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Chavah ("Little Raccoon") bat Sarah
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January 2017
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Chavah ("Little Raccoon") bat Sarah [userpic]
don't shoot the messenger...

you might want to see this:

The economy has bled 3.1 million jobs since George W. Bush assumed the presidency in 2001, the worst record since the Depression. The official unemployment rate, constantly re-jiggered to make the economy appear more robust, has risen to 5.1 percent. The long-term unemployment rate, which includes people who have had such bad luck looking for work that they’ve given up entirely, has doubled, to over 13 percent.

Meanwhile, inflation is approaching seven percent. Again, that’s the official inflation rate. Your mileage as an average American — who spends a third of your pay on housing and more and more on gas — will vary. But let’s not dwell on the irony of $4-a-gallon gas resulting from a war fought to steal oil.

But wait. There’s even more bad news..........

(heads-up to twistedchick for the link - Z.)


I am already sufficiently alarmed, and ready to organize with my class, if others are ready. It's time, really. And yes, some people really DO need to be shocked, apparently, to wake up. I've been wondering what's been taking so long. This has been looking like the beginnings of a new kind of fascism for a long time. I'd say this stage of the cancer has been growing about 20 years, and now we are shocked to see this criminal and malignant oligarchy. And its roots go deeper, of course. Death camps, prison camps, labor camps. Slavery. The use of human beings to create surplus value. The use of human beings as commodities.

But let us not be so alarmed that we give up. That's important. We need to fight "what's the use" thinking. Right now I have My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass on my nightstand, for a refresher course in looking beyond petit-bourgeois liberal hand-wringing. We need to study slavery, and study the means of overcoming slavery, because (in my opinion) 21st century capitalism owes more to slavery than to shaking off feudalism. We need to be thinking in terms of slavery and fascism, because we are dealing with a great evil dressed in TV-cheery normalcy.

As I see it, nobody has the right to complacency while great numbers of hungry working people are RIOTING for bread and rice. Food prices have doubled, and people are starving. And it's time to look at what we stand for. I refuse to pretend that the state of the nation and the state of the world are all right. We are very much on the brink of something, and we'd better look alive.

Yes, I feel scared of facing this struggle sick and disabled. But it's time to make ourselves strong by organizing, connecting, and not panicking. Of course it's scary, but every time I get scared, I get even more determined not to dwell on it. Fear is quickly replaced by anger, and anger by determination. We can't afford to be afraid.

Today I put down my fashion magazines.

haha, you've been drinking, haven't you!

why you say that?

Not you.

No, the replyer. Because it sounds *exactly* like me when I'm drinking. Off to change the world, brb.


If there's one thing that makes me happy, its that the new administration (no matter who the president, save mccain) will actually be working on improving things.