Although the contract may have been shredded by greedy companies driven by greedier financiers, the sense of entitlement on the part of white men remains intact. Many white men feel they have played by the rules and expected to reap the rewards of that obedient responsibility. It’s pretty infuriating not to get what you feel you deserve. That’s the aggrieved entitlement that lies underneath the anger of American white men.
Michael Kimmel starts pulling at the threads making up the skein of white male entitlement.
The real choice, not the artificial one they want you think is in front of you.
Once again, h/t to my awesome cousin Jaime Jenett.
(Oh, and people who say they’re getting tired of the expression “economic justice?” Suck it.)
Seriously, if you’ve reached the point where you’ll sit by, merrily wiping your ass with gold toilet paper, while 8 million people a year are dying because they’re too poor to live – what is the point of you?
The school-to-prison pipeline, to my mind, is the most insidious arm of this country’s prison-industrial complex. Under the guise of protecting our children, we push many of them out of school and into prisons, limit their opportunities, fail to and/or undereducate them, all while feeding our addiction to mass incarceration and retribution that is not justice at all. That the students who find themselves funneled into the school-to-prison pipeline are predominantly black is further proof that the United States system of racist oppression chugs along through the rhetoric of colorblindness.
More via my favourite siren of demagoguery and treachery. <3
The interests of the people should be paramount. Their wishes should prevail – not those of the wealthy, or corporations, or multi-billionaire Wizards of Oz, who, behind their curtains of secrecy, trash our democracy and play with our lives like their little toy soldiers, while government, which should protect us, does nothing but betray our trust.
The school is the proverbial Dutch boy with his finger in the dike, heroically trying to hold back the sea. It alone is expected to deal with the lunar landscape of the inner cities and their schools, whose teachers do their best against impossible odds.
Hoping against hope for help to arrive, they never imagined that they, too, would be abandoned by government, which, rather than thank them, now turns on them for “failing their students.”
Frank Breslin’s onto something, I think. Maybe stop making unionized teachers the patsies for decades of public neglect and machinations by corporations and the 1 per centers?
The trouble for his detractors was that Benn would not go quietly into old age. He didn’t just believe in “anything”: he believed in something very definite – socialism. He advocated for the weak against the strong, the poor against the rich and labour against capital. He believed that we were more effective as human beings when we worked together collectively than when we worked against each other as individuals. Such principles have long been threatened with extinction in British politics. Benn did a great deal to keep them alive. In the face of media onslaught and political marginalisation, that took courage. And, in so doing, he encouraged us.
Tony Benn, MP. RIP.
When everything has been globalised except our consent, corporations fill the void. In a system that governments have shown no interest in reforming, global power is often scarcely distinguishable from corporate power. It is exercised through backroom deals between bureaucrats and lobbyists.