- wear a necklace made from their victims’ molars
- sacrifice a child before the statue of apep to summon 1000 years of darkness
- softly whisper ‘mary had a little lamb’ as the church burns down
- intricately carve the sigil of baphomet into everything in the fridge
- the cha cha slide
Don’t believe it. I fucking love all of these.
Andrew Sullivan’s quote of the day:
"The class which has the power to rob upon a large scale also has the power to control the government to legalize their robbery,” – Eugene V Debs, American socialist, 1918. Full speech here. As Weintraub notes,
Some details of how this works have changed between then and now, but the basic insight remains all too timely.
How corrupt has capitalism become that I’m quoting a fucking socialist and not entirely rolling my eyes?”
Bear with me, I have a point!
I often get frustrated to the point of nosebleeds at the anti-vaxxer movement. Despite all the science against their position and none for it, they still persist in advocating a position that will kill children for no good damn reason at all. I attribute this to the fact that very few Americans can remember back when things like Whooping Cough, Measles, and Polio regularly killed children. It was all that whole hell of a long time ago; my father is 70 and recalls a childhood friend who was disabled by polio, and another who died of pertussis.We privileged few who live in developed countries have quite simply forgotten why we vaccinate, and predictably some people don’t think we should anymore. The recent outbreaks of pertussis and measles will hopefully disabuse them of their error before too many more of their children die from preventable diseases.
I think that labor protections and unions are like the vaccinations of capitalism. It wasn’t all that long ago that people were being worked to death in this country, that children under the age of 12 or even 10 were laboring in mines, factories, and dying on the job as well. The Triangle Shirtwaist fire was barely more than a century ago. The great struggle of the 20th century was founded, in part, on a conflict of ideas about how the owners of capital should relate to the working classes that made the Industrial Revolution possible.
I was born in 1984, and I remember when the Berlin wall was torn down. I remember my father explaining the difference between The West and The Soviets as essentially two different ways for workers to relate to bosses. The West used Labor Unions, the Soviets used Communism. (Our approach clearly worked better, according to my father.)
Considering how the Cold War anachronistically still infects every aspect of our defense policy, I find it nigh-unbelievable that people in this country seem to have completely forgotten why the hell we have Unions in the first place. They vaccinate capitalism against labor abuses, but its been so long since we’ve have a “real” labor problem in this country, one that costs hundreds of lives, that we’ve forgotten why those protections exist in the first place.
The tragedy in Bangladesh only serves to prove my point. What will the Bangladeshi solution be? If it is not based on some variation of labor laws and protections we enjoy in this country (the ones Republicans delight to point out are “choking off economic growth” and “chasing good jobs overseas”… where apparently they can kill people), I will be very much surprised.