"Capitalism has the unique ability to absorb anything revolutionary into itself so that revolution becomes another commodity. Even anti-capitalism sentiments become just another commodity on the market. This makes the question of “what comes after revolution?” hard to answer because all positive values under capitalism also become capitalist"
- excerpt from this article http://www.alicesparklykat.com/articles/176/What_Capitalism_Actually_Is/
- OKT. 2021 AT 11:41 live as if you were already free David wrote so many books, tweets, private letters, academic posts, diary entries, research and commentaries, WhatsApp messages that it seemed to a normal person he would probably don't have time to breathe. Indeed he was writing all the time. If he wasn't typing on the computer, he was tweeting, or taking a bath and writing there, then getting out of the bathroom and going to visit a friend to take an opportunity to write while riding the subway.
He said that the secret to his productivity was constantly procrastinating and switching from one project to another, so nothing seemed like work but more like a play. Academic bureaucracy, of course, was far from being fun, although even recommendations he used to write for his students were all small, very well thought through essays. Normally, professors copy-paste the same text about a talented student, replacing only the name. Sometimes, they even forget to change a student's name throughout the whole text of the recommendation. Then it starts with John and ends with Mary. But David really thought about the actual person and wrote for each student a unique text. I want to publish a collection of his recommendations as a book. It is like poetry: his fascination with humans and the care work to find the best in everyone.
Yet the key was that David always took part in some kind of emotional unrest in the best sense of the word. He was always defending someone, or someone would attack him.
Childishly and sincerely, David would fully engage in the struggle. This was the case, for example, with me supporting Jeremy Corbyn. There was a surge of emotions, from hope to despair, from personal courage to the depression of defeat. He constantly built up around himself a sense of camaraderie, solidarity and the feeling that just a bit more work and we will be able to change the world around us, to make it better.
If you compare the life of a successful academic-careerist or an author chasing big sales, he and David have different motivations and different levels of emotional intensity. David actually was putting into practice his thesis: "live as if you were already free."
“Half of anarchism is freedom—the other half is mutual aid. And the freedom bit doesn't work if we don't have the mutual aid. Getting vaccinated is mutual aid. It's us saying we care about other people's health enough to work together with them.”
Just as Nixon would respond to the 1973 election of a socialist government in Chile by ordering the CIA to “make the economy scream,” US policymakers openly hoped impoverishing and starving the Cuban people would lead them to overthrow Castro. “Every possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life of Cuba,” one State Department official wrote in 1960, in order “to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of government.” Eisenhower said it more plainly: “If they (the Cuban people) are hungry, they will throw Castro out.”
This was no small thing. A blockade — distinct from an embargo, by including imports and trying to coerce third-party countries — is a method of war that, under international law, is meant to only take place during armed conflict. It’s not for nothing that legal scholars have argued that the blockade of Cuba is a serious violation of international law, not least for the fact that it’s aimed explicitly at forcing a change in government.
I’m going to stop talking about war because it’s never over and it’s basically against any individual woman, all the people, anybody different than a white octogenarian.
biological disobedience is the biological counterpart to civil disobedience. And if you think about civil disobedience as being something like Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus then biological disobedience could be something like these ants that infest electronics and short circuit them, or tree roots breaking sidewalks apart, mushrooms growing through roads, termites decomposing wooden buildings, or pigweed being resistant to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup.
Rather than share empty infographics on Instagram or make grandiose statements with little action to back them up, a better way the wealthy could use their platforms is by sharing what, exactly, they’re doing in support of their causes. Reminders from influencers that they engage in activism, that they give a certain percentage of their income to charitable causes, that they volunteer and support their local mutual aid groups, can normalize these activities to the point where more people feel as though we should be regularly incorporating them into our lives.