“Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will pledge with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government.”—Henry Kissinger 1992 (via brettjohn)
I don’t “work” for Adbusters in case that is what you mean by associated. I read the Adbusters magazine from time to time. I’m not really a follower either. When they write crap I call them out on that or ignore it.
Still Adbusters is the most important publication dealing with culture jamming so I read it periodically. Remember that Adbusters hasn’t “invented” culture jamming and there is much more going on than Adbusters covers.
As I have no way to reply to your messge I have to publish it. This may be the Autechre album artwork but it’s taken from Adbusters who use this symbol for more than 10 years.
Also I’ve changed the link because your “source” was only a crap forum where the image was stolen as well with no proper credits. So basicaly Autechre stole the Adbusters Blackspot and then the guys in the crap forum stole it from Autechre and then you stole it from the crap forum without providing proper credits and now you send me this message complaining that i stole it from you or what?
The Adbusters Blackspot symbol stands for anti-consumerism so it’s a real shame that Autechre has stolen it to sell their album.
Tumblr Tuesday Sucks! I wanted to recommend a person in the activism category but there is no activism category! The only one s/he might fit in then would be politics. I guess the Tumblr police expects US party politics there though, so after they’ve threatened me:
bradicalmang is a blog focused on politics and I understand that if it blatantly isn’t, my account may be suspended. :(
I decided not to recommend it at all. Note how they don’t say “we will suspend you” and they say “I understand that…”
Shoplifting as a radical political strategy is nonsense. Shoplifting to survive makes actually sense sometimes as a tactic but not as a long term way of life. I don’t get people who think they are radical, leftist or anarchist because they shoplift. Some of the points below are even more appalling from a progressive and emancipatory point of view.
So don’t get me wrong,
I will be the first to clap when capitalism gets abolished and nobody needs to starve anymore. Shoplifting actually reinforces capitalism
though. Capitalism is about stealing from others (property is theft). There are two ways of stealing. The first one, more prevalent is about trickery. It happens when Nike pays its Chinese workers below one cent per shoe but sells them for 200 Dollars. They steal legally because they have the power to. Also they paid them so you can’t even call them thieves officially. It’s about structural violence. Capitalists have the power to do that.
Then there is the more direct way of stealing where capitalism is more raw and even less civilized. Capitalists will for instance in some cases take your work’s worth and don’t pay you anything. In China forced labor by political prisoners is common for instance.
As you see only the strong can do that. In most cases they take from the weak. Now consider shoplifting. Shoplifters behave like the latter capitalists. They are strong enough to steal as they either can run away fast enough, pay a lawyer or beat down the shop employee. Imagine a single mother with kids shoplifting or a disabled person. These people probably would need the stuff much more than the angry black-clad pseudo anarchists who support shoplifting. Can they get away with it as easily? No.
It’s also about the society we want to build after capitalism. Will it be one of solidarity and commons or one of violence and “only the strong will survive” mentality?
People who get used to shoplifting won’t stop once capitalism is over. They will take from the weak as they always did.
People who shoplift out of political naiveté and not sheer necessity come up with idiotic rules like “Only steal items you support”. I know a small leftist book shop where the owner told me that books about anarchism get stolen more frequently than others because the people think it’s radical to take from others.
This is the problem with cliche anarchism. Many people nowadays think being radical is about smashing windows, shoplifting and wearing black. They’ve watched too much CNN. Read at least one book about anarchism you idiots.
In an egalitarian (or anarchist) society shoplifters would be expelled.
On the economical level shoplifting only reinforces exploitation. The workers get paid even less so that the money lost for stolen goods returns to the capitalists.
Who is so short-sighted to believe that s/he can shoplift or steal without hurting the workers and support capitalism as a whole?
You want to do something radical?
create a collective
grow your own food
trade your goods and services in a money-less time bank
prevent evictions in your area
share spaces and tools
do some actual political activism on the local level
organize neighboorhood assemblies
Capitalism can break any day. It almost did btw. during the current crisis. When it does you will need all these above to support yourself, others and to fend off the capitalists who will try to steal from you.
I am going to court tomorrow morning because my friend was caught shoplifting while I was with her. I am anti-shoplifting. Makes sense to me. There are better, legal ways to boycott corporations, like not buying things from their stores. I don’t mean to be a bitch but shoplifting is…
There is a certain white privilege that goes along with shoplifting. For people of color, it is much risky because they are most likely already being watched and if they do get caught than the sentence is harsher.
Even though I see that, I grew up shop lifting and I think its fun as fuck. But honestly, I wouldn’t get away with it as easily if I wasn’t white. I’m not speaking for all people of color, but I have a few radical POC that explained this to me.
But, if you are going to shoplift, be ethical:
1. Don’t steal from small business/community locations.
2. Only steal items you support, because the manufacturer still gets paid for that item and the store will have to buy more, which supports the products business.
defines legal abortion as a procedure “carried out by a physician or through a substance used under the direction of a physician.” Anything else that terminates a pregnancy is now defined as illegal abortion - including miscarriages.
states that “The killing or attempted killing of a live unborn child in a manner that is not abortion shall be punished as…criminal homicide.” (emphasis mine)
removes existing immunity from criminal prosecution for women “who seek to have or obtain an abortion” or “upon whom a partial birth abortion is performed.”
applies the legal standard of an “intentional, knowing or reckless act of the woman” as punishable as criminal homicide.
Translation: If a woman has a miscarriage but didn’t know that she was pregnant, she cannot be charged with criminal homicide. Beyond that, almost anything could leave a woman at risk for criminal prosecution.
Think it couldn’t possibly be that bad? The ACLU of Utah is pretty sure that it could. In their letter appealing to Utah Governor Gary Herbert to veto the bill (Spoiler: He won’t!), the ACLU said:
Practically speaking however, this bill changes the presumption that abortions obtained in this state are legal. If this bill is signed into law, women in this state will essentially be in the uncomfortable and unfortunate position of having to prove that abortions they obtain (or miscarriages that they suffer) are not unlawful.
In fact, it’s the “recklessness” standard that may pose the greatest threat. Again, from the ACLU:
A woman who fails to wear a seatbelt and is in a car accident could be charged with reckless homicide, should she miscarry. Likewise, a woman who has a substance abuse problem is likely to forego necessary prenatal care out of fear that she could be prosecuted for “knowing” or “reckless” homicide by continuing to use illegal substances while pregnant.
The problems don’t stop there. Women in physically abusive relationships could be criminally liable for not leaving their partner, regardless of their ability to do so safely or securely. Women seeking lawful abortion may be guilty of criminal homicide if her physician failed to follow exact procedures set forth in the law.
For a law designed to discourage illegal abortion, Utah’s “Criminal Miscarriage” law will only drive abortion further underground for those who cannot safely seek or afford legal medical abortion care.