The Stuff: 11/30/11

Godzilla Smashing Capitalism

  • Support Emma Sullivan for standing up to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, who responded to her constitutionally protected criticism by unleashing his taxpayer-funded internet defamation watchdog on the high-school student. Now students in her school are attacking her and holding a rally against her. Shame on them.


  • Found a 2008 video of Ron Paul with an absurd bit of victim-blaming in which he claims that racism is a “collectivist idea” (read: something poor and minority folk believe), rather than acknowledging that racism has roots in capitalism and worldwide capitalist slave trade. This is not to mention that in the formative years of the United States, poor whites and blacks began to recognize the caste system they lived in and the collective power they held to rise up against their conditions. By paying poor white males a modest parcel of land and salary to police blacks, landlords aided by acquiescent laws were able to pit whites against blacks. This division enabled capitalists to defend and justify slavery and segregation–the economic foundation upon which the United States was built. Additionally, this structure and subculture was carried on into the modern American police force, which is likely why racism and other xenophobic norms are so deeply embedded into today’s casually bigoted police subculture. (More hacked racist police emails here.)
  • This time, Citigroup’s recidivism in fraud perpetrated against consumers will not be menially fined and quietly rubber-stamped by Federal employees of taxpayers.
  • Finally, soon the government may be authorized by Congress to enter your home through electronic measures and block you from reading my blog, with two bills that eliminate internet protections from government interference that would actually make us more information-restricted than China or Iran, who can at least still use TOR. Under this new pair of bills, the government relegates responsibility for policing user-posted content to private companies and us bloggers, forcing companies and bloggers alike into an entirely unprecedented institution of self-censorship. This bill destroys internet entrepreneurship as well, meaning that this issue transcends the perceived left/right dichotomy of politics in America. And since the U.S. sets the precedent worldwide for internet freedoms, this new set of measures could transform the entire internet from what you see today into an electronic mashup of Minority Report, Fahrenheit 451 and 1984. This would effectively end the internet, which through attrition would likely become a husk of what it is today.
  • More information on Congress voting to end the public internet can be found here, here, and here.
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