“functional, not theoretical. Theory cannot be wielded by a theorist. It cannot be lifted or aimed alone, by a single voice, or even by a chorus of single voices shouting at the enemy. That’s how our weapon gets pried from our own dead, individuated hands and is deployed against us – on the bodily remains we call our own and act like we walk around in – as an instrument of torture and shame. That’s not a revolutionary weapon.” - Fred moten and Stefano Harney - pg148 of All Incomplete
“How do we unlearn that shit in the interest of learning how both to destroy and to enjoy? I don’t know that Kelley ever figured that one out completely. I don’t know that anyone has. It’s certainly way deeper than just checking your privilege, which is truly fucked up since privilege is ubiquitous and since eventually your privilege kills every thing, including what you thought was you. But it does feel like he’s on the way, or that he’s more + less than one of the more + less than ones who pave the way, to figuring something out. Discovering this has been a plea sure and I’m not gonna pay for it.” - Fred moten - black and blur - pg211
The reason the $15 minimum wage won’t work in a meaningful long term way is because we need laws that not only ensure our lowest paid individuals get paid more, we need laws that ensure they get paid more WHILE CEOs AND OTHER EXECUTIVES GET PAID LESS, and currently there is no precedent in America for regulating CEO pay.
——by just forcing companies to pay employees more without routing that money away from the wealthiest 1-2%, all that will happen is inflation.
" The poetic perception of the chaos-monde leads us to sense a few of the lessons of these many disastrous attempts. As for me, and only for myself that is, with no pretense of giving a lesson, l would sum up these lessons as follows:
The control of an action is in its act.
The full-sense of an action is in its place.
The future of an action is in Relation."
- eduoard glissant - poetics of relation - pg201
The key to a good life is to honestly critique the bad in others and the learn from the good in ourselves.