in the middle class on down. At the same time, the people who were already low-income have sunk to no-income.
For both these groups, food stamps are one of the easiest, most direct forms of assistance our government can provide. Unlike welfare or unemployment, we can control what they do with it. The spending helps grocery stores stay in business, and whether that’s Whole Foods or Save-A-Lot, that means keeping other people employed.
When we talk about government subsidies, we need to remember that food stamps help a lot more than the people who eat the food they provide — whether that’s Ding Dongs or crème brulee. Right now, we need people to spend. We need them to be able to pay their rent or their mortgages, so society doesn’t absorb the much larger costs of homeless shelters and food pantries.
The cost of food stamps is much lower than the cost of more foreclosures, less consumer spending and more people on the street.
Food stamps we can afford. We can’t afford what happens without them.
Vancouver Transit Ad Re-appropriation Project
From Jerm IX:
“Fellow street artist Vegas (S. Vegas) and I have decided to extend an invite to street artists and adbusters alike to participate in our latest project.
V-TARP, or The Vancouver Transit Ad Re-appropriation Project is intended to reclaim the mindspace dominated by corporations and put street art in those highly sought after spots used to communicate with the public.
If you would like to participate email firstname.lastname@example.org for the dimensions and address.”
This is my 500th post.
So a magazine pisses you off not the reality it writes about? Killing the messenger, eh?
Water Towers for Darfur, Sudan
Polish architect Hugon Kowalski from H3AR architecture and design recently proposed this three water towers in the region of Darfur, Sudan that allows access to underground waters through the application of water pumps.