White people will believe anything if they think it’s a Native American proverb.
yeah fuck capitalism but we’re all a part of this system yo. each of us contributes to it.
Duh. But let’s not pretend some, say the Koch brothers, are not vastly more culpable than others. Socializing guilt and responsibility is destructive to efforts of undermining, subverting, and abolishing status quo power dynamics. I call it shotgun syndrome, that is failing to accurately access who is exploitive and whom, to what degree, are exploited.
Daily Kos. Sources are almost always embedded within the title of an article.
Everyone pretends to be down with the cause until you need something.
It’s crazy. A while back I circulated a post to raise money for a friend of a friend in a tough situation, and of the tens of thousands of people who had to have seen that call to arms (because assisting comrades meet their material needs is a fucking call to arms if there ever was one) only like two or three in the blogosphere helped out.
Now I get that most of us don’t really know each other, but damn I never knew we had to be tight to know this struggle is something we share, so we best start learning to share the burden of it together. But even this idea of collective security applied to our material shortcomings has an inherent pitfall, that is we must be vigilant not to become the first aid kit to the wounds capitalism inflicts upon us. If such comes to pass we act to further enable our oppressor by creating amongst ourselves the safety net which allows it to remain substantively unchallenged.
Simultaneously, we have to build our own systems that keep us from falling into the chasm of poverty, but also let those transform into the foundations for new modes of living that directly displace capitalist power, thereby empowering ourselves.